Carla Marsh

Stellar Wine and Lifestyle Lots up for bid at Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction

Boca Raton, Fl – (February 16, 2007) Let the revelry begin! A weekend of great wine matched with delectable culinary delights will tempt the savvy palates of patrons at the Fifth Annual Boca Bacchanal Winefest &Auction as they prepare to sip, savor and bid at the event's world-class auction, all to support educational causes in Boca Raton. The tasty event is planned for March 9-11 at various sites in the Boca Raton area.

On tap are nine Vintner Dinners at private residences on Friday evening; a Saturday afternoon Bacchanal & Auction at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and the Sunday Grand Tasting, comprising Wine Seminars and an al fresco food and wine gathering on the green at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, showcasing the specialties of 28 top local restaurants and more than 140 wines.

" The wineries participating in Boca Bacchanal come to us from some of the world's great wine producing countries: Italy, Australia, France and the United States," states Chris Kearney, Vice president of National Distributing Company. "They bring an international flavor that compliments the great lineup of chefs, making this a tremendous wine and food event. But, importantly, wine is also a lifestyle. The entire event is casual and fun, presenting a rare chance to appreciate fine wine and great food. At the auction bidders will be vying for an outstanding array of distinctive lifestyle packages and impressive wine lots. Simply put, this is a wonderful weekend in South Florida."

The centerpiece is The Bacchanal & Auction at Boca Raton Resort & Club, which features a sumptuous reception, leading to rare wines and lifestyle lots at live and silent auctions and a delectable luncheon displaying the culinary talents of top chefs. A glimpse at the stellar lineup of top auction prizes spotlights wine country tours, European vacations and coveted vintage wine lots.

Orchestrating the Bacchanal & Auction are Master of Ceremonies Toni May of WXEL-TV, sensational Auctioneer DawnMarie Kotsonis and Andrew Roenbeck, Executive Chef of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, who will preside over an afternoon culinary event created by renowned fellow culinarians and acclaimed vintners.

These outstanding chefs, who will have also presented Friday evening Vintner dinners, include Michel Richard (Citronelle, Washington, D.C.); Angela Hartnett (Cielo at the Boca Raton Resort & Club); Robert Clark (C Restaurant, Vancouver, B.C.); Kevin Garcia ('Cesca, NY, NY)); Pano Karatassos (Kyma, Atlanta, GA) Zach Bell (Café Boulud, Palm Beach, FL); Joel Huff (Silks at the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, CA); David Medure (Restaurant Medure, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) and Jeremy Sewell (Lineage, Brookline, MA). The Chef Advisory Chairman is Jim Dodge of Bon Appetit Management, San Francisco.

The presenting vintners are Kathryn Hall (Hall Winery, Napa Valley, CA); Matthew J. Lane (Penfolds, Australia); Kathy Benziger (Benziger Family Winery, Sonoma, CA); Steve Thomson (King Estates, Eugene, OR; Dawn Dooley (Napa Valley, CA); Michaela Rodeno (St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford, CA) Francesco Zonin (Costello d'Albola, Tuscany Italy); Jerome Jeandin (Tattinger, Reims, France and Tony Apostolakos (Masi Vinyards , Veneto, Italy).

For information on Boca Bacchanal package rates and accommodations partners please call 561.395.6766, ext. 101. Visit the event Website at Please note: All Boca Bacchanal sponsors and weekend package ticket purchasers receive priority for event selections. Limited number of tickets and space available.

Organizers are Honorary Chairs Margaret Mary and John Shuff and General Chairmen Ann and Charles Rutherford. Joining them on the Boca Bacchanal Committee are Cathy Spano and Susan Saxton, Vintner Dinners ; Tricia and Jon Summersfield and Robin and Charles Deyo, The Bacchanal Luncheon & Auction; Haidee Courson and Julia Johnston, The Grand Tasting ; Carla Marsh, Vintner Dinner Chef Selection and Public Relations; Lauri Saunders, Vintner Dinner Chef Liaison; Robin Deyo, Website; Chris Kearney and Roxana Garciga, Wine Committee; Jaime Guttenberg, Joyce DeVita, Jerry Ruderman, Karen Larkin , Rob Sadowsky and many others.

Boca Bacchanal benefits the Boca Raton Historical Society's Heritage Education Programs, which take the past, as well as the unfolding history of Boca Raton, into the community. In 2006, over 3,800 students participated in BRHS education programs; 4,900 residents and visitors enjoyed BRHS history tours, exhibitions, lectures and archival services; 45,000 people visited Boca's historic landmark buildings, Town Hall and the F.E.C Railway Station (Count de Hoernle Pavilion), which are maintained by the Boca Raton Historical society for the community.

Event partners include National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine and Crown Wine & Spirits, as well as The Wine News, Cendyn, Carla Marsh Public Relations, Legal Sea Foods, MDG Advertising, R.A. Ritter Foundation, WXEL-TV, Champagne Taittinger, Reims; Publix Supermarkets Charities; Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council.

PHOTO ID: (L-R) John Suley (Café Joley), Josh Taige (McCormick & Schmick), Pasquale Lena (Ristorante Luna Rosa), Jon Hanley (Legal Sea Foods)

PHOTO ID: Top Row: Rich Garcia (MoQuilla); blank; John Suley (Café Joley); Pasquale Lena (Ristorante Luna Rosa); Josh Taige (McCormick & Schmick); Brian Steele (Caffe Luna Rosa); 2nd row: Chuck Gittlemamn (Bogarts); Kazia Bieluch (Ristorante Luna Rosa); Randy Mouallem; Jon Hanley (Legal Sea Foods); 3rd row (seated) Andrew Roenbeck (Boca Raton Resort & Club); Mark Gullusci (Nick's Fish Market of Hawaii); Henry Herrera (Brooks); Chris Valentine (Legal Sea Foods); Joe Giacalone (The N9nz); Front: Chef Advisory Chairman Ernesto DeBlasi (Caffe Luna Rosa

PHOTO ID: Chuck Gittleman (Gatsby's), Ernesto DeBlasi (Caffe Luna Rosa), Chris Valentine (Legal Sea Foods), Mark Gallusci (Nick's Hawiian Fish Market)

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