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Bacchus Beckons! Sip, Savor and Stroll
at Boca Bacchanal’s Grand Tasting

Boca Raton, FL - (February 22, 2006) -- Tempted to taste? You will be once you arrive at Boca Bacchanal’s Grand Tasting, a by-the-bite luncheon revelry on the green, Saturday, March 11, 2006 from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park Ampitheater. The event is part of the two-day Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society.

You are invited to stroll, taste and savor the delicious specialties of 28 of the area’s top restaurants, as well as an exceptional presentation of featured wines from over 140 wineries. Participating restaurants include Abe and Louie’s, Absinthe, Bice, Big City Tavern, Bistro Zenith, Bova, Brooks, Caffe Luna Rosa, Chops Lobster Bar, City Oyster, Del La Tierra at the Sundy House, Gaucho Rodizio, Gigi’s Tavern, Gold Coast Seafood, Hillsboro Club, Le Bistro, Legal Sea Foods, Maggiano’s, Mark’s at the Park, Max’s Grille, Melting Pot, MoQuila, PF Chang’s, Ristorante Luna Rosa, Rustic Cellar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Republic of Tea and Sol Kitchen.

For those whose interest in wine goes beyond the grape, wine seminars by Michael Weiss, Chairman of the Wine Department at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, will be a much-anticipated highlight. Registration for each of the two sessions held at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM are on a first come-first serve basis. Tickets for the Wine Seminars are $10/ person.

Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction will also feature an evening of eight superb vintner dinners on March 10th, each prepared by a celebrated chef paired with a renowned vintner, set in private residences at various sites in Boca Raton. The centerpiece of the weekend is The Bacchanal Auction & Dinner, an evening featuring a grand tasting reception, multi-course dinner and auction at the renowned Boca Raton Resort & Club on Saturday evening, March 11.

Boca Bacchanal is the major fundraising event of the BRHS and is held to benefit its Heritage Education Programs. These innovative, diverse and rapidly growing programs are widely utilized and appreciated throughout area schools, civic and cultural organizations, and interested individuals. Heritage Education Program Partners include Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University, Junior League of Boca Raton, and the School District of Palm Beach County.

Sponsors include National Distributing Company, Boca Raton Magazine, The Boca Raton Resort & Club; The Wine News; Carla Marsh Public Relations; Legal Sea Foods; Crown Wine & Spirits; Cendyn; Publix Supermarkets Charities; JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Classy 92.1; Master Design Group; and the R.A. Ritter Foundation.

Grand Tasting tickets are $ 75 per person at the gate (Pre-event prices are $ 60) For information on tickets and registration for other winefest events, 561.395.6766 ext. 101. Visit the website at
Editor’s Note: Additional photos, complete list of vintners and chefs for vintner dinners and auction lots available on request.


Winefest Events

Vintner Dinners - Friday, March 10, 2006
Eight superb Vintner Dinners featuring acclaimed chefs and prized vintners, invited from across the country and around world, are hosted at private residences in various locations in the Boca Raton area. Call for reservations and complete list of chefs, vintners and venues. $300 per person.

The Grand Tasting

Saturday, March 11, 2006
11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park Ampitheater
Tickets: $ 75 per person (Gate) (Pre-event purchase - $60)
Free Parking

Wine Seminars
Once again, Michael Weiss, Chairman of Wine Education at the Culinary Institute of America and author of Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Guide to Wines of the World, will be leading two fascinating wine seminars.

Seminar One:
The Revenge of the Fearless Taster (Sipping well is the best revenge!) 11:00 AM

Do you ever feel intimidated by a lengthy wine list, or wish that you knew which wine complemented the food on your menu? Enjoy a guilt-free exploration of wanton white wines and refined reds. Don't worry—this is all about learning to enjoy your wines! You will have the opportunity to sample different styles of white and red wines. The seminar will include clues on tasting wines, and possible food pairings for the specific wines we will taste. The tasting will focus on wines from California and Italy, and include an ‘insider’s look’ at what shapes their personalities.

Seminar Two:
The Big Red Challenge (The Iron Chef has nothing on us!) 1:00 PM

Enjoy a tasting of exclusively red wines at this fascinating seminar. We will compare two classic growing regions of Europe, Rioja from Spain, and Montalcino from Italy. We will discuss what shapes the textures and flavors of these wines, as well as the foods of the regions in which they are produced. Additionally, we will taste a "flight" of four syrah based wines—three from California and one from Italy—and discuss Syrah’s increasing popularity and its potentials with different cuisines.

The Auction and Dinner - Saturday, March 11, 2006 - Set at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Bacchanal Auction & Dinner will be a delicious fantasy of sensational food and great wine presented by the Vintner Dinner Chefs and Wineries, presided over by Resort Executive Andrew Roenbeck, and followed by an exciting auction orchestrated by respected master auctioneer Dawn Marie Kotsonis.

6:30 PM Reception, Dinner & Auction
Admission: $250 per person

NOTE: Special Ticket Packages including all events are available.
Call 561 - 395-6766 X 101 for details.

PHOTO ID:Chefs Ernesto De Blasi (Caffe Luna Rosa, Delray Beach); Julian Greaves (Sol Kitchen, Delray Beach); Jeffrey Lewis (Gigi's Tavern, Boca Raton); Esteban Arguedas (Absinthe, Boca Raton)

PHOTO ID: Chefs Fred Dornetshuber (Max's Grille, Boca Raton); Pasquale Lena, (Ristorante Luna Rosa, Deerfield Beach); Silvio Schvam (Gaucho Rodizio, Pompano Beach)

PHOTO ID: Front row L-R - Roxana Garciga (National Distributing Company); Mary Glynn Toomey (Grand Tasting Co-Chair); Julian Greaves (Chefs Advisory Chair) ; Ann Rutherford (Co-chair)

Back Row L-R Fred Dornetshuber, Jeffrey Lewis, Silvio Schvam, Estaban Arguedas, Pasquale Lena

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