Carla Marsh

Bacchus Beckons! Sip, Savor and Stroll at Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction

Boca Raton, Fl – (February 15, 2007) Tempted to taste? You will be once you arrive at Boca Bacchanal's Grand Tasting, a by-the-bite luncheon revelry on the green, Sunday, March 11, 2007 from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park. The event is part of the Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction, presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society to benefit its Heritage Education Programs.

At the Grand Tasting you can stroll, taste and savor the delicious specialties of more than 28 of the area's top restaurants, as well as an exceptional presentation of featured wines from over 140 wineries, see food demonstrations, shop for cookbooks and culinary treasures and much more. Wine Seminars by recognized experts are a highlight of the afternoon.

All of the winefest events are equally as tempting. Boca Bacchanal kicks off with an evening of nine superb vintner dinners on Friday, March 9th, each prepared by a nationally celebrated chef paired with a renowned vintner, set in private residences at various sites in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. A complete list of Chefs, Vintners and Venues is available upon request.

The centerpiece of the weekend is The Bacchanal & Auction on Saturday afternoon, March 10. This event is a sumptuous afternoon grand tasting reception and luncheon featuring a magnificent array of food and wine, exciting silent and live auctions at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. For tickets, a preview of the superb auction lots, and complete information on all events call 561-395-6766 X 101 or visit the website at

Heading up the winefest are Honorary Chairs Margaret Mary and John Shuff and General Chairmen Ann and Charles Rutherford. Joining them on the Boca Bacchanal Committee are Kathy 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: (L-R) Rich Garcia (MoQuila); Pasquale Lena (Ristorante Luna Rosa); Henry Herrera (Brooks); Kazia Bieluch (Ristorante Luna Rosa)

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