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Food and Wine Fundraiser Launched at Festive Party

BOCA RATON, FL – (November 20, 2010) Cheers! The Boca Bacchanal Committee toasted the kickoff of its popular food and wine fundraiser recently, announcing the acclaimed Chefs and Vintners who will be featured at the event, which is scheduled for March 18 -20, 2011, at various sites in the Boca Raton area. For general event information, to order weekend ticket packages and individual tickets, visit or call 561.395.6766, X 101.

The presentation, hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society and Republic National Distributing Company, was enthusiastically received by supporters at a festive party held at the historic FEC Railway Station – Count de Hoernle Pavilion. The occasion was also time to offer a toast to generous patrons Bob Campbell, Dick and Barbara Schmidt and the 2010 BB Fund-a-need donors and to welcome new event partners Comerica Bank and JM Lexus.

“We are very pleased to announce an exciting theme for the ninth annual Boca Bacchanal,” said Debbie Abrams, President of the Board of the Boca Raton Historical Society. “This year we will celebrate the ‘Era of the Mango Gang Chefs’, the handful of innovative culinarians who created South Florida’s distinctive regional cuisine during the 1980’s, bringing an international spotlight to our area.”

“They also inspired countless young chefs who have continued their tradition of excellence, she explained. “These great chefs had the vision and talent to utilize our fresh local produce, the bounty from Florida’s waters, and the influences of our geography and rich cultural mix to create a unique style of cooking. They were dubbed ‘the Mango Gang’ by the national food media as their acclaim began to take the culinary world by storm. The rest is history!”

Abrams said that the Committee has assembled a core group of the Mango Gang chefs, as well as those that they inspired, to create Boca Bacchanal. “The Vintner Dinners will be very special, since we have matched the chefs with a roster of equally outstanding vintners,” she said.

Boca Bacchanal will feature six sumptuous Friday night Vintner Dinners set in magnificent private residences. The Chef and Vintners will be paired with the hosts of each party, and the eagerly awaited pairings will be announced by the Committee in January at the annual “Pairings Party”.

The Celebrated Vintner Dinner Chefs are: Robin Haas - Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort, Montauk, NY; Cindy Hutson - Ortanique on the Mile, Coral Gables, FL; Mark Militello - Trina Restaurant & Lounge, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Douglas Rodriguez - D. Rodriguez Cuba, Miami Beach, FL ;Oliver Saucy - Darrel & Oliver's Café Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL and Allen Susser - Chef Allen's, Aventura & Taste Gastropub, Delray Beach, FL.

The Award Winning Vintners are: Blair Fox - Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, Santa Barbara, CA; Kathryn Hall – Hall Winery – Napa Valley, CA; Jacques Lardiere - Maison Louis Jadot, Burgundy, France; Jac Cole – Spring Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA; Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, Champagne Taittinger – Reims, France and Rosa Lee de Leuze – ZD Wines, Napa Valley, CA.

The Committee also presented the signature art that will be the basis for marketing Boca Bacchanal. Students at the Boca Raton Museum of Art-The Art School participated in a competition to create a signature art image the 2011 Boca Bacchanal. The winner, ‘Vino Divino’, an acrylic by Patricia Maguire, will be used on this year’s poster as well as other imaging materials.

Boca Bacchanal is the biggest fundraiser of the Boca Raton Historical Society and it benefits its Historic Preservation and Heritage Education Programs. The centerpiece of the weekend is The Bacchanal & Auction Saturday evening at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. It features a dynamic reception with a silent auction, an amazing dinner created by the Vintner Dinner Chefs and Vintners and the exciting live auction, with fabulous wine and lifestyle lots up for bid.

The Grand Tasting held on Sunday afternoon at the Centre for the Arts Amphitheatre at Mizner Park, and features over 140 wines to sample and “by the bite” specialties of 30 local restaurants. Kate and Ted Toomey are General Chairpersons of Boca Bacchanal and Betsy Fletcher and Skipp Jackman are Honorary Chairs. The Bacchanal & Auction Chairmen are Steve and Stephanie Miskew. The Grand Tasting Co-Chairmen are Mary Glynn and Tommy Cullinan, Elizabeth and Josh Titcomb, Katherine and Craig Regna, Michele and Ted Toomey.

In addition to new partners Comerica and JM Lexus, other partners include Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine, Cendyn, Carla Marsh Public Relations, Comerica Bank, JM Lexus, Crown Wine & Spirits, Publix Supermarkets Charities, City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. Promotional Partners are Atlas Party Rental, Boca Raton Museum of Art,

Prime partnership opportunities are still available for Boca Bacchanal, and the Committee is also welcoming volunteers for all aspects of the events. The complete Boca Bacchanal schedule of events, along with biographies and photos of the Vintner Dinner Chefs and Vintners, is currently featured on the updated Boca Bacchanal website.

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About Comerica Bank
Comerica Bank. Florida includes 10 banking centers in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Singer Island, Sarasota, Stuart, Wellington and Weston. An 11th banking center in East Boca Raton will open in December 2010. Comerica entered the Florida market in 1979 and now has more than 150 employees in the state. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $55.9 billion at June 30, 2010.

About JM Lexus
JM Lexus, located in Margate, Fla., is the largest-volume Lexus dealership in the world. The dealership maintains state-of-the-art Service and Parts departments, as well as one of only a few Lexus Certified Collision Centers in the country. With its high customer satisfaction ratings year after year, JM Lexus consistently earns the Elite of Lexus distinction. Significant eco-conscious business practices have earned it an Emerald Award, the most prestigious environmental recognition awarded by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. Its Certified Pre-Owned Superstore located nearby in Coconut Creek, Fla., offers a wide range of makes and models with JM Lexus’ standard of excellence. JM Lexus is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive corporation headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla. and currently ranked No. 28 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, its 12th consecutive year on the list. Learn more and interact with JM Lexus at and

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