Carla Marsh

Mary Csar
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BOCA RATON , FL – ( December 15, 2005 ) Its time to raise a glass for a hearty toast at one of the country’s top food and wine festivals! The 4 th annual Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction is proud to announce the celebrity chefs and prized vintners who will be convening in South Florida to create eight superb Vintner Dinners as part of the weekend festivities.

Boca Bacchanal is the Boca Raton Historical Society’s largest and most eagerly anticipated fundraiser. Scheduled for March 10-11, 2006, this year’s sensational wine and food event will feature lavish Friday night Vintner Dinners held in private residences, followed on Saturday by informative wine seminars by world-class experts and a delectable Grand Tasting at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park. Festivities will conclude Saturday evening at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with the magnificent Bacchanal & Auction, featuring a dynamic reception, an amazing dinner created by acclaimed chefs and prized vintners, and the exciting auction, with fabulous wine and lifestyle lots up for bid.

During the past summer, following a vigorous survey of current wine treads and those who are making culinary waves, invitations were sent out to an international array of commended vintners and chefs. Each vintner will soon be matched with a chef , and they will create a Vintner Dinner set in a magnificent private home.

“We are very excited about our roster of chefs and vintners. We also want to express our gratitude to the generous hosts, who will be welcoming them to their homes, and completely underwriting each dinner so that 100% of the proceeds go back to the charity, ” said Chris Kearney, Wine Committee Chairman and Vice President of National Distributing Company, the event’s founding wine sponsor. “The Vintner Dinners are a highlight of Boca Bacchanal Weekend."

Working along with Kearney, who personally invites each vintner, are Chef Selection Chairman Carla Marsh, and Vintner Dinner Co-Chairmen Pattie Damron and Cathy Biscuiti. “We combine as a team, each responsible for pulling together the various elements to create each dinner.” Kearney said, noting that they will soon be matching the chefs, vintners and venues, and will be making their selections public. “It is part of our tradition to announce the final pairings at an event in January. This heightens anticipation and is part of the fun.”

The Boca Bacchanal Honorary Wine Chairman is Clarke Swanson, Proprietor of the highly acclaimed Swanson Vineyards & Winery of Oakville, CA. Clarke, a grand supporter of Boca Bacchanal, is a Director of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, Director and former Chairman of the Oakville Winegrowers Association, a Director and Vice President of the Friends of Lincoln Theater Performing Arts Center ( Napa Valley), and a Director of University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Foundation.

Andy Roenbeck, Executive Chef at the Boca Raton Resort & Club will orchestrate the Saturday evening Bacchanal Dinner at the Resort. He will work with the international array of top vintners and chefs, who will be also creating the Vintner Dinners, to present a sumptuous feast. Chef Jim Dodge of Bon Appetit Management Company in San Francisco, CA is the Chef Advisory Chair.

This year’s edition of Boca Bacchanal will benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society’s Heritage Education Programs, which take the past, as well as the unfolding history and heritage of Boca Raton, into the community. P artners include the Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton, the School District of Palm Beach County, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida Atlantic University, the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, the Junior League of Boca Raton, Operation Lifesaver, Sun-Sentinel Newspapers in Education, Visit Palm Beach and the Boca Raton News. Sponsors include National Distributing Company, Boca Raton Magazine, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Wine News, Crown Wines & Spirits, JM Family Enterprises, Legal Sea Foods, Master Design Group, Publix Supermarket Charities, Cendyn and Carla Marsh Public Relations.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, as well as a variety of ticket pricings and weekend packages, are now available. For more information on Boca Bacchanal Winefest and Auction, or to purchase advance tickets, visit the website at or call the Boca Raton Historical Society at 561-395-6766 X 101.

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