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Vintners, Chefs and Venues for Vintner Dinners Announced at Boca Bacchanal Pairing Party

Boca Raton, Fl -- The Boca Raton Historical Society has announced the pairings of the Vintner Dinner chefs, vintners and venues for Boca Bacchanal, the weekend winefest and auction planned for March 18, 19 to benefit educational causes in Boca Raton. There will be 10 extraordinary and delicious Vintner Dinners on Friday, March 18, to launch the festivities.

The announcement was made at a delightful Pairings Party hosted by Northern Trust Bank in Boca Raton. At the party, attended by Vintner Dinner hosts, sponsors and committee members, guests enjoyed hors d' oeuvres and a variety of wines provided by sponsor National Distributing Company. Boca Bacchanal Co-chairs Kathryn Gillespie, Tim Snow and J.C. Perrin each offered a toast to the Boca Bacchanal Vintner Dinner hosts, who will soon be welcoming celebrated chefs and prized vintners into their magnificent homes, creating memorable evenings of sensational food and wine.

We are so grateful for the generosity of our magnanimous hosts and sponsors, who totally underwrite these dinners so that we can donate 100% of the proceeds to the beneficiaries, Gillespie said. This year we have 10 homes, all located in magnificent settings, and they will each be an outstanding backdrop for the events.

The Boca Raton Historical Society has invited some of the top chefs in the country and a Michelin-starred chef from Italy to Boca Bacchanal. We give great attention to how we match the chefs with the vintners so that each complements the other's distinctive style, said Chris Kearney of National Distributing Company, and the Wine Advisory Chairman of Boca Bacchanal. Then the chefs create their menu and work with the vintner to pair each course with the perfect wine, bearing in mind that each vintner is pouring the top of their portfolio. The result is an amazing collaboration.

Boca Bacchanal, will feature fine wine gatherings, an evening of superb vintner dinners on Friday, March 18, and the Grand Tasting, an afternoon "by the bite" food and wine tasting on the green at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, featuring 20 restaurants and over 140 vintners, and wine seminars by noted authority Michael Weiss, on Saturday afternoon, March 19.

The centerpiece of the festivities will be held Saturday evening at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with the chef's reception, followed by a multi- course dinner created by the vintner dinner chefs presided over by the Resort's Executive Chef, James Reaux, and live and silent auctions. The live auction will showcase a remarkable array of premium wine and luxurious lifestyle lots, and will be orchestrated by master auctioneer David Reynolds.

The Boca Raton Historical Society will also present its first Boca Bacchanal Awards of Excellence to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the enjoyment of food and wine. This year's recipients are celebrated Italian cookbook author, teacher and culinary consultant Marcella Hazan and legendary vintner Warren Winiarski, proprietor of the famed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley.

Boca Bacchanal is the major fundraising event of the BRHS and is held to promote educational causes in Boca Raton. The Boca Raton Historical Society is actively committed to education (specifically, Heritage Education), and the fundraiser will center on improving and augmenting educational opportunities for students from pre-school through college.

Proceeds from Boca Bacchanal 2005 will benefit the Heritage Education Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society, the George Snow Scholarship Fund which provides need-based college scholarships for young people to reward excellence, and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's "Golden Bell" Education Foundation providing assistance to local schools in grades K thru 12th.

For more information on Boca Bacchanal, such as event schedules, profiles of participating chefs and vintners, or to inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Boca Raton Historical Society at 800-508-5210 or at 561.395.6766 X 101.

Photo ID: L-R Vintner Dinner Hosts Peggy Ruzika and Asa Lööf with committee member Mary Jane Evans.

Photo ID: L-R (back row) Tom Dieters, Warren Orlando, Tim Snow (front row) Val Dieters, Orrine Orlando

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