Carla Marsh

Boca Bacchanal Uncorks Vintner Dinner Pairings

Boca Raton, Fl – December 3, 2007 - The Boca Bacchanal Committee has announced the pairings of the Vintner Dinner chefs, vintners and venues for its weekend winefest and auction planned for February 29 - March 2, 2008. This is the sixth edition of the popular event, which benefits the Heritage Education Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society. There will be eight extraordinary and delicious Vintner Dinners on Friday, February 29, to launch the festivities.

The announcement was made at the annual “Pairings Party” co-hosted by Citibank and the Boca Raton Resort & Club and Executive Chef Andrew Roenbeck. At the party, attended by Vintner Dinner hosts, event partners, committee members and over 200 enthusiastic patrons, guests enjoyed hors d’ oeuvres and a variety of wines provided by Founding Partner, Republic National Distributing Company (RNC).

Boca Bacchanal Honorary Chairmen Tom and Marti White, along with Chairmen Sharon and Bill Shubin, offered a toast to the Boca Bacchanal Vintner Dinner hosts, who soon will be welcoming celebrated chefs and prized vintners into their homes, creating memorable evenings of sensational food and wine.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our gracious hosts and event partners, who completely underwrite these dinners so that we can donate 100% of the proceeds to the Boca Raton Historical Society,” Marti White said. “This year we have eight homes as venues. All are located in magnificent settings, and they will each be an outstanding backdrop for the dinners.”

The Boca Bacchanal Committee has invited some of the top chefs in the U.S. 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 RNC 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.”

The three-day affair will feature the Friday evening Vintner Dinners and a Sunday alfresco Grand Tasting at Mizner Park. The event’s centerpiece, The Bacchanal & Auction will comprise a wine and spirits reception presented by the Vintner Dinner Chefs and Vintners, a silent and live auction and a lavish dinner. It will take place Saturday evening at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where patrons of the auction will vie for a host of rare wines and superb lifestyle lots. A new edition to Boca Bacchanal this year is Raise Your Glass!, a luncheon and cooking demonstration presented by Florida Table and the Lynn University School of Hospitality Management.

Boca Bacchanal is the major fundraising event of the BRHS. Proceeds from Boca Bacchanal 2008 will benefit the Heritage Education Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society. These innovative, diverse and rapidly growing programs are widely utilized and appreciated throughout area schools, civic and cultural organizations, and interested individuals.
For more information on Boca Bacchanal, such as event schedules, profiles of participating chefs and vintners, or to inquire about event partnerships or volunteer opportunities, and to order tickets, please contact the Boca Raton Historical Society at 561.395.6766 X 101 or visit the event website at

Tom and Marti White (Honorary Chairs)

Chris Kearney with Bob Campbell

Marie Speed, John & Margaret Mary Shuff and Chris Kearney

Charles & Robin Deyo with Jon Sommersfield

Derek & Lisa Vander Ploeg

Frank & Mary Csar with Bernie & Sylvie Godin

Representing Citibank, host for the Pairings Party, were Constance Scott, Sophia Christakis, Michael Jones, Dr. John Christakis, Paul Christakis, Stephanie Christakis, Dr. Ted and Vicki Raptis

Vintner Dinner Hosts
Back Row: Skipp Jackman, Betsy Fletcher, Irving Gutin, Barbara Gutin, Mary Jane Evans
Front Row: Bob Campbell, Peter Baronoff, Malinda Baronoff, Madelyn Savarick, Kathi Grace, Tabitha LeTourneau Meyerer, Joyce Devita, Tom Devita

Bill & Sharon Shubin

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