Carla Marsh

Boca Bacchanal Announces Vintner Dinner Chefs and Venues

Boca Raton, Fl – (January 17, 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 March 9, 10 and 11, 2007. This is the fifth edition of the popular event, which benefits the Heritage Education Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society. There will be nine extraordinary and delicious Vintner Dinners on Friday, March 9, to launch the festivities.

The announcement was made at the annual "Pairings Party" hosted by the Boca Raton Resort & Club and Executive Chef Andrew Roenbeck. At the party, attended by Vintner Dinner hosts, event partners and committee members, guests enjoyed hors d' oeuvres and a variety of wines provided by National Distributing Company.

Boca Bacchanal Chairmen Ann and Charlie Rutherford, along with Honorary Chairmen Margaret Mary and John Shuff, 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," Ann Rutherford said. "This year we have eight homes and a fantastic new restaurant, Cielo, 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., Canada and England 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."

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 luncheon. It will take place mid-day Saturday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where patrons of the auction will vie for a host of rare wines and superb lifestyle lots.

Boca Bacchanal is the major fundraising event of the BRHS. Proceeds from Boca Bacchanal 2006 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. Visit the event website at

PHOTO ID: (L-R) Charlie Rutherford, Margaret Mary Shuff, Daniel Mann, John Shuff, Ann Rutherford, Chris Kearney

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