Bacchanal Features World-class Wine, Food

Amy Kazma, Faby Hooker, Michelle Toomey

Amy Kazma, Faby Hooker, Michelle Toomey

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Chefs from across the country and wine from around the world were the featured attractions at the 11th Annual Boca Bacchanal, a fund-raiser for the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

Steve and Stephanie Miskew were honorary chairs, and Thom and Joyce DeVita were chairman of the weekend.

Robert “Bobby” Campbell was presented with the prestigious Bacchus Award for his support of the Boca Bacchanal and the museum.

Tom and Marti White

Tom and Marti White

The Boca Bacchanal featured chefs for 2013 were: Eduardo Rodriguez of Geronimo in Santa Fe, N.M.; Peng Looi of August Moon Chinese Bistro and Asiatique Restaurant in Louisville, Ky.; Paula DaSilva from 1500° at the Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach, Fla.; Chris Ponte, of Cafe Ponte in Clearwater, Fla.; Piero Premoli of Pricci in Atlanta, Ga.; Christopher Prosperi of Metro Bis in Simsbury, Conn.; and Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill in Charleston, S.C.

The featured vintners were: Count Patrick d’Aulan, Alta Vista Winery, Argentina; Luciano Castiello, Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali, Tuscany, Italy; Thierry Roset, Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Reims, France; Cynthia Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, San Jose, Calif.; René Schlatter, Merryvale Vineyards, Napa Valley, Calif.; and Christopher W. Silva, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, Calif.

Jay and Katie Marhefka

Jay and Katie Marhefka

The weekend kicked off with the Bacchus Bash on March 22, 2013, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Guests mingled with chefs and vintners and sampled signature cuisine with by-the-bite stations and tableside presentations. The event featured entertainment, demonstrations, music and dancing, along with silent and live auctions offering wine, travel, cuisine and lifestyle lots. Thom and Joyce Devita chaired the Bash, and Betsy Fletcher served as the Auction Procurement Chair.

Elegant “Vintner Dinners,” on Saturday, March 23, 2013, were held in six private locations, and paired the talents of the chefs and vintners. The chef chair was Stephanie Miskew and chef liaison was Laurie Saunders.

Steve and Stephanie Miskew

Steve and Stephanie Miskew

The Boca Bacchanal’s Grand Tasting, on Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013, attracted more than 900 attendees to an alfresco luncheon by-the-bite on the tented green at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre, where guests enjoyed delicious specialties presented by 22 local chefs and restaurants and a presentation of 140 featured wines. The event also featured a beer garden.

The grand tasting co-chairmen were Brandon and Kelli McLeod, and Craig and Katherine Regna.

Boca Bacchanal 2013 partners were Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine, Cendyn, JM Lexus, Crown Wine & Spirits, Comerica Bank, Legal Sea Foods, The Buzz Agency, Champagne Tattinger, Saratoga Water, City of Boca Raton, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. Atlas Party Rental, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and LivingFLA.Com served as promotional partners.

Mary Csar, Bob Campbell, Jim Ballerano

Mary Csar, Bob Campbell, Jim Ballerano

For more information, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

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