Celebrity Chefs, Special Vintages at Palm Beach Wine Auction

Lindsay Autry, Ted Mandes, Zach Bell, Aaron Fuller

Lindsay Autry, Ted Mandes, Zach Bell and Aaron Fuller

PALM BEACH, Fla. – World-class food and wine take center stage at the upcoming Palm Beach Wine Auction benefitting the education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

The event, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Mar-a-Lago Club, kicks off with a reception in the club’s white and gold ballroom and poolside featuring foie gras paired with Sauternes, caviar and smoked salmon paired with Krug Grand Cuvee and passed hors d’oeuvres.

The live auction takes place twice during the evening, between courses throughout the dinner in the Grand Ballroom, and includes wines presented during the evening as well as some of the world’s most special vintages.

Directing the auction will be Michael Troise, retired auction director for NY Wines/Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine Department and an expert with more than 40 years’ experience tasting, buying and brokering wines.

In addition to a live auction, the seventh-annual event will include a five-course dinner paired with renowned and specially selected wines from around the world.

“We have celebrity chefs preparing each course — the level and depth of the talent lineup is much more diverse and a point of great excitement this year,” said Ted Mandes, event founder and chair, and a board member at the Kravis Center.

“But the real stars are Palm Beach County underserved children. This exclusive event provides us the opportunity to involve a worldwide audience who value performing arts and creates awareness of the education programs at the Kravis Center, which are so vital to our youth today.”

Chef’s participating in the evening include Zach Bell, executive chef of Addison Reserve Country Club and formerly Café Boulud’s executive chef; Lindsay Autry, Bravo TV’s Top Chef finalist; Aaron Fuller, executive chef at Mar-a-Lago Club; Joshua Hasho, of The Omni Hotel in Chicago; Andrew Carmellini, a James Beard award winner who recently opened Lafayette in NoHo, in New York; and Cleveland’s Doug Katz, owner and executive chef of Fire, Food and Drink.

Vintner participants for the evening include Beau Vigne, Bucella, Carte Blanche, Colgin Cellars, Domaine Serene, Krug, Piero Antinori’s Antica Winery, Louis XIII, Rudd Winery and The Stags Leap division of Chateau St. Michele, among others.

Members of the Palm Beach Wine Auction committee are Ed Dudnyk, Roderic R. Fink, Barbara Golden, Steven M. Gottlieb, John H. Kessler, Stacey Levy, Shelley Menin, Patrick M. Park, I. Jeffrey Pheterson, Martin Rivard, Jeffrey Sabean, Lewis M. Schott, Laurie S. Silvers, A. Richard Sloane, Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, Mark Stevens, Michael Troise and Jill Wachter.

Event sponsors include: Grand Cru – Park Foundation; Premier Cru – PNC Wealth Management; Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein; Private Reserve – Madeline and Roderic Fink, Barbara and Jerome Golden, Steven M. Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb, Chris N. Kritikos, Mark and Stacey Levy, Craig and Rochelle Menin/Menin Development, Inc., Jane M. Mitchell, and Lewis M. Schott; and Plus Grand Negociant – Tiffany & Co.

Over the past 21 years, the Kravis Center’s education programs have served more than 1.7 million children. Since its inception, more than $2 million has been raised from the Palm Beach Wine Auction, providing locally economically disadvantaged children with an introduction to the arts.

Tickets for the evening start at $1,000 per person. For more information, visit www.PalmBeachWineAuction.org or call (561) 651-4307.

Photo by Jason Nuttle Photography.

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