Chefs to Add Flavor to Palm Beach Wine Auction

Larry Forgione, Marc Forgione, Bryan Forgione, Sean Forgione

Larry Forgione and his sons Marc, Bryan and Sean

PALM BEACH, FL – Renowned chef Larry Forgione, dubbed the “Godfather of American Cuisine,” and his three chef sons will be part of the Palm Beach Wine Auction benefitting The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts educational outreach programs.

The auction will be held January 31, 2013, at The Mar-a-Lago Club.

Some 200 friends and supporters are expected to attend this invitation-only event, which has raised more than $1.5 million for the Kravis Center’s education programs.

Forgione is a James Beard Foundation award winner and was named Chef of the Year by the Culinary Institute of America. He will be joined by his three sons: Iron Chef Marc Forgione, winner of the third season of “The Next Iron Chef” and named “Star Chef’s Rising Star of the Year” in 2010; Bryan Forgione, the Chef de Cuisine of Society Café at Encore Las Vegas; and Sean Forgione, who works in the kitchens of Wynn Las Vegas. The Forgiones will be hosted by Mar-a-Lago’s Executive Chef Aaron Fuller.

Palm Beach Wine Auction Founder and Chair Ted Mandes, who is also a member of the Kravis Center’s Board of Directors, said the event’s mission is to “share the cultural wealth” by advancing the educational experiences of kids.

“Whether you call it élan, cachet, panache, esprit or je ne sais quoi, I can tell you from first-hand experience there’s something indisputably unique about the Palm Beach Wine Auction,” said event supporter and long-time Palm Beach resident David Hamilton, brother of actor George Hamilton.

The wine auction will again be directed by Michael Troise, the retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine Department and an expert with more than 40 years experience in tasting, buying and brokering wines from vintages dating as far back as the late eighteenth century.

The program starts with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by an elegant five-course dinner and wine auction. Tickets are $1,000 per person. For more information, visit www.palmbeachwineauction.org.

Sponsors for the Palm Beach Wine Auction 2013 include PNC Wealth Management (Premier Grand Cru); Patrick M. Park (Grand Cru); Madeline and Roderic Fink, Chris N. Kritikos, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein (Premier Cru); Stuart and Sharyn Frankel, Barbara and Jerome Golden, Mark and Stacey Levy, Craig and Rochelle Menin, Menin Development, Inc, Jane M. Mitchell (Private Reserve); and Tiffany & Co (Plus Grand Négociant).

The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center that presents a diverse schedule of artists and companies and provides comprehensive arts education programs.

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