Star Chefs at Palm Beach Wine Auction

Jeffrey Bland and Jane Mitchell

Jeffery Bland and Jane Mitchell

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Beard-award winner Larry Forgione was joined by his three chef-sons for the sixth annual Palm Beach Wine Auction, a sold-out program that has raised more than $1.6 million over the years for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ education programs.

About 200 friends and supporters attended the event at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

Ted Mandes, Larry Forgione

Ted Mandes and Larry Forgione

“To further advance and broaden the scope of the educational experience of our youth is not just a cause, but an ongoing obligation,” said Ted Mandes, chair of the wine auction and a member of the Kravis Center’s board of directors.

The Kravis Center’s award-winning education programs have served more than 1.7 million children of all ages over the past 21 years.

In collaboration with the James Beard Foundation, four celebrity chefs were part of the auction: Forgione, who’s a James Beard Foundation award winner and was named “Chef of the Year” by the Culinary Institute of America; Marc Forgione, winner of the third season of “The Next Iron Chef” and Star Chef’s “Rising Star of the Year” in 2010; Bryan Forgione, the executive chef of Society Café at Encore Las Vegas; and Sean Forgione, apprentice to Larry Forgione at the Conservatory of American Food Studies and Farm to Table Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Patrick Park, Lola Astanova

Patrick Park and Lola Astanova

The Forgiones were hosted by Mar-a-Lago’s Executive Chef Aaron Fuller and his culinary team: Executive Pastry Chef Graham Randall, Chef Xavier Santiago and Banquet Sous Chef Sarah Dingle. Representing the James Beard Foundation at the event were Yvonne Ros, director of sponsorship and special events, and Julie Marshall, director of events and marketing.

Also attending the Palm Beach Wine Auction and the Vintner’s Dinner at Tiffany’s the night before were Margareth Henriquez, president and CEO of the House of Krug, Patrick Sullivan, winemaker for Rudd Winery; Ed Snider, owner of Beau Vigne; and Alex Gambal, an expert in Burgundy and the creator of Maison Alex Gambal.

The evening began with a reception around the Mar-a-Lago pool that featured a foie gras and caviar station, followed by a five-course dinner, with each course paired with specially selected wines from around the world.

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The auction of 37 lots was once again under the direction of 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 Premier Grand Cru sponsor for the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction was PNC Wealth Management. Patrick M. Park was the Grand Cru sponsor and also served as Grand Cru Ambassador.

Premier Cru sponsors were Marjorie Fink, Madeline and Roderic Fink, Chris N. Kritikos, and Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein.

Private Reserve Sponsors for the dinner on Jan. 31, 2013, included Braman Motorcars, Inc., Stuart and Sharyn Frankel, Barbara and Jerome Golden, Steven M. Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb, Mark and Stacey Levy, Craig and Rochelle Menin, Menin Development, Inc., Jane M. Mitchell and Lewis M. Schott. Grand négociant was Tiffany & Co.

Photos by Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm Beach.


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