If you want to know why Palm Beach County, FL., is ground zero for winter parties, consider the Boca Raton Historical Society’s Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction will take place Friday, March 18- 20. The ninth annual weekend features a roster of top chefs and international vintners, inventive cuisine and a wealth of wine offerings. This year, Pierre Emmanuel Tattinger, Head of Champagne Tattinger from Reims, France, will be among the list of celebrated vintners.
Event highlights include Vintner Dinners hosted in private residences on Friday night followed by the gala Bacchanal & Auction at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on Saturday evening. Guests will dine, dance, bid and “Rock your Bacchus!” amidst a tropical Floridian wonderland, where native flora and fauna will be part of a backdrop for the chef’s reception and multi-course feast.
The evening’s centerpiece will be a live auction, named by the Wine Spectator as one of the top 20 wine auctions in the country, and a silent auction offering wine and lifestyle lots up for bid.
The weekend concludes Sunday afternoon at Mizner Park Amphitheatre with the popular Grand Tasting, an al fresco luncheon featuring the specialties of 30 outstanding local chefs and top vintners.
Stay for the weekend with the Boca Bacchanal Food & Wine Weekend Package at Boca Raton Resort & Club. The three-day, two-night package starts at $1,699 and includes:
• Two tickets to Boca Bacchanal events including a Vintner Dinner, The Bacchanal & Auction, and The Grand Tasting
• Two nights’ deluxe accommodations, arriving Friday, March 18, 2010 and departing Sunday, March 20, 2010.
The participating celebrated chefs are: Robin Haas, Gulf Coast Kitchen at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort, Montauk, NY & Bistro Cinq, Antigua, Guatemala; Cindy Hutson, Ortanique on the Mile, Coral Gables, FL; Mark Militello, Trina Restaurant & Lounge, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Douglas Rodriguez, D. Rodriguez Cuba & Ola At Sanctuary, Miami Beach, FL; Oliver Saucy, Darrel & Oliver’s Café Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL and Allen Susse, Chef Allen’s, Aventura, FL.
The participating award-winning vintners are: Blair Fox, Winemaker, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, Santa Barbara, CA; Kathryn Hall, Proprietor, Hall Winery, Napa Valley, CA; Jacques Lardiere, Winemake, Maison Louis Jadot, Burgundy, France; Jac Cole, Winemaker, Spring Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA; Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, Head of Champagne Taittinger, Reims, France and Rosa Lee de Leuze, Proprietor, ZD Wines, Napa Valley, CA.