Celebrity chefs , world-class vintners, silent auction, food sampling fundraiser

The 13th Annual Boca Bacchanal fundraiser to benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum kicked off from inside the Atlantic Aviation Hangar at the Boca Raton Airport.


With the theme “Bigger and Better in Every Way,” the more the event kept its promise with celebrity chefs including Erik Niel: Easy Bistro of Chattanooga, TN; Brian & Shanna O-Hea: Academe of Kennebunk, ME; Jeff Tunks& Chris Cline: DC Coast and Passion Fish; Piero Pomoli: Pricci, Atlanta,GA; Derek Tidwell:George’s at Aly Beach, Alys Beach, FL; and Chef Ken Vedrinski: Trattoria Lucca, Charleston, SC.


Guests had the opportunity to indulge in over 140 featured wines and bite-size specialties from over 30 restaurants during this first of two nights of fundraising for the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the past to enrich the future.


The silent auction featured a wide variety of items to bid on from luxury wine equipment to luxury vacations which added to the excitement. Saks Fifth Avenue hosted an experience for guests to try on furs from their Fur Salon collection. Boca Bacchanal guests were photographed beside the Saks Models and given photos to take home to commemorate their evening and the experience. http://www.SaksFifthAvenue.com


Chairman Amy Kazma and Honorary Chairman Susan Welchel welcomed Celebrity Guest Vintner, Kathie Lee Gifford to the Boca Bacchanal. Kathie Lee Gifford’s brand is called “GIFFT Wines.” The Boca Bacchanal guests got to meet and greet the three-time Emmy -winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with HodaKotb.


Guests enjoyed samples of the third and newest wine in the her collection and she invited attendees to her Boca Raton Whole Foods wine tasting which will take place on Saturday March 28th at the Glades Rd Whole Foods location. Kathie Lee said she was very proud to welcome her third wine to her growing collection which launched a year ago.http://www.GifftWines.com


Culinary Instructor, James Gennaro, lead the chef’s demonstration kitchen as guests watched and enjoyed the dishes prepared by the event’s featured chefs. The first demonstration of the evening was a Ceviche presented by Chef Piero Premoli of Pricci’s of Atlanta . The demonstrations took place in the Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma kitchen at the Boca Bacchanal followed by sampling for the dish when completed. http://www.WholeFoods.com


Each of the Vintners and Chefs at the Boca Bacchanal shared insights and educated guests as they sampled and savored the wines, spirits and food presented by each of the participating companies.


Tony Apostolakos represented Vintner Masi Agricola of Valpolicella, Italy. Tony’s family owned vineyards in Central Greece in the early 1900’s before they emigrated to Montreal, Canada. Tony, a 20yr.+ industry veteran talked about winemaking techniques and shared some of his global marketing strategy with guests.


In speaking to Tony he shared how MasiAgicola manages the most historic estate in Valpolicella, which once belonged to descendants of the legendary 14th Century poet, Dante, the noble Serego Alighieri family.


Celebrity Chef, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca of Charleston, SC told us he just opened a new Italian seafood restaurant called Coda Del Pesce overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


Brian and Shanna O’Hea’s restaurant Academe has been featured on Oprah’s “O” List and Shanna recently competed on the Food Network show “Rewrapped” where her creative take on Chef Boyardee’s Beef Ravioli won her first place on that episode.


The evening’s entertainment at Boca Bacchanal featured models pouring samples of the best wines and spirits including a special Tattinger and a Standard Russian Vodka. Guests were treated to music all evening hosted by a top dj, plus performances by an aerialist, a juggler and mentalist- Remy Conner.


Inside the Boca Raton Atlantic Aviation Airport Hangar guests enjoyed each opportunity for food sampling with bite-sized menu items prepared by chefs from restaurants including- to name a few- the restaurant at the Boca Raton Resort&Club, Morton’s the Steakhouse, NYY Steak located inside the Coconut Creek Seminole Casino, Max’s Grille, Brio Tuscan Grille, City Oyster and Sushi Bar from Delray Beach, Truluck’s (Seafood,Steak and Crab House), Merlinos, Maggiano’s, Bistro N- Nordstrom, Yard House and sweet treats from Godiva Chocolate, Pacari Chocolate, Allstar Gourmet Cupcakery and The Batter Co Dessert Collection and many more.


Artist Brendan Parker introduced and celebrated the grand opening of his new Lift Off Studios in Miami by displaying some of his artwork at the Boca Bacchanal Event. Brendan , a self-taught artist who is originally from Santa Rosa Beach said he moved to Miami to open his art gallery because “Miami is a contemporary market where he can share is passion in an “out of the box” market. “He describes his art as being created using a blow torch . He says, “My art is like creating blown glass on a canvas. I like keeping it experimental.”http://www.LiftofArtsStudio.com


The second evening of this fundraising event will be hosted by six area restaurants. Guests who purchase tickets to dine at these restaurants will have the opportunity to work alongside the chef to create a five-course dinner complete with food and wine pairings.Tickets to the Vintner Dinners are $325 P.P.