Published On: Wed, Feb 6th, 2019

Concours D’ Elegance and The Hangar Party – Feb 22-24

“Culinary and Cars Collide at World-class Events”

Attention auto enthusiasts, classic motorcycle fans, fellow foodies & wine lovers, motorheads, and party-goers of all sorts: The Concours d’ Elegance and Hangar Party are almost here!

For the past 12 years, fans have flocked come from across the country to Boca Raton for the esteemed Concours d’ Elegance.  This three-day, world-class extravaganza is one of the finest concourses (vintage car shows) in the country, showcasing classic and vintage cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles, all set upon the majestic greens of the Boca Raton Resort and Club. In fact, The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is the largest for-charity concours event in the world!

This year’s event, “The 13th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation” once again features the nation’s top car geek, Mr. Jay Leno, who will preside over all three days’ events

It all kicks off Friday, February 22, with the celebrated duPont Registry Live Hangar Party, held at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. This is a unique opportunity to have an up-close-and-personal experience with an array of exotic new cars, ultra-motorcycles, luxury boats and sleek private jets – and get the chance to schmooze with Mr. Jay Leno himself.  And of course, also indulge on unlimited samplings from some of the city’s finest restaurants (nearly 30!), along with fine wines, craft beers, and select spirits.  Live entertainment and local premier vendors further add to the festive atmosphere.

 

Saturday (Feb. 23) features various educational automotive seminars (including a special tribute to 100 year anniversary of Bentley Motorcars), followed by The Grand Gala Dinner, Auction & Show at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, featuring headline entertainer and emcee Mr. Jay Leno.  Guests will also have the opportunity to peruse and bid on a unique array of items at the silent auction during the pre-dinner cocktail party; and then further bid on unique experience packages and high-end prizes during the live auction following the gourmet dinner. Additional features of the evening include presentation of the Racing Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award to Ryan Hunter Reay and National Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award to Mercedes-Benz USA President & CEO, Dietmar Exler as well as a stellar performance by one of the one and only Jay Leno.

Sunday (Feb. 24) begins with an exclusive Sunday Brunch with Jay Leno at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where guests can join Jay Leno and Wayne Carini, Host of TV Show Chasing Classic Cars for an intimate brunch with a Q&A session and Keith Martin, Publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine: ($1,000 per person).

Then comes the main event: The Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance automobile and motorcycle exhibition, starting at 10:00 am. Guests from around the world will experience an automotive showcase like no other, featuring vehicles and motorcycles from an array of time periods.  Jay Leno will be presenting the “Big Dog Garage Award” to his favorite automobile and motorcycle, and then join expert panel of world-renowned expert judges. Awards will be given to the finest vintage, antique, classic and exotic vehicles based on period, presentation and overall style.

In addition to the incredible collection of vintage vehicles, guests also get to stroll, sample, and sip their way through the Concours d’ Gourmet Pavilion (starting at 11:30), offering unlimited gourmet samplings of food, wine and cocktails from South Florida’s finest restaurants.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to savor unlimited samplings from the area’s finest restaurants, along with fine wines and spirits, and socialize with other party-goers, while marveling at the spectacular vehicles spanning over a century.  Nearly 30 restaurants and catering companies are confirmed (so far) for Fridays’ Hangar Party and/or Sunday’s Gourmet Pavilion, including:  A Alexander Catering, Abe & Louie’s, BGCBC Culinary, Café Med, Enerbee, Loch Bar, Oceans 234, Ouzo Bay, Potions in Motion, Seasons 52, Sette Bello Ristorante, Sette Mezzo Ristorante, Taverna Opa, and of course, The Boca Raton Resort & Club – plus many more.

    

Proceeds from the Concours d’ Elegance benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC), and its valiant efforts to help the 12,500+ at-risk youth it serves, and has raised more than $10 million to date.

Brian Quail, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, proudly notes, “The entire Concours team is comprised of a group of over 300 volunteers who donate their time to the planning and execution of the event. “In 2018, the event attracted thousands of attendees, and to date has raised more than $10 million for our organization!”

All events are open to the public with tickets sold separately.  Tickets are $125 for Friday’s Live Hangar Party; $100 for Sunday’s Concours, or $150 with the Concours d’Gourmet access (plus early admission); and $500 for Saturday’s Grand Gala Dinner, Auction & Show, with Premier seating and table options available. Tickets for Sunday’s exclusive Brunch with Jay Leno, Wayne Carini, and Keith Martin are $1,000 per person

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bocaCDE.com or call (954) 537-1010.

Keep apprised of all the area’s major Food & Wine Festivals!  Check out my earlier article:  http://www.bocaratontribune.com/bocaratonnews/2019/02/food-wine-festivals-2019/

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC):     The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private agency, dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth, and serves more than 12,500 at-risk youth throughout the County. BGCBC has received the coveted 4 stars rating (out of 4 stars) by Charity Navigator for the seventh year in a row. (Only 4% of the Non- Profits in the USA have achieved this level of excellence). For more information, call (954) 537-1010 or visit www.bgcbc.org.

About the Author:     Kenny Spahn is a renowned food critic, culinary columnist, and restaurant authority.  Mr. Spahn also heads up Restaurant Placement Group, an exclusive recruiting and consulting firm for the restaurant and hospitality industry. For more information, visit www.RestaurantPlacement.com

 

About the Author

- KEN SPAHN is an award-winning Food Critic and Culinary Author, and a renowned restaurant & hospitality authority and consultant. He has authored over 800 food-related articles; appeared on numerous TV, radio, online, and print venues; served as Celebrity Judge at culinary competitions; taught Hospitality Management courses at local colleges; appeared as a guest speaker at industry events; consulted and recruited for hundreds of restaurant, hotel, and food service operators; and has been intricately involved in countless food, wine, culinary, and restaurant events. Mr. Spahn is widely recognized as one of Florida's most knowledgeable and well-connected restaurant professionals. Ken Spahn is also the Founder and President of RESTAURANT PLACEMENT GROUP, the exclusive recruiting, consulting, and placement firm for the Restaurant, hospitality, and food service industry. For more information, visit: https://www.restaurantplacement.com Boca Raton Tribune is honored to have Mr. Ken Spahn on its team!

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