Published On: Fri, Mar 3rd, 2017

Bacchus Beckons!  Boca Bacchanal – March 24-25, 2017


“A Food & Wine Fest Weekend to Please the Gods”

Spring has sprung. And to us local foodies and wine lovers, that means one thing – the Boca Bacchanal!  Now celebrating its 15th year, The Boca Bacchanal is one of the area’s favorite food & wine events —  especially the wine (Bacchanal is, after all, a tribute to Bacchus, the God of Wine!). And this year’s celebration promises to be bigger & better than ever, with more food, more wine, and later hours – plus the debut of the new Spirits Dinner. The weekend-long celebration takes place March 24-25, and it goes to benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

Let the revelry begin!   The weekend kicks off with the Friday Vintner Dinners, where world class chefs and vintners team up to prepare private dinners at individual venues, including The Boca Raton Resort & Club and The Addison. These intimate dinners feature a vintner and chef pairing their wine and cuisine together to create a magnificent 5-course meal. Guests also get the unique opportunity to meet their chef and vintner, and learn more about the wine and food pairings of the evening.  In addition, this year marks the debut of a special Spirits Dinner held at The Addison, where guests will also enjoy tastes of spirits and liquor cocktails made by a master mixologist. It’s the best dinner you won’t remember!  This year’s visiting celebrity chefs include: Brian and Shanna O’Hea from the Kennebunk Inn (Kennebunk, ME); New Orleans Chefs Jacob Cureton (Annunciation) and Ryan Haigler (Grand Isle);  John O’Leary (Naples Yacht Club, Naples, FL); Regina Charboneau of Twin Oaks (Natchez, MS); Annemarie Stenfors (Alma Nove, Hingham, MA); and The Addison’s own Patrick Duffy.  Each course will be matched with a specially selected wine, personally selected by the visiting celebrity Vintners from known wineries, including St. Francis Winery (Sonoma County), Round Pond Estate Winery and Cuvaison & Brandlin  from Napa, Valley; Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari from Italy; and Banfi Vintners of Glen Head, NY; plus Mixologisit David Ortiz from  Republic National Distributing Company

But Saturday, March 25 brings the BIG event, with the spectacular Bacchanalia Grand Tasting at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre (7:00 – 11:00 p.m.).  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to Stroll amidst this “casually elegant” open-air setting; while you sip & savor over 140 select wines and culinary delights from some of the area’s top restaurants and culinarians. And what a feast it will be! This year’s line-up of all-star eateries include: The Addison, Bazille at Nordstrom’s, Bacon Boxes, Bolay, Café Med, Gelato Petrini, GourmetPhile, Juice & Java, J.D. Cakes, Howard’s Market & Deli, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mahatma Rice, M.E.A.T Eatery & Taproom, Max’s Grille, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Oceans 234, Pacari Chocolate, Ouzo Bay, Patio Bar & Grill, Potions in Motion, Publix Aprons, Seasons 52, Shake Shack, Tanzy, Texas de Brazil, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Capital Grille, The Melting Pot, Truluck’s, and more!

Also on tap: The Hope Family winery’ half-yacht, unique car displays, a fun BikeCruz experience, and a unique “Selfie Spot” by founding sponsor Boca Magazine. And this year’s celebration will go later than ever – until 11:00 p.m, with DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock keeping things lively — Sounds like a party to me!

See you at the Bacchanal!
“The 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal is shaping up to be a phenomenal event with a spectacular selection of chefs and vintners, and a one of a kind wine and food auction.” said Mary Csar, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Historical & Museum. “All proceeds from the annual Boca Bacchanal event benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum and our mission to preserve, share and celebrate our local history. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 15th year of this community event and we look forward to keeping the party going for many years to come.”

The Vintner Dinners are Friday, March 24, starting at 7:00 pm. The big Bacchanalia takes place Saturday, March 25 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton.

Ticket prices are $125 for the Bacchanalia, and $325 for the Vintner Dinners (while they last).

To purchase tickets and for more information about Boca Bacchanal, visit
For more information about the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum or to become a member, go to

For more information about Restaurant Placement Group, visit:

TAGS: Boca Raton, Bacchanal, Food & Wine, Restaurant Placement Group,; Boca Raton Historical Society; Mizner Park, 

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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: Boca Raton Tribune is honored to have Mr. Ken Spahn on its team!

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