17th annual Boca Bacchanal moves to new location, new event offerings

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Boca’s popular wine and food weekend event, Boca Bacchanal is back April 4-6 at a new location, the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, the food and wine lovers event showcases local eateries and distinguished vintners from all over the world while benefiting the historical society. 

In addition to the new location, there is a new event this year to kick off the weekend, Burgers and Bubbles. 

Burgers and Bubbles will take place from 6-9 p.m. on April 4 at the Boca Resort’s Beach Club. It will feature a selection of gourmet burgers paired with Champagnes and wines. 

Tb burger menu includes a ground sirloin burger with cabernet mushrooms, Sonoma Jack cheese on sourdough toast; a turkey burger with sharp cheddar and guacamole on a whole grain bun; a sliced tuna burger with wasabi mayo and Asian slaw on a Hawaiian potato roll; a kobe beef burger with whipped burrata, heirloom tomatoes, and balsamic onions; and a portobello mushroom veggie burger with gem lettuce and beefsteak tomatoes on a brioche bun. 

Sides include truffle fries, mac & cheese, German potato salad, a Texas wedge, and sweet potato shoestrings, along with an array of toppings. 

Champagnes and wines, that will be served, include Champagne Taittinger; ZD Cuvee; Michele Chiarlo, Moscato d’Asti Nivole; Domaine Carneros, Brut Methode Traditionelle Carneros; Lucien Albrecht, Brut Rose; Underwood, Rose Bubbles; Maison Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir; and Banshee, Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles.

The weekend continues with the signature Vintner Dinners at 7 p.m. on Friday. Guests will taste five-course dinners in an intimate dinner party setting at various homes and historic locations.

This year hosts, chefs, vintners, and vineyards: 

  • Hosts Barbara and Bobby Campbell with Chefs Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boite in New York City and Justin Smillie of Upland in New York City and Miami, and Janet Pouchot of Craggy Range Vineyards in New Zealand; 
  • Hosts Joyce and Thom DeVita and Joni and Al Goldberg, with Chef Matt Gennuso of Chez Pascal in Providence, Rhode Island, and Teresa D’Aurizio of ZD Wines in Napa, California; Hosts Maria and Todd Roberti with Chefs Brian and Shanna O’Hea of Academe at The Kennebunk Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, with Allen Papp of Darioush in Napa, California; 
  • Hosts Holly and David Meehan with Chef Patrick Duffy of The Addison in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jeff Flood of Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars in Napa, California; 
  • And hosts Diane and Robert Bok with Chef Adam Jakins of Halls Chophouse in Charleston, South Carolina and Chef Russ Moore of Slightly North of Broad in Charleston, South Carolina, and Guillaume Large of Maison Louis Jadot in Burgundy, France and Resonance Vineyard in Willamette Valley, Oregon.

The next new offering kicks off the grand tasting early with a VIP party showcasing the featured vintners. VIP guests will head dockside at the Boca Resort from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday to tour a luxurious 127-foot yacht–The Kimberlie–from Worth Avenue Yachts before they head over to the Grand Tasting. This pre-party will also feature hors d’oeuvres from GourmetPhile along with drinks. 

The Grand Tasting finale will begin at 7 p.m. in the Boca Resort’s Great Hall. 

Guests will enjoy dinner-by-the-bite from 25 restaurants and be able to sample over 130 wines. 

The theme of this year’s Grand Tasting is “From New York City to California Wine Country” and guests who first enter the event–to register in the foyer–will notice that this area has been decorated as an airport, courtesy of Privaira.

The Great Hall will be decorated to reflect New York City and the room will be delineated with well-known street names that will intersect–in the center of the room–at Central Park.

Saks Fifth Avenue will also be hosting a Central Park-inspired lounge, featuring Taittinger Champagne, and there will be a display of exotic cars, from Excell Auto Group, along with their urban-themed city bar with a selection of spirits and seating for event patrons.

The Camino Hall will be decorated to reflect California Wine Country and will feature foods that are native to the region, along with a selection of wine stations, and vendors.

Participating restaurants include: Apiero Kitchen & Bar, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Bolay, Burton’s Grill & Bar, Cafe Med -Wyndham Deerfield, Chops Lobster Bar, Dubliner Irish Pub, GourmetPhile, Henry’s, Howard’s Market, J&D Cakes, Loch Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Oceans 234, Ouzo Bay, Pacari Chocolate, Potions in Motion, Raw Juice, Season’s 52, The Capital Grille and The Melting Pot.

Presenting wineries include Banfi Wines, Biagio Cru and Estate Wines, Bodega Montecillo, Bocelli Family Wines, Bloomers Frose, Blue Ridge Spirits and Wine, BNA Wine Group, Bronco Wine Company, Castle Rock Winery, Craggy Range, Darioush, Douglas Green Boschendal, Foley Family Wines, Hahn Family Wines, J. Garcia Carrion, K Vintners, Maison Louis Jadot/Resonance,  Merryvale Vineyards, Niner Wine Estates, Pacific Highway Wine and Spirits, Pacific Southern Wine Co., Palm Bay International, Prestige Beverage Group, Provence Rose Group, Quintessential Wines, Ron Rubin Winery, San Sebastian Winery, Santa Margherita USA, Silver Oak Cellars/Twomey Cellars, Social Sparkling Wine, Takara Sake, Terlato Wine Group, Torgar Group, Unibroue, Vina Robles, Vintage Wine Estates, and ZD Wines.

All proceeds benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum and its initiatives and programs. 

For additional information or to purchase tickets, please go to www.bocabacchanal.com or bocahistory.org. Guests may also purchase tickets by calling the BRHS&M, at 561.395.6766, Ext.101. Additionally, tickets may be purchased at the BRHS&M, at 71 North Federal Highway.