Countdown to Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl 


Staff report

Bowl tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale for the sixth-annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. The game will be held at FAU Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at FAU Stadium.

After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will kick off earlier and has moved to ABC. The game will also broadcast on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM.

The bowl game has conference tie-ins with teams from Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

As one of 41 postseason college bowl games in the country and one of 15 owned and operated by ESPN Events (a division of ESPN) the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is the only one hosted in Palm Beach County. As a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that lives up to its other name, ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party’ the event features all the pomp and circumstance of traditional bowl events. It is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. Bowl week activities will begin on Dec. 17 with the arrival of the participating teams; days, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities.

Tickets are $32 for end zone seating, $57 for sideline seating, $375 for club seating, and $12,000 for suites. To purchase tickets for the sixth-annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, call the ticket office at 361-362-3650 or visit

Boca Bowl Chef’s Tailgate returns

Suit up in your college colors and get ready to taste tailgate bites during the Annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase & College Spirit Night on Nov. 5.

Head to the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel at 6 p.m. to try bites and craft beer.

New bites include Yucatan-Style Cochinita Pibil, Key West Pink Shrimp + Florida Citrus Tostadas, Lamb Barbacoa Tamales, Unbeetable Burger Sliders, Spicy Middle Eastern Arayes, Woonsocket’s Dynamite Sloppy Joe and Tuscan Cheesy Polenta and Guava and Cheese Croissants.

New participating restaurants include La Boulangerie Boul’Mich, Rex Baron Survivors Kitchen, Sammy J’s Kitchen + Cocktails. Other first time entries will come from

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill+Bar, Bazille, Cheffrey Eats, Crazy Uncle Mike’s, Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls and Kapow Noodle Bar.

Returning eateries include Boca Raton Resort and Club, Bolay, Ceasar’s Famous Ribs, Chartwells at FAU, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Hooters, Los Bocados, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Oceans 234, Seasons 52 Grill & Wine Bar, The Melting Pot, True Food Kitchen, Tucker Duke’s Boca Raton and more.

The “Boca Bowl Beer Garden” to feature craft brews” from Barrel of Monks Brewing, Due South Brewing Co, Prosperity Brewers, Crazy Uncle Mike’s and Robot Brewing Company & Quixotic Lounge.

Try them all and cast your vote for the best bite with the People’s Choice Award.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door; price includes all chef food samplings, entertainment and beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. To purchase tickets, visit Spirit of Giving at or call 561-385-0144.

Fourth Annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s ‘Women Change the Game’ featured panel of Miami Heat women executives

More than 100 women business and community leaders and media “got in the game” — without shoulder pads — at the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl “Women Change the Game” presented by Northwestern Mutual.

The night of food, fun and female empowerment hosted by GL Homes headlined a panel of Miami HEAT and Northwestern Mutual executives. Held at Seven Bridges, the event reinforced the message that women are a force to be reckoned with and are making strides not only in sports, but in other industries as well.

Radio and television sportscaster (and working mom) Keli Ferguson of ESPN 106.3 on WPTV News Channel 5 and Fox 29 served as emcee while panelists shared their career challenges and wins. They also shared their current job responsibilities, exciting developments within their companies, sacrifices they had to make to get to where they are now, work/life balance and what it is like to be a top female executive in a traditionally male-dominated industry. The panel included:

Lorrie-Ann Diaz, Vice President, Business Communications & Social Responsibility, Miami HEAT & AmericanAirlines Arena

Jennifer Alvarez, Vice President, Creative & Digital Marketing, Miami HEAT & AmericanAirlines Arena

Raquel Libman, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Miami HEAT & AmericanAirlines Arena

Brooke McKernan, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Guests enjoyed amazing food served up by Seven Bridges and drinks from Citrus Distillers, Corona, Fling Craft Cocktails and Garcia Carrion.