By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
There’s only one place where you can taste over 100 varieties of wine from unique vintners across the globe, sample cuisine from 30+ South Florida restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and bid on unique auction items all while supporting a great cause, the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum — and that’s at Boca Bacchanal’s Bacchanalia. The Grand Tasting of all Grand Tastings, this is one event you do not want to miss. And with this year being the Sweet Sixteen of this must-attend Boca Raton community event, they are going all out — starting with a sneak peek “Savor and Sip-A-Long” event for local media hosted by Boca Bacchanal sponsor, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Thanks to Excell Auto Group’s luxury cars, we were chauffeured around town in style, visiting three of the restaurants that will be participating in this year’s Bacchanalia. First up, we headed over to one of the newest restaurants to hit the food scene in Boca Raton, Louie Bossi Ristorante and Pizzeria. The entire place was packed, but we managed to make our way through to the bar where we were treated to a glass of Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc and a beautiful cheese and charcuterie display with all the trimmings. Then we were off!
Like giddy little school children, we all ran outside to choose which luxury car to ride in next — I picked the hot orange Maclaren. If you’re into cars, you know that this car is fast. So fast, that I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a few beats during the drive to Stop #2: Seasons 52. Our group was led to the patio area, where we sipped on Twomey Sauvignon Blanc, a wonderful pairing for the three different appetizers we sampled: grilled chicken yakitori skewers with caramelized pineapple, scallions and toasted sesame seeds; caramelized grilled sea scallops with lemon mosto and micro greens; and the roasted roma tomato flatbread with mozzarella, parmesan and basil. Everyone posted up around the table of goodies, and practically had to be dragged out the door when it was time to leave. We climbed inside the fancy cars and headed to the next stop, Maggiano’s Little Italy. Upon arrival, our glasses were filled with a red blend, Masi Brolo Campofiorin. To accompany this bold red, Maggiano’s featured two class Italian dishes: cheese-filled ravioli with a marinara sauce and meatballs.
Seasons 52 and Maggiano’s have both participated in Boca Bacchanal in year’s past, but this will be a first for Louie Bossi. Bacchanalia ticket-holders can look forward to tasting all of this deliciousness and more during the April 7 event. If you aren’t familiar with this food and wine extravaganza, Bacchanalia is the place to be for all foodie-approved fun. As mentioned, there will be over 100 different wines to sip on throughout the evening, and more than enough food to taste. So break out your best casual cocktail attire and come hungry, because the restaurant line-up is always impressive. Bacchanalia will be held at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday, April 7 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include all food and drink tastings.
Proceeds from the entire Boca Bacchanal weekend benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum. For more information about the Vintner Dinners and Bacchanalia and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bocabacchanal.com/.