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EatBeat: Boca Wine and Food Festival Adds a Dinner Under the Stars and Launch Party This Weekend

November 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Expanding to a two-day event, the 2nd annual Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival promises food lovers a huge international street party in downtown Boca Raton, with four main events. More than 70 chefs are involved from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The VIP Dinner Under the Stars, and Creekstone Farm’s Grand Tasting Launch Party are slated for Friday night. Saturday, the Jazz Blues Brunch and Grand Tasting dine around are scheduled for morning and evening.

Dining al fresco at one long table

Fest's excecutive chef, Lee Blakley

Dinner under the Stars is an exclusive event, limited to 200 guests. Each diner selects an international region for their cuisine choice. Regions are: France, Asia Pacific, South America, Italy, America, Spain or Vegan Fare (with organic wines). One of seven signature chefs, with Lee Blakley, event executive chef overseeing, will prepare a four-course dinner with wines for each group, limited to 30 participants. Dancing follows the event.

The festival’s Launch Party at the same time is a dine-around tasting fest that features a number of chefs preparing beef dishes, salads, vegetable meals, artisan breads, sweet treats, with a wine and beer open bar.

Saturday’s Grand Tasting will feature more than 70 chefs spread out among the international cuisine “stations” such as Italy, Asia, France. Along with the tastings, regionally themed music and decor add to the atmosphere. Along with the samplings are retail bazaars and gourmet booths selling foods and decorating items.

Local charities involved

“When we began planning this event one of the ways we differentiated ourselves was by involving the community,” said Russell Spadaccini, event founder, in a statement publicizing¬† the event. “We invited 13 local charities to partake in the event. Each charity is selling tickets and receiving a percentage of their ticket sales, in addition to the proceeds from the Friday night VIP silent auction.”

Charities participating are PROPEL (PropelYourFuture.org), Alzheimer’s Association SEFC, American Heart Association, Boca Helping Hands, Broward Children’s Center Foundation, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Scleroderma Foundation of Southeast Florida, SOS Children’s Villages Florida, Surfers for Autism, and the Tri-County Humane Society, the Boca Ballet, and Kids4kids.

Wide variety of cuisines represented

From last year's fest, paella on a grand scale

Restaurants supplying the foods at each event represent cuisines from around the world in keeping with the international theme of the festival.

They include Casa D’Angelo, Wave 2700, Steak 954, Oceans 234, The Melting Pot, Saquella, Seal Level, Ovenella, Mythos Greek Tavern, and Inka, La Stella’s, Sette Bello, Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Tomasso’s Pizza, The Whale Raw Bar, Anatolia, JB’s on the Beach, Andrew’s, El Jefe Luchador, Joann’s Cheesecakes, Bistro Ten Zero One, Bamboo Fire Cafe, the Biergarten, Maggiano’s Little Italy, La Bamba, Brick House Tavern, Dapur Aisan Tapas, Couture Cakes, Blue Martini, The Office, Sefa, Vic & Angelo’s, Truluck’s, Lemongrass, Stir Crazy, Casa do Pao, Surf Cafe, Tatiana, Indus, Rok Brgr, Super Dave’s Diner, Angelo’s Kitchen, Raffaele, J. Mark’s, Hot Tomatoe, and a number of catering companies and private chefs.

The festival takes place in downtown Boca Raton, where El Camino road will be closed off for the two-day event east of Federal Highway.

  • Friday, Nov. 11, 7-10 p.m, VIP Dinner Under the Stars
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Grand Tasting Launch Party
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Jazz Blues Brunch
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 6-10 p.m., Grand Tasting

Tickets to individual events or for a two-day admission range from $45 to $175, plus handling fee.

For tickets, and menus for events as well as details about the location, participating chefs and restaurants, go to the website, www.bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com

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