Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee Announces 10th Anniversary Event

Ted Mandes, Founder and Chair of the Palm Beach Wine Auction, recently hosted a luncheon at Café Boulud in Palm Beach to announce the 10th year of the Auction, and preview special features sure to make this milestone event an unforgettable part of the 25th Anniversary Season of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Barbara Golden, Ted Mandes, Jill Wachter (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

Barbara Golden, Ted Mandes, Jill Wachter (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

For its 10th year celebration, the Palm Beach Wine Auction on January 12th, 2017, will welcome Abram Bissell of New York’s The Modern restaurant as its Star Executive Chef.

Bissell is executive chef at The Modern, which under his direction rose from having one Michelin Star to earning two for 2016. The chef, a native of the Florida Keys, is himself a rising star on the culinary scene, having opened The NoMad as executive chef in 2012. Prior to that, he was the executive sous chef at Eleven Madison Park when the restaurant earned three Michelin Stars. Bissell has also worked at Post Ranch Inn’s Sierra Mar restaurant in Big Sur and L’Espalier in Boston.

Joining Bissell in the culinary leadership of the event is returning Chef de Cuisine Zach Bell, Executive Chef of Addison Reserve Country Club, Delray Beach. Michael Troise, retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine Department, will return as the evening’s auction director, and Brian Chamis, sommelier of Café Chardonnay in Palm Beach Gardens, returns to the helm for the event’s wine service.

Along with Ted Mandes as the event Chair, Christine and Martin Rivard and Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein will serve as Co-Chairs.

In honor of the 10th Anniversary, the Palm Beach Wine Auction will recognize the 10th Year Legacy Sponsors who have supported the event every year since its inception – Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, Lewis M. Schott and Tiffany & Co. Palm Beach, represented by Store Director Jeffrey Sabean.

During the luncheon, Mandes shared other exciting news sure to make the 10th year of the Palm Beach Wine Auction the best yet, including:

Krug Champagne returns to the 2017 Auction as the signature Champagne for the evening, served to each guest upon arrival.

A premier lot in the 2017 Auction will be a decanter of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 cognac, the 737th of only 738 such Baccarat black crystal decanters created by Rémy Martin and valued at a minimum of $25,000. The decanter was on display for committee members during the luncheon.

Each guest of the 2017 Auction will be served a glass of Louis XIII at the conclusion of the dinner; this is believed to be the first time over 200 hundred guests at a single charitable event will simultaneously be served this exquisite cognac.

In honor of the 10th year, a special performance by students who are alumni of Kravis Center arts education programs will take place during the event.

Ed Dudnyk, Jeff Pheterson (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

Ed Dudnyk, Jeff Pheterson (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

The luncheon, attended by Auction committee members Ed Dudnyk, Susan Esson, Roderic Fink, Barbara Golden, Steven Gottlieb, Jeff Pheterson and Jill Wachter, along with Kravis Center CEO Judy Mitchell, Kravis Center Senior Director of Development Diane Bergner and Auction Director Michael Troise, was held in Café Boulud’s Conservatory.

Guests were welcomed with a glass of Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatières 2012. Lunch featured highlights from Chef Rick Mace’s kitchen, including butternut squash velouté with pepitas and crème fraîche, grilled branzino with lettuce and beech mushrooms, and chocolate bread pudding with honey ice cream.

“Everyone in our community has a passion for their charity, but the Kravis Center is the beacon on the hill, our performing arts center,” said Mandes. “We are making investments in wine and building relationships that will take us through 2021, and the 2016 Auction, with a half-million in net proceeds, shows the success of these efforts. But most importantly, we’re investing in the futures of the children in our community.”

Mitchell shared Mandes’ sentiments, noting that the Palm Beach Wine Auction is not only instrumental in helping the Kravis Center meet its financial goals for children’s arts education, but is an event where “people truly have a great time, and they come back year after year.”

Since its inception, the auction has raised more than $3 million net for the education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Such programs include the S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series, which brings thousands of students to the Kravis Center each year for diverse performances in theater, dance and music.

The Auction’s mission attracts some of the food and wine industries’ most treasured and iconic names, whose donations to the cause offer gastronomic experiences that simply cannot be bought.

The 2017 event is expected to feature some 60 lots of remarkable wines and spirits from around the globe, exceptional luxury travel experiences and unique treasures all under the direction of Michael Troise.

A decanter of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 cognac, the 737th of only 738 such Baccarat black crystal decanters created by Rémy Martin and valued at a minimum of $25,000. (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

A decanter of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 cognac, the 737th of only 738 such Baccarat black crystal decanters created by Rémy Martin and valued at a minimum of $25,000. (Julia Duresky/CAPEHART)

Featured wines to be served at the 2017 Auction will include Château Palmer and Vineyard 7&8. Lots to be auctioned in 2017 include exquisite wine, food and travel to destinations including Paris, London, New York City, Montreal, Bordeaux, Cognac and the Napa Valley and Willamette, Oregon wine regions. Wine lots for 2017 will include amazing wines from every corner of the world, including Beau Vigne, Carter, Château Palmer, Château d’Yquem, Cheval Blanc, Colgin, Krug, Realm and several rare single-vineyard wines from the Antinori family in Italy.

Tickets to the 2017 Palm Beach Wine Auction are $1,000, by invitation only. Call 561-651-4320 or visit palmbeachwineauction.org for more information about the Palm Beach Wine Auction. For more information on the Kravis Center’s arts education programs, please visit kravis.org/education.