Guests at the December 3 White Truffle Dinner celebrating the upcoming 12th Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction were treated to four courses of fine Italian cuisine infused with rare tartufo bianco d’Alba at Trevini Ristorante while sipping select wines from Tuscany, Umbria and California’s Russian River. The dinner was sponsored by Jen and Ed Dudnyk.
Auction Founder and Chairman Ted Mandes welcomed a full-house of over 80 guests to the dinner by saying, “We’re here because of the more than 60,000 children the Kravis Center reaches with its arts education programs every year,” before thanking host Gianni Minervini, chef-owner of Trevini, as well as the Auction’s sponsors, committee and supporters. “In the last 26 years, the Kravis Center has reached more than 2.5 million local students, and the Palm Beach Wine Auction has had a substantial impact in supporting this ongoing mission by raising more than $4 million in net proceeds to date. We are committed to the future of the children in our community.”
Kravis Center Board Chairman Michael Bracci spoke to the guests, “I want to thank Ted Mandes, who is 100 percent committed to the Palm Beach Wine Auction. Our arts education programs have been enhanced dramatically because of the Auction.”
Guests of the White Truffle Dinner included Palm Beach Wine Auction sponsors Tami and Ron Broadrick and Cynthia and Henri Jean representing the Broadrick Family Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co. represented by William Eady, Jen and Ed Dudnyk, Tuny Page, Susan Esson, Madeline and Roderic Fink, Imperial Wine Storage, Inc. represented by Laura and David Wrightson, Stephanie and Peter Lamelas, NetJets, Inc. represented by Cory Valentine, and Kathryn and Leo Vecellio.
The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvres including tartufo-fontina pâté with poached quail egg crostini and crispy zucchini blossoms with tartufo-puréed eggplant, paired with Montenisa Franciacorta.
Following the reception, guests enjoyed the exquisite four-course meal of truffle-infused delights. The antipasto course featured porcini mushroom ricotta budino with Parmigiano fonduta and tartufo d’Alba, paired with a 2014 Antica Chardonnay. This was followed by a first course of Carnaroli risotto with shaved truffles and seared foie gras, accompanied by a 2008 Antinori Muffato.
The second course was veal tortellini with pesto Parmigiano cream and shaved truffles, served with a 2016 Domenica Amato Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyards, represented at the dinner by winemaker Michael Scorsone of Emmitt-Scorsone Wines. The entrée featured a seared filet mignon with port reduction alongside a Maine lobster tail with lemon hollandaise, steamed white asparagus and shaved truffles, paired with a 2009 Antica Pinot Noir. For dessert, guests were treated to ricotta and truffle honey tortino with Caribbean rum-marinated strawberries and Swiss dark chocolate shavings, accompanied by a glass of Brachetto d’Acqui.
Among its signature lots, the 2019 event will feature an overnight stay at Château d’Yquem in Bordeaux, which also includes a visit with CEO Pierre Lurton, lunch at Château Cheval Blanc, dinner at Château d’Yquem and an Imperial of Château d’Yquem 1987 and a Double Magnum of Château Cheval Blanc 2010.
For those who prefer to shop the Auction’s incredible experiences, wine lots and more online, the Auction’s full catalog will be available for advance bidding starting one month before the event atwww.pbwa.online.
The Palm Beach Wine Auction Sponsors are Premier Cru: Broadrick Family Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Tuny and David Page; Private Reserve: Jen and Ed Dudnyk, Susan Hurley Esson, Madeline and Roderic Fink, Imperial Wine Storage, Inc., The Lamelas Family Charitable Fund, Bill and Marilyn Lane Family Foundation, Jane M. Mitchell, NetJets, Inc., Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, Jill and Bill Wachter; Plus Grand Négociant: Tiffany & Co.; Media Support: Gulfstream Media Group.
The Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee members are Chairman Ted Mandes, Amos Dare, Ed Dudnyk, Susan Hurley Esson, Roderic R. Fink, Barbara Evans Golden, John H. Kessler, Peter Lamelas, Shelley Menin, Patrick M. Park, I. Jeffrey Pheterson, Michael Rendina, Martin Rivard, Jeffrey Sabean, Laurie S. Silvers, Jill Sloane, Richard Sloane, Michael Troise, Cory Valentine, Kathryn C. Vecellio and Jill Wachter.
The Palm Beach Wine Auction will take place on January 24, 2019, at the Kravis Center’s Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion. More than 250 guests will gather to bid on amazingly rare vintages, exquisite experiences and unique treasures while sampling the finest cuisine and wine pairings. Tickets are $1,000 by advance reservation. To reserve tickets or for additional information, please call 561.651.4320, email[email protected] or visit palmbeachwineauction.org. For more information on the Kravis Center’s arts education programs, please visit kravis.org/education.
The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs – serving approximately 2.5 million schoolchildren since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. To enhance and elevate the customer experience, the Center has embarked upon a $50 million capital campaign to support a campus redesign and facility expansion that will create a more accessible, comfortable and pedestrian-friendly venue for the community. Aptly named Kravis 2020: The Future is Now, this campaign is at the heart of the Kravis Center’s vision for the future. For general information about the Kravis Center, please visit kravis.org or call the Box Office at 561.832.7469. For more information about the Kravis 2020: The Future is Now project, visit kravis.org/kravis2020.