Wine Industry Experts to Attend 6th Annual PALM BEACH WINE AUCTION at Mar-a-Lago on Jan 31

Wine Industry Experts to Attend 6th Annual PALM BEACH WINE AUCTION at Mar-a-Lago on Jan 31
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Jan. 25, 2013 - PRLog -- Kravis Center for the Performing Arts to Celebrate 6th Annual PALM BEACH WINE AUCTION at Mar-a-Lago – January 31, 2013

Wine Industry Leaders to Attend Invitation-Only Event That Will Feature Four Celebrity Chefs: James Beard Foundation Award Winner Larry Forgione and His Three Sons Marc (Iron Chef America, Next Iron Chef), Bryan and Sean

Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction Raises Funds for Kravis Center’s Education Programs

(West Palm Beach, FL – January 23, 2013) The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts today announced that several leading vintners from the American and French wine industries will be attending the celebrated annual Palm Beach Wine Auction on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at The Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100 South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach.

Margareth Henriquez, President and CEO of the House of Krug, Patrick Sullivan, Winemaker for Rudd Winery; Ed and Trish Snider, owners of Beau Vigne; and Alex Gambal, an expert in Burgundy and the creator of Maison Alex Gambal, will join some 200 friends and supporters of the Kravis Center attending this invitation-only event. It sells-out every year and has raised more than $1.5 million to support the Center’s award-winning education programs that have served more than 1.7 million children to date.

Ms. Henriquez, Mr. and Mrs. Snider, Mr. Gambal and Mr. Sullivan, who crafted the 99 point wine, are also expected to attend the official Vintner Dinner at Tiffany’s the night before the Palm Beach Wine Auction.

In collaboration with the James Beard Foundation, another highlight of the upcoming Palm Beach Wine Auction will be the culinary participation of four celebrity chefs: the world-renowned, James Beard Foundation award-winning chef Larry Forgione, hailed as “the godfather of American cuisine,” who was named Chef of the Year by the Culinary Institute of America, and his three talented sons: Iron Chef Marc Forgione, winner of the third season of The Next Iron Chef and was named Star Chef’s Rising Star of the Year in 2010; Bryan Forgione, the Chef de Cuisine of Society Café at Encore Las Vegas; and Sean Forgione, who works in the kitchens of Wynn Las Vegas. The Forgiones will be hosted by Mar-a-Lago’s Executive Chef Aaron Fuller and his culinary team.

Palm Beach Wine Auction Founder and Chair Ted Mandes, who is also a member of the Kravis Center’s Board of Directors, emphasizes that the event’s mission is to “share the cultural wealth” by further advancing and broadening the scope of the educational experience of our youth.

The wine auction will once again be under the direction of Michael Troise, the retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine Department and an expert with more than 40 years experience in tasting, buying and brokering wines from vintages dating as far back as the late eighteenth century.

The 2013 Palm Beach Wine Auction on January 31 will start with a reception at 6 p.m. around the Mar-a-Lago pool, which will sport a foie gras and caviar station and music by the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, followed by an elegant five-course dinner and wine auction. Extraordinary wines from the United States and France will be served throughout the evening. The ticket price is $1,000 per person. For more information, please visit

Sponsors for the Palm Beach Wine Auction 2013 include PNC Wealth Management (Premier Grand Cru); Patrick M. Park (Grand Cru); Marjorie Fink, Madeline and Roderic Fink, Chris N. Kritikos, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein (Premier Cru); Stuart and Sharyn Frankel, Barbara and Jerome Golden, Steven M. Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb, Mark and Stacey Levy, Craig and Rochelle Menin, Menin Development, Inc, Jane M. Mitchell, Lewis M. Schott (Private Reserve); and Tiffany & Co (Plus Grand Négociant).

Note: The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Education Programs are Bringing the Arts to the Next Generation & the Next Generation to the Arts. These Education Programs are supported in part by the Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction.

About the James Beard Foundation: The James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing and preserving America’s diverse cultural heritage and future. For more information please visit

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose 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; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, please call 561-832-7469 or visit

Available for Interview: Ted Mandes
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1.   Larry Forgione and sons Marc, Bryan and Sean Forgione
2.   Ted Mandes, Michael Troise, Mark Stevens of PNC Wealth Management

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