[Longboat Key, FL – October 10, 2016] The sixth annual Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab Celebration & Winemaker Auction will take place November 10 and 11, 2016, once again bringing some of the most prestigious winemakers and producers to the beautiful beach-setting at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Guests are invited to attend one of the specialty wine dinners on November 10th, the upscale wine-tasting event on the beach on November 11th, or go “all-in” and attend both. This is truly one of the most exclusive and intimate wine events on the west coast of Florida.
The beachside event is well known for its outstanding selection of premium vintages, specialty spirits and local craft brews all featured as a complement to the reason for the season, stone crabs! A feast for food-lovers and wine aficionados, the event is well known for its one-of-a-kind live auction showcasing exceptional wines, travel, adventure and dinner packages. This is the “must-have” ticket to kick-start a fabulous new season of island living.
The beneficiary of this year’s event is Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, supporting the organizations marine research institution as well as the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts International*.
Tickets to the wine dinners are $135 per person. Tickets for the Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab & Wine Auction are $150 per person. To purchase tickets call (941) 387-1662, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, www.longboatkeyclub.com/bacchus-on-the-beach/. Join the conversation #Bachus2016.
“This is an annual event that we always look forward to, not just for its exclusivity and the ambiance of the beach-side setting, but also as a way to kick off a great new season of island living here on Longboat Key. We are pleased we have the opportunity to support Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge this year. The work they do in our community and the impact they have on marine education globally is certainly impressive,” said Jeff Mayers, General Manager at The Resort at Longboat Key Club.
“Mote is pleased to once again be named the beneficiary of Bacchus on the Beach,” said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Mote President and CEO. “This is a fun event where we all get to enjoy local food, wine and the beautiful beaches and pristine water off Longboat Key, which is home to a myriad of marine life. Funds from this event will support the world-class marine research, education and outreach programs of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.”
Thank you to our Media Sponsors, The Observer Media Group and Scene Magazine.
Bacchus on the Beach, Wine Dinners
Thursday, November 10, 2016
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Gulfside Plancha with Wild Horse Winery
North Beach, 5:30 Reception, 6:00 pm Dinner
Featuring Todd Ricard, Winemaker
[if !supportLists]· [endif]An Evening with Woodward Canyon Winer
Spike & Tee’s, 6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner
Featuring Thomas Woodley, Winemaker
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine Dinner
Sands Pointe Restaurant, 7:00 pm Reception, 7:30pm Dinner
Featuring Justin Seidenfeld, Winemaker
[if !supportLists]· [endif]An Evening at Portofino with Jankara Winery and Coterno Fontino Winery
Portofino Restaurant, 7:30 pm Reception, 8:00 pm Dinner
Featuring Renato and Angela Spanu and Fabio Fantino and Noemi Conterno, Winemakers
“Bacchus on the Beach” Stone Crab Celebration & Winemaker Auction
Thursday, November 11, 2016
Beach Festival Tent • 5:30 pm
The 6th annual Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab Celebration & Wine Auction will be better than ever with over 100 selections from our featured wineries and producers! Enjoy the ambiance of the evening along the Gulf of Mexico as you participate in the Grand Tasting, enjoy stone crab and unique dishes prepared by the Chefs of Longboat Key Club, dance in the sand and aim high at the live auction as rare vintages, unique travel packages and outdoor adventures are presented to benefit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts programs. A party with a purpose! $150 per person.
Live Auction Packages
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Spotted Eagle Ray Charter with Mote Marine Scientists
- Behind the Scenes Tour of Mote Marine Laboratory
- Dinner with the Sharks, by The Resort at Longboat Key Club
- Cafe L’Europe, four-course, five star wine dinner for six, by Scene Magazine
About The Resort at Longboat Key Club
The Resort at Longboat Key Club is Sarasota’s premier luxury beachfront resort and private membership club renowned for its distinctive guest service and unparalleled amenities. The resort is easily accessible from two international airports. On-site amenities include 45 holes of championship golf, the Tennis Gardens, The Spa, fitness center, eight distinctive restaurants and lounges, Longboat Key Club Moorings, and a pristine Gulf of Mexico beachfront location. Accolades include being named a Conde Nast Top 30 Resort, Florida Gulf Coast, a AAA Four-Diamond Resort for 33 consecutive years, #6 Tennis Resort Worldwide by Tennis Resorts Online and a Tope 25 Marina, North America by Power & Motor Yacht Magazine. Located at 220 Sands Pointe Road, Longboat Key, Florida, reservations can be made by calling (855) 314-2619 or online at www.longboatkeyclub.com.
About Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is celebrating its 61st year as an independent, nonprofit 501©3 research organization. Mote’s beginnings date back six decades to the passion of a single researcher, Dr. Eugenie Clark, her partnership with the community and philanthropic support, first of the Vanderbilt family and later of the William R. Mote family. Today Mote is based in Sarasota, Fla. With field stations in eastern Sarasota County and the Florida Keys and a scientific team that conducts research on the oceans surrounding all seven of the Earth’s continents. Mote’s 25 research programs are dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans, with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to the conservation and sustainability of our marine resources. Mote’s vision also includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing the research is Mote Aquarium, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days a year. Learn more at www.mote.org.
About Mote Marine Laboratory, Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts International Since 2012, the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts International have been volunteering at Mote Marine Laboratory’s underwater coral nursery in the Florida Keys alongside Mote scientists. Mote has set aside an area in the coral restoration site to honor American servicemen and women. Not only do these combat wounded and youth volunteers provide important support to Mote, accelerating the coral reef restoration work undertaken since 2006, they also inspire and challenge one another in a way that only the undersea community can provide. Mote established the underwater coral nursery where scientists grow colonies of the threatened staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) for replanting on decimated or damaged sections of reef within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. When the colonies reach a suitable size, small fragments nearly 2 inches long (about 5 cm) are snipped off and used to create a new colony, similar to the way new plants are grown from cuttings of existing plants. Today, Mote has about 15,000 coral colonies, some 250,000 fragments, growing in the nursery.