PAFA Celebrates the Art of the Vine at Bacchanal 2011 on November 12

Gourmet feasts prepared by celebrity chefs and vintages selected by renowned winemakers

PHILADELPHIA – For the thirteenth consecutive year, on November 12, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host Bacchanal 2011, The Art of the Vine. Consistently recognized as the premier wine and auction event in the region, Bacchanal was cited in 2010 by Haute Living Magazine as one of the "Five Best Galas in Philadelphia."

With a 350-guest capacity, Bacchanal 2011 will be held in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, 128 North Broad Street, and include wine tastings, silent and live auctions of unique items and travel destinations, a multi-course dinner prepared by celebrity chef David Jansen, and dancing. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s in Manhattan will be the auctioneer for the evening.

The Count Francesco Marone Cinzano of Col d’Orcia will be the special guest vintner and will be able to present his internationally celebrated Brunello di Montalcino 2005, one of Italy’s most revered red vines. Also paired with Chef David Jansen’s gourmet dinner will be Louis Latour Puligny Montrachet “Les Truffières” 1er Cru 2006, Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Chardonnay Reserve 2007, and Trinchero Chicken Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.

During Bacchanal 2011, PAFA’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award will be presented to Patrick J. Stapleton III and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The Jefferson Award honors PAFA’s historical connection with Thomas Jefferson and his renowned love of fine wine by celebrating outstanding members of the wine industry.

During the past few years, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board embarked on a plan to transform the agency into a world-class retailer for the benefit of the people of Pennsylvania.  Under this Board’s leadership, the agency opened nearly a half a dozen completely redesigned, Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores.
Stapleton was first appointed to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board by Governor Tom Ridge in 1997. He was reconfirmed in 2000 and 2004 and appointed chairman by Governor Edward G. Rendell in 2001. Recently, he was named the chairman of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

Throughout the week preceding and after the Bacchanal 2011 gala a series of exclusive gourmet winemaker dinners will take place in private homes. To date, the following chefs will be creating their own unique menus to pair with internationally known wines at these dinners: Chef Derek Davis (Derek’s) with wines from W. J. Deutsch and sons; Chef Patrick Feury (Nectar) with wines from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Chef Suzanna Foo (Suzanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen) with wines from Sonoma-Cutrer; Chef Jose Garces (Garces Restaurant Group) with wines from Folio Partners; Chef Rafal Gonzalez (Four Seasons) with wines from Trinchero Family Estate; Chef David Jansen (Duffy’s Catering) with wines from Maison Louis Latour and Chef Andrew Masciangelo (Savona) with wines from Count Francesco M. Cinzano of Col d’Orcia, Italy, and Erasmo, Chile.

Since Bacchanal’s inception, the event has raised $3 million to help fund PAFA’s student scholarships and education programs. PAFA is authorized to host Bacchanal 2011 by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Bacchanal 2011 is co-chaired by Donald R. Caldwell, PAFA’s Emeritus Board Chair and June Marshall Smith.

Bacchanal 2011, The Art of the Vine, is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor, the Haverford Trust Company.

To inquire about Bacchanal 2011 email Judite Morais at or call 215.972.2037.


Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum.  A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at the Academy. The institution's world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Academy is located at 118-128 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. Admission to the Permanent Collection is Adults $10, Seniors (60+) & Students with I.D. $8, Youth ages 13-18, $6.

Admission to Special Exhibitions (includes Permanent Collection) is Adults $15, Seniors (60+) & Students with I.D. $12, Youth Ages 13-18, $10. Admission is free for members and children under age of 12.