Boca Bacchanal and mixology classes


Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival back in Mizner Amphitheater

It’s time for the 14th Annual Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food festival on April 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Mizner Park Amphitheater. There will be more than 30 restaurants for sampling, which is a lot of nibbling on good bites, and a whole lot more wine tastings from vintners representing wines from around the globe. Tickets are $125 per person. Click or call 561/395-6766. Included is live music from DJ Violinist Timothee Lovelock and a fashion show and car tours from South Florida BMW Centers. The festivities continue April 9 with the Boca Bacchanal Vintner Dinners, which pairs top chefs preparing meals and vintners showcasing wines at exclusive dinners in private Boca Raton residences. Tickets for the vintner dinners are $325 per person.

Mix and learn: A world tour through cocktails

I had dinner with a friend the other night, and she ordered a Rob Roy cocktail. I hadn’t heard anyone talk about that drink in decades. It’s like a Manhattan, but made with Scotch whisky.

The classic cocktails are clearly in vogue again, so the cocktails and mixology classes held at the Old Arcade inside the Caffe Martier (411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 954/410-3177) are right on time. The classes cost $40 per person, and they explore the history and recipes of both older classics and newer twists on classic drinks. Try Cocktails 101 on April 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and delve into the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned and Sazerac, with history about New Orleans/Paris and New York.

Mixology 102, on April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., will focus on the Golden Age, Prohibition, High Society and the Disco Era, with the Bees Knees, Martini and Daiquiri drinks.

Mixology 103, on April 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., goes international, with the history of drinks from Italy, Brazil and Peru, and eyes the Negroni, the Caipirinha and the Pisco Sour.