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Wednesday, 13 February 2008

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BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boca Bennington Tobacconist is proud to present a one night only intimate evening with Cigar Connoisseur and Pianist Avo Uvezian on Tuesday night, February 26 at 7:00pm, at Maxs Grille located at 404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton.

Born in Beirut to a family of talented musicians Avo Uvezian, Avo, is world renowned for his legendary piano performances and his passion for fine cigars. He became a piano player at an early age and pursued it as his career when he came to New York City and studied at the Julliard School of Music. In the 50s he joined the Army and played for the First Army Band at Governors Island where he picked up a second passion, cigars. From there, Avo moved to Puerto Rico where he opened a piano bar and began his search for the finest cigar. Never finding one to satisfy his tastes, Avo began rolling his own cigars. In the early 1980s he met up with master cigar maker Hendrik Kelner to mass produce his own blend in the Dominican Republic under the Davidoff name. Originally from Cuba, the Davidoff brand represents quality, style, and good taste. Today, at age 80, Avo enjoys a comfortable life, performing around the world and enjoying his own brand of cigars distributed by Davidoff Cigar Factory from Santiago with sales of over 3 million a year.

Purchased in 1980, Boca Bennington Tobacconist, located at 501 SE Mizner Blvd. #80 Boca Raton, is one of an exclusive family owned chain of cigar shops run by Jim Bennington. The Bennington name is known for its high end quality service and products for private patrons and select businesses that cater to affluent clientele such as the Ritz Carlton and Ocean Reef. The company is growing at a rate of 20% per year. Despite the economy, says Bennington, there are some things people just wont give up, like their favorite fine cigars. We look forward to a great year, and Avos presence with our cigar tasting is the perfect kickoff.

The agenda for the evening features hand picked AVO cigars followed by a pleasing evening lineup of wine and cigar pairing alongside a four course meal prepared by Chef Patrick Broadhead. A private performance by Avo will entertain the attendees as they arrive for the dinner. The event is co-sponsored by DKMC, Inc. and Southern Wine and Spirits selection of the Stimson Estate Cellars, Antinori wines, and Glenlivet scotch. The cost is $125 plus tax and gratuity and limited seating is available. For more information, contact Laura Hutton at 561-368-0080 or visit

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