Casa Pacifica’s Wine Food & Brew Festival 2017 – Great Fun for a Great Cause

By Raven West

The angels were certainly smiling down on the Casa Pacifica staff and volunteers of the 24th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine Food & Brew Festival 2017!

What started out as a cold, drizzly morning, turned into blue skies and sunshine just as the very first VIP guest walked through the gate. They were greeted by Casa Pacifica volunteers Lori Silvey and Christina with glasses filled with champagne and blueberries, topped off with a huge home-grown Oxnard strawberry.



The record breaking sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 was treated to 75 of Ventura County’s most delicious culinary delicacies paired with a selection of fine wine from wineries who came from as far away as Napa and Sonomoa Valley and beer from local micro-breweries.

Kathy Holven & Cathy Savo enjoy a great time for a worthy cause

VIP guests danced to the music of Instone while enjoying special desserts created by Jana Richardson and Vanessa, owners of “Delicious Artistry”. J’s Crab Bisque served in a sour dough bowl by Chef Jason of Plated Events was a festival favorite.

On the main stage, DJ Bruce Barrios announced the “Yummie” awards presented for best Sweet, best Savory and best Brew of the day. Wes Quave Live continued the celebration throughout the rest of the day.

It was not only an afternoon of fun, food, wine and beer. The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine Food & Brew Festival annual is the largest fundraiser for Casa Pacifica, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to children and adolescents from around central and southern California including residential treatment.

Jasmine, Kylie and Bryce – Ricon Brewery

A Casa Pacifica spokesperson said support from the thousands who attended the event will go toward the organization’s Building New Foundations of Hope capital campaign goal of rising $1.6M to build a new residential substance abuse treatment facility in the Ventura County and Santa Barbara County that will be focused specifically on youth struggling with substance abuse.

An array of yummy liquor

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Delicious desserts from Jana Richardson and Vanessa Morrow owners of Delicious Artistry

Delicious Bites
















2017 Yummie award winners


First Place: Chef Alex Castillo of Twenty88 Gourmet Fusion for his “Cuban skewer” 

Second Place: Chef Ernest Romero of J Wolf Catering & BBQ for his “Pork belly banh mi”

Third Place: Chef/Owner Sandra Cordero of Gasolina for her “sandia y tomate gazpacho”


First Place: Chef Michael Aviles of University Village Thousand Oaks for his “s’mor for now” chocolate truffles

Second Place: Chef Alex Montoya of The Cave for his “Strawberry jalapeno margarita anti-griddle” frozen custard pie

Third Place: Chef Alison Davis of Sugar Lab Bake Shop for her choux pastry filled with peanut butter caramel cream




Raven West

Raven West

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Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.

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