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    Shhhh! – Casa Pacifica’s Speakeasy Yummie Top Chef Dinner to Take Place June 2nd – Password FUN!


    Several of Ventura County’s best chefs and top tier wineries will gather to create an unforgettable epicurean event at the 4th annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner, taking place on Friday, June 2nd, 2017. The dinner kicks off the festivities for the annual Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival – which follows on Sunday, June 4th. This year’s Speakeasy theme promises to deliver a rip-roaring fun time!

    The Cassar Family will be hosting the intimate behind-the-scenes dinner for the fourth year in a row, and are joined by other Yummie Top Chef Dinner sponsors including Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble; Pacific Western Bank; Rosalind Warner, M.D. & Michael Hogan, M.D.; Cohen, Begun & Deck, LLP; Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC; Central Coast Properties; and Richard and Marilyn Stoddard. 

    Set in the Festival’s VIP Lounge, the dinner brings together several of our region’s top chefs – all of whom happen to be former Yummie Culinary Competition winners from previous Wine, Food & Brew Festivals – to present an incomparable seven-course feast to more than 200 fortunate guests. Each of the courses will be specially paired with local winemakers’ best selections. One course will feature the winning handcrafted ale from the “Best in Fest” brew competition taking place one-month prior to the Festival.

    In addition to the sumptuous dinner, guests will enjoy live music reminiscent of the 1920s Speakeasy era, with drinks featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, mixed by Twenty88 Restaurant’s mixologist. Yummie Top Chef Dinner chefs and the wine and brew makers are the highlight of the event when they join the guests to share special insights and details of their contributions.

    Expert culinary master chefs (and their current affiliations) who will be participating include:  last year’s Savory category winner, Chef Alex Castillo of Twenty88 Gourmet Fusion; last year’s 3rd place Savory winner, Chef Bernardo Rodriguez of Ojai Beverage Company; three-time Yummie winner Chef Nic Manocchio of University Auxiliary Services of CSU Channel Islands; two-time winner Chef Ernie Borjas of The Waterfront Catering Co.; as well as one-time winners Chef John Paolone of Café Firenze; and Chef Jason Collis of Plated Events by Chef Jason, who also caters the VIP Lounge for the Festival.

    A trio of delicious desserts will be provided by former Yummie Sweet category winners including last year’s 3rd place winner, Patty Brown of Dottie’s Sweet Delights; Alison Davis, owner of Sugar Lab Bake Shop; and Yvonne Drayton, owner of Missy’s Cupcake Creations. Wineries joining in on the festivities (to-date) include Cantara Cellars and Carina Cellars. For up-to-date information on participating chefs and winemakers, please visit the Yummie Top Chef Dinner page at

    If you would like to be a part of this one-of-a-kind extraordinary experience, a limited number of tickets are on sale (and are expected to sell out) for $200 per person. Guests must be 21 years of age and older; seating is limited. For more information about the Yummie Top Chef Dinner visit the Festival’s website at, or to purchase tickets, please contact Juliana Thiessen, Casa Pacifica’s Development & Events Coordinator at (805) 366-4014. All proceeds from the Yummie Top Chef Dinner support Casa Pacifica’s programs serving vulnerable children and families.

    The Wine, Food & Brew Festival itself will take place on Sunday, June 4th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at California State University Channel Islands and will feature more than 85 restaurants and 150 wines, brews, and beverages. Live entertainment, an extensive silent auction, and the Yummie culinary competition will round out the exciting events of the day. The Festival is still welcoming sponsors and exhibitors, so it’s not too late to sign up and connect your name or business with this “Can’t Miss” event by taking advantage of some great sponsorship opportunities! For sponsorship information, contact Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, [email protected] or visit the Festival sponsor page at



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