Reality TV Chef Personalities Emily Ellyn, Nikki Martin & Giorgio Rapicavoli to Co-host 2nd Annual Cows 'N Cabs

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Central Florida’s Top Chefs Return to Collaborate and Raise Funds for Coalition for the Homeless and Community Food & Outreach Center

WHAT:    As part of the inaugural Winter Park Food & Wine Classic (“WPFWC”), a two-day festival curated by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ David Larue and his wife Tina and celebrated chef-owner of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, John Rivers, Cows ‘N Cabs (“CNC”) will return on Saturday, October 27 from 6 -10 p.m. The western-inspired food-and-wine walk around, which raised more than $40,000 last year for three local charities, will take place in Winter Park’s Central Park-West Meadow. The charity-driven event will feature wine and craft beer tastings, along with gourmet fare from restaurants such as Citrus Restaurant, deep blu seafood grille and Hawkers with produce sponsored by FreshPoint.

Hosts for the evening include a chef-studded line up of personalities from the Food Network’s “The Next Food Network Star” including Nikki Martin of season seven, Orlando-based Emily Ellyn of season eight along with recent Food Network “Chopped” winner Giorgio Rapicavoli. Sponsored by Spraker Wealth Management and created with the vision of finding a solution to break the cycle of poverty in Central Florida, 100 percent of proceeds garnered from ticket sales and auction items will be donated to the Community Food & Outreach Center and Coalition for the Homeless.

“After last year’s success of blending fine cuisine and charitable giving, we are proud to bring back Cows ‘N Cabs,” says Tina Larue, visionary of CNC. “The continued generosity of the many chefs and sponsors involved has made these special engagements possible.”

Mike Anderson, the Senior Brewmaster from Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville will pour Belgian Trio beer for all to taste and provide the first preview and samples of Anheuser-Busch’s new Goose Island Beer scheduled to debut in November. The Spraker Wealth Management Lounge will accommodate VIP groups for up to ten guests with exclusive banquette seating and exclusive bar service priced at $2,000 per table. Advanced reservations are required.

Attendees will delight in a live musical performance by Funky Blue Messiahs; an on-site photo booth; a competitive game of “Wine Ring Toss,” where guests can win bottles of wine; as well as a silent auction, which includes coveted items like round trip airline tickets provided by Jet Blue Airways, spa services, tickets to major professional sporting events, vacation getaways to Cancun, Las Vegas and more. Upon entrance, guests will pose in front of the step-and-repeat to capture the evening with images shot by MacBeth Photography and also be treated to a photo opportunity with “Bessy The Bull” of 4 Rivers Smokehouse.

Sipping for the cause continues at Cocina 214, the host for the Official After Party directly following CNC and ends when the last drink is poured. The late-night event will feature a 30-minute autograph session from the celebrity talent at 10 p.m., music and a WPFWC-inspired bar menu. Ten percent all of sales benefit the Classic’s beneficiaries. For more information and a complete list of sponsors and participating restaurants, please visit

VIP hour 6 – 7 p.m. / General Admission 7 – 10 p.m.

VIP ticket: $140 | General Admission: $110 Advanced
Spraker Wealth Management Lounge: $2,000 Advanced (ten guest maximum per group)

Central Park – West Meadow
150 North New York Avenue
Valet parking will be available on West Morse Boulevard

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