Casa Pacifica Angel's Wine & Food Festival Hosts the Yummie Top Chef Awards

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The 19th Annual Festival is Home to Food, Wine, and a Culinary Showdown

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Chef's entries will be tasted by a panel of celebrity judges comprised of television and print media personalities, food and wine editors, and food and wine columnists based on which chef's dish they feel is the "Yummiest."

The Yummies competition is an action-packed culinary showdown involving Ventura County’s top restaurants and chefs, and will be held at the 19th Annual Casa Pacifica Angel’s Wine & Food Festival on Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The Yummies culinary competition showcases each chef’s entry to be judged based on flavor, presentation, innovation and quality. Entries will be tasted by a panel of celebrity judges comprised of television and print media personalities, food and wine editors, and food and wine columnists based on which chef’s dish they feel is the “Yummiest.”

The panel of celebrity judges includes Top Chef Season five and Season eight participant, Fabio Viviani, and runner-up on Season two of MasterChef, Adrien Nieto. Viviani is also a talented chef and owner of Café Firenze in Moorpark, California and Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake, California. Nieto is also the founder of …Cruda…, a new food company that offers foods created from local, sustainable, seasonal, and organic sources.

Celebrity chefs will be complemented by Emcee Oded Fehr, television & movie celebrity, who is best known for his portrayal of the mysterious warrior, Ardeth Bay, in Universal’s “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns” and his recurring role on USA’s “Covert Affairs.” The panel of judges also includes Angela Pettera, dining editor for 805 Living Magazine; Chef Daniel Atkin; Chef Robin M. Atkin; Lisa McKinnon—Ventura County Star’s weekly Café Society columnist; Lynne Andujar—co-founder and editor-in-chief of 805 Living Magazine’s Taste section; radio show hosts Tom Hilton and Sandy Seekin; and trained chef and writer Brittany Bassett. Yummie Co-chairs Fran Elson and Cheri Elson will be overseeing the competition and invite all guests to join them at the Yummies pavilion to watch and enjoy the judging.

All-inclusive general admission tickets to the Angels Wine & Food Festival can be purchased online at http://www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com for $100 each until June 1, 2012. General Admission tickets will be $125 at the door. For access to the exclusive VIP Lounge presented by Wells Fargo, $200 VIP tickets can be purchased online. VIP tickets include early admission to the event at noon, allowing guests an extra hour to enjoy the festivities, as well as VIP valet parking which offers easier access into the event. A shuttle service will also be available for guests to travel to and from their homes safely. Make a reservation for the Safe Ride Program today by calling (805) 389-8196. Prices start as low as $15 per person each way, or book a room at the Courtyard Marriott, Camarillo, and ride the free shuttle to and from the Festival. Room reservations can be made at the Courtyard Marriott by calling (805) 388-1020.

About Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website http://www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

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