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Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival’s Yummie Culinary Competition to Name Top Chefs


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Contact:    Juliana Thiessen
Phone:    805-366-4014
For:        Assignment Editor

Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival’s Yummie Culinary Competition to Name Top Chefs

Camarillo, CA – This year’s Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival, scheduled for June 5th, will proudly feature the 6th annual Yummie Culinary Competition. The Yummie contest determines the best of the best among Festival exhibitors - Ventura County’s top restaurants and chefs – in an action-packed showdown. Celebrity emcee, Oded Fehr, known for his roles in “The Mummy” films, “Resident Evil,” and in the TV series “Charmed,” will welcome the top chefs as they fire up their stations and compete for first, second, or third place in both Savory and Sweet categories, as well as narrate the action as the judges determine their favorites.

The Yummie competition is judged by a panel of Celebrity Culinary Judges comprised of television and print media personalities, food editors and columnists based on which chef’s dish they feel is outstanding, or the “yummiest.” This year’s select panel of celebrity culinary judges includes Chef de Cuisine for University Glen Corporation and three-time Yummie winner, Nic Manocchio; Masa Shimakawa, Chef de Cuisine of ONYX at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village; Master Chef competitor, fashion stylist, and creative consultant, Olivia Crouppen; Troy Glass, competitor on Master Chef Junior, actor, and aspiring chef; Lisa McKinnon, food columnist for the Ventura County Star; Rita Moran, food critic for the Ventura County Star; and Sarene Wallace, Editor of Edible Ojai and Ventura County. The judges will use their expert knowledge and tasting skills to find the best entry in each category judged on flavor, presentation, innovation, and quality. The Yummies culinary competition winners will earn bragging rights and receive a fabulous prize package. For more information about the Yummies competition and past winners please visit the Wine, Food & Brew Festival website at
There are still a few spots available to participate in this year’s Festival as an exhibitor. Come and join us for all the fun and share your wonderful epicurean offerings with over 4,500 Festival guests! Please contact Casa Pacifica Event Coordinator, Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, or visit the Festival exhibitor page at

The Wine, Food & Brew Festival itself will take place on Sunday, June 5th, 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. Tickets are on sale - $125 General Admission ($150 at the door) and $250 for VIP tickets. To purchase tickets visit the Festival website at  In addition, the Festival is still welcoming sponsors, so it’s not too late to sign up and connect your name or business with this “Can’t Miss” event. Take advantage of some great sponsorship opportunities! For sponsorship information, contact Casa Pacifica Event Coordinator, Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, or visit the Festival sponsor page at

Casa Pacifica encourages all Festival-goers to participate responsibly. Roundtrip reservations are available thru the Roadrunner Safe Ride Program by calling (805) 389-8196, or visiting

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About Casa Pacifica Center for Children and 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 or to learn about its “Building New Foundations of Hope” Capital Campaign that is underway, please visit its website or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.