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Casa Pacifica Reveals Full Chef Lineup for Sold-Out 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner

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Casa Pacifica Reveals Full Chef Lineup for Sold-Out 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner

Camarillo, CA May 16, 2018 – Anticipation is high for the sold-out 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner, taking place on Friday, June 1st, 2018. Sheriff Geoff Dean will emcee the dinner, which brings together several of Ventura County’s best chefs and wineries to create an unforgettable epicurean event. The Dinner kicks off the festivities for the 25th Anniversary Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival – following on Sunday, June 3rd. This year’s theme – A Night of Shimmer & Jazz - promises to deliver a dazzling evening full of great food, plentiful spirits, and a lively atmosphere.
The sold-out dinner brings together several of our region’s top chefs – all of whom are Yummie Culinary Competition winners from previous Wine, Food & Brew Festivals – to present an incomparable seven-course feast to more than 250 fortunate guests.

Expert culinary master chefs (and their current affiliations) who will be participating include: all of the 2017 Yummie Culinary Competition Savory winners, including: Chef Alex Castillo of Twenty88; Chef Ernest Romero of J Wolf Catering & BBQ; and Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina. Past winners Chef Nic Manocchio of University Auxiliary Services at CSUCI; Chef Bernardo Rodriguez of Ojai Beverage Company; Chef Oscar Ledesma of The Little Door; and Chef Jason Collis of Plated Events will also be rounding out the impressive lineup.

A trio of delicious desserts will be provided by former Yummie Culinary Competition Sweet category 3rd place winner – Chef Ali Davis, owner of Sugar Lab Bake Shop, joined by previous winner Chef Alex Montoya of The Cave and Chef Anastashia Chavez of The 2686 Kitchen.
Each of the courses will be specially paired with local winemakers’ best selections. Wineries joining in on the festivities include Magnavino Cellars, Opolo Vineyards, Cantara Cellars, Goldschmidt Vineyards, and The Cave. Topa Topa Brewing Co.’s Chief Peak IPA will be featured during cocktail hour. The Chief Peak IPA was the winning handcrafted ale from this year’s almost-too-close-to-call “Best in Fest” Brewery Competition.

In addition to the sumptuous dinner, guests will enjoy live music by The Packrats and specialty cocktails featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka. 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.

The Cassar Family will be hosting the dinner for the fifth year in a row, and are joined by other Yummie Top Chef Dinner sponsors including Ventura Rental Party Center; Wells Fargo; The Tesoro Family; Roz Warner, M.D. & Michael Hogan, M.D.; Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner PC; Cohen Begun & Deck, LLP; and Procter & Gamble.

All proceeds from the Yummie Top Chef Dinner support Casa Pacifica’s vital programs and services serving vulnerable children, youth, and their families.

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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 administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.