ilani Wine & Food Fest
The Pacific Northwest Premier Wine and Food Event
October 25th - 27th

Tickets for all ilani Wine & Food Fest events are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com. Receive $10 free Promo Play with all ticket purchases and take advantage of ilani’s $10 advanced ticket sale discount when purchasing tickets now through Thursday, September 26th.

About ilani Wine & Food Fest

With an already impressive, and still growing list of chef participants, there will be no shortage of incredible bites at the ilani Wine & Food Fest. Watch Govind Armstrong, Top Chef  guest judge and Iron Chef America contestant, live inside the Cowlitz Ballroom showcasing his inventive California cuisine. Catch Season 15 Top Chef  stars Bruce Kalman and Tyler Anderson plus local Top Chef  legend B.J. Smith. Smith is the Owner and Executive Chef of Kim Jong Smokehouse in Portland, Oregon.

The entertainment and fine dining continues with one of the Best New Chefs 2019 according to Food & Wine  magazine, Mutsuko Soma. Soma is the Chef and Owner of Kamonegi, which was voted Seattle Met’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year. Pitmaster and BBQ Expert Rick Browne will also be on site, displaying his grilling expertise and commitment to barbecue. Don’t miss your chance to sip and sample your way through endless vintages and signature dishes, incredible showcases and tastings during a three-day affair at ilani’s Meeting & Entertainment Center. The weekend will be nonstop with three days of ilani Wine & Food Fest’s featured event, the Grand Tasting and can’t miss exclusive events including the Celebrity Chef Dine Around, Elite Cru Tasting and the Sunday Chef & Champagne Brunch.

DON'T MISS OUT!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

The Grand Tasting - Friday

Tickets: $59
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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7:00pm - 11:00pm | Meeting & Entertainment Center

Sample from over 1,000 featured wine, beer and spirits during ilani Wine & Food Fest’s main event, the Grand Tasting! Indulge in some of the best wine and beer, as well as an array of specialty spirits inside the ilani Meeting & Entertainment Center. Plus, foodies can sample signature dishes from the region’s most highly rated restaurants. The Main Culinary Stage is the backdrop for three days of celebrity and regional chef demonstrations.

Friday Night Tastings & Pairings -
Michael Jordan's Steak House Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

Tickets: $125
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7:30pm - 9:00pm | Michael Jordan's Steak House

Michael Jordan’s Steak House hosts a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing event featuring a three course elevated dining experience paired and complimented by an award winning local vineyard.

Friday Night Tastings & Pairings -
Rose & Thorn’s Bourbon Tasting

Tickets: $65
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7:30pm - 10:00pm | Rose & Thorn

Should your palette need a break from the wine, Rose and Thorn invites guests to taste a variety of fine bourbons along with delectable hors d’oeuvres and cigar sampling.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH

Bloody Mary & Bubbles Brunch - Saturday

Tickets: $55
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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10:00am - 1:00pm | Rose & Thorn

Enjoy hand crafted Bloody Mary’s, sparkling mimosas, cooked to order frittatas, cured salmon, seasonal grilled crudité, antipasto and sumptuous desserts.

The Grand Tasting - Saturday

Tickets: $59
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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Noon - 5:00pm | Meeting & Entertainment Center

Sample from over 1,000 featured wines and beers during ilani Wine & Food Fest’s main event, the Grand Tasting! Indulge in some of the best wine and beer, as well as an array of specialty spirits inside the ilani Meeting & Entertainment Center. Plus, foodies can sample signature dishes from the region’s most highly rated restaurants. The Main Culinary Stage is the backdrop for three days of celebrity and regional chef demonstrations.

Vintage Elite Cru Tasting

Tickets: $95
(Includes Saturday Grand Tasting Ticket & $10 Promo Play*)
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1:30pm - 3:30pm | Muze

Taste the “best-of-the-best” vintages and get one-on-ones with the winemakers during the ilani Wine & Food Fest Vintage Elite Cru Tasting. Learn the principles behind their craft and get a closer look into some of the finer wines ilani Wine & Food Fest has to offer.

Celebrity Chef Dine Around

Tickets: $85
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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8:00pm - 11:00pm | Meeting & Entertainment Center

Celebrity chefs will be on-hand serving up their best recipes at several live cooking stations. Enjoy the pairing of fine wine or premium beer to complement each signature dish.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH

VIP Chef and Champagne Brunch

Tickets:$65
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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11:30am - 1:00pm | Michael Jordan's Steak House

Guests will enjoy an elevated and sumptuous brunch paired with a Willamette Valley sparkling Rosé.

Bloody Mary & Bubbles Brunch - Sunday

Tickets: $55
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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10:00am - 1:00pm | Rose & Thorn

Enjoy hand crafted Bloody Mary’s, sparkling mimosas, cooked to order frittatas, cured salmon, seasonal grilled crudité, antipasto and sumptuous desserts.

The Grand Tasting - Sunday

Tickets: $49
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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$20 Designated Driver Tickets - Buy Now!

Noon - 5:00pm | Meeting & Entertainment Center

Sample from over 1,000 featured wines and beers during ilani Wine & Food Fest’s main event, the Grand Tasting! Indulge in some of the best wine and beer, as well as an array of specialty spirits inside the ilani Meeting & Entertainment Center. Plus, foodies can sample signature dishes from the region’s most highly rated restaurants. The Main Culinary Stage is the backdrop for three days of celebrity and regional chef demonstrations.

Paint & Sip

Tickets: $75
(Includes $10 Promo Play*)
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Noon - 3:00pm | Muze

Round out your ilani Wine & Food Fest weekend with a relaxing art session at Muze Lounge. Sip select wine while enjoying an interactive painting class brought to you by the Ridgefield Art Association. Enjoy an intimate setting and Q&A with Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter, Abigail Rockwell singing a collection of jazz music.

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Receive $10 free Promo Play with all ticket purchases!*

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Friday & saturday Grand Tasting combo

Tickets: $98

Friday Grand Tasting
& Saturday Grand Tasting


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Friday & SUNDAY GRAND TASTING COMBO

Tickets: $88

Friday Grand Tasting
& Sunday Grand Tasting


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saturday & sunday
Combo Grand Tasting

Tickets: $88

Saturday Grand Tasting
& Sunday Grand Tasting

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Take advantage of ilani’s $10 advanced ticket sale discount when purchasing tickets now through Thursday, September 26th at 10:00am.

 

PERSONALITIES

Chef Bruce Kalman

Chef Bruce Kalman is the co-owner of Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market in Los Angeles. He has been recognized as a Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation. He was awarded a championship title on Food Network’s Chopped, won on Bobby Flay and Esquire Network’s Knife Fight and appeared as a contestant on season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef.

Chef BJ Smith

B.J. Smith, Top Chef  Season 14 contestant, is the Owner and Executive Chef of Delores in nearby Portland, Oregon. Smith brings more than two decades of culinary experience to his role, applying both classic and modern cooking techniques to high quality ingredients. Smith conceived a Smokehouse concept in 2010 as a way to apply all he had learned in his fine dining cooking career, but deliver an approachable menu where guests can get their hands dirty and reminisce over food as though at a good friend’s BBQ.

Chef Brian Duffy

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Culinary school may have taught him technique, but it was those Sunday nights cooking with his family where he developed his passion.

After graduation, Chef Duffy worked under James Beard Award  winning Chef Jean Marie LaCroix at The Four Seasons in Philadelphia. Following his successful tenure with Dave Magrogan Group, Duffy joined forces with Seafood American as a consultant and Executive Chef, where he developed fresh and frozen products for grocery chains across the world.

Duffy is perhaps most recognized from his abundant television appearances on the wildly popular Spike TV series Bar Rescue, where he tours the country (sometimes on his Harley Davidson) reforming failing bars and restaurants with his “tell it like it is” style. He made his on-camera debut on the Food Network series Date Plate and has appeared on countless segments on the DIY Network, HGTV, NBC, and Fine Living Network. Chef Duffy is also a regular to judge the Food Network  series Beat Bobby Flay and has appeared on The Today Show since 2006 for the St. Patrick’s Day Irish cook-off. 

Chef Govind Armstrong

Govind Armstrong’s acclaimed California cuisine has evolved from his passionate commitment to sustainability and locality, and straightforward seasonal approach to cooking. Armstrong made a heralded mark with his Table 8 restaurants in Los Angeles and Miami, followed by the highly popular 8 oz. Burger Bar currently located in several cities nationwide. Armstrong has been a guest chef aboard the Queen Mary 2, and was featured in People's "50 Most Beautiful" issue, Bon Appétite, Gourmet and O. He has numerous television appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Iron Chef America, Today, Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. Armstrong is also the author of Small Bites, Big Nights: Seductive Little Plates for Intimate Occasions and Lavish Parties.

Chef Kevin Des Chenes

Executive Chef, "Private Chef to The Stars" & Author of Beyond My Chef Coat  Kevin Des Chenes has over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality industry. 

He was named "Top Chef" by Las Vegas Food & Wine  and is the winner of Top Celebrity Chef Showdown. He has been a Chef Expert for Gordon Ramsey and appeared as a Featured Chef on Food Network's Chef Wanted, Great Food Truck Race & Beat Bobby Flay, as well as The Today Show, Nationally Syndicated Better Show, CT Style, Pickler & Ben, Fox Morning Show & The Rhode Show among others. He is also an advocate for such charities as The Light Foundation & Women and Infants Hospital. Chef Kevin's creativity in the kitchen & on the screen has not gone unnoticed. Having served as Executive Chef at such New England landmarks as 156 Bistro, Centro Martini & Washington Square Tavern, He has since Launched a successful Private Chef Company and become one of the most sought after Chef's in the industry, working with some great people including; Giuliana Rancic, Kathie Lee & Hoda, Isiah Thomas, John Legend, Jay Leno, Various New England Patriots & Red Sox players and coaches, among others. You never know what he'll do next so keep your eyes peeled for this seasoned Chef, and if you find him in a city near you take your taste buds on an Epic Journey with Chef Kev D!

Chef Mike Elder

Mike Elder is a former hot rod shop owner, pilot and racecar driver hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, He got his start in the industry when he'd leave his hot rod show early on Fridays to help his mother with her bakery business. And in due time, clients began to order more and more cakes in Mike's style. What started out as a Friday evening gig for Mike, later turned into a full-time career.

Soon after, the producers of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off, noticed Mike’s unique style where he was later casted. To this day, Mike is still the only competitor to win three shows - having never been defeated. Since then Mike has done several other TV shows, and is frequently featured in magazines, and newspapers as well as online.

Mike founded Black Sheep Custom Cakes as a way of promoting exploration and advancement in the sugar arts, and to create unusual and extreme cakes for clients. Mike is known for his outlandish sculptures and for his clean and realistic designs with his own twist. Whenever and wherever you see his work, Satin Ice is the fondant you see.

Chef Mutsuko Soma

Mutsuko Soma plays around with her Kamonegi Burger during Li’l Woody’s Burger Month earlier this year.

Mutsuko Soma Is One of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2019 The knife-wielding, sharp-skilled soba master and chef just keeps getting national acclaim. And we are here for it.

Kamonegi, helmed by Mutsuko Soma and guided by her vision of Edo-style cuisine with a slight whimsical bent, was Seattle Met’s 2018 restaurant of the year. Earlier this year Soma landed on the list of James Beard Award  semifinalists for the second year in a row. And now, the masterful chef has received even more national acclaim. Food and Wine Magazine  announced its annual declaration of Best New Chefs 2019 and of the 10 rising stars Seattle’s Mutsuko Soma was named among the talented constellation of chefs.

“My grandma taught me about countryside cooking. She would forage for mushrooms and other vegetables for tempura, and she grew her own buckwheat grain. She made everything that way. She passed away the same day my daughter was born, so I’m thinking I have to teach soba noodle making to my daughter too.” —Mutsuko Soma in F&W.

Chef Nick Liberato

Nick Liberato has been working as a Chef/Restaurateur for the past 28 years. He got his start working behind his family’s produce stands as a kid at the Italian Market in Philadelphia. Nick has always been inspired and intrigued by the restaurant business. At the ripe age of 19, he discovered the key ingredients to his life were cooking and surfing. By combining his love for both, Nick traveled to Los Angeles in 1998 to further his culinary knowledge and has called the Southern California coast his home ever since. Nick has spent that time perfecting his craft in kitchens all over Los Angeles for some of the finest chefs in California and beyond. Nick’s skills span beyond the kitchen and into the bar where he has become excited to create chef inspired libations. This all eventually set Nick up to create a catering business called “Calidelphia” which worked events for A list celebrities not only throughout California but internationally as well. In 2009, Nick made his debut as a chef on Bravo TV’s hit show “Top Chef Masters”, and moved on to shoot multiple episodes on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” including other shows on the Food Network. Nick spent a considerable amount of time cooking and dining all over the world to further his knowledge culturally in the business. In 2014, he took over the Venice Whaler in Venice Beach, CA as the Executive chef/owner to turn a failing beachfront bar/restaurant into a success. Therefore, taking it from a 3 million dollar business to a 10 million business. Nick is now the Executive Chef/Partner of the Venice Restaurant Group overseeing The Venice Whaler, Cartolina and The Pier House which are all in Venice Beach. When Nick is not working in the restaurant or traveling around the world, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Chef Pete Blohme

Pete Blohme AKA “Panini Pete”
With a restaurant career spanning over 40 years and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Pete has become a force in hospitality/food industry in the south. After many gigs in kitchens, hotels and cruise ships, being a chef/owner finally became a reality and Panini Pete’s Café opened in February of 2006 in The Fairhope French Quarter. In a few short years Panini Pete’s has become a local favorite due to his commitment to “Put Real Food in his Food” and his never met a stranger approach to hospitality. Panini Pete’s handcrafted Chef driven sandwiches and burgers have made his brand one to watch. Recently voted the Number 1 sandwich shop Alabama, the beignets have also launched this concept to new heights, garnering a host of positive media attention and rave reviews. Not to mention a regular on the Food Network over the past 10 years. Panini Pete’s has been featured on Diners Drive-ins & Dives, the “Best Of” Diners Drive-ins & DivesGuy’s Big BiteGuys Grocery Games. Pete was a guest judge on Food Truck Wars with Tyler Florence and has also performed in over 25 live food shows while touring with the Guy Fieri Road Show. 

Chef Rick Browne

Rick is a renowned barbecue pit master, chef, journalist, photojournalist, author, and TV cooking show host, who has traveled the world on assignment for consumer, travel, news and airline magazines. He currently bringing Barbeque Monthly, an online international barbeque and grilling magazine, to life, and is the instructor on cavetools.com’s Grill Master University online cooking course.

Rick conceived of, created and was the Editor-in-Chief of Barbecue America Magazine, the nation’s first and only national magazine devoted to barbecue, grilling, outdoor cooking, barbecue competitions and the barbecue industry. He has been a spokesman for many of the nation’s largest grill companies, as well as fulfilling that role for many of the companies noted below.

He was also the creator, host, and executive producer of public television's popular Barbecue America TV series (described as the first cooking and travelogue series highlighting America’s and the world’s outdoor bbq & grilling culinary landscape), which, in its seventh season, was aired on more than 230 public TV stations nationwide. He has also conceived, co-produced and hosted two seasons of the Outdoor Channel’s cooking and travel 

Chef Ronnie Lee

Ronnie Lee aka Lil’ Ronnie is the chef and Pitmaster and owner of Lil’ Ronnie’s Beachside BBQ restaurant group in beautiful Tofino BC. Lil’ Ronnie has mastered the art of cooking primal cuts over full log wood fire. His food and personality can best be described as fun & unique!

Chef Rose Lawrence

Rose Lawrence is a master of all things artisanal. Initially gaining recognition for her handmade, wild yeast bread, Rose quickly found herself on LA’s ‘best of’ lists for her bagels, pies, pastries, and brunch. Sourcing only local, organic ingredients, Rose stays true to her passion for health and sustainability. All of the waste created in Rose’s kitchen is composted and used as soil in Red Bread’s garden, the food packaging is biodegradable, and 5% of all earnings are given to the LA Food Bank. 
A lawyer by trade, Rose fights for food justice on the side, emphasizing food access issues that she herself aims to influence through Red Bread’s food delivery, food instruction, food education, and farmer’s market services. Refer to the Red Bread website to keep up with cafe movie nights, classes and demos, and how to get your hands on Rose’s famous Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie.

 

 

 

Chef Tu David Phu

Chef Tu David Phu is a first generation Vietnamese-American with a rich culinary background. An alumni of highly regarded kitchens (such as: Daniel, Acquerello and Chez Panisse) his cooking reflected a wide range of cooking cultures - from the American culinary greats to classical European traditions. But his roots were quite different. His family hails from the Island of Phu Quoc, accredited as the birthplace of fish sauce in Asia. Consequently he has family roots in Award Winning Fish Sauce Production, Hung Thanh 1895. Pilgrimages back to Vietnam were often.

After a decade of cooking, he began to immerse himself in the practices, ingredients, techniques, and flavors of Vietnamese cuisines. Revisiting his favorite childhood dishes through the memory of taste, he started to cook the cuisine of his Mothers' generations-old wisdom handed down grassroots-style. In 2016, Chef Tu began garnering press and accolades with his weekly pop up dinners “AN - a Vietnamese Dining Experience.”; San Francisco Chronicle named him 2017 Rising Star Chef, featured contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Season 15, host for ABC’s Taste Buds: Chefsgiving, nominated for a James Beard Award.

Chef Tyler Anderson

Chef Tyler Anderson currently owns five restaurants throughout Connecticut, including the multiple award-winning Millwrights Restaurant & Tavern in Simsbury. Anderson has been nominated as Best Chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Foundation for the past six years. He also appeared alongside fellow chef Bruce Kalman on season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef and has won on Food Network’s Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.


 

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