Featuring internationally-acclaimed Matteo Bocelli who is hailed as one of the hottest voices to hit the music scene in decades.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL, January 23, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Vero Beach Food Wine & Music’s love affair with great chefs is clearly demonstrated in the amazing line-up of world-renown chef celebrities that will be included in multi-day events at Riverside Park and Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa. Guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and mingle with Graham Elliot, Shaun O’Neale, Alex Thomopoulos and Christi Ferretti at the “Fire and Ice Cocktail Party” at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa. An array of tasty bites paired with specialty wines and spirits will be held on Thursday, February 15, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, kicks off with the “Graham Elliott Effect” demonstration and “Celebrity Chefs’ Dinner.” Elliot will be joined by O’Neale, Thomopoulos and Ferretti to prepare an amazing interactive food and wine adventure from 5:30 to 10 p.m. under the big top in Riverside Park. Tickets are a great deal at only $225 per person for this epicurean delight.
Also planned on the music side is a name artist concert featuring internationally acclaimed Matteo Bocelli who is hailed as one of the hottest voices to hit the music scene in decades. Bocelli offers a concert with cutting-edge production, sound and design paired with a classical voice that is reminiscent, yet even move impactful than his father, Andrea Bocelli. Guests will receive gourmet bites and wine as they enjoy the concert in a lounge seating atmosphere. Tickets for this unique concert and “The Beat Goes On After Glow” party, to be held at Grind and Grape from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. are limited, sold separately and available at VBFWM.com.
While Music, Food and Wine is front and center at VBFWM, the charities that will benefit are at the heart. VBFWM events benefit six wonderful nonprofit organizations, The American Cancer Society, The Source for the poor and homeless, Halo, a no-kill animal shelter, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, United Against Poverty and Hibiscus children’s’ center. Producing the Vero Beach Food, Wine and Music event is Fe Domenech and the team of The Event Firm International with over 22 years of experience in producing events worldwide. Fe has been recognized in the U.S. and internationally for impeccable service, one of a kind designs and productions. Among its accolades are ISES Award Winner for Design, Emmy Award Winner for Production, multiple recognitions for service and design in nationwide publications. For event details visit www.VBFWM.com.
About the Chefs
You may know Graham Elliot from his myriad television appearances on shows like Top Chef, Master Chef, and Master Chef Junior and much more to his eponymous Michelinstarred Chicago restaurant, Graham is not only an amazing chef but a true one of kind. He will be hosting a Culinary Demo as he shares his signature cooking style for the first time in Vero Beach.
Alex Thomopoulos passion for food and laughter is infectious. Her spontaneous, quirky and honest personality is something that makes her a unique talent both in her writing and on camera. As an accomplished chef, stand-up comedian and experienced on-camera host she exudes an honest personality and passion for food and people that shines through in everything she does. Serving as head chef at the Venice Beach cafe/restaurant Great White, she presents a balanced menu filled with indulgent cravings and healthy fare. In addition to hosting her own cooking shows “Bites and Booze; Gluten Free” and “Gluten Free with Alex T” on YouTube’s HUNGRY channel, she was a series regular on MTV’s Disaster Date, and recently joined forces with Graham Elliot on Bravo’s “Going off the Menu.”
Shaun O’Neale is a winner of Master Chef on FOX with Gordon Ramsay. In addition to winning the title of “America’s Best Home Cook” in September 2016, Shaun’s debut cookbook, My Modern American Table, was released worldwide in May 2017. Since his win, Shaun has made several appearances on the Hallmark Channel & FOX, performed at MLB games and demoed/sampled/judged/hosted multiple culinary events all over the world.
Christi Ferretti is a Vero Beach native and owner of Pine Valley Market in Wilmington, NC. She is also the sister of Teresa Woodson, executive director of American Cancer Society of Indian River County, which is a recipient of a portion of proceeds from Vero Beach Food, Wine and Music. Ferretti brings a fresh and flavorful dimension to the event.
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