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2018 Pacific Wine & Food Classic Unveils Featured Chefs And Wineries August 18 – 19

Pacific Wine and Food Classic is pleased to announce the chefs, restaurants and wineries participating in the foodie event of the summer presented by Pacific Sales and powered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Celebrate the season with summer inspired culinary bites, wine pairings and refreshing libations in the picturesque atmosphere provided by Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018.


Voted top 10 food and wine festivals in the world by International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association, Pacific Wine and Food Classic offers an unparalleled gourmet culinary experience completely inspired by summer. More than 60 of the region’s top chefs will create dishes reminiscent of their favorite summer memories offering guests the unique opportunity to sample an array of Southern California’s finest restaurants all in one weekend.


Surrounded by music and a gentle ocean breeze, indulge in over 100 wine, beer and cocktail stations on the soft sands in Newport Beach. In addition to SoCal and Napa’s most decorated wineries, Stella Artois, Bacardi rum, Sauza Tequila, Sky Vodka, Aperol Spritz and the Maker’s Mark touring truck will be onsite pouring refreshing crafty cocktails. Guests will enjoy all new summer experiences including the Paella and Sangria Lounge by Villa Roma, Summer Wine Garden featuring beautiful chilled wines to pair with bites by SideDoor and Haute Cuisine, Taco & Beer Lounge by Towne Park Brewery and Chela’s Mexican Restaurant, the debut of the official “Pacific Burger” by Burger Boss at the Lynx Backyard Grilling garden, Golden Spoon Café featuring summer gelatos and affogatos and more mouthwatering moments.  


Pamela Waitt, President of OC Restaurant Association and Founder of the second annual classic commented, “We are thrilled to welcome guests back to the shores of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and highlight so many incredible winemakers and chefs. Orange County is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and it’s an honor to showcase the local talent.”


Single day general admission tickets are currently $115 for Saturday and $99 for Sunday which includes extended early bird pricing. Single day VIP tickets are $149 for Saturday and $139 for Sunday with extended early bird pricing. Purchase of VIP ticket grants 1-hour early admission at 1 p.m. and access to the grassy waterfront VIP courtyard featuring the Hornitos lounge serving fresh summer margaritas, the Perrier Jouet Champagne Gazebo, aged Bacardi rum cocktails, premium wines and an exclusive culinary experience provided by Back Bay Bistro, Bluegold, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Filomena’s Italian Kitchen & Market, Lauren Lawless from Masterchef Season 8, Mix Mix, Mixed Bakery, Provenance, Sadie Rose Bread & Cabot Cheese and The Country Club. VIP tickets are very limited. Weekend two-day passes are sold out.


For more information on the Pacific Wine and Food Classic and to purchase tickets, please visit pacificwineandfood.com.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic Chefs:

Alejandra Padilla – Executive Chef, Five Crowns and SideDoor
Andrea Machuca – Chef, BXCR Wine Bar
Andres Miramontes – Executive Chef, Sol Cocina
Arthur Ortiz – Executive Chef, Skyloft
Bill Drexel – Original Meat Master, Grasslands Meat Market, BBQ & Churrasco
Brian Huskey – Executive Chef, Tackle Box
Bryant Taylor – Executive Chef, Chianina Steakhouse
Cathy Pavlos – Owner & Executive Chef, Provenance Restaurant
Cesar Sarmiento – Chef de Cuisine, CUCINA Enoteca
Chris Paul – Chef, The Public House by Evans Brewing Co.
Craig Brady – Executive Chef, Haven Gastropub
Daniel Jimenez – Executive Chef, Back Bay Bistro
David Castro – Corporate Chef Trainer, Texas de Brazil
David Man – Executive Chef, Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach & Coastal Catering
Elyssa Fournier – Pastry Chef & Owner, Mixed Bakery
Eric Samaniego – Chef de Cuisine, Michael’s on Naples
Ernie Alvarado – Chef, Urbana Mexican Gastronomy
Francisco Ramirez – Chef, Rusty Pelican Restaurant
Craig Brady – Executive Chef, Haven Gastropub
Greg Daniels – Executive Chef
Greg Stillman – Executive Chef, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge
Ivan Rogelio Calderon – Chef, Taco Rosa & Taco Mesa
Jason Mazur – Executive Chef, Bluewater Grill
Jenny Ross – Executive Chef
Joe Xavier – Executive Chef, Silva’s Bar & Grill
Jose Rodriguez – Chef de Cuisine, Pete’s Sunset Grille
Karla Vasquez – Executive Chef, Chelas Mexican Restaurant & Catering
Lauren Lawless – Chef, Masterchef Season 8
Leo Razo – Executive Chef, Villa Roma
Linda Johnsen, Owner & Executive Chef – Filomena’s Italian Kitchen & Market
Manny Lopez – Chef, Legado Bar + Kitchen
Manny Velasco – Co-Owner & Executive Chef, Sol Agave
Paolo Buffa – Executive Chef, Marriott Irvine Spectrum, Heirloom Farmhouse Kitchen
Pascal Olhats – Chef, Baja Shellfish Ambassador
Peter Lai – Executive Chef, Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge
Philip Tangonan – Chef, The Cannery Newport Beach
Rainer Schwarz – Executive Chef, Hendrix
Rich Mead – Owner and Executive Chef, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
Ross Pangilinan – Chef, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
Ryan Robertson – Executive Chef, TAPS
Scott Goldberg – Chef, Fresh Brothers
Shachi Mehra – Owner & Executive Chef, Adya
Tia Baker – Chef, The Federal Bar
Tin Vuong – Owner and Chef, Bluegold
Ugo Allesina – Executive Chef, Prego Mediterranean

Some of the Pacific Wine & Food Classic Featured Wineries:

Barone Fini
Pinot Grigio

Belle Glos
2016 “Las Alturas” – Monterey

Black Stallion Estate Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Pinot Noir – Sonoma

2017 Vin Gris (Rosé of Pinot Noir)
2014 Estate Chardonnay
2014 Estate Pinot Noir

Cave de Lugny
Les Charmes

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Colores del Sol

Copper Cane Wines & Provisions

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Pinot Noir

2017 Rose – Oregon

Fleurs de Prairie

Garnet Vineyards
Monterey Pinot Noir

Hi-Time Wine Cellars
Premium Wines Selected

J. Wilkes
Cabernet Sauvignon

Joseph Carr
Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc

Josh Cellars
Reserve North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Mercer Wines
2016 Cabernet
2016 Chardonnay
2016 Red Blend
2016 Merlot
2016 Reserve Cabernet

Merryvale Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon

Sauvignon Blanc

Orogeny Vineyards

Perrier Jouet

Picket Fence
Alexander Valley Cabernet
Pino Noir
Red Blend

2016 Chardonnay – Napa Valley
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley

Rosenblum Cellars
Rock pile Zinfandel

Sparkling Rose
Il Ducale Pinot Grigio

Smashberry Red

Starmont Winery & Vineyards
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir

The Calling
Pino Noir

The Crossings
Sauvignon Blanc

Turtle Bay
Sauvignon Blanc


We Believe
2014 Sonoma County Cabernet
2016 Russian River Chardonnay
2016 Russian River Pinot Noir

Z. Alexander Brown
Red Blend
Sauvignon Blanc

Zaca Mesa
2017 Rose
2016 Viognier
2014 Z Cuvee
2013 Mesa Reserve Syrah

Pacific Wine & Food Classic is an incredible world-class culinary experience. Taste bites from local top chefs, explore over 100 wines and hand crafted premium cocktails. Enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations, master sommelier discussions and summer mixology demos. Taste the flavors of summer as the region’s top chefs and mixologists create dishes from their favorite summer memories. The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is a fantastic gourmet experience on the beautiful soft sand in Newport Beach, you’ll be surrounded by music and ocean breezes while enjoying the region’s top chefs.

The success of this great event depends on our wonderful culinary community. Net proceeds will be given to Golden Rule charity as the beneficiary of the Pacific Wine and Food Classic in order to give back to the restaurant industry that works so hard. Golden Rule is a local charity founded to give back and support those in need IN the restaurant industry. Golden Rule Charity administers grants and acts as a liaison between the community and those faced with an unanticipated crisis. Big or small.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
For more information on the Pacific Wine and Food Classic and to purchase tickets, please visit www.pacificwineandfood.com.

Partners Include: Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, 95.5 KLOS, Infiniti, Golden Rule Charity, The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra, OCfoodies, The ACE Agency, Orange Coast Magazine, US. Foods, Celebrity Cruises, Bacardi, Maker’s Mark, Hornitos, Stella Artois, Dreambox Creations, Sauza, Skyy Vodka, Aperol Spritz, Baja Shellfish Farms, Atria Senior Living, Los Angeles Times, LA & SF Specialty, Greer’s OC, Viele & Sons, Govino, Badoit, Evian, Area 51, Melissa’s Produce, Anderson Seafoods, Arctic Glacier, ICEsurance


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