Vero Beach Food Wine & Music is Cooking Up Excitement in Vero Beach

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 Elliot 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 Fé Domenech and the team of The Event Firm International with
over 22 years of experience in producing events worldwide. Fé has
been recognized in the U.S. and internationally for impeccable
service, one of a kind design 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 Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant, Graham is not
only an amazing chef but a true one of a kind. He will be hosting a
Culinary Demo as he shares his signature cooking style for the first
time in Vero Beach.

Graham Elliot: You may know Graham Elliot from his appearances on Top
Chef, Master Chef, and Master Chef Junior and much more to his
eponymous Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant. Join others for a
once-in-a-lifetime Graham Elliot Experience at Vero Beach Food, Wine &
Music, from February 15-18, at Vero’s Riverside Park and Costa d’Este
Beach Resort.


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
café/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.”

Alex Thomopoulos, known for her great humor and cooking
abilities featured on YouTube’s HUNGRY channel, MTV’s Disaster Date
and most recently joining Graham Elliot on Bravo’s Going off the Menu,
is one of four celebrity chefs featured at Vero Beach Food, Wine &
Music from February 15-18, at Riverside Park and Costa d’Este Beach
Resort in Vero Beach.


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.

Shaun O’Neale, Master Chef winner and author of My Modern
American Table, will join a line-up of celebrity chefs featured during
multi-day events at Vero Beach Food, Wine & Music from February 15-18,
at Riverside Park and Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach.


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.

Vero Beach native and owner of the popular Pine Valley
Market in Wilmington, NC, Christi Ferretti will join forces with
celebrity chefs at Vero Beach Food, Wine & Music from February 15-18,
at Riverside Park and Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach.

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