Pacific Food and Wine Classic: Chefs and Wineries for 2018 Announced

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

The Pacific Wine and Food Classic is back on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018 and 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.

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.

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

List of participating chefs, restaurants, winerys for 2018

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, 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​

Greg Daniels – Owner & Executive Chef, Haven Gastropub

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

Zach Geerson – Executive Chef, Journeyman's Food + Drink

Zach Scherer – Chef, The Country Club

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

Partners: 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

Charity: 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

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