The Savannah Food & Wine Festival is proud to announce three local Savannah chefs participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Mansion on Forsyth Park: Roberto Leoci, Patrick McNamara and Jean Yves Vendeville.
The Celebrity Chef Tour is a celebration of culinary camaraderie between award-winning James Beard Foundation recognized chefs, along with Savannah’s chefs and culinary community. It is a unique dinner that brings together chefs, world-renowned winemakers and beverage experts to create a multi-course, interactive dining experience. This year’s dinner features some of the country’s favorite James Beard Foundation talent: Jonathan Waxman, Tory McPhail, Anthony Lamas and Scott Crawford. The Celebrity Chef Tour menu can be found HERE.
Roberto Leoci is the Executive Chef and Owner of Leoci’s Trattoria, Leoci’s Fine Foods and Pacci Italian Kitchen & Bar. His Southern Italian roots guided him towards his culinary calling, honing his craft at La Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu in Florence, Italy, the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, Florida and preparing private dinners for high-profile clients. Connect Savannah recently named him the city’s “Best Chef” for the fourth consecutive year and “Best Italian Restaurant” for the third consecutive year. Chef Leoci offers back-to-basics Italian cuisine with a menu that represents a major effort to keep ingredients as local as possible.
Cooking in the kitchen since he was 14, Patrick McNamara’s passion led him to become the Owner and Executive Chef of Noble Fare, along with his wife Jenny. His philosophy for the restaurant is to provide “the art of good eating,” which he accomplishes by using fresh, quality ingredients to create his Southern-inspired dishes.
Jean Yves Vendeville is the department head of the Culinary Institute at Savannah Technical College and was recently named “Instructor of the Year” by the Technical College System of Georgia and “Chef Educator of the Year” by the Low Country Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He has also achieved his ACF Lifetime Certification as an Executive Pastry Chef and holds a Lifetime Certification as an Executive Chef from the Chef Association of America. Chef Vendeville has embedded many aspects of sustainability into the program including an on-campus organic vegetable garden, an herb garden and a composting site.
New ticket combo packages for the Celebrity Chef Tour are now available HERE for great savings. Individual tickets cost $200 per person, with couples tickets priced at $375. Pair the Celebrity Chef Tour with the Taste of Savannah VIP Lounge for $299 per person or $590 per couple. For a limited time only, $169 discount tickets are available for the Celebrity Chef Tour at https://groupon.com/deals/taste-of-savannah.
The Savannah Food & Wine Festival takes place throughout Savannah from November 9 – 15, 2015 with local and celebrity chefs, winemakers, connoisseur dinners and one-of-a-kind culinary, spirits and wine experiences.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com.