Most Innovative Chefs Gala To Honor 13 Local Chefs + Legendary Band The Wailers To Perform


Imagine savoring signature dishes from the area’s most innovative chefs and vibing on the tunes of a legendary reggae band. That’s the plan for the 2015 Most Innovative Chef Gala at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. Now that’s a gala not to be missed.

The fifth annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, presented by Serendipity magazine and benefitting Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation, has announced the thirteen local chefs to be honored on Friday, September 25th at the Most Innovative Chefs Gala at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT. The Serendipity 2015 Most Innovative Chefs will be celebrated as they prepare their signature dishes and inventive fare for guests.

This year’s list includes:

  • Alison Awerbuch, Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock, Stamford, CT
  • Beck Bolender, One Twenty One, North Salem, NY
  • Francesco Casu, Golden View Firenze, Greenwich, CT
  • Renato Donzelli, Basso Café, Norwalk, CT
  • Nick DiBona, Madison Kitchen, Larchmont, NY
  • Erik Erlichson, Bistro Versailles, Greenwich, CT
  • Stephen Lewandowski, Harlan Social, Stamford, CT
  • Brian Lewis, Darien, CT
  • Pat Pascarella, Bar Sugo, Norwalk, CT
  • Matt Storch, The Chelsea, Fairfield, CT and Match, Norwalk, CT
  • David Raymer, Strada 18, Norwalk, CT
  • Luke Venner, Elm, New Canaan, CT
  • David White, Vespa, Westport, CT

“We are so lucky to have such extraordinary culinary talent in our local community,” said Suni Unger, Founder + CEO of Unger Publishing, Serendipity magazine and the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. “The creativity of our honored chefs, as well as all of the foodie talent in our area, has made dining out in this region a fun and unique experience, whether it’s for an elegant evening out with friends, a romantic meal for two, or for a family dinner on a Sunday night.”

In addition to a Silent Auction to raise money for the selected charities, the evening will also feature a performance by The Wailers, the legendary reggae band formed by the late Bob Marley in 1969, which has sold over 250 million albums worldwide.

The Festival Most Innovative Chefs Gala is just one event in a blockbuster weekend lineup; the first Champagne Dinner Under the Stars event will take place on Thursday evening to kick off the festivities, and on Saturday, the Culinary Village, the center of the entire Greenwich Wine + Food Festival will offer tastings and demonstrations, celebrity chef book signings, the fourth annual Burger Battle, the second annual Top Bartender’s Showdown, Barbecue & Bluegrass, and a live musical performance by Grammy and CMA award-winning country superstars Little Big Town.

Tickets are now on sale through or by calling 203.588.1363. The event’s Facebook page,, will be announcing restaurant participants and schedule updates, as available.

All events will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted.

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