The most important fundraiser of the year for Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, ticket sales for CHEF FEST 2018 are open now  and this year promises still more opportunities to delight your tastebuds while supporting the arts.


We’re cooking up four full nights of fun this year, starting with an evening of mixology at the BLUE SPIRITS SNEAK PEEK. Thursday, it’s SUDS & SLIDERS with Brewmaster Grant Stoebner at the Fresh Burger Cafe. Friday, we head to Icicle Ridge Winery for the celebrated return of THE HOT STOVE SOCIETY. And finally, it’s the MAIN EVENT at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts’ Snowy Owl Theater starring six incredible Northwest chefs battling it out for your vote. Find details below for each and, if you’re really a foodie, you can go for the All-in Chef Fest Pass! Come to one event, come to them all – your every sip, taste and sigh of satisfaction helps to ensure that the arts will continue to thrive in North Central Washington.


Team East and Team West are now officially formed. Three chefs from each side of the mountains will face off in a friendly and delectable competition. There are three battles to taste – BATTLE SURF, BATTLE TURF and BATTLE VEG.  Click here to meet the Chefs and find out who’s battling who in this culinary showdown.


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Blue Spirits Sneak Peek

TICKETS: $45 (only 70 available)

You’ll learn how to make three mouth-watering cocktails at this evening of mixology. Featuring hors d’oeuvres from Gastronomia, live music and a special tour of Leavenworth’s newest distillery from owner and Spirits Architect Jeff Soehren. Drinks and tour included with your ticket.

  • Mixology course: Blue Spirits’ accomplished mixologists will guide you through the construction of three different bespoke cocktails which you can sample and then wow your friends when you rebuild them back home.
  • Lounge music: A jazzy backrop provided by songstress Rhia Foster completes the ambience.
  • About Blue Spirits Distilling: Based out of Lake Chelan, Blue Spirits turns the pristine glacial waters into a full range of sophisticated, and sometimes cheeky, spirits.
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Suds & Sliders Night w/Brewmaster Grant Stoebner

TICKETS: $35 (only 50 available)

Explore the art of pairing a great burger with the right beer. Brewmaster Grant Stoebner will put on a masterclass featuring five sophisticated sliders matched up with five homegrown ales. There’s even a dessert slider in the mix!  Join us at Fresh Burger Cafe in Leavenworth for an evening of great food, music and fun.

  • The pairings: You’ll get to sample five sliders paired with hand-selected craft beers and learn from an experienced brewmaster why it all tastes so darn good!
  • Silent auction: Never forgetting that Chef Fest is all about supporting the arts in NCW, attendees will have the chance to bid on some exciting adventures and schwag for the outdoor-minded.
  • About Grant Stoebner: The owner of Fresh Burger Cafe, Grant is an award-winning brewer with a passion for craft ales and a palate to match.
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Hot Stove Society @ Icicle Ridge Winery

TICKETS: $75 (only 75 available)

The famous cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants returns to Leavenworth for its second year! Join star chefs from the Tom Douglas Restaurants group for an evening of learning, libations and live music.

Corporate Executive Chef Chris Schwarz along with two of his top chefs from The Bravehorse Tavern (Chef Bradley Layfield) and The Dahlia Lounge (Chef Brock Johnson) will teach you how to have some real fun in the kitchen, as we enjoy an evening in a stunning setting, surrounded by vineyards and the original log home tasting room of Icicle Ridge Winery.

  • Cooking Demo: See and sample the chefs’ themed culinary creations at three stations, each paired with the perfect wine from Icicle Ridge.
  • Appetite for the Arts Pre-Auction: One (and only one) very special Hot Stove Society package will be up for bid at this event including a trip to Seattle to experience a course at the Hot Stove Society first-hand.
  • About the Hot Stove Society: A year-round cooking school in Seattle operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants, the Hot Stove Society puts you in the room with top chefs from around the Pacific Northwest for dream classes to please every palate.
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CHEF FEST - The Main Event

TICKETS: $85 - $145

The Chef Fest Main Event returns, Saturday June 2. It’s East versus West as six renowned Washington chefs square off in a delectable culinary battle and YOU get to be the judge. Your ticket includes all food and drink during the event.

  • The Tastings: Guests saunter leisurely around the Snowy Owl patio sampling six chef entries in three different categories (meat, seafood and vegetarian) along with local wine or beer pairings. Enjoy live music, plus salads and sides provided by the talented young culinary students from the Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center.
  • Chef Showcase: Each of our chefs (with their paired local brewer or vintner) takes the stage in the Snowy Owl Theater for a short cooking demo and some fun with the audience before the awards are announced.
  • Appetite for the Arts Live Auction: Auction packages built around each of our star chefs will be up for bid, plus a chance to raise the paddle to support the arts and arts education for more than 6,000 young people every year.
  • Dessert Circus: After the show, head back out onto the Snowy Owl patio for a festive smorgasbord of dessert options from Cake Chic, Cafe Columbia, Schocolat and more!


 General Admission – $85

Front Row – $105 (includes bottle service in theater and reserved front row seating)

VIP – $145 (includes bottle service in theater, reserved box seating, and exclusive Chef Fest 2018 Apron signed by the Chefs)

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ALL-IN Chef Fest Pass

$225 per person

For the foodiest of food lovers. Includes all four nights of fabulous food and drink: Blue Spirits Sneak Peek; Suds & Sliders Night; Hot Stove Society Night; and the Chef Fest Main Event (General admission – You may upgrade to VIP or Front Row seats if you’d like by calling Alex at the box office, (509) 548-6347, x.1, or email

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Available from $250 to $5,000

In becoming a sponsor you help ensure that the arts continue to thrive for the children, families and communities of North Central Washington. We appreciate our sponsors to the fullest and make sure that everyone who attends know what an important role you’ve played. Click the button below to see available sponsorship opportunities and any questions you may have should be directed to


Even if you can’t be at Chef Fest you can still win big and support the arts. This year’s Grand Prize Raffle winner will receive a trip for two to the Music City Food & Wine Festival in Nashville, Tennessee!

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