CHEF FEST 2019 was again successful in raising funds to support the arts and arts education programs at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Sincere thanks to our presenting sponsor, CONFLUENCE HEALTH, and to all the other sponsors, donors, attendees and chefs who helped to make Icicle Creek Center for the Arts annual fundraiser such a success.



The most important fundraiser of the year for Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, ticket sales for CHEF FEST 2019 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 a culinary romp across the Icicle Creek campus, FIRST BITE WINE WALK features Chef Erik and Adrianne of Cannella Kitchen. Thursday, at SUDS & SLIDERS, James Beard award-winning chef John Sundstrom teams up with Brewmaster Grant Stoebner at the new 509 Bierwerks. Friday, we head to Silvara 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.


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.


Menu of Events

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First Bite Wine Walk: A culinary romp through the woods

TICKETS: $75 (only 100 available)

New this year, the culinary team that is Chef Erik Cannella and Adrianne Dow Young of Cannella Kitchen have designed a roving garden party that will take you through six tasting soirees dotted across the Icicle Creek campus. At each stop you’ll be treated to delectable tasters matched perfectly with a locally-produced wine.

  • Tasting stations: Each participating winery will host its own tasting soiree at easy-to-reach locations across the Icicle Creek campus. Chef Cannella has scoured the local foodscapes to bring you delectable bites that will help you learn what makes a food and wine pairing truly work.
  • Music as you move: Enjoy strains of classical music wafting through the trees as you stroll the grounds, provided by students and faculty from the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony.
  • About Cannella Kitchen: Chef Erik Cannella and Adrianne Dow Young have been a culinary team (and now a family) since 2006. Chef Cannella’s recipes have been featured in The New York Times and Bon Appetit. Adrianna, a food writer and accomplished cook, started cooking professionally in 2007. Together they seek to create seasonally-driven happy food moments.
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Suds & Sliders w/ Chef John Sundstrom

TICKETS: $45 (only 75 available)

Who knew you could do that with a burger?! James Beard Award Winner John Sundstrom teams up with brewmaster Grant Stoebner to serve up a multi-course culinary adventure with sophisticated sliders matched up with homegrown ales. With a special surprise for dessert! Join us at Wenatchee’s newest brewery, 509 Bierwerks, for a special evening of great food, music and fun.

  • The pairings: You’ll get to enjoy four courses 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.
  • About Chef John Sundstrom: Chef John Sundstrom was named Best Chef Northwest by the James Beard Foundation in 2007. He has been featured on the PBS series “Chefs a-field” as well as Food Network’s “Best of” and “Food Nation.” He currently owns and operates two artisan Seattle eateries – Lark for fine dining; and Slab Sandwiches + Pie for delectable lunches.
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Hot Stove Society @ Silvara Winery

TICKETS: $75 General Admisson / $140 VIP (w/ class)

The Hot Stove Society comes to Leavenworth! The famous cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants returns to Chef Fest to offer up an evening of learning, libations and live music at the stunning Silvara Winery. The spectacular chefs will treat you to an amazing night of Smoke and Fire where local ingredients rule the day, prepared over hot grills of mesquite and apple wood and paired with award winning wines from Silvara Cellars.

  •  “SMOKE & FIRE” Cooking Class at 6pm:  VIP ticket holders will join Hot Stove Society Chef Lexi Ochoa at 6pm for a one-hour class that will teach how to create your own Grilled Oyster Mushroom Al Pastor Taco with Pickled Green Strawberries, Sweet Onion and Cilantro, done over a Mesquite and Apple Wood Grill, paired with Silvara’s 2016 Chardonnay.
  • Hot Stove Society Demos and Wine Pairings at 7pm: Chef Ochoa  will then be joined by Corporate Executive Chef Chris Schwarz (Tom Douglas Restaurants), Chef Tori Mann of Lola (Seattle) and Chef Kyle Johnson of Home Remedy (Seattle) as they demo and serve outdoor apps paired with Silvara wines. All participants will be treated to three amazing demos and tastings:
    • Grilled Halibut with Charred Cauliflower, Prosser Greens, Morels and Spring Onions
    • Grilled Baby Artichokes and Garlic Scapes with Real Aioli and Grilled Flatbread
    • Grilled First of Season Corn with Fermented Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Charred Cabbage and Smoked Aioli.
  • 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: $95 - $145

The Chef Fest Main Event returns, Saturday June 15. 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 local purveyors!


 General Admission – $95

Front Row – $125 (includes bottle service in theater and reserved front row seating)

VIP – $145 (includes bottle service in theater, reserved box seating, and limited edition Chef Fest 2019 Apron)

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ALL-IN Chef Fest Pass

$250 General Admission / $375 VIP

For the foodiest of food lovers!

$250 General Admission
Includes all four nights of fabulous food and drink:  First Bite Wine Walk, Suds and Sliders with Chef John Sundstrom; Hot Stove Society Night at Silvara Winery (class not included), & GA ticket to the Chef Fest Main Event

$375 VIP
Includes all four nights of fabulous food and drink:  First Bite Wine Walk, Suds and Sliders with Chef John Sundstrom; Hot Stove Society Night at Silvara Winery (includes Hot Stove Society “Smoke & Fire” class), & VIP ticket to the Chef Fest Main Event

Sponsorship Opportunities

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 jamie@icicle.org.



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 Culinary Dream Trip for Two to Napa Valley!

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Thanks to this year's sponsors!

Chef Fest is only possible through the generous support of our sponsors. If you would like to support the arts while making your mark at Chef Fest this year, please contact jamie@icicle.org.

CHEF FEST 2019 Presenting Sponsor

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Special Thanks To

Wenatchee Valley Tech Center
Numerica PAC
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
Aspen Leaf Spa
Teatro ZinZanni
Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley
Abendblume B&B
Wenatchee Valley Symphony
The Belltown Inn
Shafer Baillie Mansion
Grand River Lodge
The W Seattle

Hotel Andra
The Hot Stove Society
Tom Douglas Restaurants
ACT Theatre
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort
Northwest Film Forum
Elizabeth Shepherd
Roy Street Commons
Gypsy Lotus
Bill and Sally Bauer
Beyoutiful Hot Yoga
The T-Pot Experience

Ken and Susan Trimpe
Scot Brower
Earth, Wind, & Wire Jewelry
Jan Cook Mack
Eagle Creek Ranch
Burch Mountain BBQ
Kahler Glen Golf Club
Highlander Golf Club
Leavenworth RadTours
Northern Fruit

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