Saturday, May 25, 2013

Camarillo, CA: Casa Pacifica Wine and Food Festival

The Casa Pacifica Angels are very excited to present the 20th Anniversary of the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine and Food Festival hosted by the Zarley and Van Huisen families! Twenty years of wonderful history in bringing great food, wines, brews, and entertainment to Ventura County for all to enjoy. Twenty years of expanding from just a few restaurants and wineries to featuring exhibitors from all over California. Twenty years of growing to now offer the largest Silent Auction in Ventura County. Twenty years of providing significant support for vital programs and services of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families through the event’s proceeds, essentially providing for our community’s most vulnerable children – abused, neglected, and at-risk youth – and their families. Sunday, June 2nd, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at California State University Channel Islands will be a special day, marking and celebrating the invaluable support of the community for Casa Pacifica in a festive, joyful, and unmatched fun-filled atmosphere!

The Angels are also looking forward to holding the 3rd Annual Yummies Culinary Competition, which will seek out the top chef creations among Festival exhibitors. The Yummies Culinary Competition is an action-packed culinary showdown involving Ventura County’s top restaurants and chefs. Celebrity emcee, television and movie actor, Oded Fehr will welcome top restaurants and chefs to fire up their stations and compete for first, second, or third place in one of two categories: Savory and Sweet.

Yummies winners will be determined by a panel of Celebrity Culinary Judges comprised of television and print media personalities, food editors and columnists based on which chef’s dish they feel is the yummiest. The select panel of celebrity culinary judges includes; Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director at the Playboy Mansion, William S. Bloxsom-Carter; Chef-Host of “Dinner & A Movie,” Claud Mann; and two-time Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Champion and owner of Sweet Arleen’s Cupcakes, Arleen Scavone. Each of these judges, along with the others, will use their expert tasting skills to find the best entry in each category, judged on flavor, presentation, innovation, and quality. Yummies winners will earn bragging rights and receive a prize package sponsored by Gold Coast Broadcasting, LLC, Le Creuset, Cumulus Media, National Association for Catering and Events, 805 with Tom & Sandy, VC Buzz, and For more information about the Yummies competition and past winners, please visit the Wine & Food Festival website at

Entertainment Sponsor, The Patio Restaurant at The Players Casino on Johnson Drive has ensured that festival-goers will once again enjoy a day full of upbeat, dance. Live entertainment includes Boogie Knights, a comedic 1970s disco cover band who will provide a lively backdrop for wining and dining guests. The exclusive V.I.P. Lounge presented by Wells Fargo will feature its own musical fun offered by the band Sound Effect. Bruce Barrios will assist the captivating entertainers as the Master of Ceremonies and Disc Jockey. Guests will also be surprised by a special musical guest!

General Admission and V.I.P tickets can be purchased online at! General Admission tickets are on sale for $125 until sold out. Food and beverages are included in the price of admission. V.I.P tickets are available for $200 each, offering Festival-goers early admission at 12:00 noon. V.I.P. ticket holders will receive V.I.P parking, and exclusive access to the V.I.P. Lounge presented by Wells Fargo. In addition to exclusive entertainment, the Lounge will feature the Anheuser Busch Belgium Beer Garden, Plated Events by Chef Jason, Malibu Family Wines and more! V.I.P. guests will enter through the beautiful and historic CSUCI bell tower where their day will start off being catered to by the world class Mastro’s Steakhouse.

It’s not too late to sign up as an exhibitor or to connect your name or business to this "Can't Miss" event by taking advantage of some great sponsorship opportunities! For sponsorship information, contact Casa Pacifica Event Specialist, Kristin Palos at (805) 366-4014, kpalos(at)casapacifica(dot)org or visit the Festival sponsor page at

Casa Pacifica encourages all Festival-goers to participate responsibly. Roundtrip reservations are available thru the Roadrunner Safe Ride Program by calling (805) 389-8196, or visiting

About Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families:
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

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  1. Congratulations on your 20th anniversary and a special thank you to the Zarley and Van Huisen families for all that they have done for our community. Especially for all that they have done for most our vulnerable children and their families.

    May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
    May a rainbow always follow your autumn rain.
    May you be graced with an unending river of good cheer
    May you help spread the spirit of giving far and near.