Annual Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival

Wine & Dine For The Arts | January 12 - 14, 2017

Local Albany chefs show off their skills in this three-day food and wine festival to raise money for the arts!

The Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will take place at Hilton Albany on Thursday, January 12 through Saturday, January 14, 2017. This year's festival will benefit Albany Barn, Albany Center Gallery, Capital Repertory Theater, The Palace Theater, and Park Playhouse.

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This is a great opportunity to support downtown businesses, including local art exhibitions and restaurants.

Throughout the weekend you will taste top-of-the-line food and wine pairings, and will learn about the impressive art of food and wine preparation with cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars.

This year's festival will include:

  • The Mayor's Opening Celebration at City Hall
  • Grand Tasting & Seminars
  • Battle of the Bartenders
  • Rising Star Chef Pavilion & Craft Beer Pavilion
  • "Slider Slam" Competition
  • Gala Reception 6-course dinner
  • And more!

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Participating Chefs & Restaurants

Signature chefs:

Guest signature chefs:

  • Stratton Sokaris
  • Lou Agostinello

Featured chefs:

  • Anna Weisheit - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
  • Brady Duhame - 15 Church
  • Brandon Snooks - Hudson Valley BBQ Co.
  • Chris Dore - The Guideon Putnam
  • Christian Lofaro - Il Faro
  • David Britton - Dakine Cuisine
  • Derek Adams - 13 North
  • Elisa Arteche - Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
  • Emmanuel Isaac - Ama Cocina
  • James Gavin - Nicole's Special Events & Catering
  • Jared Millwood - The Fort Orange Club
  • Jennifer Hewes - The Point Restaurant & Lounge
  • Jose Arteche - Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
  • Jonathan Milks - Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • Ken Kehn - Angelo's 677 Prime
  • Ken Ruud - One Six Five
  • Larry Schepici - Jack's Oyster House
  • Linda Kindlon - Bake for You
  • Linda Smith - Divinitea
  • Mark D. Graham - Graham & McGuire
  • Mario Tricomi - U Mundu E Ca
  • Mike Spain - Druthers
  • Nathan Kutzscher - Marriott Albany
  • Nicholas Armstrong - Rascals Steakhouse
  • Nicholas Karoly - Salt & Char
  • Tim Taney - Slidin' Dirty
  • William Lentz - The Wishing Well

Rising stars:

  • Elliot Vogel - Tala an American Bistro
  • Matt Masto - Yono's/dp An American Brasserie
  • Mike Stopczynski - Jack's Oyster House
  • Patrick Brown - The Brook Tavern
  • Peter Haham - Druthers
  • Tracey Kweicen - Angelo's Prime Bar & Grill

Signature invitational chefs:

  • Michael Niccoli - Navona Restaurant (formerly Century House Restaurant)
  • Michael Mastrantouno

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