Innovative Chefs Announced for 2016 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

The sixth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity, has announced the ten local chefs who have been named to this year’s class of Most Innovative Chefs.

These culinary stars will be honored at the Master Chef Dinner on Friday, September 23, where they will prepare their unique dishes and interact one-on-one with festival guests.

The 2016 Most Innovative Chefs include:

Mogan Anthony, Village Social, Mount Kisco, NY

Carl Carrion, Cask Republic, South Norwalk, CT

Albert DeAngelis, Eastend Restaurant, in Greenwich

Constantine Kalandranis, 273 Kitchen, Harrison, NY

Michael Kaphan, Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish, Salem, NY

Chef Geoff Lazlo with Karen Sheer, from the Greenwich Free Press.

Chef Geoff Lazlo with Karen Sheer, from the Greenwich Free Press.

Geoff Lazlo, Mill Street Bar & Table, in Greenwich

Brian Lewis, The Cottage, Westport, CT

Tony Pham, Mecha Noodle Bar, South Norwalk, CT

Robin Selden, Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning, Stamford, CT

Bobby Will, Saltaire Oyster Bar, Port Chester, NY

“This year’s class of honorees continue to push the envelope on fresh, creative, unique fare for local foodies lucky enough to live or work in Fairfield and Westchester Counties,” said Suni Unger, Founder & CEO of Unger Publishing and the Founder & CEO of Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival.

“Each year, we assemble our group of alumni chefs who have been honored in past years to flag for us whom they feel are making their mark in the local culinary world, and once again, this year’s group of talent makes dining out an experience of its own.”

“To enhance our celebration of the best in the area, we also decided this year to invite our talented Ambassador Chefs to join the Friday event, offering more options for guests to sample the innovative dishes served at area restaurants,” continued Unger.

The celebration of local and national talent will continue with the Saturday Festival, (Sept. 24) the center of the entire GREENWICH 2016 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL.

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At the Culinary Village, Sat., Sept. 27, 2014 in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Patricia Troiano of the Greenwich Parks & Rec Dept and friends. Credit: Leslie Yager

This day-long event will offer tastings and demonstrations from more than two hundred of the area’s finest food, wine, spirits and product vendors in the main Grand Tasting Tent, as well as the Burger & Beer Tent, Master Griller Tent, the first annual Ultimate Sandwich Take-Down and Taco Party!

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Julie Levitt samples delicious granola from The Granola Bar. Credit: Leslie Yager

Culinary demonstration tents and stages will house cooking presentations by celebrity chefs, including Marcus Samuelsson (“Chopped,” “Iron Chef” and winner of “Top Chef Masters”), and local talent.

Guests will also enjoy sommelier presentations, celebrity chef book signings, Q&A sessions with top food and beverage talent, the fifth annual Burger Battle, the third annual Top Bartender’s Showdown and a live musical performance. VIP ticket holders ($375 per ticket) will enjoy a Sustainable Dinner by the water’s edge, prepared by local chefs featuring locally-sourced, sustainably-produced ingredients under a private tent with premium liquor, wines and beer service, secluded lounge areas open throughout the day, private restrooms and a premium viewing area for the evening’s musical performance.


The folks from Fjord Fish Market offered samples at the culinary village, 2014 Credit: Leslie Yager

A special ticketed event, Saturday VIP Pass with Intimate Dinner featuring Marcus Samuelsson and Red Rooster Harlem, will give attendees the opportunity to enjoy the best of Harlem in a waterfront setting, featuring the roots of American cuisine from award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson. Guests at this seated dinner with table service (6:30-8:30pm) will also enjoy the evening’s musical performance from private tables on an elevated stage ($525 per ticket) or from reserved, lawn table seating ($450 per ticket).

Visit for more information and updates about the event schedule, participating celebrity and local chefs, musical talent and more.

Tickets are now on sale via or by calling 203-588-1363. The event’s Facebook page,, will also announce restaurant participants and schedule updates.

The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants and those with strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted.

The GREENWICH 2016 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL is a multi-day event that benefits The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing healing to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses, as well as The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation.

See also:

At Mill Street Bar & Table, Chef Geoff Lazlo Treats Guests to a Tasting

Mill Street Bar & Table’s Chef Geoff Lazlo: Sourcing “Sunnies” & Pea-Shoots from Garden Education Center


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