The Celebrity Chef & Wine pairing event returns Sunday, June 10th with Executive Chef Jose Salazar and Pastry Chef Russ Wheeler of The Palace.

The Celebrity Chef and Wine Pairing event invites Second Sunday visiters to a wine pairing (generously provided by City Cellars) and chef demo by one or more local chefs. Guests are given the recipe for the dishes or drinks when they walk in so they can follow along while the food is prepared. Afterward, a representative from City Cellars will discuss why a particular wine was paired with the dish.

Chef Daniel Wright of Senate Chef Owen Maass and mixologist Molly Wellman

The series of free events has been a part of SSOM since at least 2006. According to Laura Chenault, the head organizer for the Celebrity Chef event, the demos are an opportunity to highlight “people doing good things in the community.” The recruiting process is simple – Chenault approaches restaurants where she loves to eat and asks the chefs if they’d like to participate. Asking a chef to donate his only day off work for a demo where he has to provide his own food and time seems like a hard sell, but Chenault says chefs are enthusiastic to get involved. In fact, many Celebrity Chefs have requested to come back, including Executive Chef Salazar, who is returning this June for his fourth Celebrity Chef event.

Executive Chef Jose Salazar of The Palace

Chenault describes the Celebrity Chef event as a “very cool organic experience” because guests can interact with the chefs in a relaxed setting while also enjoying tastings from their favorite restaurants. Since the event runs on a small budget, there are no tables, and the audience eats off paper plates with plastic silverware. Still, while the setup may seem spartan, it makes for a rare opportunity to chat with the chef, ask questions, and learn fun foodie facts about what is being prepared.

Lana Wright of Senate

Celebrity Chef and Wine Pairing
UPDATE: The demo has a new home! Thank you Japp’s Annex! Japp’s is located at 1134 Main St. & the Annex is 2 doors North (tile entrance says “The Levine Furniture Company”)
Chef demo starts at 2:00p / Doors open at 1:30p
No reservation required; seating is first-come, first-seated.

Celebrity Chefs
June 10 – Executive Chef Jose Salazar & Pastry Chef Russ Wheeler – The Palace
July 8 – Chef Renee Schuler – Eat Well Catering
Aug 12 – Chef Mark Bodenstein – Nicholson’s & Farmer Richard Stewart – Carriage House Farm
Sept 9 – Chef Owen Maass – Cumin & W, Molly Wellmann – Japp’s on cocktails
Oct 14 – Chef Todd Kelly & Pastry Chef Megan Ketovar – Orchids

****** City Cellars will be generously pairing the wines at each demo*************