vip FOOD menu

VIPs get early access to the event and appetizers prepared by Chef Eric Levine, 2011 Food Network Chopped Champion. His menu includes blue cheese and grape bites with honey crisps, jerk chicken with pineapple slaw, bacon mac and cheese with pretzel crumb, pulled pork mojo with chili cilantro rice, and mini bread pudding bites with rum raisin and marshmallow.

VIP chef eric levine

Chef Eric studied at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and soon after graduation, worked under celebrity chef David Burke at the River Café.  He credits this experience with sparking his creative artistry with food. Chef Eric believes that food speaks a universal language.  To become a truly accomplished chef, one must be aware of the styles from other cultures.  Working with Chef Jean-Louis Le Massion from Le Petite Café , he learned how to finesse the romance of a dish.  From his tenure with Chef Giovanni Brunell from Il Tratattoire da Familia, he learned how to infuse passion and robust flavor into his cooking.  From there, he studied with Master Chef Lee Ho of Otani where he learned how to meld old-world practices with modern cuisine/

The James Beard Foundation, world famous for re-establishing the American way of cooking and the technique of using only fresh, indigenous ingredients, recognized Chef Eric for his contributions to the gastronomic culinary scene in the United States was was also invited 5 times to host a dinners at the James Beard House in New York, the first internationally recognized catering chef to be given this prestigious opportunity.

Chef Eric has Received the Restaurant Guild International Chef of the Year 2013/ 2015. In addition to all of Chef Eric’s culinary accolades Chef Eric pays it forward to many charities and has been awarded with The 2016 VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARD by the Housing Partnership for his impact and leadership in the local and national community helping others. Visit him at