2017’s VIP lineup will be released this Summer.
The VIP Pavilion at the 2016 Downtown Brew Festival featured even more of the most exclusive rare pours available at the event. Small bites from the incredible menus of local chefs provided VIP guests with a taste of beer-inspiration from culinary masters Chef Gina Marinelli of D.O.C.G. enoteca and Chef Brian Howard with his pop-up concept Sparrow+Wolf to match the flavors of select vintages, seasonal specialties, and overall just downright hard-to-come-by brews.
Gina Marinelli’s journey to D.O.C.G. started as a prep cook and a dishwasher at the Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy’s. While working, she studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu and rapidly grew in the kitchen. She moved from scrubbing dishes and straining stocks to making sauces and breaking down fish. Quickly, Gina knew that after four years of college at the University of Florida her place in this world was in a kitchen. Marinellli went on to work and learn in the kitchens of Chef Michael Mina’s restaurants NobHill and American Fish, Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage before finally landing at Scott Conant’s Italian wine bar and dining hot spot D.O.C.G. enoteca. She pushes her teams to execute the classics of Italy as well as giving them a modern twist. The menu shows her background and her motivation to keep the true soul of Italian food intact.
2016 is poised to be a hearty year for thirty four year old Renowned Chef Brian Howard. He’s been traveling the country; his restless nature and tradition shattering style inspiring the Sparrow + Wolf pop-up concept coming to DBF. Howard spent the past 14 years honing his skills in everything from classical French, modern cooking, foods of Southeast Asia and new American cuisine. Hailing from Detroit Michigan, Howard showcased his talents and oversaw the Mobil Four Star and Michelin starred kitchens of Las Vegas, and Los Angeles with acclaimed chefs Andre Soltner, Thomas Keller, Kerry Simon, Andre Rochat and most recently David Myers. Howard has earned countless accolades and praise for his cooking, such as being honored and cooking at the Legendary James Beard House, and has been featured in such publications as Food & Wine, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, La Times, NY Post, Playboy Magazine, Saveur and Men’s Health. Catching the eyes of national television producers, Howard has appeared as a guest judge on the FOX program “Master Chef Junior” and Food Network’s “Chopped” and won the competition on FYI, Network’s “Late Night Chef Fight.”