Saturday, April 14, 2018

Vintage Farm
4020 SE Third Avenue, Ocala, FL 34480

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Ticket Type Price Qty. Cart
collaborATE $195 Tickets are sold out.

Ticketed events are all inclusive of food, drinks & gratuity.
Each Event is limited, so get your tickets before they sell out fast!

Experience the alchemy of flavors as two of Tampa Bay’s finest chefs come together for one exciting evening:
Chef Jeannie Pierola of edison: food+drink lab & Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till


Chef Jeannie Pierola– nationally-recognized, award-winning chef and Florida native– explores flavors daily at her Tampa restaurant, Edison: Food+Drink Lab using the finest components, precise execution, and her creativity, to expertly engineer everyday food into current, modern cuisine.

Chef Jeannie Pierola has been a four-time James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist (2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) and was the first Tampa Bay area chef invited to cook at the renowned James Beard House itself, which she did in October 2015, preparing a seven-course dinner paired with wine and cocktails. The James Beard Foundation (JBF) Awards were created in 1986 to honor the best and the brightest culinary and beverage professionals in North America. Within the industry, getting a nod for a JBF Award is akin to being nominated for an Oscar. It’s that prestigious.

Over the course of her career, she has cooked for luminaries such as former President George H. Bush and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and TV icon Oprah Winfrey. She was also selected to cook at our country’s most prestigious food industry awards ceremony, the James Beard Foundation Awards.

edison: food+drink lab

After starting as a dishwasher at the young age of 15, working as a eager prep cook throughout high school and eventually attending and graduating from Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy in 1998, Chef Ferrell Alvarez made his way to Tampa, Florida to further his professional career. There he would gain nationwide recognition for a unique culinary view and artistic ambition. Over the next 16 years, Ferrell would forge a path through the Chef’s journey, which, as of 2018, includes a James Beard semi-finalist nod (Best Chef Chef), appearances on Food Network and the Cooking Channel.

In December of 2013, Chef Alvarez was able to live his biggest dream when he opened his own restaurant, Rooster & the Till. Focusing on what’s always been important to him, R&tT was a small 40-seat Modern American restaurant focusing on the best ingredients from local farms and gardens and preparing them with integrity, proper technique and lots of love. In 2016, it expanded to a 78-seat restaurant with a full French Kitchen.

Chef Alvarez has made a name for himself as a forward-thinking culinarian in Tampa. In the first 10 months of being open, Rooster & the Till earned both Best New Restaurant and Best Chef from Creative Loafing and Best New Restaurant from Florida Trend Magazine. In 2017, Alvarez was a semifinalist for a James Beard (Best Chef South). In February 2018, the Tampa Bay Times named R&T the no. 1 restaurant in the Tampa Bay area.

Rooster & the Till

Attire: Business casual (note for footwear: event is on grass)


Brenda Terry
2018 Ocala Culinary Festival Official Mixologist Tampa Yacht & Country Club | Tampa, FL
Ryan Welliver, Mixologist
The Cocktail Club | Charleston, SC

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Where will the festival events take place?
Check individual event listings to identify the various locales where events will be held throughout Ocala/Marion County. In a few event instances, the locales will not be disclosed until tickets are purchased.

How do I attend the Ocala Culinary Festival?
All events require tickets, which can be purchased on this website as the event lineup is unveiled. Tickets for certain events will start to go on sale on November 1, 2017.

Can my diet restrictions be accommodated during festival events?
No. Unfortunately, the logistics of carrying off these events in various locales do not give chefs the room to be flexible with their menus. Chefs participating in the festival are given creative license to serve whatever inspires them—without the need to anticipate various diet restrictions.

What happens if an event is sold out?
Tickets are very limited, especially in regards to some of the smaller, more intimate festival experiences. We encourage you to consider other events in the lineup if your first choice gets sold out. If an event has been sold out and you’d like to have your name added to a wait list in case we have a cancellation, please feel free to email us this request at [email protected].

What should I wear?
Check each individual event listing for suggestions on attire.

Can I bring my children to the festival?
We love children! However, we cannot allow anyone under 21 to attend the festival.

What is the Grand Tasting?
The casual grand finale to the festival will be held in downtown Ocala, Florida. For one price, festivalgoers will be allowed in to meet one on one with chefs who have participated in the festival and eat and drink the best the festival has to offer.

Festival Rules

You must be 21 years of age or older to attend any of the festival events—no infants or toddlers.

No animals are allowed at any of the festival events.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Events go on rain or shine.

Tickets are non-transferrable without written permission of festival management. To make an inquiry for permission to transfer tickets, email [email protected]