The 2020 Chef Challenge Lineup

The 2020 Northville Food & Wine Festival has once again attracted some of the region's finest culinary artists from award-winning restaurants and hospitality venues. 

This year's festival will launch the first-ever "Live Chef-Challenge" event in Downtown Northville, 

offering an exciting and interactive cooking display throughout Saturday's festival.  

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Executive Chef | 160 Main | Northville, MI

"True Italian food isn't supposed to be complicated"


Cousins Brian Maiorana and Chef Salvatore are the owners of Sapori Italian Restaurant in Washington, Michigan and 160 Main in Northville, Michigan. Both opened with one simple idea - to create a comfortable dining environment where families can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine.


Monteleone quickly earned a reputation for seeking out the best local produce from area farms (often making trips to local farmer's markets himself) and creating inspired dishes with a genuine Italian flare. The use of simple, natural ingredients, infused with fresh flavors complement each other to help guests experience true Italian cuisine.


Monteleone also has a strong seafood affiliation (due to his upbringing near the Mediterranean coast) which often results in an exploration of unique ingredient pairings and seasonal menu creations, which we are anticipating will delight attendees at the 2020 Northville Food & Wine Festival. 

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Chef & Co-Owner | Mongers' Provisions | Ferndale, MI

Mongers' Provisions was founded in 2017 by Zach Berg and William Werner, and in 2018 their second store was opened at 4240 Cass, between Willis and Canfield, selling a rotating selection of domestic and imported cheeses as well as globally sourced chocolate and charcuterie.


Berg, began his culinary journey to cheesemongering with a kosher catering gig at the ripe old age of 13 washing dishes and unloading food trucks as Detroit hosted the 1998 Maccabi Games. From meeting his now business partner at Tamarack Camps, to teaching kosher cooking to Monday Night School students, Zach Berg has taken his passion for food and his Jewish roots with him all over the world. 

Zach went to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, where he was the President of the Student Wine Club, a role that involved venturing out for wine tastings every Saturday for 40 weeks. He also delivered cheese to the famous French Laundry, working for Soyoung of Andante Dairy, which is why he is one of only about 10 shops in the country sells her cheese.



Chef | Cooking with Cocktails | Detroit, MI

Chef LaSalle first started in the kitchen at the age of 14  with his aunt as she prepared food for his extended family. His passion and introduction to the culinary scene grew throughout his teenage years, culminating in him becoming a fully-qualified chef before the age of 20. Initially focusing on home cooking for family, friends, and co-workers, at the age of 27, he decided to further his skills, enrolling in the Culinary Arts Program at Henry Ford Community College, and as they say......the rest is history!


Chef LaSalle now creates exciting and educational classes at Cooking with Cocktails, a Detroit-based company that launched in 2020. His unique background and experience has resulted in the development of several iconic dishes reently including his own take on shrimp and grits and Avocado Eggs Benedict. Participants of his interactive online classes have fun while learning new culinary skills and always come back wanting to learn more.

Cooking with Cocktails and Chef LaSalle are looking forward to seeing you at the Northville Wine Festival and providing the guests with a fun and educational cooking demonstration where you are sure to pick up a few valuable culinary tips for your next family meal.



New Chef's being announced leading up to the festival!



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