CHEFS & VENDORS

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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CHEF KEN MILLER

Executive Chef | Toasted Oak Grill & Market | Novi, MI

For as long as Chef Ken Miller can remember, nature and food have shared space very close to his heart. Summers as a young child were spent at his grandparents’ house where he fell in love with the garden and the forest, picking mulberries for jams and running his hands over the herbs; becoming intoxicated with the alluring scent of fresh lovage, lemonbalm, and mint. From early on he knew that nature was his sanctuary, How he would weave the fabric of food into his passion came next. 

Studying at Le Cordon Bleu Chicago and working through numerous kitchens from the likes of Kuma’s Corner, NoMI Kitchen, Acadia and Cicchetti, Ken has now come full circle, calling Michigan and Toasted Oak “home” both literally and metaphorically.

Testing practices of our ancestors that lived off the land out of necessity, Chef Ken clearly understands the beauty of nature, and this is reflected in his foraging culture and stunning cuisine creations that are focused on preserving the world around us.  

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CHEF SALVATORE MONTELEONE

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 ZACHARY BERG

Chef & Co-Owner | Mongers' Provisions | Ferndale, Detroit, 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.

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

 

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