The 12th annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, which will run this coming weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, will be immortalized.
That's because Brooklyn celebrity chef Vincent Tropepe will be on hand with the crew shooting his upcoming reality show called "RAW," now in pre-production for an October debut.
Returning on Saturday is the Hudson Valley Wine Competition for winemakers from the region. That judging is organized and run by Debbie Gioquindo, a certified wine specialist who writes under the title "Hudson Valley Wine Goddess."
Michael Babcock, event president, says "RAW" will focus on the behind-the-scenes life of a chef, as well as helping restaurants facing bad reviews or heath code violations.
Publicist Marybeth Cale said Tropepe thought the festival was the perfect setting to film an episode of his new show, not only because of the location, but because of the people who come to the festival.
“It’s really the perfect spot for a film crew to produce an episode of a show that is inspired by food and wine and features a celebrity chef,” Cale said. “The Hudson Valley really epitomizes the wonderful lifestyle attached with being a foodie.”
New to the event this year will be a microbrewery component as well as the presence of food trucks, to go along with the usual local wines and food products.
Two years ago, Tropepe pulled off a first when he won all three titles in each nominated category designated annually by the United States Culinary Congress, including "Best French Bistro: Northeast Territory," "Humanitarian of the Year" and "Chef of the Year."
His workaday venue is the Saint Germain French Bistro in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. His autobiographical cookbook, “From Behind the Kitchen Doors,” was oublished last year. He also is founder and CEO of Forgetaboutit! Foods, a line of gourmet food products.