April 3, 2012
In less than two short weeks, I will embark on a journey north on the fabled, twisting, cliff-hugging Pacific Coast Highway, to the famed Pebble Beach coastal resort destination of Monterey for a culinary experience of a lifetime. The Fifth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival (April 12-15, 2012) is the premier epicurean lifestyle event of the West Coast, luring national and international attendees to arguably the most picturesque sliver of coastline in the world.
Hosted primarily at Spanish Bay, the scope of the event encompasses every property in Pebble Beach, creating a hedonistic four-day event that matches 250 acclaimed wineries with 75 celebrity chefs, and includes wine and beverage tasting, cooking demonstrations, and some of the most exclusive, unusual dining opportunities available in the world, and I have the outrageously fortunate privilege of covering several of the festival’s many events!
I am most excited to attend each of the Lexus Grand Tastings, on both Saturday and Sunday, where we may indulge in delicacies from over 50 celebrity chefs, while tasting some 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries. Some chefs I am particularly excited to see include Chris Cosentino, renowned Food Network Star Tyler Florence, and of course some of my favorite celebrity chefs: Next Iron Chef competitor Anne Burrell, Next Top Chef’s 2011 runner up Elizabeth Falkner, and an all time favorite Top Chef competitor, Fabio Viviani. This event has sold out for the past two years, so get your tickets while they are still available!
Our Food & Wine schedule will also include Ultimate Dining with celebrity chef and food network star, Tyler Florence, a walk through “Ultimate Dining,” based upon one of his many popular cookbooks featuring his trademark approachable style. I am thrilled to sample Tyler’s culinary concoctions paired with Tyler Florence wines, the creation of both Florence and fourth generation Napa Valley winemaker, Rob Mondavi, Jr., all whilst hobnobbing with special guest Dana Cowin, editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine.
We will also be attending the Caymus “Special Selection” and the Wagner Dynasty event at The Inn at Spanish Bay, where we will experience various vintages of Caymus Vineyards Special Selections, boasting five generations of experience producing cabernet sauvignon. Winemaker Chuck Wagner will be hosting, showcasing this historic bottling.
Tickets range from $100 for a single event pass to $4,750 for a VIP four-day pass, per person. For tickets call 866-907-FOOD or purchase online using the link provided below.
Hope to see you in foodie and wine lovers paradise!