Monday, March 21, 2016

Real, Actual Adult Spring Break, Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.

By Laura Medina

Alrighty, you've been a nice girl...or nice guy.  You survived Awards Season.  You showed moral support during this past week's Los Angeles Fashion Week.

You're dying for a get-away but you'd out-grown Coachella and the desert sun-burn and the sandstorms...and the au naturale camping, but Easter's all family with all the children is just a turn-off for the established single Gen-Xer and Baby Boomer who just to let loose and take a breather.
What a culturati-foodie to do?

Here's a delightful option, the Ninth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, running from March 31st to April 3rd, up the Olde Money California Coast of Pebble Beach.  It's now a tradition embodying the sophistication and refinement of the world's finest culinary talents and restaurants in the world, set to arrive this Spring, an once-in-a-lifetime food and wine celebration.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the preeminent food and wine festival attracting the most revered and talented chefs from across the globe, returns to Pebble Beach Resorts for the ninth year in a row, March 31 – April 3, 2016. Presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, Pebble Beach Food & Wine is set to feature three-nights and four-days of acclaimed culinary and wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive dining experiences available in the world set against the storied backdrop of Pebble Beach, drawing well-traveled glitterati and gourmands. 

A gastronomic delight of discovery, in past years the star-studded cast has included celebrated chefs such as Tyler Florence, Tom Colicchio, Cat Cora, Jacques Pepin, Daniel Boulud, Dominique Crenn, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Ming Tsai, Fabio Viviani, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, Andrew Zimmern, Eric Ripert, Grant Achatz, as well as local favorites including John Cox, Matt Accarrino, Peter Armellino, and William Werner to name a few. A curated itinerary tees off with a chef golf tournament on the legendary Pebble Beach golf course before a weekend of intimate wine receptions, dinners, and al fresco tippling beckons guests for a memorable and unparalleled culinary extravaganza comprised of over 100 chefs, 300 wines, seminars, and well-orchestrated cooking demonstrations.

Guests at the elegant The Inn at Spanish Bay will have unparalleled access to culinary icons as they find themselves enjoying a tipple fireside with the world’s most acclaimed chefs, including James Beard and Michelin star honorees, FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs,  and globally revered culinary pioneers. Complemented by the breathtaking vistas of the California coastline and the grounds of Pebble Beach Resorts, the annual Lexus Grand Tasting will offer festivalgoers an endless medley of gastronomic delights that spans the imaginative and inspiring cuisine of its star guest chefs.

Don't worry about getting up there.  You will fly in style...

Pebble Beach Food & Wine announces exclusive flights to the festival, offering guests a truly elevated inflight culinary experience hosted by acclaimed chefs including Walter Manzke, Neal Fraser, Rory Herrmann, Jason Neroni, Michael Voltaggio and Tim Hollingsworth.

The Mile High Club can take advantage of Pebble Beach Food & Wine offering festival guests a truly elevated, once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Enjoy flying to Pebble Beach on a private jet while indulging in an intimate charter soirée together with LA's most celebrated chefs, sipping champagne paired with sumptuous small bites and bumps of caviar. 

Departing from Los Angeles on Thursday, March 31, passengers aboard the luxury flight will join notable chefs: Walter Manzke (Republique), Neal Fraser (Redbird), Rory Herrmann (Sprout Restaurant Group), Jason Neroni (The Rose), Michael Voltaggio (ink.), and Tim Hollingsworth (Otium, Barrel and Ashes). Upon arriving in Pebble Beach, a chauffeured Lexus will whisk passengers to the festival to continue their culinary adventure. Valued at over $10,000, packages for this exclusive one-of-a-kind culinary and travel experience are available at $5,000 for a limited time only on a first come, first serve basis and will include:

A VIP, all-inclusive four-day pass including the flight ticket sponsored by JetSuite.

Ground transportation on-site at the festival provided by Lexus.

Access to exclusive private parties and events throughout the weekend, including the Opening Night Reception, After Hours Parties on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and much more...

Once on-site at Pebble Beach Food & Wine, guests can expect an unprecedented lineup of more than 100 renowned chefs and 250 distinguished winemakers participating during the four-day celebration. Below are details on additional events throughout the weekend, included for guests who purchase the Pebble Beach Food & Wine private jet package:

Opening Night Reception: On Thursday evening, Pebble Beach Food & Wine IX officially kicks off at the magnificent Inn at Spanish Bay for a night of unbridled indulgence. The entire property will be transformed into an epicurean paradise; stroll throughout the Inn to sample decadent bites from 23 of the weekend's top chefs. Sip slowly from a selection of over 200 hundred wines showcased by top domestic and international producers.

After Hours (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights): At Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the partying continues for our select group of celebrity chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, and industry influencers who dance quite literally until dawn at this private invitation-only event, taking place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Inn at Spanish Bay. 

Lexus Chef’s Table Lunch with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo: Join Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo as they embark on a dining experience featuring the mouth-watering flavors that have redefined the Los Angeles culinary scene. By playing with unexpected ingredients, Shook and Dotolo have made fine dining more approachable and fun, while maintaining the integrity of the high-end culinary experience. Don’t miss your opportunity to sit alongside these trailblazers as they prepare a sumptuous foodie adventure.

South Australia – The Epicurean Way: Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 

 Welcome to South Australia: our sunburnt land of wide blue skies and ochre desert sands, of vineyard-laden hills and clear ocean waters. Take a culinary adventure where the produce is real and the wines are robust and unique. Join Tasting Australia Creative Director Chef Simon Bryant and Barossa Chef Lachlan Colwill on an epicurean journey through some of Australia’s most iconic food and wine regions. Travel through South Australia via Kangaroo Island’s pristine beauty, stunning coastline, and world-renowned vineyards. U.S. chefs Michel Nischan and Bruce Kalman will join Simon and Lachlan to guide you through the flavors of South Australia. 

Booze & Bites Lunch at Restaurant 1833:  Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is very proud to host San Francisco's most amazing culinary couple for the annual lunch at Restaurant 1833. Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinsky of State Bird Provisions and The Progress have re-invigorated the Bay Area dining scene with what many consider to be the two of San Francisco’s best restaurant additions in decades. They'll join Restaurant 1833 Executive Chef Jason Franey to create an extraordinary lunch, available "only at Pebble Beach."


Tete de Cuvée – Exploring Rosé: Long-time participants at Pebble Beach Food & Wine know that we take our champagne habit very seriously. Join us as we taste through a world of the best rosé bubbles. We'll sample the “Tête de Cuvées,” or finest blends, from an array of Champagne producers, large and small. This is a best in class tasting with only the top producers of rosés represent some of the finest wines from each house. The stunning selection of wines is seldom tasted side by side and we have this unique opportunity to delve into both the passion and the precision that makes these wines sing.

Mozzarella, Meat & More with Nancy Silverton & Ryan Denicola: We are thrilled to have L.A.’s beloved Chef Nancy Silverton return for another year at Pebble Beach Food & Wine.  From La Brea Bakery breads, to Campanile, to Mozza, Silverton’s ascendant career epitomizes Los Angeles’ own rising epicurean stature.  This year, Silverton is joined by Chef Ryan Denicola of chi SPACCA, LA’s newest superstar of Italian cuisine.  Nancy and Ryan will prepare a sensational dinner featuring mozzarella, meat and more, with each course accompanied by expertly paired wines.  Join us as we experience the accumulated talents of this remarkable duo.

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

It’s no surprise that Cat Cora has become a world renowned chef. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appétit Magazine bestowed her with their “Teacher of the Year Award,” an honor she calls, “the greatest recognition she could achieve as a chef.” That same month, she was also bestowed with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of Bon Appétit. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft, becoming an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, philanthropist, and television host.
Cooking Demo Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  
Dinner Dates: Friday, April 1, 2016 and Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

Dubbed the “Culinary Olympics,” the Bocuse d'Or is the culinary arts’ most respected international cooking competition, one in which the world's best converge on Lyon, France for a marathon five and a half hour chef extravaganza in front of thousands of cheering fans. At this year’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the United States representatives from Chef Bocuse's premier culinary event, including Daniel Boulud, Gavin Kaysen, Stephanie Prida, Bryce Shuman, Philip Tessier, Dave Beran, Jérôme Bocuse, Mathew Peters and Joshua Skenes, will showcase the skills that place them among the world's very best.

Dinner Dates: Friday, April 1, 2016 and Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

The Bocuse d’Or is the culinary equivalent to the World Series, Super Bowl and Olympics combined. As one of the distinguished Board of Directors at the ment’or foundation, Chef Jerome Bocuse sets the bar exceptionally high at this exquisite “only at Pebble Beach” event. Featuring chefs Dave Beran (Alinea, Next), Gavin Kaysen (Spoon & Stable), along with Bocuse d’Or 2015 Silver Medalist and 2017 USA team captain Philip Tessier, Mathew Peters (Per Se), and Pastry Chef Diana Yang (Spoon & Stable), who will put the sweetest finishing touch on the evening which is sure to be the most memorable experience the privileged gourmand can fathom.   

Lexus Grand Tasting (Saturday and Sunday): The Lexus Grand Tasting tent at Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the weekend's most spectacular opportunity for maximum culinary indulgence. With over 300 wines from top-notch producers from around the world to a “who's who” list of 30 top celebrity chefs, this is your chance to mingle, mix and sip with the very best in the field. As always, there will be opportunities for book signings and photo moments with many of the weekend's biggest and brightest names, so buy your tickets early as this extravaganza sells out each year. Package Guests get VIP access 30 minutes early.

The Lexus Grand Tastings, the festival’s most spectacular opportunity for maximum culinary indulgence, will once again take place in a 60,000 square-foot tent on both Saturday, April 2, 2016 and Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. With over 300 wines from world renowned producers to a “who's who” list of 30 top celebrity chefs offering exclusive tastes of their best dishes, this is your chance to mingle, mix and sip with the very best in the world.

Departuring from Los Angeles to Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.  

Ground transportation to be provided by Lexus to and from Monterey Airport to Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.   

Packages are $5,000 for a VIP, all-inclusive four-day pass including the flight ticket, Lexus ground transportation, and access to exclusive private parties and events throughout the weekend.  The package is valued at over $10,000 and is available for a limited time only on a first come, first serve basis.

Call 1.866.907.FOOD (3663) for all details including flight times, ticketing departure and arrival details and to reserve your seat.  

Accommodations are not included in the price and can be reserved separately from official festival partners at or by calling 1.866.907.FOOD (3663)

This ain't no camping at Coachella...not that, there's anything wrong with that.  However, you and your taste buds did elevate.


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