April 11, 2017 – Chefs from around the country are packing up their knives and getting ready to head to our area next week for Pebble Beach Food & Wine—four days of over-the-top indulgence that takes place from April 20 to 23.
This year’s edition features star chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, along with the entire gold medal-winning Bocuse d’Or team USA. The line-up of culinary superstars is deep and includes Dominique Crenn, Tyler Florence, Dean Fearing, Christopher Kostow, Nancy Silverton, Guy Fieri and dozens more.
The local bench of chefs tapped for this 10th anniversary event also seems deeper than ever, perhaps a reflection of the growing prowess of the Monterey Bay area culinary scene and vice versa. Pebble Beach Food & Wine—along with the many other festivals on our local culinary calendar—certainly bring world-class glamour to well-deserving and hard-working area chefs.
Local talent on display includes: Mikey Adams of 1833; Tony Baker of Montrio Bistro; Matthew Beaudin of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Matt Bolton of The C Restaurant; Brad Briske of Home; Justin Cogley of Aubergine; Paul Corsentino of Ventana Inn; Johnny DeVivo of Porter’s in the Forest; Michelle Estigoy of Cultura; Todd Fisher of Folktale Winery; Michelle Lee of The C Restaurant; Pablo Mellin of Roy’s; Ron Mendoza of Revival Ice Cream; Elizabeth Murray of Sierra Mar; Fabrice Roux of Roux; Ben Spungin of Post Ranch Inn; Cal Stamenov of Lucia at Bernardus Lodge; Angela Tamura of Pèppoli, Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop; Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch; and Cy Yontz of Rio Grill.
While some events are sold out and full four-day packages go for $6,500, there are plenty of interesting sessions at popular prices. How about a cooking demo on Friday morning with San Diego’s entertaining Brian Malarkey—from TV’s Top Chef and The Taste. $100. Or Saturday lunch with rising star Alvin Cailan aka “The Egg Slut.” Just $50.
There are plenty of splurges still available too for the champagne and caviar crowd and, of course, the Lexus Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons will give you a chance to sample the cuisine of most of the participating chefs and taste the wines and beers of more than 250 participating beverage companies. Tickets are $250 or $450 for both afternoons.
Welcome back Pebble Beach Food & Food, may you continue to set the pace for our vibrant local dining scene.