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EMB Pop-up Supper Club Goes to Camp

A gourmet organic dinner with an optional sleepover!

Coast_CliffsImagine wildflower-filled meadows ringed by towering redwood trees—all within earshot of the crashing surf—and you may be able to guess where the next Edible Monterey Bay Pop-up Supper Club is taking place.

On Saturday June 2, dinner participants will have the option to also go camping, and not at just any camp: Our host will be the Costanoa Eco Adventure Resort, which overlooks the ocean near Año Nuevo Beach, about 25 miles north of Santa Cruz.

Costanoa is one of the pioneers the trend of glamping or glam camping, and its luxurious, yet low-environmental-impact offerings include luxury tent bungalows, a full spa, hot tub, delicious wines and gourmet food prepared with ingredients from its own organic garden.

Costanoa_Farm_The dinner portion of this pop-up will be served at 6pm in Coastanoa’s Cascade Bar and Grill—a restaurant committed to the use of sustainable seafood and organic local produce. Just for this special occasion, chefs Amber Canty and Jeff Smith have developed a quintessential North Coast menu, using organic local ingredients paired with four wines from Bonny Doon Vineyards. The chefs will also join us with their insights into cooking with local foods.

Supper starts off with an amuse bouche of bruschetta, followed by shaved fennel and goat cheese salad made with fresh lettuce and herbs from Costanoa’s own bio-dynamic gardens. The entrée is filet of tenderloin in port reduction, with Portabella mushrooms, whipped Yukon potatoes and asparagus. Or you can choose the vegetarian option of quinoa, ginger, baby bok choi, snow peas, baby corn and other vegetables served with lime tahini. For dessert enjoy Swanton Berry Farm strawberry shortcake, paired with a Sparkling Riesling from Bonny Doon.

Rather than making the drive back home, supper clubbers are encouraged spend the night in one of the resort’s glam tent bungalows, which come fully equipped with comfy beds and fluffy down comforters, as well as electricity and wifi. There are shared comfort stations, with hot showers, saunas and blazing fire pits.

Costanoa_Lodge

Rooms are also available at the naturally stylish Costanoa Lodge and feature king beds, bathrooms and French doors opening onto balconies or patios with scenic views of the Ohlone range.

If you have ever considered checking out Costanoa this is the time to do it—in the company of fellow locavores from the Edible Monterey Bay community. Make a weekend out of it. Come early on Saturday to do some horseback riding or hiking on the resort’s 140-acre property or at nearby state parks and beaches. Stay late on Sunday and enjoy brunch at the Cascade or book a spa treatment and soak in the hot tub.

The cost of this gourmet escape to nature is $97 per person for dinner, including tax and tips.

Costanoa is also offering a very special price on accommodations for EMB readers coming to the supper club. Tent bungalows with queen size beds are $103 double occupancy and rooms at the Lodge with king beds are $148 double occupancy, all taxes and fees included.

This summery weekend event is coming up fast, so if you can come, do please use the PayPal button below now to reserve your spot at the dinner! Then, if you plan to stay over night, call Sharon Carpenter at Costanoa to reserve your accommodations! Her direct number is 650.879.7309. If she does not pick up immediately, please leave your contact information on her voicemail.

The reservations page also offers EMB readers the option to make a contribution to the Wild Farm Alliance – our selected good cause for this supper club. The Wild Farm Alliance is a national group dedicated to preserving wild lands—like those that surround Costanoa—and enhancing the biodiversity needed for sustainable farming. You can read more about their good work at the web address listed below.

Kids are very welcome and would be charged a reduced rate for dinner; please call 831.298.7117 with any questions at all about the supper club.

Dinner and Accommodation Options

Costanoa Eco Adventure Resort

2001 Rossi Road at Highway 1

Pescadero, CA

Tel. 650.879.1100

www.costanoa.com

www.wildfarmalliance.org


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Deborah Luhrman is publisher and editor of Edible Monterey Bay. A lifelong journalist, she has reported from around the globe, but now prefers covering our flourishing local food scene and growing her own vegetables in the Santa Cruz Mountains.