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Holman Ranch Hosting Romantic Pop-up Dinner on August 28th

Photos by Matt Gnibus, Tom O’Neal and Rachel Short

2Dine under the stars surrounded by a vineyard and feel like a Hollywood star yourself by staying overnight at the historic Holman Ranch on Tuesday, August 28.

This event promises to be the most romantic installment yet in Edible Monterey Bay’s Pop-Up Supper Club series, as it will take place amid the grape-laden vines at Holman Ranch, with its classic Spanish-style stone hacienda, horse stables and acres of hillside vineyards and olive trees. What’s more, the ranch, which is private and not often open to the public, will make luxurious guestrooms available to the first 10 takers.

A portion of the proceeds of the night will benefit the Food Bank for Monterey County, which delivers more than 6 million pounds of food to some 90,000 area residents each year.

“We want to have a purely “good deed” event,” says Hunter Lowder, Holman’s Director of Hospitality. “No profit, no corporate villainy. We want people to come together at the ranch and enjoy great food and wine in a spectacular setting—and avoid guilt by giving to a good cause.”

2-2Dinner will be served starting at 6pm, served next to the Millennium Vineyard—so named because it was planted in 2000—and Holman’s delicious estate wines will be poured throughout the evening. The wines are designed to be enjoyed with food, with a high acidity and relatively low alcohol content.

The evening will start with the ranch’s summery 2010 Pinot Gris and 2010 Rosé of Pinot Noir, and dinner will be paired with Holman Ranch Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay and the 2010 Hunter’s Cuvee Pinot Noir.

Chef Terry Teplitzky of Marina’s Wild Thyme Deli and Michael’s Catering is preparing a very special meal based on fresh, seasonal offerings from Serendipity Farms and other area purveyors that will be at their peak of flavor in late August.

“Their commitment to local, organic and sustainable cuisine is very important to us,” says Lowder, referring to Michaels Catering.

3-1Holman Ranch was established in 1928 and in its early days, stars like Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bara used it as a getaway.

Today, the property is a working ranch, producing estate olive oil as well as wines, and also is the setting of frequent private events.

The cost of dinner, including wine, tax, tip and donation to the Food Bank for Monterey County, is $95 per person.

The ranch is also offering an exclusive opportunity to stay in one of its guestrooms (which include all the modern amenities, such as wifi and air conditioning) at a price of $275 per room, plus tax, including continental breakfast. Just 10 rooms are available, so if this is something you can take advantage of, we recommend you act quickly!

3This will be the fifth pop-up dinner in Edible Monterey Bay’s series this year, and like the others, it will offer the added benefit of introducing you to new food-loving friends of Edible Monterey Bay from across our region.

Tickets for the evening will be available until they sell out by clicking the on the Paypal button below, emailing events@holmanranch.com, or calling 831-659-2640.

We hope to see you on August 28th!


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Elaine Hesser grew up in rural Pennsylvania and started cooking at age 6. By age 9, she'd made her first dinner and at midlife, is amazed when high school graduates can't scramble eggs. After the U.S. Army paid for her B.A., it also moved her to Monterey County, where she served on active duty at Ft. Ord and Ft. Hunter Liggett. She has a wide variety of interests, but is most passionate about faith, writing, and food - and encourages everyone never to stop learning and looking for truth.

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  1. Sound like very interesting pop-up dinner event it was for fifth time as well. I’m pretty much hopeful every attender must enjoy it and willing to attend next time also. Thanks

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