January 26, 2016 – The website is live and tickets went on sale today for the 9th annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine—the largest of our area’s many extravagant food festivals. Glittering PBF&W events are set to take place from March 31-April 3 and feature star chefs from around the United States, as well as plenty of local favorites. New this year is a series of small, intimate dinners like the New Napa Experience featuring three-star Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow in a preview of food from his soon-to-open St. Helena restaurant.
Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson and celebrity chef Brian Malarkey—of Top Chef and The Taste—will offer cooking demos. State Bird Provisions owner-chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski will also be there, preparing a collaborative lunch at Restaurant 1833 with chef Jason Franey. All the chefs, including our finest local talent, take part in the weekend grand tasting events.
Other smaller events include a dinner at the Pebble Beach Lodge sponsored by Louis Roederer champagne featuring a quintet of New York chefs, including: Emma Bengtsson (Aquavit), Michael Ginor (Hudson Valley Foie Gras), Marcus Glocker (Batard), Michael Laiskonis (Institute of Culinary Education), and Bryce Shuman (betony). Along those same lines a Windy City dinner brings in some of Chicago’s best culinary talent.
“In our ninth year we continue to deliver really fun events,” said James Velarde, senior vice president of brand relations and business development at Coastal Luxury Management, owners of PBF&W. “II think we’ve got a good mix of chefs who have been in the game for awhile and some interesting up-and-comers.”
Greg Denton of Ox restaurant in food-centric Portland and John Shook of Animal restaurant in Los Angeles are two of the younger generation of chefs.
Another highlight is the Women in Wine master class, featuring women sommeliers and business professionals with a female perspective on why women make such good wine tasters.
Locally, the chefs of three Downtown Dining restaurants—Cy Yontz (Rio Grill), Tony Baker (Montrio Bistro), and Todd Fisher (Tarpy’s Roadhouse) are teaming up for “some down-home cooking and plenty of booze” at a session called Bones, Bacon and Bourbon. Some 40 events over three days and four nights are available for purchase now and Velarde says there are a few more marquee surprises yet to come. Tickets range from $100 to $4,750 for an all-inclusive VIP pass including Lexus transportation, buy them now!