A celebration of the amazing array of wild foods will be the centerpiece for a weekend of gourmet food, world-class wine and beer, entertainment, expert-led foraging hikes and a friendly chef competition with celebrity judges.
January 17th through 19th, 2014. Big Sur area restaurants will host the culinary expertise of notable chefs preparing unique fare from rustic to elegant, paired with the region’s amazing selection of wines and beers.
The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to support the continued presence of local health care services.
Event schedule to include:
• “Firestone and Fungus at Big Sur Roadhouse.” BBQ: Rain or Shine Friday January 17th 5:30-8:00pm. $50.00 including beer pairing. No BS Chili, BBQ Brisket, Baked field peas, Long-Cooked foraged winter greens, Roasted Mushrooms and of course, Firestone-Walker brew
• “Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk” at Pfeiffer State Park and at Ventana Inn & Spa, both led by expert foragers. Cost per person is $35.
• “Fungus Face-Off” on the deck at Ventana Inn & Spa! “Fungus Face-Off” at Ventana Inn & Spa from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Cost per person is $45. A friendly competition among some of the area’s notable chefs featuring chanterelles and other fabulous fungi. Celebrity judges are KGO's Joel Riddell, Jim Dodge and Wendy Brodie.
Attendees also have an opportunity to cast their vote for “People’s Choice”.
Participating restaurants are: Big Sur Roadhouse, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Esalen, Big Sur Bakery, Fernwood Resort, and The Restaurant at Ventana.
Quail and Olive will do an olive oil and vinegar tasting
At the "Fungus Face-Off" attendees will be able to purchase "Fun-Gus" related clothing, totes and gifts.
Wine pairings will be provided by: Baker & Brian, Chappellet, Chesebro, Comanche Cellars, Mesa del Sol, Madeline, Mercy, Dawn's Dream, Morgan, McIntyre, Filliponi, Pessagno, Scheid, Wrath
This year there will be a wine raffle! Grab a ticket for $10 to win 30 or more bottles of wine in your own wine barrel! Tickets available for purchase at the event.
A silent auction full of culinary delights, hotel stays, tickets to explore the area, art and so much more will take place during the food and wine sampling. There will be more than 60 items this year!
Purchase raffle tickets for $5 per ticket of $25 for 6 tickets. Enter to win your choice of 7 culinary delights or hotel packages! Raffle package values begin at $200 to $700! Tickets available for purchase at the event.
Grand Celebrity Chef Dinner at Ventana Inn & Spa. "Foragers Dinner" at the Restaurant at Ventana beginning at 6:00 pm. The evening will be a very special meal prepared by The Lexington House's executive Chef Philipe. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast paired with an incredible wine selection, costs $175.00 per person.
Sunday Brunch at the new Big Sur Roadhouse
The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community's non-profit health center will receive 100% of the proceeds from the foraging events to support the continued presence of local health care services.
We are very excited to have Edible Monterey Bay Magazine as our media sponsor!
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