And, the older you get, the further ahead you plan: so, I'm going to see this very belated post as an 'early' heads-up for those who are considering the next Pebble Beach Food & Wine (March 2016!) and want to see what came to pass in 2015.
This was what our Day 3 looked like:
As with his monthly changing menus, Chef Curtis is apparently not one to do the expected, even for his cooking demo. Beyond entertaining the packed room with his simple breakfast / sweets demo, he energized us with a very interactive audience participation approach, first with two members dueling for title of Bloody Mary champ.
Then, he asked three pairs of couples to join him on the stage, who were at various phases of relationship milestones: one married for decades, one months into dating, and one pair of complete strangers. Mixing in secret ingredients like mint and curry into chocolate, he asked one person from each couple to be blindfolded, and TASTE and try to identify the mystery chocolate by licking the chocolate painted on the other's lips!!!! (imagine the awkwardness and entertainment value of the couple who had JUST met each other for the first time on stage that day!).
A fantastically fun time, if not the traditional educational / behind the scenes insights forum that we had been expecting.
This being a luxury destination event, in one of the highest income zip codes in the country, there was of course lots of A-list creations to be had.
Coming from Chef Curtis Stone's cooking demo, of course I had to head to Maude's table: their Liver Parfait with Bay Leaf Pain Perdu - with its luscious dollop of foie mousse, balanced by fluffy foie powder, light crunch of onion crumble, and airy, fragrant block of french toast, was instantly addictive and one of the best of show.
AND, the genius marketers behind Sierra Mar also ran a live Instagram contest at the show, where those who tagged pictures of the caviar with the correct hashtag got to win a tin of the Black River Caviar...and I was over the moon to be one of those lucky winners!!!!! (Please the Palate and I had a great time polishing off the caviar back at the hotel after the event.)
My favorite of the trio was Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port + Intense Dark midnight reverie 86% cacao for the layers of complex flavor interactions.
Summary of the evening event, Love in the Kitchen: Dynamic Duos to come soon!
To see my previous recap of Opening Night reception, click here. Also, read about Day 2 here.
Pebble Beach Food and Wine
Pebble Beach, CA
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Pebble Beach Resort
If you missed this year's Pebble Beach Food and Wine: mark your calendar for next year's events March 31-April 3, 2016!
And check out the Los Angeles edition thrown by the same event organizers: LA Food and Wine Festival happening next week August 27-29, 2015!
*Disclaimer: Tickets to these events were provided courtesy of PBFW.