Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2010

Pebble Beach Food Wine Fest

The Monterey peninsula in California has a special meaning to both of us. It’s the site of our engagement and this past weekend we had the chance to retrace and reminisce some of those memories as Kim and I had an unforgettable time at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival as representatives of Foodbuzz.  This food and wine event had it all. Famous celebrity chefs?  Check. Great food? Check. Great Wine and Cheese? Check. Amazing venue? Check.

Pebble Beach Food Wine Fest

Immediately upon entering the massive tent, we were greeted by Chef Jacques Pepin, a culinary giant and gentleman. Ladies, be warned–if he says your name in his rustic French accent, be prepared to swoon.  Just ask our friends Sherry Page of Culinary Getaways and Christine of Fresh Local and Best.

Pebble Beach Food Wine Fest

With 60 celebrity chefs, there was no shortage of star power. Fleur de Lys chef/owner Hubert Keller was just as calm and dignified as he appeared on Top Chef Master. Another Top Chef Master alum and Bottega Chef Michael Chiarello was electric–and yes, that’s Kim sitting on his lap–I’m sooo jealous–of Kim.  Iron Chef Morimoto was so nice–he autographed our Foodbuzz apron and wrote a Japanese phrase–can anyone tell us what he wrote? :)

Pebble Beach Food Wine Fest

But if you’re more fan of Top Chef you wouldn’t be disappointed. There was no shortage of former Top Chef alumni. We gave a hootie-hoo to the braised halibut cheeks in ginger broth by Carla Hall of Alchemy Caterers in DC. Fabio Vivani of Firenze Osteria LA was engaging as ever with a roasted mushroom and bacon soup and Hosea Rosenberg of Jax Fish House dished out a spicy buffalo short rib. Jaime Lauren of Absinthe, SF dished out delicious anchovy bruschetta.

Pebble Beach Food Wine Fest

There were so many great bites from so many great chefs, its hard to mention them all but we’ll hightlight a few that kept us coming back for more. The spicy scallop and crab ceviche by Cal Stamenov of Marinus at Bernadus Lodge was fantastic.  The Kobe beef pastrami from Spago by Wolfgang Puck was a great bite. Ken Frank of La Toque’s soy braised pork belly with Asian slaw was a great mixture of flavors.  Iron Chef Morimoto of Morimoto served a delicious pork with endives.

Pebble Beach Food Wine Fest

Oyster and caviar bar was amazing and provided by the California Caviar Company. Roasted gulf shrimp with avocado salsa by Robert Del Grande of RDG + Bar Annie was succulent and spectacular.  The best table scape was a truffle garden with various desserts sprouting by Ben Spungin also of Marinus at Bernadus Lodge.

pebble beach food and wine festival
Michael Chiarello’s grilled octopus skewers with potatoes and salsa verde was great. Goat confit was an inspired dish by Mark Sullivan of Spruce Restaurant, SF. Richard Reddington’s of Redd, Napa Valley glazed pork belly was a sure hit. Finally Seattle’s own Tom Douglas went offal with cabernet braised lamb tongue.

Pebble Beach Food Wine Fest

We’re noobs when it comes to wine and cheese so luckily we were able to attend a wine and cheese pairing session by Laura Werlin, author of Cheese Essentials.  Interactive, funny, and informative–Werlin really knows how to work a crowd.  The Tillamook vintage sharp white cheddar was our favorite and made for the best grilled cheese sandwich (pork belly, apple chutney, and the white cheddar) we’ve ever had.

Other fun activities included a fashion show and free massages–it is the luxurious Pebble Beach community after all. It was great to meet the folks at Foodbuzz again at their hopping media lounge. They also had some awesome aprons used by us and Spicy Green Mango to get some great autographs. It was crowded and hard to find people, but certainly plenty of food and no really long lines. It was great to run into Linda and Barneby of One Scoop at a Time, but we didn’t get a chance to meet up with SippitySup and Oyster Food and Culture, two great blogs with both enjoy.

pebble beach

The great thing about this festival is that after you’re all done indulging in all the epicurean delights and rubbing shoulders with celebrity chefs,  you can frolic in the sands of Pebble Beach and take in the scenic 17 mile drive.  Amazing food. Amazing fun. And amazing that we could even jump after all the fabulous food and wine.

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25 Responses to “Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2010”

  1. 1

    Table Talk — April 14, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    My husband and I got engaged in Pebble Beach (many moons ago). We were in the Bay area for spring break, including Carmel. We left 4/8, the day the festival started. It was torture watching the tents set up, knowing we couldn't stay!
    I'm sure it was a lot of fun.

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    Jessica@Foodmayhem — April 14, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    You totally beat me in the celebrity category. All I got was some Sandra Lee, though Pillsbury dough boy did pat my butt.

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    Ravenous Couple — April 14, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    Debi: you guys definitely have to check it out next year!

    Jess: ouch..tough for aunt sandy to compete, but the dough boy is so cute and cuddly! Can't wait to see your post on the Pillsbury bake off.

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    5 Star Foodie — April 14, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    What a fun event to participate in! Wish I could have gone!

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa — April 14, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    I'm so jealous. Thank goodness for your awesome photos so I can live vicariously!

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    Peter — April 14, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    I might be able to help with the Japanese if you've got a picture for me to look at!

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    Justin — April 14, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    whoa, you got to meet a lot of really cool people. i've never seen Pepin with a beard like that — looks nice.

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    Fresh Local and Best — April 14, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    You got some really nice pictures with those chefs! It looks like you guys had a blast! It was great to meet the two of you!

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    christina — April 14, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    Wow it looks like you guys had such an amazing time. I'm BEYOND jealous! Looks like foodie heaven!

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    krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com — April 14, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    looks so fun!!! you guys got some amazing photos. i hope to get a chance to meet some star chefs in the future!

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    Gastronomer — April 14, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    Sounds like you two crazy kids had a blast! I hope the trip more than made up for Kim's absence at LudoBites 😉

    And you FINALLY got to taste Tom Douglas' cuisine. Yipee!

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    Ravenous Couple — April 14, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

    we wish you all could have been there..but similar foodie events are happing in your area..just check out Taste of the Nation and volunteer and get involved!

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    LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! — April 15, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    What a fun time! You guys are so lucky, it all looks amazing and too meet all those people I'm totally jealous! :)

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    Laura Werlin — April 15, 2010 @ 12:58 am

    Thanks for the nice comment about my cheese and wine seminar at Pebble Beach. Glad you enjoyed it. I hope you're now inspired to do lots of your own cheese and wine pairings at home. Say cheese!

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    Trish — April 15, 2010 @ 5:38 am

    great coverage of the event. beautiful photos and blog.

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    Spicy Green Mango — April 15, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    I so wish I could have been there for Saturday but I was caught up with work. The gi-normous gulf prawns look amazing and I totally love how you two also took some time to relax at the actual Pebble Beach before going home. Great recap of course! You are such celebrities!

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    Tiny Urban Kitchen — April 15, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    This looks fantastic! I really wanted to go, but I had just gone to Napa a month earlier, and traveled so much during the month of March I was just a little tired. Thanks for sharing so many great pics! I can live vicariously through your blog. :)

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    OysterCulture — April 16, 2010 @ 1:18 am

    So sorry to have missed you guys, once we started eating and drinking we were in a bit of a zone. Love your write up! Your photos are fantastic – what an event!

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    triplescoopdesserts — April 16, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    Very nice write up! The Monterey coast line so just the perfect place for foodies.

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    Ravenous Couple — April 16, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    thank you all for your comments! Laura, we'll definitely say cheese more often!

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    Kitchen Runway — April 16, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    Looks like you two had an amazing time!

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    Mariko — April 18, 2010 @ 4:16 am

    I am really wishing I could get super fresh oysters! Thanks for sharing.

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    Julia — April 21, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    I wish I was there!

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    Anonymous — January 24, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    The photos indeed looks yummy. Wish I could attend the Pebble Beachfood and wine show atleast once.

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    Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival — October 17, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    […] Festival have the right formula—they’re the same folks that put on the wildly successful Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival that we had such a wonderful time two years ago.  Spanning 4 days and over 70 different events […]

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