This one-of-a-kind epicurean weekend will benefit Share Our Strength® and local scholarships and charities.
March 22, 2013 – March 23, 2013
Famed Chef Charlie Palmer invites you to the Eighth Annual Annual Celebration of Pigs & Pinot, March 22-23, 2013 at Hotel Healdsburg. The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer. A cast of Master Sommeliers and international celebrity chefs will showcase some of the world’s greatest Pinots with perfect pork pairings.
Friday evening’s festival kickoff is the lively Taste of Pigs & Pinot where guests sample 60 highly-acclaimed Pinot Noir wines competing in the Pinot Cup competition, both from Sonoma County and around the world. Tastings are served alongside a variety of pork dishes, including homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, pates and other special creations from Chef Palmer and Dry Creek Kitchen Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette, guest chefs, and local Healdsburg restaurants. The winner and runner-up of the Pinot Cup will be revealed at the end of the night.
Pigs & Pinot guest chefs will be divided into two talent-packed teams. This iron-chef style competition will be hosted by Charlie Palmer and the food loving actor, Mario Cantone so be so be prepared for some lively commentary. The two teams will be given a whole pig, which they will use to create two distinct dishes, along with ingredients they can find at Dry Creek Kitchen. The winning team will be determined by a pork-loving judging panel. And yes, the audience gets to taste, too.
Join Master Sommeliers Keith Goldston, Fred Dame, Drew Hendricks, and Michael Jordan for this exciting march-madness inspired wine seminar. Each Master Sommelier enters the room with four of his favorite Pinot Noirs covering four different regions of the world. Then the “Battle Royale” begins! The Master Sommeliers will have to sell you on their wine choices and dish it out in a head-to-head pitch contest followed by a tasting where you decide the winner. How often do you have four Master Sommeliers selling you on 16 great pinots and then a chance to taste them all!? So come and see how Drew “The baby faced rookie” Hendricks fares against Keith “Where is he?” Goldston while Michael “No, not that Michael” Jordan rumbles with Fred “is he God or Satan” Dame. This will be a smack down to remember; you the audience will get to drink great Pinots while watching legendary battles and then crown the winner!
Saturday evening at h2 hotel’s Spoonbar, Executive Chef Louis Maldonado (a 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef) will play host to a cadre of some of the Bay Area’s most innovative young toques including David Barzirgan, Fifth Floor’s Executive Chef, John Paul Carmona, former Chef de Cuisine of Manresa and Evan Rich of Rich Table. Prepare to be delighted and surprised at this casual-chic four-course meal. The evening will begin with an artisanal cocktail from Spoonbar’s ingenious mixologist Daniel “Cappy” Sorentino followed by four distinct courses made from a locally raised hog. Sharing equal time in the spotlight will be our local vegetables, offering a counter balance to the pork, creating both art and flavor on the plate. Dinner will be paired with wines from two acclaimed Sonoma County Pinot Noir producers, Cobb Wines and VML. After dinner, guests are invited to continue the party at Hotel Healdsburg for after-dinner drinks and dessert.
Saturday evening’s Pigs & Pinot Gala features a sumptuous five-course dinner at Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen. As a collaborative offering, each course features a signature creation from Palmer and his guest chefs including: Elizabeth Falkner of Krescendo, Dean Fearing of Fearings Restaurant, Jose Garces of Garces Group and Craig Stoll of Delfina, Locanda and Pizzeria Delfina. Every course will be paired with two limited-production Pinot Noirs from highly acclaimed wineries including De Loach, Domaine A.F. Gros, Kosta Browne, Martinelli and Sea Smoke. Pigs & Pinot Late Night is a post-gala celebration with after-dinner drinks and dessert in the Hotel Healdsburg lobby. All Pigs & Pinot celebrants are welcome to attend.
Pigs & Pinot Connoisseur Package
Friday & Saturday, $1040.00
About Share Our Strength®
The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.
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