While I am writing this post, exactly two days have passed since our 2nd Annual Food and Wine Festival at Capella Pedregal has concluded. The event lasted from July 10-13, and I am still in awe of all of the fantastic events, exciting activities, amazing dishes, delicious wines, tasty cocktails and interesting spirits, that I don’t even know where to begin! Four guest chefs, Kent Rathbun, Dean Fearing, Tim Hollingsworth and Philippe Schmit, along with Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz, Pastry Chef Lauren Sung Wong Tee and the entire culinary team, created an unforgettable feast. 140 guests enjoyed a cheese and wine opening event at El Farallon restaurant, country themed beach BBQ party at the Beach Club and pool area, and a truly fantastic gala dinner, which we hosted at our fine dining restaurant, Don Manuel’s.
Participants attended our Chefs’ cooking demonstrations, where they were able to learn tips and tricks from the best. We made a Porcini Mushroom-Truffle Risotto (Chef Kent Rathbun); Seared Blue Fin Tuna Tataki with Salmorejo (Chef Yvan Mucharraz), Barbecue Shrimp Taco with Mango Pickled Red Onion Salad (Chef Dean Fearing), Gnocchi Parisian Style (Chef Philippe Schmit) and Shrimp Aguachile with Avocado and Citrus (Chef Tim Hollingsworth).
Wine tastings included varietals from Duckhorn Vineyards and Vinos Mariatinto. And tequila tastings featuring varieties from Jose Cuervo taught us everything we always wanted to know about tequila, and more! For example: did you know that the proper way to drink tequila is to sip it, and not have it as a shot? Or that añejo tequila has more than 160 aromas, including caramel, vanilla, smoke, fruits and chocolate—just to name a few!
Pictures say more than words, so I’ve included several here, but I invite you to see our Food & Wine photo galleries on our Facebook Page. The event was fully booked, I recommend you save your seats for the Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival 2014 as soon as possible. We have already announced the dates: July 9-13, 2014! For more information, please email us at Shirley.DHanks@capellahotels.com.