I am so excited about the 3rd Annual A Taste Of Capella, Food And Wine Festival at Capella Pedregal and after getting the inside scoop from Food and Beverage Director, Marco Bustamante, I can hardly wait. Marco invited me to attend one of their planning meetings for A Taste Of Capella and I learned so much about what goes into preparing for an event of this magnitude. Each year, the day after the end of the previous festival, planning for the following year’s begins. First, the chefs have to be confirmed. I am happy to report the line-up for 2014 is amazing and includes award-winning chefs from across the United States who will join Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz.
- Kent Rathbun of five-star Abacus and Jasper’s in Texas.
- Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica, Picca and Paiche has elevated Peruvian cuisine to new levels.
- Curtis Duffy opened one of the best restaurants in the world, Grace, in 2012 in Chicago.
- Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga and The Fat Ham in Philadelphia and was also winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Season 7”.
New this year, Ulysses Vidal of Employees Only in New York City, will join Capella Pedregal’s very own mixologist, Osvaldo Vazquez and together they will create delicious Crafted Cocktails inspired by this culinary festival.
Marco told me this year’s festival will have some new activities such as Craft Night, an evening where we will see chefs, bartenders and spirits artisans create their craft! We will try tequila from the barrel, crafted beers, crafted cocktails by the guest mixologist, and of course, amazing food prepared live by the Chefs! This year the culinary experience is transcending the Capella Pedregal gates and includes an Organic Farm Tour and lunch. Chef Yvan will take us to Tamarindos Farm where he and the farm’s owner and chef, Enrique Silva, will share their secrets of their favorite Mexican dishes.
For the wine lovers, the wine maker from the Wagner Family of Wines will do a tasting of their famous wines from Napa, and the special Hacienda la Lomita will be present with the Unique Collection by Capella! Every minute of the festival will be thrilling, but what makes me the most excited is to see what the team will do the final night at the Gala when they celebrate Capella Pedregal’s fifth anniversary. I cannot wait for July to arrive and share all the happenings with you!
To learn more or make reservations for A Taste Of Capella, please call 877 247 6688 or visit Food And Wine Festival for more information.