July 14th, 2012 marked the end of the inaugural “Taste Of Capella” at Capella Pedregal. For four sunny days guests partook tastings, cooking demonstrations, dinners, beachside parties and closing night Gala Dinner, all while enjoying the resort and endless Pacific Ocean views. I was lucky enough to participate, and like all the guests, I walked away with an even greater appreciation of food and wine.
We savored amazing gourmet creations by chefs Kent Rathbun, Kevin Rathbun, Johnny Iuzzini and Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef Marco Bustamante, all combined by superb wines and spirits. Local Baja cuisine and organically grown produce inspired the Chefs to create truly exquisite dishes.
After spending four days with our Chefs and attendees of the festival, my mind is still filled with memories of magnificent flavors never tasted before, my notebook is richer for a myriad of recipes in and cooking tips, and my camera is filled with almost a thousand photographs, I’m not even sure where to start and how to capture the experience. I guess the best way to describe the event is with photographs:
Some of the buzzwords of the festival: oysters, ceviche, sea urchin, caviar, chocolate clams, seafood, king fish, pork belly, short rib ‘carnitas’, chicharones, tacos (made in any way possible), desserts, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, exotic, Mexican fruit waters, signature Capella margaritas, cocktails, wine, tequila…
At the end I would love to give my congratulations to the Chefs and our culinary team for the amazing experience, and to all the guests for helping us create such a wonderful experience. I hope you can join us all again next year; we have already announced the dates for the next “Taste Of Capella” Food & Wine Festival! Mark your calendar for Capella Pedregal July 10-14, 2013!