Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the luxurious four-day festival from Coastal Luxury Management and Food & Wine magazine, drew talented people from across the United States. Here are some of the memorable faces from my dinners and Lexus Grand Tastings.
Chef Robert Irvine, the larger than life star of Food Network shows like Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible and Worst Cooks In America, was out in front of his booth at Saturday’s Lexus Grand Tasting, greeting fans by the dozen.
Donatella Arpaia, who operates Donatella, DBar and Kefi in New York and , led a cooking demo and served Meatball Madness Meatballs at Saturday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Fabio Viviani, who may be better known for his television persona than for his three restaurants, was at Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting to promote his latest book, Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.
Carla Hall, who’s enjoyed considerable success on “Top Chef” and as co-host of “The Chew,” served food at Saturday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Nancy Silverton of Mozza Restaurant Group of course delivered big at My Last Supper: The Next Course. Her hors d’oeuvre consisted of burrata with caviar, red onion, egg, and chive; and she closed the show with an almond cornetto. The twice-baked almond croissant incorporated almond cream, orange blossom water, yogurt gelato, and compote crafted from Harry’s Berries strawberries and rhubarb.
Hubert Keller, who’s found success in San Francisco and Las Vegas with Fleur de Lys, Fleur and Burger Bar, served Thai Coconut Soup with rock shrimp, tomato, Kaffir lime, orzo and micro cilantro at Saturday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Justin Cogley, who earned 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef honors with Aubergine, served Dungeness Crab with beach succulents and seaweed vinegar at Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Ray Garcia from FIG Santa Monica always goes big at tasting events, and frequently includes pork. At Saturday’s Lexus Grand Tasting, Garcia served pig head chilaquiles. As he said, “Head, belly, blood, there you go.”
Roy Yamaguchi, the Honolulu-based chef who’s built a global empire with Roy’s Restaurant served Pork Jowl with gochujang jam, Thai chile pickled fennel, and charred kumquat at Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Richard Reddington, who’s carved out a stylish niche in Yountville with Redd and Redd Wood, served his signature meatballs at Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Christopher Thompson, the chef of A16 in San Francisco, presented Crispy Artichokes with pan fried Pecorino, wild fennel and Sicilian sea salt at Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Justin Everett, executive chef of Murray Circle, a restaurant near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, served Duck & Rainbow Chard Tamale with banana tomatillo Sriracha.
Robbie Wilson, chef/owner of Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, served Duck Bologna with bread & butter peaches, duck fat mayo, and pink peppercorns at Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting.
Coastal Luxury Management runs Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Los Angeles Food & Wine, Restaurant 1833, Cannery Row Brewing Company, Faith & Flower, and Rose. Rabbit. Lie. David Bernahl was ubiquitous at this year’s festival, along with CLM co-founder Rob Weakley.
Music was key to PBFW, including a big band at Dinner With the Stars of Los Angeles.