Charlie Palmer’s annual Pigs & Pinot (March 21-22, 2014) event is one of the hottest tickets in Wine Country each year. And tickets, we hear, often sell out in a matter of minutes. So get your clicking finger ready.
Guest chefs at the event include Chef Palmer and Dry Creek Kitchen’s Dustin Valette (a BiteClub fave); Amanda Freitag (NY’s Empire Diner, multiple TV chef competitions); Bryan Voltaggio (LA’s VOLT and RANGE); Frank Crispo of NY’s Crispo Restaurant and Phillippe Rispoli of PB Boulangerie and Bistro near Cape Cod.
Featured winemakers: CIRQ, Domain Pierre Gelin, Roth, Rochioli and Pyramid Valley Vineyards.
Among the P&P offerings are luxe stays at the Hotel Healdsburg and tickets to some or all of the events. Prices start at $1,633.55 (for two) and go up to a mega-grande $25,000 (with eight tickets for each event and some primo access to Chef Palmer and bottles of all the featured wines.)
If you’re on a tighter budget, most of the events are offered a la carte, including…
- Taste of Pigs & Pinot (Friday from 6:30 to 9pm), $175
- Tournament of the Pig (Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm), $125
- Ultimate Pinot Smackdown (Saturday, 1-3pm), $125
The gala dinner and Swine and Wine Dinner are open to package guests only.
Of course, this isn’t just all a ridiculous eat and drink fest. The event is a fundraiser for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, full scholarships to the CIA and Sonoma State’s Wine Program, The Healdsburg Education Foundation, Children of Sonoma Vineyard Workers Scholarships and a whole lot more (including sending a local cheerleading team to the national championships…awwww).
Want to see some pix of the Pigs & Pinot preview at Mark Pasternak’s Devil’s Gulch Ranch? Yes, you do. Cause it includes some tasty pix of pork.