Jacques Pépin's pressed caviar on raw oysters with champagne was divine. The experience was elevated by the surrounding decor which included a large fish tank with exotic species illuminated with blue lighting.
Jacques Pépin's pressed caviar on raw oysters with champagne was divine. The experience was elevated by the surrounding decor which included a large fish tank with exotic species illuminated with blue lighting. The experience was sublime.

The rain was pelting down outside. Within the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Grand Tasting Tent the only evidence was a large cylindrical canister where everyone could place their dripping umbrellas before collecting a wine glass and crossing the lobby into the first of two large tents bursting with over 200 prestigious wineries and incredible edible creations that would get any foodie salivating.

Although this is only the third annual event at Pebble Beach, the event organizers and participants put on a spectacular experience where every desire for food and wine was amused and granted.

While I was enjoying a wonderfully savory piece of grilled lamb chop and sipping on a Pinot, a woman who had come all the way from Arizona to this event noted that her husband has his annual golf event and this was her’s. I chuckled thinking that with Pebble Beach Golf Links in the same venue, and fabulous wine and food after an event, he was surely not complaining either!

Between sips of fabulous wines from the west coast wineries here in the US and those from Europe, I was able to sample at least a bite of every creations under the two big white tents.

Chef Morimoto at Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

I enjoyed the experience speaking to the chefs who were present to talk about what they created for the event and why. The highlight for me was meeting Chef Morimoto who I spotted standing over a large wooden bowl creating his sample, pork with red miso. It was a very simple dish, however it exploded in the mouth with such intense, rich flavor.

Pork with red miso by Chef Morimoto was wonderfully executed and exemplifies the saying that "less sometimes is more". The flavors exploded in my mouth.

My favorites of the day were:

  • Chef Morimoto’s pork and red miso dish which showed how less can truly be more. I loved the intensity of flavors and everything on the plate and true purpose. No gimmicky embellishments, the tastes spoke for themselves.
  • The simple grilled cheese sandwich created by Bunk Sandwiches of Portland with Tillamook cheese which reminded me of how delicious simple comfort food can truly be.
  • Chef Anastasia Simpson’s chocolate creation which showed me why even after so many chocolate desserts created, her’s was hardly a cliché
This grilled cheese by Bunk Sandwiches of Portland will not win Ms. Photogenic...but it was such a heavenly experience in the mouth.
Chef Simpson's chocolate creations. Beautiful to look at and delectable in the mouth.
Swank corner area by Belvedere Vodka. Illuminated vodka and colored cocktails give a break to those who need it between sips of wine.
Lights against the white walls of the tent add to the ambiance of this event.
To enjoy great food and wine, you need to make sure they are framed with the right glasses and table settings. There were those giving advice on this as well at the event.
Grilled lamb. This was a popular dish at the event as well. The lamb was cooked perfectly and kudos to the team for ensuring the lines moved quickly.
Bow to the grilled cheese sandwich kings. These creations from Bunk Sandwiches made me reach for seconds.
There was an elevated stage with many desserts. Here one of my favorites was the raspberry shortcake with ice cream...hard to go wrong there...
One of the greatest presence at the event was Driscoll who somehow showered the entire event with the most perfect strawberries, raspberries and blueberries I have ever tasted. Plump and bursting with flavors.

Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite.