I am not sure how anyone could possibly prepare for an event like pebble beach food and wine’s grand opening, and there is certainly no way to prepare ones liver for the entire four day event. The opening reception consists of over two hundred wineries and more the 30 celebrity chef’s.
The event really does showcase the elite producers of both wine and food; the true culinary masters of our world. Guy Fieri, Morimoto, Tom Colliccio, Jacques Pepin are just a few headliners. But how in the hellfire and damnation to you indulge and imbibe in 30 dishes and 200 wines respectively, within the course of a few hours?
This is a good question in my opinion, as is the question, how do you partake in as much as you can in this short time period and still be in reasonable enough shape to hit the famed after party? AND?? How in the Farfignugin does one (even a person as seasoned a party veteran as myself) make it to the after after party (by exclusive initiation only) usually at a location where the founders are staying, until 4 or 5 in the morning and make it up for a 10 a.m. tasting>!?!@ The answer is who the flip knows, you just get out there and you do the best that you can without getting sick, and then you sleep minimally, and drink as much waster a possible while you pack in the events which last from 10 am in the morning until ungodly hours of the night. Four days of very expensive, over indulgence, at its finest and most debilitating. I still hadn’t recovered from Thursday night’s opener and I had three full days after to ostensibly enjoy!
Of course, it the whole debaucherous food and alcohol binge began with the ever elite founder’s dinner on Wednesday, a dinner to which I will never be invited. This event requires a 2 thousand dollar admission as well as accompaniment by a 5 thousand dollar MINIMUM value magnum from your cellar. Well I do suppose I could pull a nice bottle of Argentine malbec from my wine rack, but its empty and purchased for 14 dollars at Trader Joes. The next, out-of-my-price-range event is the golf tournament. Thousand bucks a pop for a round on pebble with some of the rockstars of the event, including more alcohol then you should probably drink in a lifetime.
In all honesty, the event is categorically out of my price range but I pulled together some tax refund cash and some other money (credit card debt) and hooked myself up with the starter package. The Magnum – this includes all four days, opening reception, three events on Friday, three events on Saturday and two on Sunday, including the big daddy Lexus Grand Tasting! All the wineries and all the Chefs are at this one…200 dollars for 3 hours of free for all food and wine (and now bourbon, patron, and vodka), whooolie Shiit, you can’t walk after these things. The Valets should be legally required to breathalyzer you when you leave , there can’t be a single person who has any business behind a wheel leaving this event! Also, you are not even invited to the after party until you spend five thousand dollars on your four day pass. This ridiculous statement of a package includes all of the highest in luxury; free Lexus transportation to each event, unlimited VIP access everywhere, special exclusive offers, tastings and dinners. This package rules all others, but you must be strong with the alcoholic force to handle all of this treatment, either that or spit your wine out (a cardinal sin in my book!). Day One – opening night up next!