Food and Wine and Pebble Beach

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During a recent trip to the Pebble Beach area it struck me - this place is actually pretty nice. Sure, postcard views of the rugged coastline and storybook houses in the hills are a dime a dozen here. But beyond that obvious stuff, there's a lot going on in Pebble Beach. I took time in between watching actors act like they know how to play golf (who am I kidding, most of them are a hell of a lot better than me!), to explore some of the region's finer establishments for culinary delights and the occasional beer. The list can take a month's worth of columns to fill, and I will devote the necessary time to that venture in due course.

But in this case I wanted to tell you, faithful reader, that there's a simpler way to get up to speed on the region's best food and wine--during the first annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine Event, scheduled for March 27-30. This all-encompassing four-day affair is held in four of Pebble Beach's premiere venues, including the famed Lodge at Pebble Beach and features the presence of the globe's top chefs and the fruit of the area's best wineries.

Among the big names cooking for the event are Tom Colicchio, Gary Danko, Gérard Boyer, Thomas Keller, Jacques Pépin, Charles Phan, and Charlie Trotter. Wineries represented include Château Margaux, Harlan, Screaming Eagle, Opus One, PlumpJack, Silver Oak, and Veuve Clicquot. This heavy-hitter event, which was created to replace the wildly popular but now shut Masters of Food and Wine, is a rare opportunity to capture all this eating-and-drinking star power on a single peninsula.

Numerous ticket packages are available in a range of prices. Check out www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com, or call (866) 907-3663 to find the one that best suits your Pebble Beach palate.

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