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Chaminade Farm to Table Dinner series opens season with Pelican Ranch Winery

Join the 2014 series of Chaminade Resort Farm to Table dinners
Join the 2014 series of Chaminade Resort Farm to Table dinners
Winona Holmes

Join Chaminade Resort & Spa’s 7th Annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series, beginning on Friday, June 6, and continuing through October, 2014. Enjoy a five course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza and her team.

Dine with farmers and winemakers

Sip on wines from Pelican Ranch Winery of Capitola and visit with winemaker Phil Crews and Chef Kirsten, as well as featured farmers from Yellow Wall Farm.

Dinners take place on the Sunset or Courtyard Terrace, boasting unsurpassed views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay. A reception with wine, along with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres takes place at 6:00 p.m. followed by a full dinner on the scenic patio at 6:30. Guests are seated at large, beautifully set tables designed to invite sociable conversations.

These seasonal dinners offer a feast of the senses not only for fresh, local ingredients elegantly presented, but for the jaw-dropping view. Chef Kirsten says that the part of Farm to Table she likes the best is the personal interaction. “I get to talk to the growers, the ranchers and the guests and really get an understanding of how everything works and what’s expected from start to finish. We get great product, a diverse guest attendance and I get to be very creative with what I can serve. The feedback is instantaneous and I really enjoy hearing how someone’s idea of food was changed because of something we made!”

June 6 Farm to Table menu


Strawberry stuffed with smoked blue cheese and pancetta

Stuffed Tempura squash blossoms

Corn bisque soup sip

Vegetable bruschetta crostini


Strawberry hazelnut gazpacho

2012 Gewurztraminer, Viento Vineyard and 2013 Rose of Pinot

First course

Baked ravioli with mushrooms and an aurora crème

2012 Zinfandel

Second course

Baby romaine with citrus avocado relish

2012 Zinfandel

Third course

Duck confit with Mediterranean cous cous

2011 Pinot Santa Rita Hills


Honey mousse on jasmine scented gateaux with edible florals

Raspberry wine

The price of $80 (plus tax and gratuity) includes a five-course dinner, endless local wine, farm goodie bag and the natural ambience of the setting overlooking the Monterey Bay. Reservations required. Call 831.475.5600

Farm to Table Culinary Package

Stay overnight at Chaminade and enjoy the beautiful resort the next day. Book a spa treatment and indulge in a delectable breakfast on the patio overlooking the ocean.

This ultimate culinary package combines Farm to Table dinners and luxurious accommodations for two, plus breakfast for two.

To reserve, follow the link above or call 831-475-5600

Chaminade Resort and Spa

1 Chaminade Lane

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

By June Smith

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