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July Chaminade Farm to Table dinner features Kathryn Kennedy Winery

Dine on the terrace overlooking the Monterey Bay
Winona Holmes

Join Chaminade Resort & Spa’s second Farm to Table Wine Dinner on Friday, July 11, 2014. Enjoy a five-course dinner with local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza and team.

Dine with farmers and winemakers

Taste the superb wines from Kathryn Kennedy Winery. Last season, diners were treated to the winery’s Blanc de Blanc sparkler and several red wines, including a rare 2003 Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Saratoga.

Visit with featured farmers from Coke Farm, Black Hen Farm and Ostrich Growers of Watsonville. USDA nutritional stats about ostrich meat affirms that it is lower in calories, fat and cholesterol than beef, chicken or turkey, and is higher in protein and iron.

Unsurpassed views from the terrace

These seasonal dinners offer a feast of the senses not only for fresh, local ingredients elegantly presented, but for the jaw-dropping view.

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

In a recent Huff Post Food for Thought blog by Lois Alter Mark, Chef Kirsten Ponza said, “Even though the concept is old, this way of eating is still so new for many people. It was once the way everyone had to live because we didn't have the trucks and planes to deliver every week. Your food should not be sitting on a flat bed truck for a week while trying to get to your local giant food store. At the very least, it shouldn't have to travel more than a hundred miles to get to your plate!”

The price of $80 (plus tax and gratuity) includes dinner, endless local wine, farm goodie bag and the ambiance of the setting. Reservations required. Call 831.475.5600

July 11 Farm to Table menu


Heirloom tomato pizzetta egg on egg - Sriracha deviled egg with tobiko

Squashed wonton - sautéed squash inside a sesame wonton

Ostrich carpaccio with caper relish

First course

Radicchio cups with roasted beets and kale crisp

Second course

Stuffed Padron peppers with poached egg

Third course

Grilled ostrich filet with strawberry demi, charred tomatoes and whipped potatoes


Almond Panna Cotta w/strawberry balsamic compote and black pepper crisp

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 overlooking the ocean.

This culinary package combines Farm to Table dinners and luxurious accommodations for two, as well as an exclusive welcome amenity.

To reserve, call 831-475-5600

Chaminade Resort and Spa

1 Chaminade Lane

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

By June Smith

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