Executive Chef Beverlie Terra, who was with Santa Cruz’s Chaminade Resort for more than 20 years, has moved to Cabrillo College where she is an instructor. She's kicking off a series of Farm to Table dinners at Pino Alto Restaurant, much like the ones she founded at Chaminade. I was a guest at a 2012 Chaminade Farm to Table dinner and greatly enjoyed it. Terra is a talented, creative chef who knows how to utilize farm-fresh products.
The dinners will be on Friday evenings at Pino Alto, located at Sesnon House on the Cabrillo campus. The first one, November 1, features Guglielmo Wines and Santa Cruz’s Yellow Wall Farm. The second event on November 8 features wine from Burrell School and highlights Fiesta Farms. For reservations, call (831) 479-6524.
The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, and this includes a four-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings. A reception prior to dinner features wine and appetizers.
NOVEMBER 1 MENU
6-6:30 p.m. Reception
• Slow roast pork belly bites on sugared Apple
• Deviled Eggs with Sweet Pepper
• Fig and proscuito Canapes
• Wontons with pumpkin and sage
• Crab cakes with pepper aioli
• Pork rilettes with crostini
Wines: 2012 Guglielmo Pinot Grigio and 2010 Guglielmo Sangiovese
6:30 p.m. Dinner
First Course: Kabocha gnocchi with porcini cream
Wine: 2012 Guglielmo TRE Chardonnay
Second: Little gem lettuce with beets, squash, feta and pomegranate vinaigrette
Wine: 2012 Guglielmo TRE Pinot Noir
Third: Lamb chops with pumpkin risotto
Wine: 2008 Guglielmo TRE Syrah
Fourth: Warm apple crumble with persimmon ice cream
Wine: Guglielmo Sparkling Almond Champagne
Location: Sesnon House: 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos 95003
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