Chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud & Jerome Bocuse Cook Up a Good Cause with Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Being held April 9-12, the Eighth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine continues to outdo itself as the signature West Coast culinary event, with more than 100 prominent chefs and 250 acclaimed wineries and distinguished winemakers from around the world coming to the beautiful Pebble Beach Resorts on the northern California coast for a four-day, first-class display of epicurean splendor and unrivaled access.

The pinnacle moment of the weekend will surely be the special Ment’or BKB Foundation evening of intimate dinners and culinary demonstrations by Team USA’s young masters, trained by their ment’or BKB Foundation mentors — Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Jérôme Bocuse — and inspired by the prestigious biennial Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France. Coastal Luxury Management, the award-winning hospitality team behind Pebble Beach Food & Wine and the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival events, recently announced their partnership with ment’or BKB Foundation, originally founded in 2008. Ment’or BKB Foundation is a leading nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine. Among ment’or’s initiatives is the organization’s responsibility for selecting, training, and sending Team USA to compete in Bocuse d’Or, the event in which Team USA made history by placing second and receiving the Bocuse d’Argent award for the first time.

“Team USA’s podium placement at the 2015 Bocuse d’Or competition is an extraordinary example of where the United States stands in a global conversation about cuisine and culture,” says Chef Thomas Keller, president of ment’or. “We’re looking forward to continue representing the great strides that American chefs are making at this years’ Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival.”

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At Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Team USA’s Chef Philip Tessier of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group and his Commis Skylar Stover of The French Laundry in Yountville, CA will design a menu inspired by the “Culinary Olympics” at The Imperial Dinner, the pinnacle of the four-day festival, curating a menu that will highlight what helped the Team win the silver prize at the Bocuse d’Or.

“Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival is continuously striving to bring attention to the level of excellence in our culinary community,” says David Bernahl, CEO of Coastal Luxury Management. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to raise funds for this great culinary program on the heels of our first-ever win with Team USA.”

Pebble Beach Food & Wine celebrates its 8th year at Pebble Beach Resorts, one of the country’s premier destinations, bringing together the world’s most revered culinary talent for three nights and four days of epicurean excellence. Attendees are invited to explore the three world-class resorts including The Inn at Spanish Bay, Lodge at Pebble Beach, and Casa Palmero, where more than 100 celebrity chefs and 250 wineries come together to showcase a dynamic weekend of exceptional dinners and chef collaborations, Grand Tastings, and cooking demonstrations featuring the industry’s leading experts and most coveted restaurants in the world.

Other Pebble Beach Food & Wine event highlights include “An Evening at Maude” with celebrated chef Curtis Stone; Master Sommeliers and winemakers for exceptional wine tastings with Chateau Margaux, Domaine Faiveley, Kosta Browne, and Penfolds Grange; and cooking demonstrations with Dana Cowin, and Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Masaharu Morimoto. And not to be missed is the Lexus Grand Tasting, an annual favorite, which will host one of the greatest lineups of wine and culinary talent since the inception of Pebble Beach Food & Wine in 2008.

Tickets for most events are available a la carte or as a weekend package, with prices ranging from $100 to $4,750 for the “Imperial” VIP package an all-inclusive four-day pass with Lexus transportation and access to exclusive celebrity chef and winemaker after-hours parties. Two additional weekend packages are available. www.PBFW.com.
 

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