Foodie Fundraising: Big Sur Food & Wine Festival
The creative fire burns within many people who call Big Sur home whether they work with jade, wood, mushroom, or swine. The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival helps to fuel these fires by raising funds for the local community during the Saturday auction and four-course luncheon at the Henry Miller Memorial Library (November 9, 11:30—2:30pm). Tickets remain for this extra special event that connects foodie pleasure with healthy community spirit and support. Won’t you join us?
A Special Lunch for Foodies & Philanthropists
In just four years, the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival has raised $100,000 to feed the dreams and aspirations of talented Big Sur residents, including foodies. Given the festival’s commitment to creating gastronomic delights at dozens of Big Sur special events across the weekend, we’re pleased to learn that past auctions have helped generate funds used to support a local woman’s studies at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She now works under the guidance of Chef Cal Stamenov at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley. Full circle: nice!
The BSFW organizers extend their thanks to past auction lunch participants who have made her delicious journey possible. They look forward to generating more funds with this year’s auction that will cycle back into supporting the greater Big Sur community.
For those who enjoy extra special foodie experiences, the Saturday auction features a wonderful chance to bid on the opportunity to take a day hike with Aubert de Villaine, owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and then enjoy dinner with him. Festival founder Toby Rowland-Jones notes, “This is the only auction that Aubert de Villaine supports in this manner. He will offer this wonderful opportunity again this year, which pleases us to no end.” In addition to this very unique foodie experience, the auction also includes a range of other sumptuous and delightful experiences just waiting for your bid.
Please spread the word among foodie friends that tickets remain for this Big Sur take on a fancy black-tie affair: under the redwoods, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by world famous chefs served with unequaled wines & Champagnes. Extend the pleasure of this meal by helping to make the auction lively and successful, for Big Sur and all of us.
- Michael Rotondo of Parallel 37
- Brian Overhauser of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
- Matt Bolton of Pacific’s Edge
- Michael Jones of Cachagua
- Maisons Marques & Domaines – Roederer Champagne
- ROAR Wines
- Copain Wines
- Crocker & Starr Wines
- Gonet-Medeville Champagne
- Chateau Les Justices – Sauternes
Pacha Mama’s Generous Model
SMASH: Following heavy rains last winter, a very tall redwood tree slammed into the fence (but missed the building) at Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library. The library plans to mill, dry, and sell the resulting redwood slabs and use the money raised to fund much-needed maintenance. When I heard this story, it seemed like Pacha Mama had done her part to support the community by minimizing property damage while generating a product that can raise funds to get the ol’ HML up to code. It’s important for this community to sustain this unique place so it continues to provide a tranquil space for coming together with neighbors and friends.
An enormous slab of Pacha Mama’s redwood trunk now provides support as an outdoor table among the trees at HML and reminds visitors of this giving tree. The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival Saturday auction invites pleasure mongers to offer their own brand of support for the community at what is for many the highlight of the festival. Thanks to the 2013 auction supporters for doing their part to support this unique and creative Central Coast community.