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Big Sur Foragers Festival Dates Announced: January 17-20, 2019

Foragers Festival Fungus Face Off to be Held at Big Sur River Inn Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big Sur, CA, September 18, 2018 – The historic Big Sur River Inn serves as the host and backdrop of one of the Big Sur Foragers Festival’s most popular events, the “Fungus Face-Off,” set for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

The Face-Off at the River Inn, set under the oaks overlooking the Big Sur River, features celebrated local chefs competing for the best foraged dish, and will include food tastings, fine wines, craft beers, raffles, a silent auction and more.

This event sells out early, and tickets will be on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2019-tickets-47639320490

The River Inn has a significant presence in Big Sur history and lore. The inn’s history goes back to 1888, when Jay Pheneger acquired a 160-acre parcel from the federal government and gave his name to the creek that bounds the River Inn on the south.

Homesteaders Barbara and Michael Pfeiffer bought the property, and in 1926, Michael, and Barbra’s son John took over the land on which the Big Sur River Inn now stands. The inn was opened in 1934 by his daughter Ellen Brown. She opened her living and dining rooms to the public and began serving hot apple pie, which is still served today and gave the place its first name, Apple Pie Inn. Lodging units were built and Big Sur’s first resort was established.

In 1943, Ellen’s sister, Esther Pfeiffer Ewoldson and her husband, Hans, took over the operation. Esther replaced her mother as Big Sur Postmaster and the Post Office was moved to the River Inn, situated where the front office of the motel is now.

With a lot of help, Hans built the General Store and lodging units 10 through 15. He rebuilt the dining room and “fixed it up fancy.”

The Pfeiffer and the Ewoldson families started a tradition at the Big Sur River Inn of fine food, excellent service, and warm hospitality. In 1988, the Perlmutter family, along with a small group of close friends, formed a partnership to carry on that tradition.

This year, the Big Sur River Inn extends its tradition of hospitality to host the Big Sur Foragers Festival.

The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.

The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs, who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer.

In addition to the Fungus Face-Off, events will include:

>A Thursday Night Fundraiser at Lugano’s Swiss Bistro. Details to come.

>Friday night winemaker’s dinners as locations around Monterey County include Il Grillo in Carmel-by-the-Sea

>Saturday Foraging walk led by local experts. “Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk” led by Steve Copeland of Big Sur Guides and his team of expert mushroom foragers.

>Sunday we are finalizing several brunch fundraisers around Monterey County.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon. For event details and venue information, visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.bigsurforagersfestival.org

Big Sur Foragers Festival Dates Announced: January 17-20, 2019

Foragers Festival Fungus Face Off to be Held at Big Sur River Inn Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big Sur, CA, September 12, 2018 – The historic Big Sur River Inn serves as the host and backdrop of one of the Big Sur Foragers Festival’s most popular events, the “Fungus Face-Off,” set for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

The Face-Off at the River Inn, set under the oaks overlooking the Big Sur River, features celebrated local chefs competing for the best foraged dish, and will include food tastings, fine wines, craft beers, raffles, a silent auction and more.

This event sells out early, and tickets will be on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2019-tickets-47639320490

The River Inn has a significant presence in Big Sur history and lore. The inn’s history goes back to 1888, when Jay Pheneger acquired a 160-acre parcel from the federal government and gave his name to the creek that bounds the River Inn on the south.

Homesteaders Barbara and Michael Pfeiffer bought the property, and in 1926, Michael, and Barbra’s son John took over the land on which the Big Sur River Inn now stands. The inn was opened in 1934 by his daughter Ellen Brown. She opened her living and dining rooms to the public and began serving hot apple pie, which is still served today and gave the place its first name, Apple Pie Inn. Lodging units were built and Big Sur’s first resort was established.

In 1943, Ellen’s sister, Esther Pfeiffer Ewoldson and her husband, Hans, took over the operation. Esther replaced her mother as Big Sur Postmaster and the Post Office was moved to the River Inn, situated where the front office of the motel is now.

With a lot of help, Hans built the General Store and lodging units 10 through 15. He rebuilt the dining room and “fixed it up fancy.”

The Pfeiffer and the Ewoldson families started a tradition at the Big Sur River Inn of fine food, excellent service, and warm hospitality. In 1988, the Perlmutter family, along with a small group of close friends, formed a partnership to carry on that tradition.

This year, the Big Sur River Inn extends its tradition of hospitality to host the Big Sur Foragers Festival.

The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.

The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs, who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer.

In addition to the Fungus Face-Off, events will include:

>A Thursday Night Fundraiser at Lugano’s Swiss Bistro. Details to come.

>Friday night winemaker’s dinners as locations around Monterey County include Il Grillo in Carmel-by-the-Sea

>Saturday Foraging walk led by local experts. “Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk” led by Steve Copeland of Big Sur Guides and his team of expert mushroom foragers.

>Sunday we are finalizing several brunch fundraisers around Monterey County.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon. For event details and venue information, visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.bigsurforagersfestival.org

Coming Soon! Big Sur Foragers Festival January 12-14, 2018

Big Sur Foragers Festival is excited to announce the return of their feature venue, the Fungus Face Off, to longtime partner, Ventana Big Sur, for 2018.

Salinas, CA, November 21, 2017 – Big Sur Foragers Festival is excited to announce the return of their feature venue, the Fungus Face Off, to longtime partner, Ventana Big Sur, for 2018. The community’s non-profit, Big Sur Health Center, will receive the proceeds from all of the festival events to help support the continued presence of local healthcare services in the Big Sur area.

2018 Includes:

Friday night dinner series with local restaurants giving a percentage of the proceeds to the Big Sur Health Center.

Several local restaurants will host winemaker’s dinners.

The sixth annual Fungus Face Off will take place at Ventana Big Sur Ocean Meadow Lawn. The Big Sur Health Center is looking forward to returning to Ventana Big Sur for 2018.

Tickets On Sale Now

Participants Include:

Chefs/Restaurants

Roy’s

Carmel Valley Ranch

The Sur House at Ventana Big Sur

Alvarado Street Brewery

A Taste of Elegance

Wineries and Breweries

Mesa del Sol

Morgan Winery

Bernardus Winery

Comanche Cellars

Mad Otter Ale

Boony Doon Vineyards

Blair Wines

Baker and Brain

Paul Lato Wines

Fillipponi Winery

Alvarado Street Brewery

Fly Wheel Wine

Chappellet Vineyards

Marketplace Vendors and Tastings:

Carmel Honey Company

Quail and Olive

Percy Pies

Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk

Details To Be Announced

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.bigsurhealthcenter.org/

2017 Big Sur Foragers Festival Announces Fungus Face-off on January 14 and Grand Chef Dinner on January 15

Chef-host Tim Wood joins forces with Bay Area chef/restaurateur Rodney Worth

Big Sur, CA, November 05, 2016 – The Big Sur Foragers Festival may have changed the location of its annual Grand Chef Dinner for 2017, but the event’s culinary star power remains intact.

With a resort enhancement project in development at Ventana Big Sur, the festival moved its spectacular wine dinner to sister resort Carmel Valley Ranch, which was just named the No. 1 resort in Northern California in the Conde Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Tim Wood, executive chef of Carmel Valley Ranch and the driving force behind its award-winning Valley Kitchen Restaurant, will co-host the January 15 event along with high-profile chef and restaurateur Rodney Worth, who owns six restaurants in the San Francisco East Bay and The Pear Southern Bistro in downtown Napa. These two culinary contemporaries have much in common, as Wood and Worth each carry out a farm-to-table approach using local, sustainable ingredients, and are passionate supporters of sustainability initiatives including the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

An intimate forage-inspired feast paired with incredible wines, the multi-course dinner from Chefs Wood and Worth begins at 6 p.m., and seating is extremely limited. Early-bird tickets on Eventbrite cost $150 if purchased before November 30 ($175 beginning December 1).

Carmel Valley Ranch will also host the Foragers Festival’s popular Fungus Face-Off on Saturday, January 14, in a beautiful tented setting on the resort’s Pete Dye-designed golf course. This popular event sells out early. There are 250 available tickets, priced at $65 per person. The price includes samples of foraged foods prepared by local chefs, award winning local wines to taste and samplings of local craft beers. A selection of handcrafted items will also be available for purchase from local artisan vendors.

Fungus Face-Off Winery and Brewery Partners Include:

● Holman Ranch

● Mesa Del Sol

● Bernardus

● McIntyre Vineyards

● Chappellet

● Twisted Roots

● Chesebro Wines

● De Tierra Vineyards

● Morgan Winery

● Bonny Doon Vineyards

● Filipponi Ranch Cellars

● Firestone Walker Brewing Company

● Belgian Pacific

● Blair Winery

● Alvarado Street Brewery

● Mad Otter Ale

Fungus Face-Off Chef and Restaurant Partners Include:

● Chef Tim Wood, Valley Kitchen, Carmel Valley Ranch

● Chef Matt Glazer, Glazer Food and Beverage

● Chef Chad Minton, Hyatt Carmel Highlands

● Chef Soerke Peters, Basil Seasonal Dining

● Chef Angela Tamura, Peppoli

● Chef Cy Yontz, Rio Grill

● Chef Todd Fisher, Tarpy’s Roadhouse

● Pastry Chef Ben Spungin, Sierra Mar

● The Culinary Team at Alvarado Street Brewery

● Quail and Olive

● Carmel Honey Company

● Big Sur Sea Salt

● Salt Roots Soap Company

The nonprofit Big Sur Health Center will receive proceeds from all foraging events to help support the continued presence of local healthcare services in the Big Sur area. For Foragers Festival details visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2017-tickets-26923723582

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.bigsurforagersfestival.org

2017 Big Sur Foragers Festival Tickets on Sale and Fungus Face off Participants Announced

Big Sur Health Center announces January 13–15, 2017, as the dates for its annual Big Sur Foragers Festival.

Salinas, CA, November 02, 2016 – Big Sur Health Center announces January 13–15, 2017, as the dates for its annual Big Sur Foragers Festival. This year’s partners include Carmel Valley Ranch, the sister property of longtime host Ventana Big Sur that was just named the No. 1 resort in Northern California in the Conde Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. With a resort enhancement project underway at Ventana Big Sur, the Fungus Face-Off and Grand Chef dinner will take place this year at Carmel Valley Ranch, a summer-camp-inspired resort that sprawls across 500 acres and celebrates a deep connection to the land of Carmel Valley.

The event has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to help support the continued presence of local healthcare services in the Big Sur area.

New events for 2017 include:

● A Friday night winemaker dinner series will be held at select restaurants throughout Monterey County. La Balena in Carmel will participate, donating 20 percent of the proceeds to the Health Center. Will’s Fargo Restaurant + Bar in Carmel Valley and Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill in Monterey will each donate 10 percent. The Big Sur River Inn will hold a forager-themed brunch, also donating a percentage of profits to the event.

● A vendor’s market will take place following the Fungus Face Off Saturday, January 14th from 1-4 p.m. Meet the local artisans during the Face Off, then shop at the market from 4-5:30 p.m. Each vendor-partner will donate a portion of their sales to the Big Sur Health Center.

Participants include:

● Carmel Honey Company: Jake Reisdorf’s fifth-grade report on bees developed into a successful business model with a non-profit component. Meet young Jake and his mom Becky as they detail the wonders of honeybees.

● The Quail and Olive: Board-certified cardiologist Dr. Stephen Brabeck long recognized the health benefits of olive oil so he started a successful local business centered around a California olive oil experience.

● Salt Roots Soap Company: Meet Stephanie Wise, who started this unique artisan company with her friend Shani Fridrich. Their soaps are handmade in small batches, which creates unique beauty in the variations of design, texture and color.

● Big Sur Sea Salt: Anna Linden runs this new startup, taking advantage of the natural bounty that comes from pristine seawater along the Big Sur Coast.

● Join us for a special evening at Hyatt Carmel Highlands. Executive chef Chad Minton and the culinary team will create a three-course meal paired with wines from Bonny Doon Vineyard. The evening will begin with a reception of passed appetizers, wines from Bonny Doon and live music from Dino Vera from 6:30–7 p.m. At 7 p.m. enjoy a three-course dinner in the legendary wine room. Meet the culinary team and representatives from Bonny Doon Vineyard! There are only 24 seats available. Tickets are $175 per person and can be purchased through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2017-tickets-26923723582

Back by Popular Demand:

● An exclusive Friday night dinner at Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn with a special menu and a unique opportunity to enjoy wines from their award-winning wine cellar. This event is limited to 14 people.

● The “Fungus Face-Off” will take place in a beautiful tented setting on the Pete Dye-designed golf course at Carmel Valley Ranch. This popular event sells out early. There are 250 available tickets, priced at $65 per person.

Fungus Face Off Winery and Brewery Partners Include:

● Holman Ranch

● Mesa Del Sol

● Bernardus

● McIntyre Vineyards

● Chappellet

● Twisted Roots

● Chesebro Wines

● De Tierra Vineyards

● Morgan Winery

● Bonny Doon Vineyards

● Filipponi Ranch Cellars

● Firestone Walker Brewing Company

● Belgian Pacific

● Blair Winery

● Alvarado Street Brewery

● Mad Otter Ale

Fungus Face Off Chef and Restaurant Partners Include:

● Chef Tim Wood, Valley Kitchen, Carmel Valley Ranch

● Chef Matt Glazer, Glazer Food and Beverage

● Chef Chad Minton, Hyatt Carmel Highlands

● Chef Soerke Peters, Basil Seasonal Dining

● Chef Angela Tamura, Peppoli

● Chef Cy Yontz, Rio Grill

● Chef Todd Fisher, Tarpy’s Roadhouse

● Pastry Chef Ben Spungin, Sierra Mar

● The Culinary Team at Alvarado Street Brewery

● Quail and Olive

● Carmel Honey Company

● Big Sur Sea Salt

● Salt Roots Soap Company

Grand Chef Dinner at Carmel Valley Ranch — details to be announced soon.

Two foraging walks led by Steve Copeland and his expert team from Big Sur Guides. An easy “Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk” at Pfeiffer State Park and a nearby intermediate walk. This year, both hikes will be held on Sunday. There are 30 spaces available per walk. Tickets are $60 per person.

For event details visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2017-tickets-26923723582.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.bigsurforagersfestival.org