Dare to Pair

Not long to go now, and there aren’t many tickets left, but I wanted to flag up this great little event around the wineries on the west side of Santa Cruz, CA this Sunday.

Eleven wineries are pairing up with a small group of culinary students to pair a food dish with a wine. For $60 advance tickets, you can pop along and try all 11 food and wine pairings, vote for your favourites and then attend a stonking after party. 

Now in its fourth year, this event is getting more and more popular and I can see why. It supports the students and participation makes up a significant part of their gradings for the term. Food, wine and other things to support the end have been donated by generous sponsors and there are even some amazing raffle prizes on offer that have been donated.

Sadly, I think we’re going to be at Big Sur on Sunday so I won’t be able to represent. I would love to go though and if any of you guys snap up some of the last tickets check back in and let me know how it goes!

Donated RAFFLE items:
Shadowbrook Gift card
Johnny’s Gift card
Chaminade spa gift
SV Hilton one night stay + dinner
Sunrise Cleaning two certificates of 3 hours of cleaning
Tracy Taylor Kilauea Rainforest Retreat – 3 nights’ stay
Buttery gift card
Boardwalk passes
Donated SILENT AUCTION items
Wine tasting tour for 12 at Silver Mountain Vineyards
Surf City Vintners – featured wines
Dinner for 8 at the Sesnon – prepared by the chef instructors

Josie Cowden Good Times
Anne Parker Sentinel
Sheri Moise Johnny’s Harborside
Leslie Fellows, CSW, Sommelier Artesana Winery
Byron Gravell Cafe Carbonara


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