This weekend marked the First Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine event, and let me tell you, it was definitely a lavish affair. While the full shebang would have cost you $4,750 — including lodging for the four-day affair, as well as admission to all the events, including classes, seminars, parties and tastings — a single-day Grand Tasting Pass cost only $165. Pennies in comparison.
So what exactly did $165 buy you? Try access to over 200 wineries — one of my faves was Revana, whose wines are normally only available at restaurants and cost more than I normally spend on a bottle — nibbles by some of the most famous chefs in the world, and a wildly surreal surrounding — think models doing slow motion dancing in head-to-toe stretch material and a beautiful ocean nearby. Sure it's pricey, but it was definitely a fun event for a food lover. Oh and if you plan it correctly, you may even get to hob knob with celebrities. Rumor has it that several Top Chef faves were on hand, as was Thomas Keller, Todd English, and Ted Allen.
But enough talking, what you really should do is check out the full gallery. But before you do, grab a napkin, you're gonna need it! To see all the pictures, read more.
And just so you know, I had press access to this event. Would I pay to again? Probably, but you better believe someone else is going to be driving this time!