Charlie Palmer’s Pigs and Pinot
Held at award-winning Hotel Healdsburg, Pigs and Pinot brings together the country's most prolific pork and wine professionals, including four Master Sommeliers, toasting and tasting their way to determine the winner of the coveted Pinot Cup. Mark your calendars, set your phone alarms and alerts if you want a ticket to one of the hottest events in Sonoma Wine Country. Tickets go on sale Thursday January 16, 2014.
The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer. A cast of Master Sommeliers and international celebrity chefs will showcase some of the world's greatest Pinots with perfect pork pairings. Proceeds from this event will benefit Share Our Strength and local scholarships and charities.
Friday March 21 - Taste of Pigs & Pinot
Sample 60 highly-acclaimed Pinot Noir wines competing in the Pinot Cup competition, from Sonoma County and around the world. Tastings are served alongside a variety of pork dishes, including homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, pates and other special creations.
Saturday March 22 - Tournament of The Pig
Guest chefs compete in an iron-chef style competition to create a winning dish using a whole pig. Hosted by Charlie Palmer and food loving actor, Mario Cantone.
Saturday March 22 - Ultimate Pinot Smackdown
16 Pinots, 4 Master Sommeliers, Only 1 Winner! Master Sommeliers compete in a "Battle Royale" pitch contest to sell you on their wine choices. You, the audience, will get to drink great Pinots while watching legendary battles and then crown the winner.
Saturday March 22 - Spoonbar’s Swine and Wine Dinner
Seating at the Swine and Wine Dinner is limited to Pigs & Pinot h2hotel Package guests.
Spain Comes to Sonoma with a fabulous four-course dinner from fellow Top Chef 2013 contestants Chef Louis Maldonado and Chef Carrie Mashaney. For this menu, the duo will be playing up one of Spain’s favorite ingredients—pork—and pairing dishes with two of Sonoma County’s premier Pinot Noirs.
Saturday March 22 - Gala Dinner
Seating at the Gala Dinner is limited to Pigs & Pinot Hotel Healdsburg Package guests.
A sumptuous five-course dinner at Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen. Each course features a signature creation from Palmer and his guest chefs. Every course will be paired with two limited-production Pinot Noirs from highly acclaimed wineries including CIRQ, Domaine Pierre Gelin, Rochioli, Roth, Te Kairanga and Pyramid Valley.
Pigs & Pinot Late Night is a post-gala celebration with after-dinner drinks and dessert in the Hotel Healdsburg lobby. All Pigs & Pinot celebrants are welcome to attend.
Chef/Owner, Empire Diner and TV Personality, Chopped, Iron Chef and Next Iron Chef
Ched/Owner VOLT and RANGE and Top Chef Masters Runner-Up
Chef/Owner, Crispo Restaurant
Chef/Owner, PB Boulangerie Bistro
Gala Dinner Winemakers:
Michael Browne - CIRQ
Pierre Emmanuel - Domain Pierre Gelin
Jesse Katz and Bill Foley - Roth, Te Kairanga
Tom Rochioli - Rochioli Vineyards & Winery
Mike Weersing - Pyramid Valley Vineyards