Palos Verdes Pastoral – An Enchanted Dining Experience

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Palos Verdes Pastoral
An Enchanted Dining Experience

Al fresco dining with magnificent views of Catalina Island, on a warm Autumn evening at sunset – this is Palos Verdes Pastoral, an enchanted fundraising event that brings people together amidst nature for an exclusive experience at Terranea Resort.

In addition to the camaraderie, gourmet foods, stellar wines, and ambiance that is truly second to none – the evening increases awareness of the important work of the Conservancy in protecting and stewarding our open space and nature. We celebrate the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the education and enjoyment of all.”

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is part of one of five regions in the world that enjoys the Mediterranean climate, with all its bounty and biodiversity from our aromatic hillsides to the deep blue ocean.

The cuisine that has been borne out of this land and sea inspired Terranea Resort Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra to create a captivating menu reflecting those flourishing textures, colors, flavors and aromas of our unique region.

Mediterranean life revolves around the table, so it is fitting that this year’s Palos Verdes Pastoral is a dinner where 200 people gather to partake in these regional foods and flavors, where we celebrate and support the land and open spaces we adore so much.

Palos Verdes Pastoral

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in partnership with Terranea Resort and Whole Foods Market recently hosted the annual Palos Verdes Pastoral Garden-to-Table Dining Experience.

Cheers to another enchanted evening, this time, highlighting Mediterranean cuisine. 

The Conservancy preserves undeveloped land as open space for historical, educational, ecological, recreational and scenic purposes. Since its founding in 1988, the Conservancy has successfully preserved 1,600 acres of open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in partnership with Terranea Resort and Whole Foods Market recently hosted their annual Palos Verdes Pastoral Garden-to-Table Dining Experience. This year’s super-successful event highlighted foods and flavors native to Mediterranean Climate Regions.

The Conservancy’s vision is the creation and management of large blocks of natural open space where visitors may enjoy peaceful solitude, where children and adults can learn about the natural environment, and where native plants and animals can thrive.

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Olive oil, of course is central to Mediterranean cooking. Read about the olive oil harvested from our own Palos Verdes Peninsula here.

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

RECEPTION

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Signature Cocktails 

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Cactus Wren Cooler

  • 2 oz. Greenbar Distillery City Bright Gin
  • .75 oz. Cheri’s prickly pear syrup
  • .75 oz. lime juice
  • 1 drop rose water
  • muddled cucumber
  • garnish: salt bush and lemon twist

The Cactus Wren in one of four at-risk species sheltered by the Conservancy. The others are the El Segundo blue butterfly, the Palos Verdes blue butterfly, and the Coastal California gnatcatcher. Their native plant nursery cultivates 60 different species of plants that are used in restoration projects that restore habitat critical to survival of these species.

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Prickly Pear Margarita

  • 2 oz. Don Julio Blanco
  • .5 oz. triple sec
  • .75 oz. Cheri’s prickly pear syrup
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 drop rose water
  • garnish: salt rim, salt bush and rose petals

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Cold Hors d’ Oeuvres

Paprika Stewed Vegetables on Manriklo (Romanian) Bread
Preserved Lemon and Saffron Rice-Stuffed Grape Leaves
Borek Crushed Peppercorn Meat Roll
Harissa Spiced Ceviche

Hot Hors d’ Oeuvres

Dates Filled with Feta & Almonds
Chermoula-Rubbed Grilled Shrimp
Plancha Spiced Lamb Cigars, Lemon Tahini

Reception Wines

Catalina View Chardonnay 2012
Consilience Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

DINNER

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

First Course: Duet Soup & Salad

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Palos Verdes Pastoral

Vegetarian Paprika Soup & Gypsy Turkish Salad
Lemony Yogurt Dressing, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrots, Onion, Dried Apricot, Peppers

Margerum Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Second Course

Chef Bernard Ibarra's Moroccan Spiced Free Range Chicken

Palos Verdes Pastoral

Seared Moroccan Spiced Free Range Chicken (recipe here)
House Dried Fruit, Bulgur, Catalina Farm Vegetable Couscous, Salted Lemon Vinaigrette, Fez Spice Mix Paint

Westerly Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Third Course

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Palos Verdes Pastoral

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Andalusian-Style Rockfish
On a bed of Black Olive, Fennel, Sun-Baked Tomato, Smoked Pimenton Aioli

Villa Oneiro Chardonnay 2016
Villa Oneiro Pinot Noir 2015

Dessert

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Deconstructed Date Nut Cake
Citrus, Poached Pears, Glazed Persimmons, Salted Caramel, and Vanilla Gelato

Parting Gifts

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

Thank You

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

The spectacular views and precious habitat not only contribute to the quality of human life on the Peninsula, but provide valuable refuges and wildlife corridors for animal and plant inhabitants.

Beaches and bluffs, steep slopes, canyons and ridgelines – this diverse topography leads to the Peninsula’s rich biodiversity.

Come enjoy these open spaces, ideal for recreation and renewal – and consider joining the Conservancy to provide ongoing support to help maintain the land that we’ve preserved together. (from pvplc.org)

Palos Verdes Pastoral - An Enchanted Dining Experience

And remember to check out Chef Bernard’s gorgeous Moroccan Spiced Chicken recipe here.

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