Melon Salad Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Saint André Cheese, Arugula, Marcona Almonds
The following is an excerpt from a piece I wrote for Harbor Living Magazine to promote the
Palos Verdes Pastoral – A Garden-to-Table Dining Event on October 6, 2013.
Imagine a field of candle-lit tables elegantly dressed in white linen with sparkling glassware arranged under a harvest moon on a hill overlooking the blue Pacific. Imagine a vibrant autumn menu created using farm-fresh, seasonal foods from our local vendors and growers expertly paired with hand-picked regional wines. This is the Palos Verdes Pastoral, the premiere al fresco garden-to-table dining experience of the peninsula, which will take place on Oct. 6 at Terranea Resort.
After a fabulous wine and appetizer reception on the patio, 200 guests will take their seats at sunset to enjoy the artisanal creations by Chef de Cuisine Rebecca Merhej of Terranea’s acclaimed Mar’Sel restaurant. Her sophisticated presentations and strict attention to detail bring innovative imaginative cuisine to the peninsula.
It was my honor and pleasure to have my home join six other distinctive San Pedro homes on the WHITE POINT HOME TOUR & RECEPTION hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. All the proceeds from the event support site improvements and habitat restoration at the White Point Preserve. The White Point Nature Preserve features 102 acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat, hiking and handicap accessible trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.
A couple weeks ago we attended the Palos Verdes Pastoral, a garden-to-table dining experience on the Peninsula overlooking the Pacific under a spectacular full moon… It was an event designed to bring 200 people together amidst nature for an exclusive dining experience featuring the best of California hand-crafted, organic, and sustainable foods.
Producers from around the state donated all of the food and wine for the evening so that 100% of the proceeds from the event went to benefit the Land Conservancy. The event took place at the breathtaking Terranea Resort and featured an award winning menu by Chef Michael Fiorelli inspired by one he created for the James Beard House in NYC.