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100 Reasons to Come to the Table

Ponte Family Estate Winery - 100 Mile Dinner

As Ponte Family Estate Winery gears up to host the 4th Annual Slow Food Temecula Valley 100 Mile Dinner on February 5th, here are 100 reasons why we should all Come to the Table:

  • Slow Food Temecula Valley brings gardens to our local schools so our children understand that real food comes from the earth and not from the drive thru window or freezer section at the grocery store
  • Ponte Family Estate Winery is one of the leaders in the Temecula Valley in committing to sustainability and green practices as well as in supporting local charities.
  • Ponte is also one of the most stunning, yet intimate, venues in the Valley and they know how to make their guests feel like one of the family.
  • Every item on the menu will travel less than 100 miles to reach the table, creating a unique opportunity to enjoy fresh, locally grown seasonal food, wine and beer.
  • Yeah; I said BEER. Our friends from Black Market Brewing Company will be there serving some of the most exceptional beer we’ve ever had locally or anywhere else for that matter.
  • Chef Greg Stillman – Executive Chef – The Smokehouse Restaurant at Ponte Winery.
  • Chef Mike Henry – Executive Chef – Meritage Restaurant at Callaway Vineyards and Winery
  • Chef Sara Huston – Delyte’s Catering – Temecula
  • Chef Leah Di Bernardo – Chef/Proprietor – Delyte’s Catering – E.A.T. (Extraordinary Artisan Takeout) – Slow Food Temecula Valley
  • Butler Passed Hors d’ oeuvres
  • Wild mushroom flatbread bites with Winchester Gouda and Temecula Olive Oil Company Truffle Oil
  • Barracho Chicken (mmmm . . . I think that means drunken – yay)
  • Caramelized onion with housemade thyme mustard on olive oil and thyme crostini
  • Hors d’ oeuvres will be paired with Ponte Sparkling, Black Market Brew and Middle Ridge Wine.
  • Middle Ridge Winery is one of our great local boutique wineries. With an Innovation Lab (I want one!) in Idyllwild, production site and tasting room (The Collective) in Temecula, Middle Ridge is a must for local wine lovers.
  • Sit Down Dinner
  • First Course: Paired with Callaway Vineyards – Raw beet, onion & fennel salad with crispy chicken terrine, drizzled with mustard greens creme fraiche.
  • After 40 years of winemaking, Callaway Winery continues to bring passion, quality and excellence to the Temecula Valley.
  • Second Course: Paired with Palumbo Family Winery – Butternut squash agnolotti, king trumpet mushrooms, brown butter powder, preserved Meyer lemon relish
  • Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery is dedicated to small lot, hand crafted wines using only grapes that are grown on the property and the resulting wines are phenomenal.
  • Third Course: Paired with Ponte Winery – Braised Brant Beef short ribs, mstard greens, baby grilled turnips, carrot parsnip and kumquat marmalade
  • Ponte Wines are, like everything that Ponte does, exceptional.
  • Intermezzo – 3 beers, 3 cheeses, 1 plate – Featuring Winchester Cheese and Black Market Brewery
  • Winchester Cheese has long been a favorite of mine when I cook, so I love to see others feature these fine artisan Goudas as well.
  • Fourth Course – Paired with Leonesse Cellars – Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake with Blood Orange Confetti
  • Leonesse Cellars offers world class wines in a warm an welcoming atmosphere and is committed to producing amazing wines with depth of character and flavor.
  • Principal ingredients provided by: Sage Mountain Farm, Crow’s Pass Farm, Temecula Spice Merchants, Hamilton Meats, Newport Meat Company, Mountain Meadows Mushrooms, Beck Grove and more.

Okay fine; that is not 100 reasons . . . more like 27 for those of you who have been keeping track. Nevertheless, this event speaks to all that we value: Local Chefs, Local Food, Local Wine. These chefs, winemakers and brewmasters know that quality resides close to home and they are committed to serving only the best that the Valley has to offer. Treat yourself to some REAL food and support the Temecula Valley Slow Food movement at the same time . . . pretty sure that covers reasons 28 – 100.

Rose Watson and Leah Di Bernardo

Rose Watson and Leah Di Bernardo - Photo by Juanita Juarez

Visit http://www.temeculavalleyslowfood.org/ for more info and to purchase tickets.

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