Vote for your ‘People’s Choice’ favorite pairings of food and wine in the fifth annual ‘Dare to Pair’ food and wine challenge taking place at Surf City Vintners wineries.
Teams of students from Cabrillo College’s culinary program will prepare delicious appetizers and pair them with wine from the Surf City wineries in a competition you judge for the ‘People’s Choice’ Award. Walk from winery to winery to sample the appetizers and the wines they are paired with. And vote on your favorites.
Local chefs and wine professionals also judge the competition, this year including celebrity judges Kristen Ponza, Executive Chef, Chaminade Resort & Spa; Sherri Moise, owner, Johnny’s Harborside; Anne Parker, restaurant reviewer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel..
“Dare to Pair is an opportunity for our students to showcase their skills, and for the public to enjoy their culinary creations paired with our great local wines,” said Eric Carter, director of the Cabrillo Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program. “This is our fifth year. It is a popular event!”
The competition is Sunday, May 18, 2014, 12:00-3:30pm at the tasting rooms of the Surf City Vintners wineries off of Swift and Ingalls Streets in Santa Cruz, all located within two blocks of each other. The Awards will be announced at 4:30 during an After Party at Equinox Champagne Cellar from 3:00-5:00pm.
Tickets are $60 in advance; $70 at the door if still available; and are available at Pino Alto Restaurant at Sesnon House on the Cabrillo College campus, or any of the Surf City Vintners wineries. For tickets and more information, call 831-435-3000 or see the website at www.pinoaltorestaurant.org (click on “Dare to Pair”). All proceeds will benefit the Cabrillo Community College Culinary Arts program.
The Surf City Vintners group of boutique wineries and tasting rooms offers a vibrant urban wine tasting experience. The individual wineries are in close proximity on the Westside of Santa Cruz on Ingalls Street, Swift Street, and the Old Sash Mill, most in renovated warehouse spaces. The area has become a hip example of urban renewal. The wineries showcase the wines of a group of leading winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and are small, family-owned and operated local businesses. Visitors often meet and talk directly with the winemakers. The Surf City Vintners wineries include: Equinox Champagne Cellar (including Bartolo Wine); MJA Vineyards; Odonata Wines; Rexford Winery; Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard (including Quinta Cruz); Silver Mountain; Sones Cellars; Storrs Winery and Vineyards; Trout Gulch Vineyards; Vino Tabi. For more information, see the group website at www.surfcityvintners.com.
Cabrillo Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program provides students with basic culinary food preparation and service, advanced a la carte and buffet food production and service, as well as food service management training for the industry. Cabrillo College offers both a Certificate of Proficiency and an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.