The local cultural event for which we make our largest sponsorship commitment each year is the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, which brings world-class music to the Central Coast for a two-week festival in July. We have, in the past, donated wine for their gala dinner "The Empress's Table" which was held in Shell Beach, as well as for their post-concert receptions and their fund-raising auctions.
This year, we offered to host this gala at Tablas Creek, and the event took place this past Saturday (July 8th). The dinner was co-sponsored by Villa Creek, who prepared the food, and Windrose Farm, who provided the raw materials. Chef Tom Fundaro presided.
Guests were welcomed on a warm summer evening to a table of artisan cheeses and meats, paired with our brand-new 2005 Vermentino. Then, we all moved to tables set up among the herbs and vegetables of Windrose Farm at Tablas Creek. The complete dinner menu is below:
Pre Dinner Reception Menu
Cheeses and Charcruterie with dried fruit and nuts and fresh summer fruit
Strawberry Gazpacho with Balsamic Vinegar and Crème Fraiche paired with 2005 Rosé
Caramalized onion and Gruyere Tart with "First tomato" Salad paired with 2004 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc
Dry rubbed Flat Iron Steak Garlic roasted potatoes and Sauteed Summer Sauash paired with 2003 Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge
Mocha Pot de Crème paired with 2003 Vin De Paille SacreRouge
A few photos of the dinner (and the celebrities involved) are below:
Mozart Festival Executive Director Curtis Pendleton PRWCA Executive Director Stacie Jacob with Mozart
with Musical Director Scott Yoo Festival Board President Jeff Carey