2017 Lexus Culinary Classic: San Francisco's Ultimate Food and Wine Weekend

Culinary luxury will take center stage at Cavallo Point Lodge as it hosts the 2017 Lexus Culinary Classic March 24 – 26. Located across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in the quaint town of Sausalito and ranked among the “Top 5 Resorts in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the lodge will welcome culinary and wine enthusiasts from around the state and country for three days of unbelievable gastronomic experiences.

The third annual 2017 Lexus Culinary Classic is an exclusive three-day culinary event with six distinctive experience to include multi-course menus, a sommelier-guided wine tasting featuring rare Napa Valley vintages, intimate hands-on brunch and dinner cooking classes, dinner at the exclusive Skywalker Ranch with the weekend culminating with a Sunday Lexus Grand Tasting featuring acclaimed chefs from Lexus Hotel Partners creating signature dishes for the event, complemented by premier wines from leading California vintners.



7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Sausalito Supper Club: Opening Night Reception & Dinner
Location: Verbena, Cavallo Point Lodge

Time-travel with us back to the 1920’s when the speakeasy flouted Prohibition’s rules and forbidden pleasures were enjoyed by just a few. Our opening night dinner for the weekend’s festivities boasts extravagant delights of food and wine for all.


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Sriracha – Red, Hot & Spicy: Cooking Class & Brunch
Location: The Cooking School at Cavallo Point Lodge

Add spice to your culinary creations with Sriracha, the can’t-live-without condiment.  Beginning with a cooking demonstration, this hands-on class showcases the red-hot chili sauce in delectable dishes of a three-course brunch. Wines are specially chosen to complement the menu and beat the heat.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. |Que Syrah, Syrah: Wine Tasting with Sommelier Anthony Giglio
Location: Tidewater, Cavallo Point Lodge

Back in the 1980’s when Napa Valley was primarily focused on Cabernet and Chardonnay, a small group of winemakers, the “Rhône Rangers” had a feeling that the terroir and soil were more similar to that of the Rhône Valley. This tasting will compare Napa Valley Rhône style wines such as Syrahs with their French Rhone counterparts such as Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Cotes du Rhône.

Both California and French wines will be paired with small bites from two acclaimed restaurants from Pebble Beach Resorts®, Peppoli and Roy’s.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Terre et Mer: Cooking Class & Dinner
Location: The Cooking School at Cavallo Point Lodge

Savor distinctive American flavors from a trio of Lexus Hotel Partner chefs whose prestigious resorts span the country. From the majestic peaks of the Rockies to the lush valleys of the wine country and seaside hamlets on the eastern shore, celebrate regional bounty from the mountains, land and sea with a hands-on cooking class and a signature three-course menu.  The cooking class will be followed by dinner paired with select premium wines from Napa Valley.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Finale Dinner: Starring George Lucas’ Skywalker Vineyards
Location: Skywalker Vineyards, Lucas Valley, Marin (SOLD OUT)

For the weekend’s finale dinner, the sky’s the limit. At George Lucas’ very private Skywalker Vineyards, guests are invited to an unforgettable evening that showcases their renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, and Skywalker Ranch’s Wagyu beef and organic-garden produce. This exclusive event begins in Cavallo Point’s Art Gallery with a Champagne pre-reception and culminates at Skywalker Vineyards. There, upon arrival, guests enjoy a reception of savory amuse-bouches surprises, including a raw bar, caviar station and barrel tasting. The sumptuous four-course dinner that follows features an exclusively curated menu by Lexus Hotel Partner Chefs.

Skywalker Vineyards is located in northern Marin County within the private, bucolic enclave of Skywalker Ranch, about 30 minutes from Cavallo Point. For your convenience and comfort, guests will be transported in luxury to Skywalker Vineyards from Cavallo Point in Lexus vehicles. Please arrive promptly at Cavallo Point by 6:00 p.m. and check in at the Art Gallery. Join us for this exceptional evening of surprise and delight!

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Lexus Grand Tasting
Location: Callippe, Cavallo Point Lodge

The weekend culminates in spectacular fashion at the Lexus Grand Tasting, featuring 15 Lexus Hotel Partner chefs from around the country, and vintners from the acclaimed California wine-growing regions of Napa Valley and Marin. This exclusive culinary adventure invites you to nibble, nosh and sip from the best-of-the-best of America’s finest chefs and premier California wineries.

Individual tickets are $100 and $175 per person, per event.  Weekend passes are available for $720 per person and include admission into all five events as well as transportation to and from each event within a 20-mile radius of Cavallo Point (does not include the Terre et Mer Cooking Class & Dinner, which runs concurrent to the Skywalker Vineyards Finale Dinner).

Special weekend VIP room packages are also available at Cavallo Lodge and include daily breakfast for two. To make reservations, call 888.651.2003.

For more information,  http://lexusculinaryclassic.com.

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