Cat Cora, a regular on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” who has also appeared on PBS, will be the featured chef at this year’s Savor the Central Coast event.
She’ll give a seminar on cooking with local, seasonal ingredients at the food-and-wine celebration’s Main Event on Oct. 1 and 2 at the Santa Margarita Ranch.
Like last year, the Main Event will feature tastings from more than 200 Central Coast producers and more than 30 chefs, as well as a 2-acre garden and 20,000-square-foot pavilion showcasing more food, wine and activities along the Central Coast.
Savor the Central Coast will kick off this year with a cocktail reception Sept. 29 at Hearst Castle to raise money for Friends of the Castle. County wines of Spanish varietal origin and Spanish tapas will be served.
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In addition, new $50 adventure tours will be offered Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Avila Lighthouse, Montaña de Oro State Park, kayaking/paddle-boarding in the Morro Bay Estuary and behind-the-scenes at Hearst Castle — adding to the popular abalone and oyster-farming, goat-cheese-making and wine-grape-harvesting tours. A $100 balloon tour over the Paso Robles wine region will be offered from 7 to 11 a.m. that day as well.
Plus, more wine and food seminars will be scheduled.
Three major dinners are planned:
Sunset 2011 Western Wine Awards Gala, Pismo Beach Pier, Sept. 30
SAVOR the Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, Oct. 1
Paso Glow, Oct. 1
For more information, visit www.savorcentralcoast.com starting today. Tickets for the dinners and other activities will go on sale May 5.
General admission tickets to the Main Event will be $85 for a single-day pass and $150 for a two-day pass; a limited number of discount tickets for San Luis Obispo County residents will also be sold — $72 for a one-day pass, $125 for two-day pass.
The event is hosted by the San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau and Sunset magazine.
Last year’s event attracted about 7,000 visitors — 60 percent from the county. This year, organizers hope to attract 8,000 people, with at least half from outside the county.
Savor generated a total estimated impact of $2.4 million last year, according to Productive Impact, an economic research firm in San Luis Obispo.