Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2013

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I inherited the gene for the urge to explore and I’m having one Hell-of-a time doing it! Inspiration usually hits like a ton of bricks, whereby I jump out of bed, slip quietly into my studio, working by the light of the moon, frantically tapping that keyboard for some haute blogging! Once I learned Pebble Beach Food & Wine was the same weekend as Spring Break ( took son to look at schools in San Fran ) it was a no brainer – this spy girl was on a mission! Fashion loving and food crazed, it’s the stories behind the stories I love and how I get them always a crazy story too. I just can’t help it. When it comes to food and wine, I’d plunge from a plane to find out about it…even walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in designer heels!
 
Pebble Beach Food & Wine has the reputation for bringing out the most delicious talent in the world for the four-day extravaganza April 4th to 7th 2013.  The line-up is always a virtual “Who’s Who” of the Culinary World offering a cross-section from legendary to rising stars. Michelin stars from one to three, James Beard award winners, Best New Chef award winners and Mobil 5 Star award winners all under one roof? Oh honey, count this global Food Stalker in! The 6th Annual inaugural four-day event takes place at several venues around the 17-Mile Drive and includes guest chef luncheons, extraordinary wines and spirits from around the world with tastings, wine dinners, cooking demonstrations and a grand tasting.
Over the years, the event has been graced by the likes of: Jacques Pepin, Gerard Boyer, Alan Passard, Phillipe Legendre, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Trotter, Eric Ripert, Ming Tsai, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Wolfgang Puck, Pierre Gagniere to name a few. This  year the Battle of the Coasts West dinner will be prepared by Lincoln Carson(Michael Mina), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Tyler Florence (Wayfare Tavern), Thomas McNaughton (central kitchen), and Nancy Oakes(Boulevard Restaurant). Attending local chefs include:  Kris Morningstar (Ray’s), David LeFevre (MB Post),Ray Garcia (FIG), and Jeff Cerciello (Farmshop). Fabio Viviani & Jacques & Hasty Torres. Guy Fieri and Anne Burrell, let’s talk hairdressers! Chef John Cox I missed you Easter Sunday at Post Ranch and Carla Hall, do save me some cookies girl. Nancy Oakes, I look forward to seeing you again since stalking you last year at The Boulevard Restaurant, showing up in your kitchen.  Daniel Boulud you are my hero and Tyler Florence, well, could you be any cuter my dear? Tess Masters The Blender Girl you are always delightful and the tribute dinner for Cecelia Chiang will be epic! Special thanks to Priscilla Broward of Exotic Origins Coffee for including me in your festivities. Your coffee is divine!
 
Can’t wait for a few glasses of bubbly with friends old and new. ( I buy so much of it I keep the market afloat…or abubble)! Fasten your seat belts and trust me, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Look, you can be schlepping around in pink curlers and satin mules at home or flashing a chic hair style while sipping Wine & Champagne all afternoon that’ll make you feel like a million bucks! They say don’t follow your dreams, chase them. Well, this Stalker gal is running just as fast as these skinny legs can take her – right to Pebble Beach…and not for golfing!
 
 

With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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