Food & Wine Seminars provide the ultimate opportunity for guests to educate and elevate their palates by learning from leading authorities on a variety of topics including wine appreciation and gourmet cooking. Select seminars feature wine and/or food tastings and are presented by respected vintners and talented chefs.
(Seminar information subject to change – Following is as of June 30, 2014)
OPENING EVENT: “The Best-of-the-Best Burger Battle” This year it’s “The 405 vs. the 395″
Day/Time: Friday, 11:00AM-1:00PM Cost: A la Carte Tickets $35 ea (children $15)
Featuring: Three local chefs and one from LA, Mammoth Brewing Co. beer, lots of fun!
Description: Four award-winning chefs put their burger-creating skills to the test in this battle of the “Best Burger” chefs. The winner is guaranteed a spot in the Burger Battle at the November 2014 World Food Championships! Returning this year is Chris Lucchese of Off Track Cooking, Los Angeles. Also participating are three chefs located along Hwy 395: Chef Jason Hoeltzel of CJs Bistro in Mammoth Lakes, Steve Miller of Rock Creek, and Rena McCullough of Ohana’s 395 Food Truck/Catering in Lee Vining. Attendees and a celebrity judging panel determine who wins the award for “Best Burger at MFWE 2014!”
Judges: Matt Toomey of Toomey’s Take Out and Catering–last year’s Winner heads the panel. Other guest judges include Sean Turner of Mammoth Brewing Company, Vivian Patterson, formerly of Wine Warehouse and currently a gastronome, and Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions Hospitality Recruitment and Placement in LA.
Emcee: Paul Rudder, Raconteur of Mammoth Lakes
Day/Time: Friday, 1:00PM-1:45PM Cost: A la Carte tickets: $20
Featuring: David Scheidt of Mastro Scheidt Winery
Description: Have you ever wanted to create your own premium Cabernet or Super Tuscan blend? How good are your nose and your palate? Do you know the difference between American and French oak? How about the difference between neutral and new oak? Experience tasting and blending premium Cabernet and Sangiovese from Sonoma County the way a winemaker does. We go ‘in the cellar’ with winemaker David Scheidt, of Mastro Scheidt Cellars to discover the secrets behind creating the ultimate blended wine.
2. Quelene Slattery of GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU presents an AMAZING Wine Seminar – RESERVE CABERNET & MERLOT TASTING AND HISTORY OF THE “OLDEST FAMILY OWNED WINERY IN CALIFORNIA.”
Day/Time: Friday: July 12, 2014 – 2:15 - 3:00 PM Cost: A la Carte Tickets: $20
Details: Join Quelene Slattery from Gundlach Bundschu Winery for this special opportunity to taste the 2010 Vintage Reserve Cabernet, Sonoma Valley and 2010 Heritage Merlot, Sonoma Valley. These wines are “sold out “at the winery, but there is a small allocation still available in Southern California! (These wines will only be tasted at this seminar, not at the Grand Tasting or Wine Walk). Complete description here: Mammoth VR HRMerlot Seminar GunBun (3)
3. CHEF NYESHA ARRINGTON presents “FOOD IS ART”
Day/Time: Saturday: July 12, 2014 – 10:30 – 11:15PM Cost: A la Carte Tickets: $20
Featuring: Chef Nyesha Arrington
Description: Chef Nyesha provides a demo using food as the medium to create works of art!
4. ONE HOUR WINE EXPERT: TAKING WINE FROM BOTTLE TO GLASS with Mark Abraham of Pedroncelli Winery.
Day/Time: Saturday: July 12, 2014 – 11:45 – 12:30 PM Cost: A la Carte Tickets: $20
Featuring: Mark Abraham of Pedroncelli Winery
Description: Wine expert Abraham takes you through a tour of wine, sharing facts and secrets about bottles, glasses, how to open, and more- guaranteed you’ll learn something you can use for yourself and to amaze your friends.
5. “CHAMPAGNE DON’T DRIVE ME CRAZY!” by CHRIS COLLINS of Collins Vintage Wines LLC
Day/Time: Saturday, 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM Cost: A la Carte Tickets: $20
Featuring: Chris Collins
Description: CHRIS COLLINS of COLLINS VINTAGE WINES, LLC, presents an entertaining wine seminar. Wine and Food tastings by Chef Fred Pierrel included
6. CHEF RICHARD HAAKE OF NAPA VALLEY presents “UMAMI – the FIFTH TASTE and HOW IT PAIRS with WINE”
Day/Time: Saturday: July 12, 2014 - 2:15 – 3:00 PM Cost: A la Carte Tickets: $20
Featuring: Chef Richard Haake
Description: This enlightening and tasty seminar will include recipes, a demonstration, and tasting. Wines from Shadow Ranch Winery.
7. P.S. I LOVE YOU with Brett Keller of Mineral Wines
Day/Time: Saturday: July 12, 2014 – 3:30 – 4:15 PM Cost: A la Carte Tickets: $20
Featuring: Brett Keller of Mineral Wines
Description: This educational tasting seminar features Winemaker Brett Keller taking the attendees through a tour of Mineral Wines’ Petite Sirahs of vintage 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013. P.S. I Love You!