Thursday, June 27, 2013

Second Annual Central Coast Oyster and Music Festival to be held October 19th In Morro Bay

We attended the first event last year and this year looks even better ! In celebration of the world-renowned oysters of Morro Bay, the Central Coast Oyster Festival will be held this year Saturday, October 19th at the beautiful setting on the Morro Bay Golf Course from 12 P.M. to 8 P.M. and ticket go ON SALE JULY 1st, 2013! 

This year Jacqueline  Delaney of SpinCycle Event Installations and Neal Maloney of Morro Bay Oyster Co  have partnered together to continue the further development of amazing festival soon to be the icon for original unique events on the Central Coast. 

  Last year was a huge success with over 4000 in attendance, the LARGEST first year attended event on the Central Coast to date.  This year expected attendance well over 6000 .

A  Larger venue with outstanding design installations, more oyster vendors and ON SITE PARKING, this event will surpass all expectations for attendees.  The Central Coast Oyster Festival will feature a range of amazing oyster preparations, the best wines, brews, exclusive cocktails, and a full lineup of knockout bands to play throughout the day under the most beautiful settings. Jacqueline Delaney’s vision has taken this event to a new level of visual design and thus creating a new level of experience.  “There are so many great wine, food, and entertainment events on the Central Coast that we’ve really concentrated on creating an experience unlike any other to equally highlight entertainment and art right alongside the food and wine experience “  she  said.

 With a view of the Morro Bay Oyster Farm as well as the iconic Morro Rock, the Central Coast Oyster Festival will feature oysters from the Morro Bay Oyster Company, widely recognized as one of the greatest suppliers on the West Coast. Dozens of chefs from across the Central Coast will go head-to-head for the ‘Best Oyster of the Central Coast” Chef Award, and the audience will be invited to taste their sumptuous efforts.


The oysters will, of course, be the main attraction butr other epicurean delights will also be available so plenty for oyster lovers and all others a true foodies dream.  Any good oyster festival needs a shucking competition, and the Central Coast Oyster This festival is no exception. Local shuckers will be invited to demonstrate their speed and skill to a live audience for prizes and the respect of the Central Coast community.

 In addition to the mouthwatering flavors of fresh Morro Bay oysters, the festival will include special features such as whimsical structures from SpinCycle, a locally based event art installation company who first started at Burning Man creating beautiful designs and unique environments within the festival. SpinCycle will work alongside The Do LaB, based out of Los Angeles. The Do LaB is world-renowned for bending reality through interactive environments, event production and creative lighting design. Prominently showcased at such high-profile gatherings as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival.  The Do LaB takes an organic approach to everything they design and create, striving to bring their visions to life with natural materials, found objects and sustainable resources, both a perfect fit for the vision of this one of a kind Central Coast Festival.

Join us again this year to this full day music festival that includes all the amazing local chefs preparing oysters in various ways.  New to this year will be a food stage in addition to the full day music festival stage, where chefs and wineries will entertain your palette.  The Aphrodisiac Lounge will also be back bringing you the most delectable raw oyster bar, sparkling wine, chocolates and cheeses.
 Included in this weekend of events will be an exclusive Abalone Dinner w/ Star Chef Bradley Ogden and a Foodie mini Golf Tournament.

 Tickets for this full-day music festival and foodie experience of all things authentically Central Coast are $24 and includes an earth friendly souvenir water bottle, as we will again be providing FREE water to support our ZERO Waste and GOOD FOR HEALTH event. See you in Morro Bay !
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Chef Mario Batali To Open His 4th Venue at the Venetian / Palazzo Resorts , B&B Burger & Beer .

The annual summer long Carnevale festival as begun at the Venetian / Palazzo Resorts. Chef Mario Batali  helped kick off the event with some very big news by announcing  the upcoming opening of his and Joe Bastanich’s new restaurant ,B&B Burger & Beer.
 The latest installment of Batali’s group is opening in September . B&B Burger & Beer will be a casual 120-seat interior dining room and feature bright colors and more than 20 televisions for sports fans.  Outside, overlooking The Venetians Gondolas   there will be a 2,000 square foot outdoor, 100-seat patio facing the famed Las Vegas Strip
Chef Mario Batali, Cuisineist Editor-In-Chief Elaine Harris
Chef Mario Batali, Cuisineist Editor-In-Chief Elaine Harris

Of course, keeping in step with Batali & Bastianich style, the atmosphere and consistently delicious food are sure to please that walk through the doors. The menu will feature local ingredients and the beer-driven beverage menu comprised of beers from Las Vegas and Southern California craft breweries.  The burgers will be made from nearby Carnevino’s high-quality American beef, served on a perfectly charred bun, with signature sides, robust salads, and standout shakes.
This partnership is not a new one. It is the 6th collaboration with the Las Vegas Sands Corp that includes three restaurants in Las Vegas (B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in The Venetian and Carnevino Italian Steakhouse in The Palazzo) as well as two properties in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Casino in Singapore  (Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza).
“Las Vegas Sands has been a great partner over the years and with their support, Joe and I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to do something we’ve never done before,” said Mario Batali.
As expected,  B&B Burger & Beer will maintain the company’s commitment to sustainability. Through initiatives such as the no-bottled water policy, energy efficient lighting, and whole-animal purchasing, B&B Burger & Beer will strive to be energy efficient, conserve water, and reduce waste wherever possible.
“Among the world-class attributes of The Venetian and The Palazzo, our culinary traditions have been at the heart of our experience," said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo. "And with Chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in our family, they will continue to help us to set the standard for culinary excellence in Las Vegas!  What an honor it is to have another quality B&B venue at The Venetian."
We have visited all of Batali’s restaurants on many occasions and they always impress wioth outstanding cuisine and service. In September, you will be sure to find us there enjoy what we already know to be an outstanding experience, this time with a view!

Chef Daniel Boulud’s triumphant return to the culinary meca of Las Vegas with be at The Venetian Resort and Casino

 He is back!  , Renown Chef Daniel Boulud recently announced that The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas will be the next home for the popular New York City restaurant DBGB Kitchen & Bar. He has been missed since he closed his namesake restaurant in the Wynn but has kept a close eye on the all-star culinary action on the Las Vegas Strip.  Chef Daniel Boulud
Chef Daniel Boulud

“Staying in Vegas has always been my goal,” said Boulud.  “I am thrilled to be returning with the Venetian and Palazzo, part of the Las Vegas Sands family with whom we already have a successful partnership with in Singapore.”  His db Bistro Moderne opened in 2011 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore to high acclaim.
It is no surprise that this all-star Chef is opening in the Venetian Resort.  The Venetian and its sister property The Palazzo already feature a dazzling section of the Nation’s top fine-dining venues.
Boulud added, the DBGB concept is perfect for Las Vegas, giving a casual affordable option with a lively atmosphere.  Boulud also stated “While keeping the roots of my French Bistro cuisine, we fuse rock n’ roll, burgers, bangers and beer, not to mention a big bar with an outstanding cocktail and wine program”.
John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo, could not be more excited to add yet another world class Chef under his roof.  “I can’t begin to explain how pleased we are to be the Las Vegas home to such an acclaimed world-class chef as Daniel Boulud," he said. "We've always strived to offer amazing dining experiences by the world’s greatest chefs and Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen & Bar will absolutely continue this tradition!"
Guests have something to really look forward to .The original DBGB Kitchen & Bar opened in 2009 and is located at the intersection of Soho, the East Village and the Lower East Side. This tasty, palate pleasing venue features over 20 craft beers on tap, 75 beers in bottles, and great value in wines as well. The concept is much more than just mouthwatering burgers. It offers varieties of house-made sausages, towering shellfish platters, and full menu of market-inspired, seasonal Lyonnais cooking. For the FINI , guests can  dig into the classics like baked Alaska, souffl├ęs and ice cream sundaes.
We look forward with anticipation to Chef Daniel Boulud’s triumphant return to the culinary meca of Las Vegas at the Venetian Resort and Casino.