Classes and Events

August – December 2014

Aug
3
Sun
Marriage of Food & Wine, CIA at Greystone @ The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Aug 3 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.

Aug
16
Sat
Harvest of the Heart- Ceres Community Project @ Ceres Community Project, Sebastopol, CA
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us in the Ceres Community Garden for an evening of food prepared by a gathering of the finest chefs in Sonoma County served with some of the finest wines in the world. All served in the Ceres way—with warmth, generosity, and abundance of spirit! You’ll not only enjoy yourself thoroughly—you’ll also help raise funds to support Ceres’ clients and teens!
You’ll begin your evening with a garden reception featuring an assortment of food, wine and cider pairings, and a Ceres Smoothie Bar. Some of the finest local chefs—including Daniel Kedan of Backyard Restaurant and Nezar Jabbar of Whole Foods Market Sebastopol–will join with our teens to delight your taste buds. Bid on an exceptional selection of silent auction items including gift certificates to some of the finest restaurants in Sonoma and the Bay Area, unique adventures and outings, and guest stays at fabulous locations near and far.
Then, stroll to our outdoor pavilion for a multi-course dinner prepared by renowned chefs John Ash and Barbara Hom and the Ceres Teen Chefs and paired with illustrious Sonoma County wines. You’ll hear inspiring stories from Ceres clients and teens. Our live auction will tempt you with an array of outstanding must-haves. A scrumptious dessert buffet with confections from local pastry chefs will conclude the evening.
Harvest of the Heart is our most important fundraising event of the year. Our goal is to raise $175,000 to nourish local families facing a serious illness, and teach teens about growing, cooking and enjoying healthy whole foods as they discover their power to make a difference in our community.

Sep
18
Thu
DO USA 2014 @ Campovida
Sep 18 – Sep 21 all-day

Once a year we gather a small number of outstanding human beings to share their story with you in a barn, in a rustic farming community 90 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our hope is that the stories and conversations allow you to observe and reflect in a way that invites new possibility.

Doing starts with being. We firmly believe this. We also believe that trust breeds magic and curiosity trumps judgement. DO USA is about embracing uncertainty, quieting your cleverness, supporting vulnerability and living empathy.

You’ll laugh hard and you’ll probably shed a tear. You’ll hug, you’ll dance, you’ll gaze at the stars and promise yourself you’ll do this more often.

You’ll dream big, you’ll walk barefoot in the grass. You’ll breath deeply and you’ll sit still and wonder. You’ll need to zip your sleeping bag all the way to the top and you’ll need coffee, because there are moments you don’t want to miss…they could change your life forever.

It’s a small event, we’ll be romancing 100 amazing individuals. There are no name tags, everyone is equal. You’ll eat and drink fresh local organic food and wine grown on site, your senses won’t know what hit them.

 

Oct
12
Sun
The Marriage of Food and Wine @ The Culinary Institute of America
Oct 12 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.

Oct
25
Sat
Wine, Dine & Music Cruise
Oct 25 @ 12:15 pm – Oct 30 @ 1:15 pm

Early Bird Savings!  Until January 15th, 2014 we have lowered the cost of the cruise for each cabin category.  Please do not wait if you know you want to go!!

 

The cruise will be on Norwegian Cruise Line on the Pearl from October 25 through 30, 2014.  With 16 delicious dining options, 13 bars and lounges, casino, spa, pools, fitness center, and so much more, the Pearl is a destination of her own.

 

Included again in our program is a complimentary bottle of wine per cabin each evening to be enjoyed.  This year we have partnered with KENDALL-JACKSONand their family of wines.   Included will be Kendall-Jackson, Byron Santa Barbara, Avant, Edmeades and Murphy-Goode.

 

Joining us from KENDALL-JACKSON is the Executive Chef at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, chef Justin WanglerKENDALL-JACKSON will be sending along winemakers and sommelier’s to delight and educate you on wine and food and wine pairing.

 

And back by popular demand is internationally recognized chef, educator, and author, chef John Ash.

 

Last year, World Classic Rockers blew the pool deck up with their repertoire of original hits from Boston, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana and Steppenwolf. They are coming back!! They will be joined by the legendary 70′s rock band America, performing their Grammy winning hits “A Horse With No Name” and “Ventura Highway.”  Also joining us will be Chris Mann, who   boasts a wildly eclectic assortment of songs, ranging from Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to “Ave Maria” and Damien Rice’s “The Blowers’ Daughter,” with the latter featuring a special guest appearance from Christina Aguilera. Just added The Music of ABBA – ARRIVAL from Sweden tribute band.

 

At this time, we are still busy putting together our onboard program that will consist of Wine and Food hosted dinners, Culinary School classes, Wine and Art classes, Mixology classes, which will feature the newest  “it thing.” … craft beer cocktails and so much more!  Wine tasting for small groups will also be offered.

 

We hope that you will be able to join us again in 2014!   Book now as this offer is only good until January 15th, 2014.  Sign up today!

Nov
16
Sun
The Marriage of Food and Wine @ The Culinary Institute of America
Nov 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.

Dec
7
Sun
The Marriage of Food & Wine @ The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Dec 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.