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3 Great Food-Focused Spring Break Alternatives

3 Great Food-Focused Spring Break Alternatives

This spring break, skip the beach and head straight for the food. These three epicurean events are perfect for a week of adult fun.

For Wine Lovers: 

Eat, Drink and Meet Merry – March 16–18 at The Resort at Paws Up  in Greenough, Montana

Paws Up welcomes Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Merry Edwards, one of California’s first woman winemakers, as part of an inaugural wine weekend event. Guests will clink glasses with Edwards and her talented vintner partner, Ken Coopersmith. Highlights include a wine seminar, outdoor adventuring alongside the winemakers themselves and mouthwatering dinners with expert vino pairings from the Merry Edwards Winery, known for its exquisite Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. The weekend, a festival of wine, also calls for celebration as it falls on the 20th anniversary of the Merry Edwards Winery, founded in 1997. This first-ever Eat, Drink and Meet Merry Wine Weekend will also feature live entertainment, tastings and plenty of practical lessons (read: plenty of wine sipping!). Burn off the extra indulgences with adrenaline-pumping adventures such as snow tubing, horseback riding or sporting clays shooting.

For Julia Child Admirers: 

Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend – April 7-9 at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Together with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Bacara Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend on April 7-9, 2017. Set within the luxurious surroundings of Bacara, the three-day event will once again showcase the distinct tastes, sights and sounds of Santa Barbara County. Headlining this year’s festivities is celebrated Los Angeles chef and multiple James Beard Award-winner, Nancy Silverton. Weekend goers will enjoy an extensive wine tasting reception presented by the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association paired with a specially curated menu by Chef Silverton at Bacara’s new oceanfornt restaurant, Angel Oak.

For Top Chef Fans: 

WildFlavor – April 20—23 at The Resort at Paws Up in  Greenough, Montana

Saddle up for the ultimate culinary ride with flora, fauna and flavor at WildFlavorApril 20—23. The first of its kind at the resort, WildFlavor will feature cream-of-the-crop culinary talent with four Top Chef stars including Kristen Kish (winner, Season 10), Sam Talbot (finalist, Season 2) Casey Thompson (finalist, Season 3) and Brooke Williamson (runner-up, Season 10). Guests will have a prime spot to watch these chefs “fork it out” during a live cook-off challenge. A trio of expertly crafted meals will be served during the tasty four-day event. WildFlavor is the perfect blend of food, fun and live entertainment, plus enough outdoor activities to fill up any spaces in between. Special guest singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes (The Voice, Season 5) will be on hand for a soulful Saturday night performance of his folk-rock guitar-based melodies.

For Deserving, Bubbly-loving Moms: 

Mother’s Day Weekend with Veuve Clicquot – May 12-14  at The Meritage Resort and Spa in  Napa Valley, California 

This special weekend – the champagne of Mother’s Day celebrations – will include a dinner in The Meritage Resort’s Estate Cave on Friday evening, a special poolside Happy Hour with bubbles and oysters, and a very special Veuve Clicquot Mother’s Day Brunch. Start the festivities with a reception featuring Veuve Clicquot’s Rich Champagne on the resort’s Vineyard Terrace as you enjoy the sparkling’s playful characteristics and mingle with other dinner guests and Francois Hurtel. After, dinner in the Estate Cave is a five-course dinner featuring favorites from Veuve Clicquot including their Yellow Label Brut Champagne, Rosé Champagne, Champagne Vintages, La Grande Dame and Demi-Sec Champagne. The weekend will also feature Bubbles and Oysters Poolside Happy Hour with Veuve Clicquot and to finish things off, enjoy live music while chefs prepare a spectacular menu with all of mom’s favorites for a Mother’s Day Brunch.


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