Feast of the Olive Dinner
The Sonoma Valley Olive Season highlighted the valley’s bounty of food and wine offerings during its annual Feast of the Olive Dinner on Saturday, January 22 at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma. The Feast of the Olive Dinner is a multi-course olive-inspired feast prepared by Sonoma Valley’s top chefs, and is one of Sonoma Valley Olive Season’s anchor events.
The Feast of the Olive Dinner is served in a family-style dinner format where guests dine at one of three expansive candlelit dinner tables set in Ramekins Culinary School’s beautiful event space. Guests enjoyed a dinner of olive-inspired culinary creations prepared by a dedicated team of five executive chefs from Sonoma Valley’s world-class restaurants.
Each of the five courses featured a unique olive-themed dish that used local, artisanal olives and olive oils and reflected the individuality of each chef’s style. In addition, each course in the epicurean feast was paired alongside award-winning Sonoma Valley wines for a quintessential wine-country experience.
Executive chefs from the finest epicurean destinations in Sonoma Valley participated in this year’s Feast of the Olive, including chefs from the girl & the fig, Carneros Bistro, Deport Restaurant, ESTATE, El Dorado Kitchen, LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma Meritâge Martini Oyster Bar and Grill, Santé Restaurant at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Epicurean Connection, Sonoma Olive Oil Company and Carneros Caves, Saddles Steakhouse, and Ramekins Culinary School. The Olive Press and Figone’s of California Olive Oil Company showcased their premium extra-virgin olive oils.
Wineries that poured during the dinner included Benziger Family Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Buena Vista Carneros, Cline Cellars, Gloria Ferrer, Imagery Estate Winery, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Landmark Vineyards, Larson Family Winery, and VJB Vineyards and Cellars.
About the Sonoma Valley Olive Season
The Sonoma Valley Olive Season is in its 10th year and takes place December through February. The Olive Season features special events as well as festival promotions with hotels, spas, wineries, restaurants and retail shops.
For additional information, contact the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau at 1-707-996-1090 or visit the Olive Festival website.
Where to Stay
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
1325 Broadway at Leveroni and Napa Roads
Sonoma, California 95476 USA
Plan on spending a weekend in Sonoma for the next Olive Festival. The Lodge at Sonoma is the perfect place to stay. It’s centrally located and boasts all the amenities that you need for a wonderful weekend away. Lovely cottages wrap around the property’s dramatic pool, while the main lobby hosts a cozy sitting area.
The cottages are wonderful retreats with big bathtubs, open fireplaces and comfy beds with fine linen. A perfect morning starts with room service, including a mimosa in the bathtub post-breakfast. Relax and take your time to head to the pool for an afternoon in the sun. The weather in Sonoma is typically a gentle 68 degrees, so spending some time in the hot tub is a must. Spend your evening at the Olive Feast Dinner with other guests from around the world.
The next day, indulge in a variety of luxurious, signature therapies at the Lodge at Sonoma’s Raindance Spa. Follow your morning of pampering with a delicious meal at their Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar.
The darling downtown area of Sonoma is minutes away. There, you can picnic in the park, stroll the boutiques and enjoy many dining options.