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Cavallo Point Lodge

February 11, 2016 11:35 ET

2016 Lexus Culinary Classic Hosted at Cavallo Point Lodge From March 11 - 13, 2016

Three-Day Culinary Celebration Presents Six Distinctive Experiences; Twenty Celebrity Guest Chefs & Premier Wineries -

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2016) - Cavallo Point Lodge, ranked among the "Top 5 Resorts in the U.S" by Travel + Leisure, hosts the second annual 2016 Lexus Culinary Classic featuring celebrity guest chefs and more. This exclusive three-day culinary celebration presents six distinctive experiences, including multi-course menus; a sommelier-guided international sparkling wine and champagne tasting adventure; a Sonoma winery truffle dinner; intimate hands-on lunch and dinner cooking classes; and culminating with a Sunday Lexus Grand Tasting featuring acclaimed chefs from 13 Lexus' Hotel Partners creating signature dishes for the event, complemented by premier wines from 20 leading California vintners. Please join us for any or all of these one-of-a-kind food and wine experiences!

Across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Cavallo Point is the perfect place to enjoy nature, nurture, culture and adventure, along with its fine cuisine. This three-day culinary celebration presents six distinctive experiences, several event ticket purchasing options including Weekend VIP Room Packages at Cavallo Point Lodge for overnight guests.

Town & Country: Opening Night Reception and Dinner
, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Verbena, Cavallo Point Lodge
The opening night dinner for this grand weekend assembles four renowned chefs, two from celebrated metropolitan city hotels and two from acclaimed California resorts. From Boston to Miami to the California coast, guests will savor some of the country's finest seasonal specialties, blending the very best the "town & country" can offer in one spectacular experience! The evening's featured chefs for the multi-course menu with wine pairings include Chef Mauricio Luna (XV Beacon, Boston), Lexus Culinary Master Michelle Bernstein (Thompson Miami), Chef John Cox (Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur) and Chef Justin Everett (Cavallo Point, Sausalito).

Brunch & Bubbles: Nostalgic Flavors Made Modern
, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Cooking School at Cavallo Point Lodge
Set your creative juices flowing for a festive afternoon with a glass of sparkling wine and a hearty appetite. This demonstration and hands-on cooking class challenges chefs to reinvent favorite family recipes that made the brunch table so special. Your Lexus Hotel Partner chef coaches include Chef Angela Tamura (Pebble Beach Resorts®), Chef Justin Urso (Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod), Chef Erling Wu-Bower (Thompson Chicago) and Chef Jayne Reichert (Cavallo Point Cooking School). The chefs' demonstrations will be followed by a multi-course lunch prepared by your class, paired with sparkling wines that complement the menu.

Chef-fervescence: An International Celebration of Bubbles & Bites, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Verbena, Cavallo Point Lodge
Embark on an international adventure of bubbly delights with celebrated author, wine reporter and sommelier Anthony Giglio in a special tribute to old-and-new world sparkling wines and champagnes. To complement the exclusive selection of bubbles, sumptuous small bites by Chef Bernard Ibarra (Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes) and Chef Nate Lindsay (Bardessono, Napa) will be offered. Your globe-trekking adventure includes choice selections from California, France, Tasmania, Italy, South Africa and New Zealand! Passport not required.

Bourbon & Beef: Nostalgia with a Twist, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Cooking School at Cavallo Point Lodge
Master mixologist Alba Huerta will open the cooking class, whimsically re-crafting classic cocktails to grace the New American Table. Each cocktail will complement a range of dishes featuring the finest, locally sourced cuts of artisan meats. In this demonstration and hands-on cooking class, our chefs (and you!) will present their own nostalgic culinary twist on the plate and in the glass. Featured Lexus Hotel Partner chefs are Chef Angela Tamura (Pebble Beach Resorts®), Chef Justin Urso (Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod), Chef Erling Wu-Bower (Thompson Chicago) and Chef Jayne Reichert (Cavallo Point Cooking School). The chefs' demonstration will be followed by a four-course dinner prepared by the class, paired with classic American cocktails. Cheers!

Truffle Finale Dinner, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Ram's Gate Winery, Sonoma
The weekend's finale dinner showcases the coveted truffle paired with the award-winning wines of Ram's Gate Winery, and hosted at the picturesque Sonoma wine country setting of Ram's Gate. The sumptuous five-course menu features an exclusively curated menu by Lexus Hotel Partner chefs, including Chef Sunny Jin (The Allison Inn & Spa, Willamette Valley), Chef Mark Hannon (Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid), Chef Cassidee Dabney (Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN) and Pastry Chef Nicolas Blouin (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek®, Dallas). The guests will be transported privately to Ram's Gate Winery from Cavallo Point Lodge in a Lexus fleet.

Lexus Grand Tasting
, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Callippe, Cavallo Point Lodge
The weekend will culminate in spectacular fashion at the Lexus Grand Tasting, featuring all 13 Lexus Hotel Partner chefs from around the country, and 20 vintners from the acclaimed California wine-growing regions of Napa, Sonoma and Marin. This exclusive culinary adventure gives you an opportunity to nibble, nosh and sip from the best-of-the-best of America's finest chefs and premier California wineries. 


  • Individual event tickets are available for purchase.
  • All Access Events Package is for $730 / person (Admission for one person to all five events throughout the weekend, including the Truffle Finale Dinner at Ram's Gate Winery. Does not include the Bourbon & Beef Cooking Class, which runs concurrent to the Truffle Finale Dinner.)
  • Weekend VIP Room Packages at Cavallo Point Lodge
    • Special VIP guestroom rates are available, including breakfast for two daily, to Weekend Access Pass holders, subject to room type and availability. For more information, please contact Reservations at 888.651.2003.

Editor's Note: Limited media passes are available for Opening Night Reception and Dinner on Friday, March 11th, Chef-fervescence on Saturday, March 12th and Lexus Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 13th.

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About Cavallo Point Lodge
Cavallo Point Lodge is an upscale and environmentally sustainable lodge set within Golden Gate National Parks at the foot of the famed Golden Gate Bridge. Once the Fort Baker military base, meticulously restored turn‐of‐the‐century and sensitively designed new buildings reflect the site's stalwart history and majestic natural setting.

Opened in the summer of 2008, Cavallo Point Lodge is a "base camp" where the city's urban edge meets the rugged Marin coast. Since opening, it has earned much recognition, including LEED Gold certification, and was named one of America's top new national landmarks by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

A member of Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Cavallo Point Lodge was developed by the Fort Baker Retreat Group LLC. Passport Resorts, LLC or its affiliated companies manage Cavallo Point Lodge and the award-winning Post Ranch Inn. For more information on Cavallo Point Lodge, visit

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