More than 800 folks wined and dined at the five major events of the inaugural Laguna Beach a la Carte, not to mention all the people who partook in prix-fixe menus and other specials at 28 local eateries.
Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau hosted the event, billed as a wine and food experience. It featured Laguna featured wine and food tastings at Laguna Culinary Arts, the Rooftop at Casa Del Camino and Splashes at the Surf & Sand; a lavish buffet luncheon served with champagne and jazz at Tivoli Too!; and a dinner at Montage's swank Studio restaurant
"We are thrilled at the success of this first event," said Karyn Philippsen, bureau president. "It lays the foundation for what we can look forward to in 2012 and beyond."
California wines were showcased at Culinary Arts on March 11, the opening night of the four-day affair. The wines included the bureau's privately labeled chardonnay, produced and bottled by Tres Sabores.