RANCH CHEF CHALLENGE
Inspired by the popular Food Network show of a similar name, the Ranch Chef Challenge is part
team-bonding exercise and part culinary crash-course. The Ranch Chef Challenge allows every
participant to feel like a celebrity chef. As the clock ticks, teams must prepare dishes using the
ingredients and tools provided, including a “secret” ingredient revealed at the start of the event.
Best for groups of 20 participants or more but can be customized for smaller groups.
$1,500++ Chef’s fee/Adventure Kitchen setup fee, plus site fee | 20–60 participants; chef may be able to accommodate larger groups upon request | 2 hrs
10:00a–2:00p Challenge: Starting at $150++ per person; includes chef’s light buffet lunch and non-alcoholic beverages
3:00p–9:00p Challenge: Starting at $180++ per person; includes light hors d’oeuvres and local wine/beer selections during activity. Dinner buffet maybe added through your Special Event Manager.
GARDEN-TO-TABLE COOKING DEMO
Organic Farmer Mark Marino and our talented culinary specialists, under the direction of
Executive Chef Tim Wood, team up for this authentic farmstead culinary experience in the
organic garden. The activity begins with a talk from Mark about organic gardening and how to
bring garden freshness to your own table. Then our chef provides a cooking demonstration,
walking you through the creative culinary process to combine fresh ingredients and serve up
$150 ++ per person, plus $500++ setup fee and $3,500 organic garden site fee | 10–40 people | 2–2.5 hrs
Event includes lunch held in the Adventure Kitchen, upon request and dependent on availability.
KITCHEN SKILLS COOKING CLASS
Suit up, sharpen your knives, and learn the techniques that every chef should know. Our
culinary specialist, under the direction of Executive Chef Tim Wood, will teach you the tricks of
the trade that will take your cooking skills to the next level and wow your guests at dinner
parties. Be prepared to get to know your colleagues and friends better in the process!
$180++ per person, plus $750++ Adventure Kitchen setup fee and site fee | 10–40 people | 1.5–2 hrs
MESSAGE ON A BOTTLE: TEAM WINE DESIGN
One of our signature events for creative competition! The goal: create your very own wine
blend. The group splits up into teams of 4-8 people, and each team works together in sipping
their way to a balanced blend of three grape varieties. Next: the Marketing Challenge. The
vintners turn into the marketing team and design and produce a label for their bottles. They
present the label to the group in a 30-second commercial. Teams are scored and awarded
based on creativity, time management, following directions, and having fun.
Site fee plus $500++ indoor setup or $750++ outdoor setup | Sommelier’s fee: $600 | 12–80 people
Message on a Bottle only: $100++ per person
Message on a Bottle with chef’s choice of hors d’oeuvres and house wines: $150++ per person
Larger groups are welcome but may require additional time, space, and AV setup; pricing will be quoted accordingly.
SHAKE IT UP: MIXOLOGY MASTERS
Bartenders beware! In this laid-back event, participants receive a short lesson on the basics of
spirits and mixers, as well as trade secrets for making a great cocktail. After being split into
teams of 4-8 people, they are set free behind the bar to create the next great signature cocktail.
The results are judged by a panel of professional bar-flies. To provide even more depth to the
team-building activity, consider adding the Marketing Challenge, in which each team creates a
full-page ad and acts out a 30-second commercial for their cocktail and the fictitious bar where it
will be served.
Site fee plus $500++ indoor setup or $1,000++ outdoor setup | Mixologist’s fee: $600
Mixology Event only: $85++ per person | 12 or more people | minimum 1 hour
Mixology Event and Marketing Challenge: $105++ per person | 12–80 participants | minimum 1.5 Hours
Enhance your event with hors d’oeuvres and bar beverages. Contact your Special Event Manager for details and pricing. (Additional setup fees may apply.)
SIP LIKE A SOMMELIER
Join our Sommelier for this engaging wine class that will develop your palate and demystify the
world of wine. Each event includes a sampling of six or more wines, samplings of small bites
that reflect how varietals pair with certain food flavors (sweet, salty, spicy, etc.), and seasonal
topics for discussion. Perfect for all wine enthusiasts, from novice to connoisseur. Suggested
Taste of Monterey County • Everything Bubbly • All Whites or All Reds Old World vs. New World • California Explorer • Wines from Around the World$85 per person | $600 Sommelier’s fee | Site fee plus setup fee starting at $300 | 90 minutes | 10–30 people; larger groups can be accommodated upon request.
Enhance the experience with lunch or dinner; ask your Special Event Manager for pricing and menu options