Our Peeps at Pianetta

Reason #183 why this is the best job in the world: Grandma Alice.

At Pianetta Winery’s “Taking Flight” event our menu paired some hearty small-bites with some of their delicious reserve wines. If you get a chance, try some of Pianetta’s award winning wines at their tasting room in downtown Paso. Guests enjoyed an evening of hospitality provided by Caitlin, Angie and the whole lovely Pianetta “family.” Those of us in the kitchen were treated to Grandma Alice. A sprite and charming woman of 75 or so, Grandma Alice stuffed us with her addictive biscotti, shared 100 year old Italian recipes, and told us tales from her days as a young girl. How adorable are Chef Hope and Grandma Alice here pouring over an old recipe?


More photos from Trumpet Vine’s amateur photographer.


Peppered Beef Tenderloin, Chevre, Baby Arugula and Sweet Potato Cake


Briased Cabbage and Short Rib Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce Drizzle

Heaven in “Hell’s Kitchen”

Yes, that “Hell’s Kitchen!” Chef Gordon Ramsay, film crew, and the current contestants from the popular Fox television show visited our beloved Paso Robles on Monday. Go Paso! Hosted by the lovely folks at Meridian Vineyards, contestants were filmed during a wine blending seminar in their gianormous Barrel Chai. Following the demonstration, we provided a “Rewards” dinner buffet for everyone. Chef Ramsay was very warm and gracious. I nearly swallowed my tongue when he asked “What are we having?”


Apparently, female chefs are few and far between in the UK. He seemed impressed that not one, but TWO females were responsible for preparing the group’s meal. High five ladies! Thank you to my dear Corinne from Panacea Event Floral Designfor providing a calm presence and help with styling our buffet presentation. Corinne’s hilarious take on it all can be found in the Whimsey Files.

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