Go local, and go Garagiste, in Paso and discover local food and wine treasures

Charles Paladin Wayneby Melanie Webber

Robles is an ascendant star in the wine firmament, and yet the area is filled
with many treasures - both food and wine – that remain undiscovered, even to those
who live here. Making under the radar artisan wine treasures ‘discovered’ is
what The Garagiste Festival is all about and, this year, we
have extended this ethos to our winemaker dinner, held November 7th
-- starting with our Chef, Charles Paladin Wayne.  Chef Charlie is considered a treasure by
anyone who has tasted his food, and is sought after by those in-the-know,
perhaps because he keeps the food in the forefront and (even though he has been
an area chef for over 30 years) his profile almost undercover.  He was instrumental to the success of our
Garagiste winemaker dinner last year, which was brilliantly chef’d by The Taste’s Ludo Levebvre who, it is
safe to say, was dazzled by the local producers that Charlie introduced him to.
Charlie is renowned both for his artistry when matching food with wine and for
his insistence on sourcing his produce, meats and seafood locally … well before
‘go local’ was a trend.

“I used
to think it was a crying shame that, right here on the Central Coast, we had
remarkable fresh fish and 2013GaragisteLogo10 3 213produce – much of which went straight to the brokers.
Little of it stayed here, because there was no place for it to go -- for years
we got only some of it,” said Chef Charlie, who executed his first ever
winemaker dinner at Eberle Winery in 1987 and put his culinary magic to work at
Justin, Edna Valley and Summerwood wineries before starting his private
catering company. 

“As Paso
became a wine center, it created the opportunity for many of our local
treasures to stay home, and the recent ‘local’ movement has reinforced that
trend,” continued Paladin.  “Now, we take
our food right from the ranch and farm!”

Paso Robles!  As an Angeleno, when I am
told that I need to go local for my foods, I’m game…but where would that be?
The Hollywood Hills? Venice Beach? LAX? Hardly. 
But, if when (!) I live in Paso, I will know where to go: my
backyard – for food tasting as if I had pulled the carrots out of the ground,
milked the goats, and harvested the oysters with my own hands. Fortunately, the
wealth of local artisan producers do the hard work instead and, by all accounts,
love every minute of it. For example, this year’s dinner features vegetables
and herbs from Paso-based Windrose Farm; hand-crafted, cow and sheep’s milk cheeses from Paso’s Central Coast
Creamery, and quacking-fresh duck eggs from Paso’s Loo Loo Farms, all featured
alongside Paso AVA garagiste winemakers Bodegas M, Caliza, Clos Solene, Cutruzzola,
The Farm Winery, and Paix Sue Terre.

Undiscovered Treasures of the Central Coast winemaker dinner offers a unique
opportunity to experience all of this in one place - a true taste of Paso
terroir, both on the plate and in the glass. Join us on November 7th, and then
stay for the festival where more local food producers will be featured
alongside 66 remarkable garagiste winemakers. 
Click here for the
menu– and go Paso local with us!

For the
full 2013 Garagiste Festival schedule and ticket information, go to http://www.garagistefestival.com/.

Festivals are produced by Garagiste Events, a non-profit dedicated to
furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment
within the wine industry.  Proceeds from the festivals are donated to the
Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.

As part of
The Garagiste Festival team, Melanie Webber spearheads Public Relations. Her
public relations agency, mWEBB Communications, Inc., won a 2011 American
Business Award for PR/Communications Campaign of the Year. A lover of all
things Central Coast, especially the wines, she just received her WSET Level 3