Pala to host second annual Starlight Food and Wine Festival, Aug. 19

PALA – Pala Casino Spa & Resort will sponsor the second annual Starlight Food and Wine Festival, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, on the lawn of its Starlight Theater and in the underground wine cave that will feature 50 fine wine selections from the leading wineries in Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles, California.

Tickets, which include all wine tastings, food pairings and entertainment, are available for purchase and may be obtained at the Pala box office in the casino and by calling (877) 946-7252. Tickets, which are $75, are also available online at or may be charged by telephone at (800) 585-3737. Harmony of Rock will provide the entertainment.

The food pairings, created by Pala Executive Chef Robert Camerota and Chef de Cuisine Jaime de Alba will include Jim Beam short ribs with horseradish potatoes and garlic chips, presented by specialty restaurant Chef Raymond Fukawa of The Oak Room; stuffed crab claws and plum sauce, presented by Chef Wah Lam of Noodles restaurant; crunchy shrimp tempura roll with wasabi and soy, presented by Chef Yee Fang of Sushi Sake restaurant; shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce, lemon and lime, presented by Chef Eber Morales of Choices Buffet; pistachio-crusted ahi tuna with parsley pesto and teardrop peppers, presented by Chef Anila Kurti of CAVE restaurant; lobster ravioli, lobster nage, presented by Chef Emmanuel Hernandez of Banquets; New York strip chicken fried with country sauce, presented by Chef Juan Zacarias and Chef Victor Meza of Pala Cafe; osso buco chicken with pepper sauce, presented by Chef Miguel Moreno of Luis Rey’s restaurant; Hawaiian sweet roll, barbecue pork and pickle, presented by Chef Deborah Allen of Promenade Deli; international cheese, presented by Chef Jason Mosser, Garde Manger of Sycamores and chocolate creations, presented by Executive Pastry Chef Albert Cruz.

Some participating wineries will include Archaval Ferrer, Argentina, malbec; Arrowood, Sonoma County, cabernet; Banfi Vintners, Italy, rosa regale; Beringer Winery, Napa Valley, chardonnay, cabernet; Cape Mentelle, Australia, sauvignon blanc; Claudio Mo, Italy, moscato d’asti; Copain, Napa Valley, pinot noir; Daou Winery, Paso Robles, Rhone, cabernet; Del Dotto, Napa Valley, cabernet, sauvignon blanc; Domaine Chandon, Napa Valley, sparkling brut; Fallbrook Winery, California, sauvignon blanc, red blend; Faust Winery, Napa Valley, cabernet sauvignon; Ferrari-Carano, Sonoma County, chardonnay, fume, merlot; Franciscan, Napa Valley, chardonnay, merlot; Grgich Hills, Napa Valley, merlot, chardonnay; J Vineyards, Sonoma County, brut rose; Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Napa/California, cabernet, chardonnay, pinot noir; Justin Winery, Paso Robles, cabernet; Kali Hart, Monterey County, chardonnay; Kenwood Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma County, merlot; Kim Crawford, New Zealand, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc; Landmark, Sonoma County, chardonnay; Maggio Wines, California, cabernet, merlot; Matanzas Creek, Sonoma County, sauvignon blanc, merlot; McManis Family Vineyards, California, cabernet, merlot, chardonnay; Mount Veeder Winery, Napa Valley, cabernet sauvignon; Newton Vineyards, Napa Valley, chardonnay, cabernet; Pennywise, Napa Valley, petite syrah; Provenance, Napa Valley, cabernet,  merlot; Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, fume blanc; Robert Talbott, Santa Lucia Highlands, pinot noir; Round Pond Winery, Napa Valley, cabernet; Santa Margherita, Italy, pinot grigio; St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma County, cabernet; Siduri, Sonoma County, cabernet, pinot noir; Smoke Tree, California, chardonnay, pinot; Sonoma-Cutrer, Sonoma County, chardonnay; Swanson Vineyard, Napa Valley, merlot; Trefethen, Napa Valley, riesling, merlot, red blend; Vallagarina, Italy, pinot grigio; Veedercrest, Napa Valley, zinfandel, cabernet; Wild Horse, Paso Robles, pinot noir; Woodwork, California, chardonnay, cabernet, zinfandel, pinot, merlot; Writer’s Block, Lake County, cabernet franc; Yulupa Winery, Sonoma County, cuvee brut and ZD Winery, Napa Valley, chardonnay, pinot.

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