It's that time of year again, when pork/Pinot Noir fans gather at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg for Pigs & Pinot, the sixth annual high-class orgy of eating and drinking, Sonoma-style. Attendees get to taste 50 excellent wines alongside a bevy of porky dishes prepared by local and celebrity chefs, and there are also various seminars and a big gala dinner on March 19. Back again this year for the fun is Palmer acolyte and Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio along with his brother Michael this time, so expect a lot of talk about that brotherly rivalry. Regular tickets to the weekend's events go on sale January 21, and will sell out in, like, hours. But due to the crazy demand last year which resulted in many unhappy people not getting tickets, the Hotel Healdsburg is doing a lottery for weekend packages, which closes just before midnight tomorrow, January 12.
The participating celebrity chefs this year:
Marc Forgione (Marc Forgione and The Next Iron Chef Season 3 Winner)
Nancy Oakes (Boulevard and Prospect restaurants)
Philippe Rispoli (Boulangerie Bistro in Paris)
Bryan Voltaggio (Volt restaurant and Top Chef Season 6 Finalist)
Michael Voltaggio (formerly of The Dining Room at The Langham, but soon to open Ink in Los Angeles and Top Chef Season 6 Winner)
See the full schedule of events here. The full weekend package is explained here and costs $2,018 (Visa Signature price: $1,715.30). There's also a Visa Signature pre-sale thing January 18-20.
Earlier: What You Missed at Pigs & Pinot in Healdsburg ('10) [Grub Street]
Meet the Pigs of Pigs & Pinot Fame [Grub Street]