Pebble Beach Festival

Extravaganza's Engaging Co-founder.... It was a kick to converse with David Bernahl, Monterey’s Restaurant 1833 owner and co-founder of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival which is coming up on its 10th anniversary next week.  David was bubbling over with the enthusiasm about food and wine that I try to bring to the Insider. [...]

By | April 16th, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|1 Comment

Pebble Beach Sommelier

A Fine Wine Lounge .... With the 10th anniversary of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival coming up next week, the Insider thought it’d be cool to check in with sommelier Jeffrey Birkemeier of the Stave Wine Lounge at the Inn of Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. Last night’s dinner? Nice rack of lamb [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Pebble Beach Sommelier

Lexus Culinary Classic

Culinary Indulgence awaits ..... The Insider is off to Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, CA this Sunday, should be some kicks with excellent food and wines. Event runs from March 24-26.  The weekend culminates in spectacular fashion at the Lexus Grand Tasting, featuring 15 Lexus Hotel Partner chefs from around the country and vintners from [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Eateries|Comments Off on Lexus Culinary Classic


Taking On Anthony Bourdain... My Halloween evening with Anthony Bourdain...... The Insider went to Anthony Bourdain’s Vancouver Oct 29 lecture dressed as the Grim Reaper. I am a fan of his TV show No Reservations and his first two books, Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour. I loath his last book, Medium Raw. The Reaper [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|David's Travels|Comments Off on Bourdain