Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers BBQ Buffet at Marina Kitchen

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Marina Kitchen hosted the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance with a wine-filled weekend on Sunday, March 30. The Sunday event started with a walk-around wine tasting from twenty member wineries, followed by a BBQ dinner buffet featuring live-action food stations, large format bottles, and several Sta. Rita Hills wines not available at the preceding tasting.

The wineries that are currently confirmed for the event include: Zotovich Vineyards and Winery, Brewer Clifton, Flying Goat Cellars, Harley Ostini, Hitching Post Wine, Longoria Wines, Lafond Winery & Vineyards, Cargasacchi Vineyards, Clos Pepe Vineyards, Cold Heaven Cellars, Dragonette Cellars, Fiddlehead Cellars, Foxen Winery, Ken Brown Wines, Kessler-Haak Wine, Kita Wines, Lindley Wines, Pali Wine Company, and Liquid Farm.

The walk-around Sta. Rita Hills Tasting started at 3:00pm and lasts until 5:00pm. Tickets for the tastings are $20.00 per person plus applicable ticketing fees. The BBQ dinner buffet began at 5:30pm. Tickets for the dinner were $45.00, not including applicable ticketing fees. A combination ticket, which covers both the tasting and the dinner, is $55.00 per person–a 10-dollar discount from original ticket price.

The menu for the BBQ Dinner Buffet was as follows:

FROM THE MARKET
A Local Selection of Seasonal Vegetables, Lettuces, and Herbs
Herb Goat Cheese, Tomato Jam, House-Made Ranch Dressing, Balsamic Bleu Cheese Dressing
Grilled Oysters in the Half Shell
Blood Orange Beurre Blanc
Dungeness Crab Salad
Shaved Grilled Asparagus, Champagne Vinaigrette
Crispy Pork Belly
Sting Nettle, English Pea Risotto
Crispy Artichokes and Cauliflower
Green Garlic Aioli
Selection of Meat and Cheese

FROM THE SMOKE HOUSE
Brandt Beef Smoked Brisket
Served with Citrus BBQ sauce
Niman Ranch Baby Back Ribs
Served with Citrus BBQ sauce
Jidori Smoked Whole Chicken
Served with Citrus BBQ sauce

THE PANTRY
White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Roasted Steak Potatoes
Coleslaw
Ranch Style Black Beans
Warm Fingerling Potato Salad

EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE DESSERT
Local Farm Strawberry Shortcake
Selection of House-Made Ice Cream and Sorbets
Served in Mini Cones

posted by Cynthia Le
3/31/14