Friday, 21 September 2018

Palo Alto’s Luxury All-Inclusive Hotel, Clement Palo Alto, has updated its Stanford Shopping Center Package With New Stores

The Clement Palo Alto All-Inclusive Luxury Hotel has updated its popular Stanford Shopping Center Package for guests with four luxury brands.

Palo Alto, CA, September 21, 2018 — The Clement Palo Alto All-Inclusive Luxury Hotel has updated its popular Stanford Shopping Center Package for guests with four luxury brands.

In addition to savings at the iconic Bloomingdale’s, The Clement has added another iconic store, Nordstrom, as well as Stella McCartney and Luisa Spagnoli to its shopping package.

Start your day with breakfast in bed or in our dining room and then head across the street to Stanford Shopping Center for these incredible offers. After all the shopping, return to the hotel for a relaxing soak in our rooftop whirlpool with champagne and enjoy dinner in the dining room.

These exclusive shopping trips includes:

>Enjoy champagne and treats at Stella McCartney during a personalized styling session. Contact Jacqualine Li for more details at jacqualine.li@stellamccartney.com.

>Enjoy a 15%-off savings certificate at Bloomingdale’s when you present your room key at the b Helpful Desk on Level 1. (See certificate in-store for details and restrictions.) Contact John Kwak for details at John.Kwak@bloomingdales.com.

>Enjoy a complimentary beverage in the restaurant when you book your personal shopping appointment at Nordstrom. Contact Amy Kerr-Brown for more details at Amy.Kerr-Brown@nordstrom.com.

>Enjoy personal shopping appointments and an exclusive gift with purchase when you make an appointment with Luisa Spagnoli. Contact Irene at stanford@luisaspagnoli.com

The Clement can also design these shopping experiences specifically to the hotel guest's needs and desires.

To book a room and the shopping package, contact Joe Stafford, our Guest Experience Specialist, at jstafford@theclementpaloalto.com, Monday through Friday or call (650) 322-7111.

About Stanford Shopping Center
Stanford Shopping Center is Northern California’s premier open-air shopping and dining destination, featuring Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Wilkes Bashford and more than 140 world-class specialty stores, ranging from luxury brands to local favorites. Enjoy an extraordinary mix of restaurants and cafes from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and The Melt, to Yucca de Lac and so many more. Shop the European Street Market for the freshest California produce and gourmet specialty foods. Breathtaking gardens, sculptures and fountains accent the garden environment that people come from all over the world to see.

Stanford Shopping Center truly is a one-of-a-kind experience. Whatever the season, it’s always magically in bloom! Experience the garden of everything. Stanford Shopping Center is located between El Camino Real and Sand Hill Rd. The Center situated in the heart of the Silicon Valley adjacent to the world-renowned Stanford University Campus. Stanford Shopping Center serves the nearby communities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, and Atherton.

About The Clement Palo Alto
While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice.

All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

The Clement Palo Alto Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
650.322.7111
www.theclementpaloalto.com

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Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
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http://www.theclementpaloalto.com

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Opens Exhibit Oct. 5, Exploring Its 135-Year History

A new exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will examine its own 135-year history when it opens Oct. 5, at the Pacific Grove institution.

Pacific Grove, CA, September 21, 2018 — A new exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will examine its own 135-year history when it opens Oct. 5, at the Pacific Grove institution.

The exhibit, “135 Years of Natural History,” will have an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, in the Special Exhibits Gallery at the Museum.

This exhibit will explore the museum’s history from its beginnings in the Pacific Coast chapter of the Chautauqua Literary and Science Circle in 1879, through the several expansions and reorganizations of the 20th century and up to how the Museum is honoring its legacy through extensive outreach and education programs. The original Museum opened in 1883.

“This is a pretty exciting exhibit,” said Juan Govea, Director of Exhibits and Education. “The exhibit will take people from the 1880s until now, speaking to changes at the Museum, from building to expansion, through stories and by showing bits of our collections that coincide with their times. There’s a lot of variety and lots of areas where people can interact.”

Govea said the exhibit will feature items from the Museum’s extensive collections, models, art pieces, specimens, and vintage photographs. “It’s a journey from one era to the next in five major blocks,” he said.

When he was asked what he discovered about the Museum that surprised him, Govea said he was reminded of the prominent role women played and still play, in the history of the Museum. For example, of the original association, nine of the 12 members were women and Mary E. B. Norton was one of its first curators. Women continued to play a prominent role in the Museum’s progress over the year. The current executive director is also a woman, Jeanette Kihs.

History of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Chautauqua (shuh-TAH-kwuh) Literary and Scientific Circle established its Pacific Coast branch in Pacific Grove in 1879. A two-week Chautauqua assembly was held here every summer, featuring lessons, exhibits, lectures, picnics, and concerts. Over the years several members felt the need to have a storeroom and exhibition site to house collections of nature’s wonders and to make them available for study.

In 1883, a petition calling for a Museum building was signed by Professor H. B. Norton, Dr. J. H. Wyeth, Dr. C. L. Anderson, Miss Lucy M. Washburn, Miss Mary E. B. Norton, and Professor Josiah Keep. The petition was sent to F. S. Douty, secretary of the Pacific Improvement Company, a small wooden octagonal building on their land the Chautauqua Museum's first home.

The original Chautauqua Museum in Pacific Grove was initiated at the second meetings of the Chautauqua Assembly in 1881, and the actual Museum was founded in 1883. The Museum was created to house collections of nature’s wonders and to make them available for study. In 1900 the Chautauqua Museum disbanded to form a more permanent organization as the Pacific Grove Museum Association. The Pacific Improvement Company donated the Museum’s current lot to the Association, and the Museum subsequently moved into a large building on its current site.

The Association maintained the Museum until 1916 when it was transferred to the City of Pacific Grove through a Charter election. The Museum remains city owned and is operated by a non-profit 501.c.3, The Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove. The Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1972, the first such institution in Monterey County.

About The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has served as a hub of natural science on the Monterey Peninsula for 135 years, bringing together professional scientists, amateur naturalists and artists of the natural world throughout its history as it continues to do today.

The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950
(831) 648-5716
Fax: (831) 648-5755
admin@pgmuseum.org
www.pgmuseum.org

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Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
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http://www.pgmuseum.org

Lewis Builders of Carmel Wins Five Prestigious Design/Build Awards from Remodeling Industry Publications

Lewis Builders of Carmel, one of the premier design/builders in Monterey County, has won five design/build awards from remodeling industry publications, including a gold, two silvers, a bronze and a Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence.

Carmel, CA, September 19, 2018 — Lewis Builders of Carmel, one of the premier design/builders in Monterey County, has won five design/build awards from remodeling industry publications, including a gold, two silvers, a bronze and a Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence.

The awards include:

>2018 Gold Award Winner, Professional Remodeler Magazine, Whole-House over $750,000. This flip of a 1960s home resulted in a “Sold” sign after only 10 days on the market, thanks to the complete floorplan makeover and design updates that take advantage of the beautiful ocean views and natural light. The ocean views accessible from the side of the house were maximized by three corner windows (in the kitchen and two master bedrooms) and three extra large patio doors. Five oversize skylights allowed natural light to fill the spaces not overlooking the water.

Professional Remodeler’s Design Awards recognize outstanding remodeling projects in 23 categories. Entries submitted by U.S. residential remodeling companies are judged on quality, design expertise, material choices, problem solving and creativity. Award winners are determined by a panel of 10 expert judges from the remodeling industry.

Link: https://www.proremodeler.com/lewis-builders

>2018 Master Design Awards, Silver Award Winner from Qualified Remodeler Magazine • Outdoor Living. The 40th annual Master Design Awards highlight innovative design solutions that helped to produce exceptional remodeling projects.

Link: http://www.qualifiedremodeler.com/207832/2018-master-design-awards-outdoor-living-2/

>2018 Master Design Awards, Silver Award Winner, Qualified Remodeler Magazine • Universal Design. The 40th annual Master Design Awards highlight innovative design solutions that helped to produce exceptional remodeling projects.

Link: http://www.qualifiedremodeler.com/207887/2018-master-design-awards-universal-design-2/

>2018 Bronze Award Winner from Professional Remodeler Magazine, Outdoor Living over $100,000. The award was for an addition or significant remodel that extends living space into the outdoors. Projects may include landscaping, covered or uncovered patios, outdoor kitchens; etc.

Link: https://www.proremodeler.com/2018-pro-remodeler-design-awards-silver-bronze-winners

>2018 Regional Outdoor Living over $75,000 at the 2018 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in 15 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.

Link: http://www.chrysalisawards.com/remodeler/Lewis/index.html

About Lewis Builders
Lewis Builders is an award-winning design/build firm that can make your dream home a reality. Located in Carmel, CA, we create beautifully designed homes specifically tailored to complement your lifestyle and increase your home’s value.

At Lewis Builders we believe in approaching design/build projects with honesty, integrity, and transparency by doing what we say we will do. We are committed to constant innovation, so that we can provide our customers with state-of-the-art products, exceptional service and distinctive designs.

Lewis Builders
3706 The Barnyard
Suite G-11
Carmel, CA 93923
831-250-7168

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.lewisbuilder.com/

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Author, Letter-Writer and Mayor of Chualar Veni Releases Follow-Up Book to Popular Debut ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered’

The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Chular, CA, September 20, 2018 — The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Veni, a Pumi Hungarian herding breed now 6 years old, continues to recount her adventures in America with “Born to Lead,” including her stint in county jail, running for President of the United States, starting a “Dear Veni” advice service for dogs, suing her dad’s surgeon, and finally, getting voted mayor of the small community of Chualar, California, where she lives with her parents Pam and JJ Jackson.

Veni was elected mayor of Chualar on Jan. 14, 2017, which she called the “best day a doggie could ever have.” She quickly assembled a cabinet that included Johnnie Collieran as Attorney General, Tippy the terrier as chief of police, Princess was named cabinet advisor and chauffer, Harley, a Yorkie, was named secretary of defense, and Louie became secretary of agriculture.

“I like it better than the first book,” says Veni's parent and ghostwriter Pam Jackson. “I like this story, it's really a storybook. It's a fun book.”

After a rough first year that Veni describes in “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” in which her housemates Levi, another Pumi, would tease her mercilessly, and Demi, a standard poodle, who hated her from the start, as well as getting used to a new home and new parents in a foreign land — rural Chualar — Veni has settled into her new life and then some. She's become a star in her own right.

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” also features a collection of letters from Veni to her Aunt Aurora back home in Hungary as well as letters to and from admirers and pen pals, including a few “boyfriends.”

Veni also recently attained an achievement award from AKC in which she won titles in herding, tricks (in which she had to do 10 different tricks), and canine good citizen.

“We are very proud of her. Canine good citizen was difficult for her because she is shy, but she did it!” says Jackson.

Jackson has been a dog trainer for more than 30 years, which gives her unique insight into how Veni thinks and acts.

“I love dogs and I love people, I become their psychologists,” she says about her profession as a dog trainer. “I've met a lot of interesting people in my life working with dogs. I work with 12-15 dogs per week, I have a good reputation and lots of referrals. It's fun.”

She has trained several thousand dogs, including two different dogs who starred in the productions of the play “Annie”, and her own standard poodle, Charley, who played “Charley” in John Steinbeck's “Travels With Charley.”

She and her husband adopted nine-week-old Veni on a trip to Venice Italy in 2012, thus the name Veni, short for Venice.

Born in Seattle and raised in Tule Lake, California, Jackson and her husband (who is from Klamath Falls, Oregon) have two grown sons in addition to the furry children. Her husband is a produce broker in Salinas and have lived in Chualar for 31 years.

One Amazon customer gave “Born to Lead” a 5-star review: “Very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book. This book is written from a dog’s point of view, a very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book, this one will not disappoint you.”

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” has received 4.5 out of five stars (80% five-star) in reviews on Amazon.com. Kirkus Reviews writes, “Veni is larger than life, and her voice makes for fun reading,” while a five-star review on Amazon says, “Such a fun book! I loved the part about her ‘mother’ being a dog trainer and had to hire a trainer for Veni. Veni is obviously very strong-willed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hope Veni will share more of her adventures in the future.”

Well, the future is now. “Born to Lead” is available in both hardcover and paperback, and “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is available in paperback only, all are autographed, on Jackson’s website, http://pamjacksondogtraining.com (it is also available on Amazon.com). And Veni and Jackson are already hard at work on a third book, which will be about her adventures as a private detective. Veni and her doggie friends travel all over the world solving problems.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.pamjacksondogtraining.com

10th Annual Embracing Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference on October 2nd

A FREE one-day mental health conference and consumer art show in Salinas!

Salinas, CA, September 20, 2018 - This conference is designed to introduce useful tools to implement the innovative concepts of wellness & recovery. Participants also have the ability to view works of art created by consumers of mental health services. This is our 10th year of providing trainings and techniques that can be an asset on the road to recovery.


Check-in starts at 8:30 AM.

Trainer:

Bruce Anderson, MRA, Managing Partner at Community Activators, Inc.

“Stories Work! Using Stories for Helping, Community Outreach, and Advocacy”

The use of stories has always been a foundational practice in healing and advocacy conversations. Now, with mental health services expanding beyond clinical services and including recovery, housing, employment and other community based activities, it is necessary to re-evaluate how professionals, advocates, and the people they serve can use stories in additional ways. This training is designed for professionals, advocates, and peers who are interested in expanding their storytelling skills and using stories in new ways as they serve others.

Lunch will be provided.

6 CEUs will be provided.

Continuing Education Information:

To receive CE credits, participants must:

Attend the course in its entirety. Partial credit for partial attendance cannot be granted.

Sign-in and sign-out at the beginning and end of the day, respectively.

Complete and turn in an evaluation for the course.

Following successful completion of the course:

CE Certificates either will be:

Handed out at the end of the training or

E-mailed to participants within 2 weeks of the date of the training.

BBS Licensure:

Stories Work! Using Stories for Helping, Community, Outreach, and Advocacy meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of Continuing Education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. MCBH {Provider Number 70472) maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Contact Information:

Accommodations related to access or food:

Interim, Inc. Wellness Conference Committee: 831-800-7530 x400 or acorres@interiminc.org.

Concerns or Grievances

Carmen Torres, LMFT, Employment & Wellness Services Director at 831-800-7530 x401 or ctorres@interiminc.org

MCBH's Policy regarding CE credits {Policy 207):

http://qi.mtyhd.org/index.php/ policies-and-procedures-2/

REGISTER TODAY

Interim, Inc.

Interim, Inc. is the only agency in Monterey County that provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social support, homeless outreach and support, family outreach, and supported education and employment services for adults who have serious mental illnesses.

Our mission is to provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives.

We believe that housing, healing, and hope are a path to mental health.

P.O. Box 3222 Monterey, CA 93942 • 831-649-4522 • www.interiminc.org

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.interiminc.org

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Local Craft Brewers Monterey Bay Brewing and Carmel Valley Brewing Find a New Home in The Barnyard in Carmel with the Opening of a Brewpub in early September

After many years of conducting wholesale businesses locally owned and operated, Monterey Bay Brewing and Carmel Valley Brewing Company, have found a home of their own.

Carmel, CA, September 19, 2018 — After many years of conducting wholesale businesses locally owned and operated, Monterey Bay Brewing and Carmel Valley Brewing Company, have found a home of their own.

Before opening the new facility, which has been rebranded as Carmel Craft Brewing Company, Monterey Bay Brewing and Carmel Valley Brewing’s beers were only available at local restaurants, bars and stores.

According to CEO and Co-founder, Mark Fitch, the new brewpub is about 600 square feet, about the size of a small wine-tasting room that will seat 20. The rear portion of the facility will hold a brew house, so craft brews will be able to be made on-site. Plans are quickly in the making to expand into a larger space next door and a patio which will allow them to significantly expand the brew house and their seating.

“We’re really looking forward to it, it’s been a long time in the making,” said Fitch, who co-founded MBBC with Scott Coming in 2012. “We’ve received huge support from the Barnyard, too.”

Fitch said the new pub will start by offering 6-7 beers, beginning with the flagship Mad Otter Ale, plus a few styles from Carmel Valley Brewing Co. These will include Carmel Valley Brewing Co.’s Blonde and their IPA.

Fitch looks to add an American-style Wheat IPA, a Porter and a Cream Ale from MBBC. There will also eventually be guest taps from other local brewers, wines on tap and even kombucha on tap.

Carmel Craft Brewing Company’s offerings will start with fairly classic styles, most of them on the “lighter end of the spectrum.”

“We want to do what people like to drink,” says Fitch about the initial brewpub selections. “We want them to be able to drink what they already like.”

Carmel Craft Brewing Company will not offer food right off the bat, but Fitch hopes that patrons will take advantage of the many eateries in The Barnyard, including their next-door neighbor Allegro Gourmet Pizzaria, Flanagan’s just upstairs from them, plus Sur, From Scratch, Erik’s Deli CafĂ©, Lugano Swiss Bistro, Lafayette Bakery, Aabha Indian Cuisine, and The Noodle Palace. Eventually Fitch said he would like to offer a small pub menu, especially once they expand the brewpub.

A grand opening is planned for later this year.

About Monterey Bay Brewing Company
Monterey Bay Brewing Company began at the Mammoth Mountain Blues and Brews festival. Accountant Mark Fitch camped and went to the two-day event and experienced how everyone was going mad over craft beer. Realtor Scott Coming and Mark went the next year as well and this is when they knew they wanted to bring this kind of energy and excitement for craft beer to Monterey. Scott and Mark started to homebrew out of their kitchens and it was one early evening on the golf course that the name Mad Otter Ale sprang into Mark’s head and from that point on they knew they had something special.

About Carmel Valley Brewing Company
Established in 2007 by Dean Hatfield and Karolyn Stone, Carmel Valley Brewing is a tiny craft brewery on a ranch nestled in the hills of Carmel Valley near The Village. Since its beginning, each of the 3 styles produced has been brewed and bottled on premises using purified ranch water, and almost all wastewater is used to irrigate the 20+ fruit trees in the ranch orchard. Spent grain is composted on-site. All styles are produced under temperature controlled conditions and tightly filtered for long-lived flavor in bottle or keg.

Carmel Craft Brewing Company
http://www.carmelcraft.com
3777 The Barnyard
Carmel, CA 93923
Mark Fitch:(831) 776-3379
Mark Fitch: mfitch@carmelcraft.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.carmelcraft.com

Big Sur Foragers Festival Dates Announced: January 17-20, 2019

Foragers Festival Fungus Face Off to be Held at Big Sur River Inn Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big Sur, CA, September 18, 2018 - The historic Big Sur River Inn serves as the host and backdrop of one of the Big Sur Foragers Festival’s most popular events, the "Fungus Face-Off," set for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

The Face-Off at the River Inn, set under the oaks overlooking the Big Sur River, features celebrated local chefs competing for the best foraged dish, and will include food tastings, fine wines, craft beers, raffles, a silent auction and more.

This event sells out early, and tickets will be on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2019-tickets-47639320490

The River Inn has a significant presence in Big Sur history and lore. The inn’s history goes back to 1888, when Jay Pheneger acquired a 160-acre parcel from the federal government and gave his name to the creek that bounds the River Inn on the south.

Homesteaders Barbara and Michael Pfeiffer bought the property, and in 1926, Michael, and Barbra’s son John took over the land on which the Big Sur River Inn now stands. The inn was opened in 1934 by his daughter Ellen Brown. She opened her living and dining rooms to the public and began serving hot apple pie, which is still served today and gave the place its first name, Apple Pie Inn. Lodging units were built and Big Sur’s first resort was established.

In 1943, Ellen’s sister, Esther Pfeiffer Ewoldson and her husband, Hans, took over the operation. Esther replaced her mother as Big Sur Postmaster and the Post Office was moved to the River Inn, situated where the front office of the motel is now.

With a lot of help, Hans built the General Store and lodging units 10 through 15. He rebuilt the dining room and “fixed it up fancy.”

The Pfeiffer and the Ewoldson families started a tradition at the Big Sur River Inn of fine food, excellent service, and warm hospitality. In 1988, the Perlmutter family, along with a small group of close friends, formed a partnership to carry on that tradition.

This year, the Big Sur River Inn extends its tradition of hospitality to host the Big Sur Foragers Festival.

The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community's non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.

The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs, who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region's amazing selection of wine and beer.

In addition to the Fungus Face-Off, events will include:

>A Thursday Night Fundraiser at Lugano's Swiss Bistro. Details to come.

>Friday night winemaker's dinners as locations around Monterey County include Il Grillo in Carmel-by-the-Sea

>Saturday Foraging walk led by local experts. "Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk" led by Steve Copeland of Big Sur Guides and his team of expert mushroom foragers.

>Sunday we are finalizing several brunch fundraisers around Monterey County.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon. For event details and venue information, visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.bigsurforagersfestival.org