This past weekend, a legion of celebrity chefs, sommeliers, winemakers, well-heeled foodinistas, food writers, and various hangers-on descended on Carmel for the fifth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine. In case you've never been, or drooled over slideshows from previous years, it's a dressed-up tasting-tent affair with big-name sponsors like Lexus and Stella Artois, and lots and lots of wine. Also, there are seminars with plenty of wine, and dinners at which buckets of wine are served. Then there are after-parties with vodka, and even more wine.
Marcia Gagliardi, of Tablehopper fame, pinch-hit for us on this one, and she reports that many of the weekend's events were sold out. "The economy's bouncing back," she observes, and says that the tents were very full and the mood was pretty celebratory. She brings us some fun photos of the festivities, including Friday night's star-studded tribute to Thomas Keller, and pastry chef (and soon-to-be New Yorker) Elizabeth Falkner standing in front of someone's ridiculously huge, yellow, tricked-out, obnoxious SUV**.
Earlier: Watching Daniel Boulud Play a Video Game, and the Rest of the Highs and Lows of Pebble Beach Food & Wine
**Update: We have it on good authority that the obnoxious yellow truck belongs to...no huge shocker here...Guy Fieri, who supposedly is running around with a Kid Rock-style entourage that includes at least one dwarf.BEGIN SLIDESHOW