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Pigs and Pinot

by James Stolich


I was recently invited to a media lunch and farm tour hosted by chef Charlie Palmer at the incredibly beautiful Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio, CA. The purpose of the lunch was to inform us about Palmer’s highly successful Pigs and Pinot fundraiser, now going on its 9th year. The celebratory weekend (which occurs this year on March 21 and 22 at Hotel Healdsburg) offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Palmer. A cast of master sommeliers and international celebrity chefs showcase some of the world’s greatest pinots noirs with perfect pork pairings. All net proceeds from the Pigs and Pinot benefit Share Our Strength, local scholarships, and charities.

Tickets to Pigs and Pinot can be purchased here: starting Wednesday, January 15th, for Visa signature cardholders, and on Thursday, January 16th, for everyone else. It’s the perfect event to sample Devil’s Gulch Pork and a slew of locally made pinot noir wines.

Devil’s Gulch Ranch
Mark Pasternak was just 19 years old when he purchased Devil’s Gulch Ranch in 1971. Since that time he has been successfully raising pigs, quail, and rabbits for Bay Area Restaurants and farmers markets. You can learn more about Mark and his farm here: You can find Mark at the Marin Farmers Market every Sunday in San Rafael (in the parking lot behind Marin Civic Center), from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bi-Rite Market also carries Pasternak’s pork and rabbits.

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