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One thing I always look forward to when I travel to different car shows and events is the food. Of course the cars are always the star of the show, but I’ll leave covering those to pros.
This is my first year experiencing Monterey Car Week in person and I kept hearing that I would love the food at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. The event couples extraordinary cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles for a picture perfect afternoon in Carmel Valley.
There are beverage stations at every twist and turn through the golf course where the event takes place. From champagne at the entrance to a coffee bar tucked among the Ferraris, there was no shortage of libations. I couldn’t help but notice how this pinot noir matched exactly with this 1933 Chrysler Imperial Lebaron CC Sedan. The owner, Larry Nannini, even mentioned “If you put down the wine, I might let you sit in the driver’s seat.” Challenge accepted.
The Quail offers six culinary styles catered by Peninsula Hotels: Carmel Valley, Bangkok, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York and Italy, each contributing a unique menu for guests to sample. This spiced rub salmon with caramelized Meyer lemons was grilled on wood slabs over the iron cowboy cauldron at the Carmel Valley culinary Peninsula. The irony that I sat near the Burgess Yachts booth to enjoy the flaky fish was epic. A sailor and ocean racer, founder Nigel Burgess created his company with an obsessive eye for detail and a love of yachting. Burgess specializes in luxury yachts and superyachts for sale and for charter, most of which are worth more than any car at Monterey.
My favorite part of a meal is dessert. I really just eat the main course to get to dessert. My sweet treat of choice came from the Peninsula Bangkok: coconut milk rice pudding with a fresh slice of mango. The mango complimented the color of this Datsun whose manufacturer was named the feature marque for the first time in history at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Congrats Nissan!
There are a lot of things to do and see for Monterey Car Week but if you’re a foodie and can afford the price tag, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is worth every bite.
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