Two Outstanding Chefs Feature
LMR Wines and Summer Harvest Bounty
LMR Menu Hall of Fame Launched
August 19, 2005, Rutherford, CA
Long Meadow Ranch announced today that Chef Alan Kantor and Chef Karen Passero have chosen to feature Long Meadow Ranch's wines, beef, vegetables, eggs, and olive oil at two extraordinary upcoming events: on August 28 at an exclusive romantic weekend dinner at the renown MacCallum House in Mendocino, CA, and on September 7 at the Gala Opening Dinner at the San Francisco Symphony's Wattis Room.
Concurrently, Long Meadow Ranch also announced the formation of the LMR Menu Hall of Fame, a feature on its innovative website which acknowledges the work of America's top chefs who have creatively featured Long Meadow Ranch's many wine and food products.
Located in the tranquil Mendocino Village, MacCallum House is private and secluded and set on two beautifully landscaped acres of vibrant gardens. The historic landmark Victorian estate includes the award winning restaurant and bar where Chef Kantor is preparing an extraordinary Long Meadow Ranch evening on August 28. The four-course "Summer Harvest Celebration" includes a fig, arugula, and camembert salad drizzled with Prato Lungo olive oil and LMR Grass-fed Highland filet mignon with a succotash of summer vegetables. The courses are accompanied by Long Meadow Ranch Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon library selections.
Chef Kantor is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and has received numerous awards and accolades as a chef and teacher. "I have spent the last 22 years building relationships with artisan purveyors of the North Coast. We are very pleased to have added Long Meadow Ranch to our group of extraordinary producers of fine food and wines," said Kantor.
At the San Francisco Symphony's Gala Opening Dinner on September 7, one of the most prized dinner locations is the Wattis Room where only 60 patrons dine under the guiding hand of maitre 'd Trey Petrey. Designed by Chef Karen Passero, the evening's meal highlights include: beef carpaccio, poached eggs on truffle buttered pain de mie toast, grass-fed beef tenderloin and olive oil cake - all products of Long Meadow Ranch's diversified organic operation.
Passero, a former member of the staff at the renowned restaurant, Nora's in Washington, DC (the first fully organically certified restaurant in the world), had previously featured Long Meadow Ranch at the 2002 Gala Opening. "This year's encore performance is because of the overwhelmingly positive response from our patrons. They discovered that LMR's farming practices are reflected in the tantalizing aromas and delicious flavors in the food which are so beautifully complemented by the wines - a fitting way to salute the artistic achievements of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony," said Passero.
The formation of the LMR Menu Hall of Fame follows more than five years of many of America's top chefs choosing to create extraordinary meals using the wines and foods produced by Long Meadow Ranch. The Hall of Fame features the work of nearly 25 chefs which spans events held throughout the country since 2000.
"We are very proud to acknowledge the work of our chef friends in this way," said co-owner Ted Hall. "We have been honored by the extraordinary meals created by talented chefs with our products. We decided to celebrate their work and to allow others to see the innovate choices and pairings of ingredients. We look forward to adding the latest works by Kantor and Passero. " he concluded.
"It all starts with the wine," said Food Network celebrity chef and Napastyle CEO, Michael Chiarello. "The LMR wines have been grown and produced to be true complements to a chef's work. The LMR Menu Hall of Fame reflects the extraordinary choices a chef enjoys when pairing the wines and fresh produce from Long Meadow Ranch."
Similarly, Charles Dale of Aspen's renowned Renaissance and Range restaurants said, "When I went to New York to cook at the James Beard House to proudly celebrate the opening of Range, my immediate choice of the wine for the main course was Long Meadow Ranch's Cabernet Sauvignon. This well-balanced, elegant wine allowed me to show off the delicate flavors of wild venison and to confidently showcase the style of our new restaurant."
Long Meadow Ranch intends to keep adding noteworthy menus. In addition, visitors to the website will soon be able to use a "find" feature, to quickly learn more about the ingredients and food pairings chosen by the honored chefs.
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For more information about the MacCallum House and the Summer Harvest Celebration, please visit: www.maccallumhouse.com
For more information about the Opening Gala of the San Francisco Symphony, please visit: www.sfsymphony.org
Long Meadow Ranch is an innovative organic farming operation - and purveyor of fine food - located high above the Napa Valley on the picturesque slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains where it produces extraordinary red wine, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables for Napa Valley's finest restaurants. Long Meadow Ranch produces ultra premium wines and extra virgin olive oils, under the Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Ranch House Red, Prato Lungo, and Napa Valley Select labels. Beyond the Napa Valley, America's top chefs have regularly featured Long Meadow Ranch wines and olive oils.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship.
The Halls continue to restore and preserve Napa Valley's oldest olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyards. They have also brought cattle, poultry, and vegetables back into commercial production. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated farming activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through Responsible Farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.
Contact: Chris Hall