The Crush Challenge was established in 2014 and showcases the very best of the Napa Valley with a goal of bringing awareness and funding to a select group of worthy charity efforts. Whether you join us for one of our incredible food and wine events, the private ride, or perhaps the entire weekend, we are excited to see you at the 4th Annual Crush Challenge, hosted by ZD Wines.
We welcome you to join our acclaimed chefs, celebrity guests and professional cyclists past and present May 11-12, 2018 to enjoy a weekend in the beautiful Napa Valley while helping our deserving beneficiaries: The deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship for the Non-Toxic Cure for Lymphoma, The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Napa Valley. 100% of our net proceeds will go to these charities. Learn More →
We've taken great food, fine wine and world-class cycling, turned up the fun dial and packed it all into one sensational Napa Valley weekend.
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“You guys should put on a mountain bike race.”
That simple statement from a Monterey bike shop owner in 1990 was the genesis for the Sea Otter Classic.
Co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph hosted the inaugural Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 & 7, 1991. There was a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Today the event hosts over 9,600 athletes and 72,500 fans. In 1993 the event was renamed the Sea Otter Classic and is now universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival.
Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling,” Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions, attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.
The Sea Otter Classic is located in Monterey County, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Dinner hosted by Michael Schulson and Chris Cosentino part of the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series.
Thursday, February 22 || 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Chef Michael Schulson is known for his wildly successful concepts in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, and has expanded his empire south with the opening of his seventh restaurant, Monkitail at the newly reimagined Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. He will be joined by famed co-host Chef Chris Cosentino, known for his nose-to-tail philosophy at his Cockscomb restaurant in San Francisco, for this contemporary izakaya-style dinner. After dinner, guests will be whisked into the adjoining Nokku lounge for a private cocktail experience with signature Asian flair . . . and perhaps even a little karaoke, if you dare!
Guests will be assigned seating prior to this event. We can only guarantee guests who purchased tickets together will be seated together. If you would like to be seated with another guest(s), please send your request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator's Best of the Best
Friday, February 23 || 7:30PM - 10:30PM
sponsored by Bank of America
To create the best event during the best weekend of the year, we've rounded up 60 of the nation's top chefs to showcase their most gourmet samplings to pair with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's scale. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach sets the perfect stage with its own blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury to host this grand walk-around affair, featuring chefs representing five countries, over 16 different states, more than a dozen James Beard Award nominees and finalists, three Food & Wine Best New Chefs, and one Bocuse d’Or winner. Only proprietors and winemakers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals so you can hear about how some of the world's greatest vino makes it from their vineyards to your palate. From aperitif to dessert, we'll make sure your glass is decadently decanted and your plate is full of first-rate cuisine.
Plus, don’t miss your chance to take the Best of the Best experience home with you by taking a shot at the Wine Wall raffle. After its popular debut at last year’s event, the Wine Wall is returning to give attendees the chance to take the allure of Best of the Best into their own hands!
A long anticipated return of Planes, Trains, and Traveling Chefs series, hosted by Matt’s in the Market is returning for a fourth year. The select dinner series hosts renowned chefs from around the country to develop unique six course menus with Matt’s Executive Chef, Jason McClure.
“We’re excited to bring back a tradition so many Seattle diners have come to love,” said Dan Bugge, owner of Matt’s in the Market. “It’s a great opportunity for folks to experience unique food from some outstanding chefs without ever having to leave our city and give us an opportunity to celebrate the bounty that is our Market.”
Guest chefs will travel to Seattle prior to their featured night and collaborate with Chef McClure and tour Pike Place Market to create market-inspired dishes unique to the guest chef’s style.
“We are honored and excited to work with some truly inspiring chefs in this industry,” said Chef McClure.
Chef Chris Cosenetino will work with the Hot Stove Society director Amy Richardson, Tom Douglas and their culinary team to create a menu from the cookbook to demo for 30 guests, followed by a book signing. Books will be included in the ticket price. The Hot Stove Society team provides all ingredients, equipment and staff for prep so all you have to do is show up. As you know, Hot Stove Society is a year-round cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants with the goal of offering a curriculum that ranges from light-hearted and sociable to skill-building and challenging. Their classes feature top chefs stopping through from around the country and frequently focus on the most exciting new cookbook launches.
Seattle Kitchen is acclaimed Seattle chef Tom Douglas' radio show and podcast, which he hosts with chef Thierry Rautureau (both chefs are James Beard Award winners). The show airs weekly to approximately 1 million Seattle-area listeners on KIRO Radio- 97.3 FM and lives online in the show's podcast collection. Thierry and Tom will want to interview Chris about the cookbook, his latest projects, and promote his Seattle events to their engaged, local listeners.
Tom Douglas' annual Cookbook Social brings together chefs and food writers with local and visiting home cook enthusiasts for a celebration of the culinary community's latest releases and recipe collections. The event is branded largely as walk-around opportunity for consumers to meet-and-greet with the prominent chefs/authors, purchase books and have them signed. Since this is right before the holidays, it is promoted as a great gift-giving opportunity and will help to keep Offal Good at top of mind through the end of the year.
Not Wasted: Snout to Tail with Chris Cosentino
EVENT DETAILS: SAT, NOV 11 | 11:00 PM – 12:00 PM | The Culinary Theater | The CIA at Copia | Napa
PASSHOLDER ACCESS: All Passholders (except Flex Pass)
PARTICIPANTS: Chris Cosentino | Wasted
Wasted discusses the current state of food waste and is certainly one of the most important food films ever made. Chef Chris Cosentino is no fan of food waste, notoriously putting every bit of his raw ingredients to use. This will be the most delicious snout to tail breakdown about cutting waste and feeding the hungry.