Winter Culinary Events and Adventures at Bernardus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley
Marking Bernardus Lodge & Spa’s 20th anniversary, the 2019 culinary events line-up is certain to be a showstopper with estate lavender, heirloom tomato and white truffle celebrations on tap. Dive into an afternoon grape stomp, chef-led tour of the apiary and organic gardens or ever-popular Pure Decadence repast (December 12) showcasing showcasing the world’s top culinary gems from black truffle martinis to Maine lobster and a sinful slide into Wagyu beef paired with foraged Big Sur chanterelle mushrooms. Reservations: 831.658.3595;
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Tucked into 28 fragrant acres of lavender, olive orchards and vineyards with sweeping Santa Lucia Mountain views, Bernardus Lodge & Spa savors the seasons with an enviable larder of on-property organic gardens paired with a back pocket of foragers, farmers and fishermen answering Chef Cal’s call. Just 10 miles inland from the Pacific, the lodge features 73 luxurious guestrooms, including the 2016 debut of 14 exclusive new guest suites and villas, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, butler services, complimentary Mercedes-Benz convertibles, expansive 5,300 sq., ft., Spa at Bernardus and three-to-one staff ratio.
** Chef Cal’s 5th Annual Pure Decadence Event
Thursday, December 12, 2019
$350 per person, plus tax & gratuity
Indulgence hits a high note at the annual event that continues to wow palates and literally blow minds. Celebrate the world’s top culinary treasures as the evening kicks off with caviar and a glass of champagne or black truffle martini and behind the scenes stroll into Chef Cal’s award-winning kitchen for savory bites right “off the line.” On tap are winter’s most decadent delights: Italian white truffles, French black truffles, Maine’s lobster, ranch-raised Wagyu beef and locally foraged golden chanterelles. Chef Cal combines these inspiring ingredients with rare wines from around the world to create the ultimate winter menu. The tasting menu exemplifies how luxury ingredients can be preserved, reinterpreted and crafted into sophisticated dishes. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
** Winter Solstice at The Spa
Saturday, December 21, 2019
8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Price included in service.
The Winter Solstice is the start of the solar year and a significant time of ritual, reflection and renewal. Choose from the Spa at Bernardus Lodge’s award-winning array of relaxation services including massage, bodywork, facials or salon services and extend the spa day with complimentary Winter Solstice activities including hot chocolate yoga, chakra balancing, wine tasting, fire dancing and starlight swim. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Winter Solstice events.
** Christmas Eve Dinner – Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Day Dinner – Wednesday, December 25, 2019. 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$145 per person, plus tax & gratuity
An innovative four-course tasting menu celebrating the season with intimate fireside seating overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.
** New Year’s Eve Dinner
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$195 per person, plus tax & gratuity
Ring in the New Year with a sinful six-course tasting menu showcasing chef Cal’s culinary prowess. Focused on healthy, seasonal fare, the menu reflects on the ultimate pleasure of what exceptional dining does for your soul.
** New Year’s Day Brunch with Live Music
Wednesday, January 1, 2019
11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Price off Menu
Enjoy live music with a backdrop of a fresh New Year and sumptuous brunch.