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An Evening in Verona with Opera Santa Barbara and Marchesi Fumanelli Winery
Winemaker & Opera Dinner
Thursday, September 18th
6 to 9 p.m.
Bacara Resort & Spa
Inspired by Verona, the “City of Love” as made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this elegant evening offers the perfect coupling of fine wine and theater arts. Verona’s top winemaker, Armando Fumanelli, proprietor of Marchesi Fumanelli Winery, will present four Fumanelli wines, paired with a lovely reception and four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Reardon. Each course will be preceded by performances by singers from Opera Santa Barbara.
Dinner will be served in Bacara’s magnificent circular Rotunda, situated above the resort’s lobby and courtyard. With soothing natural light filling the space, French windows and a private terrace, the Rotunda offers 360 degree views of Bacara’s magical seaside property. Architectural elements such as the beamed ceiling and massive wrought iron chandelier will be complemented by stunning floral displays by Bacara’s creative director, Lorrene Balzani.
An Evening in Verona includes:
- Wine reception on our beautiful Rotunda terrace
- Four-course Italian-inspired dinner by Executive Chef David Reardon with Italian wine pairings in our circular rotunda – Full Menu Here
- Performances by two professional opera singers from Opera Santa Barbara
- $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Verona Winemaker & Opera Dinner Overnight Stay Package
Complete your experience with an overnight stay at Bacara! Our dinner package includes:
- One-night stay on September 18, the evening of the event
- Two tickets to the Fumanelli and Opera Santa Barbara Winemaker Dinner at Bacara
- Valet parking
Valid September 18, 2014. Rates start at $549 a couple. A $25 daily resort fee will be added and includes a bottle of select wine, two bottles of water, use of the resort’s spa and fitness center, basic internet access and in-room coffee.
About Marchesi Fumanelli Winery
The Marchesi Fumanelli family has been cultivating grapes and producing prestigious wines since 1470. Built in the seventeenth century, the Fumanelli estate is located in the heart of Valpolicella on a gentle hilltop surrounded by vineyards, cherry and cypress trees. Archaeological fragments and inscriptions of a temple dedicated to the Goddess Flora by the Romans who planted the first vines over a thousand years ago, can still be seen throughout the estate grounds.
All wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown onsite at their historic Squarano Estate. Ageing takes place in 17th century tuff stone wine cellars with the winemaking process supported by a combination of traditional and innovative techniques with the greatest respect for the grapes. The Valpolicella area is famous for its vineyards, most notably, Amarone, one of the most prestigious aged red wines of Italy. For more information, please visit www.squarano.com.
About Opera Santa Barbara
Opera Santa Barbara was founded in 1994 by Marilyn Gilbert and Nathan Rundlett with the goal of bringing the highest caliber of opera to Santa Barbara. During the past 19 years, the organization has presented 48 operas and has provided thousands of hours of educational programs to the community. The quality of our productions has consistently improved, and we have established a solid base of opera lovers in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
About Bacara Executive Chef David Reardon
A lifetime of devotion to the culinary arts prepared David Reardon for his current role as Executive Chef of Bacara Resort & Spa. Under his guidance, Bacara’s many dining options, including Miró, The Bistro, Spa Café, Bacara Bar, in-room dining and banquets, have earned national acclaim. It’s all in a day’s work for the acclaimed chef, whose office is sprinkled with his many awards, including gold medals in the prestigious IKA/HOGA Culinary Olympics. A member of the International Epicurean World Master Chef Society from 1990 to 1996, Chef Reardon has competed in Ireland, England and France. He’s also competed in more than 30 American Culinary Federation Competition winning honors and medals in each, and has cooked at the James Beard House in New York.