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Dream Big Darling Dinner & Auction Dials Up the Magic at Santa Margarita Ranch

October 19 Event Features Julia Child-Inspired Menu, Remarkable Auction Items and Live Music by Hilary & Kate

Paso Robles, CA—Dream Big Darling is living up to its name with the inaugural Dream Big Dinner, Auction & Concert on Friday, October 19 at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

Women from Alta Colina Vineyard and Winery, Ancient Peaks Winery, Clesi Wines, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Epoch Estate Wines, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and Ranchero Cellars will host this epic night of wine, food and camaraderie—to include a menu inspired by Julia Child and a remarkable roster of auction items. Tickets start at $195. Visit DreamBigDarling.org for tickets and information.

Recently launched in the Paso Robles wine country, Dream Big Darling is a nonprofit whose mission is to foster the success of women in the wine and spirits industry through mentorship, education, life enhancement and professional retreats. The Dream Big Dinner, Auction and Concert is designed to help fulfill this mission, raising funds for the organization’s 2019 professional events and retreat.

“Had an organization like Dream Big Darling existed when I was in my 20s, it would have positively impacted my professional trajectory,” said Alta Colina Winery’s Co-Owner Maggie Tillman, who is helping host the event. “I’m excited to be part of this movement in this stage of my career.”

Dinner, Auction & Concert Details

The evening begins with cocktails and appetizers accompanied by live music by Hilary & Kate, who are known for their timeless and stirring brand of acoustic performance.

Then, with Julia Child as their inspiration, chefs Jeff Jackson and Cheyne Jackson of The Range restaurant will present a delectable seven-course menu. Highlights include Bayaldi Crusted Loup de Mer with saffron beurre blanc and Julia’s Duck Confit with pommes puree, young carrots, and sauce merchand du vin.

After dinner, legendary local auctioneer Todd Ventura will introduce a bounty of big-ticket auction items. Highlights include a 2019 Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT Ranch Edition offroad vehicle; a three-night Hawaiian vacation for two, to include a wine dinner with famed sommelier Chuck Furuya in Waikiki; and a “Local Love” staycation package for four, to include a private fishing excursion, golf, yoga, massages, a four-course wine dinner and more.

The festivities will also showcase local artists, including custom wearables and handmade jewelry by Christine Curtis, while Audrey Jackson will conduct live painting as she finishes a work that will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. 

The festivities will also showcase local artists, including custom wearables and handmade jewelry by Christine Curtis of Curtis West Co. Artist Audrey Jackson will conduct live painting as she finishes a work that will be auctioned off at the end of the evening.

“It is a privilege to offer a hand up to talented women in our industry,” said DAOU Vineyards and Winery’s Senior Vice President Maeve Pesquera, who is helping host the event. “I am grateful for those who invested in me throughout my career, and I’ve always valued the importance of paying it forward. It is a pleasure to be a part of Dream Big Darling and support the concept of fostering rising talent in the wine and spirits business.” 

About Dream Big Darling

Our mission is to foster the success of women in the wine and spirits industry through mentorship, education, life enhancement and professional retreats. Visit DreamBigDarling.org.

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