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Event Attendees to Choose the Evening’s “Best”

You be the judge. On Saturday, August 11th at the newly remodeled River Oaks Hot Springs & Spa in Paso Robles, more than 30 of the Central Coast’s finest winemakers will compete - but not for the Best Wine Award. They will don the title "Winemaker-chef" for the evening, combining their favorite culinary creation with their wines while wooing the attendees for their votes.

Pasolivo Olive Oil is the major sponsor for the 9th Annual Winemakers’ Invitational Cook-off, where winemakers, including Firestone Vineyards, Eberle, Justin, Robert Hall, Stacked Stone Cellars and Midnight Cellars to name a few, will prepare unique culinary cuisine to pair with their favorite wines. "The winemakers love to participate because it breaks from the traditional wine tasting event," comments Josh Yaguda, whose family owns Pasolivo Olive Oil. "They get to showcase their finest wines and compete by cooking a dish that will bring out the greatest of qualities in their wines." The winemaker-chef with the most attendee votes at the end of the evening wins the People’s Choice Award.

When asked about some of the delectable food that one might expect at the Cook-off, Yaguda laughs, "That’s top secret. The winemaker-chefs prefer not to share what they are preparing in advance because they want to keep their competitive edge." In addition to the People’s Choice Award, local renowned chefs will also be "tasting and voting" to determine which winemaker-chef will win this year’s coveted Judges’ Award.
This sell-out event is expected to draw close to 1,000 attendees. "The word is out about the popularity of this event, so this year, we had to create an event website so people could conveniently purchase tickets online," says Sally Davis, Event Chair for the Paso Robles Rotary Club, the host of the event.

All proceeds will benefit the Paso Rotary’s Harlow Ford Scholarship Foundation. Over the past 8 years, the Winemakers’ Invitational Cook-off has raised over $200,000. This year, the Foundation awarded $30,000 to 15 local, graduating high school seniors.

The 9th Annual Winemakers’ Invitational Cook-off will take place at the River Oaks Hot Springs and Spa in Paso Robles from 5:00 to 8:30 pm on Saturday, August 11th. Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (805) 226-5674 or visit

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