Meet us at Savor the Central Coast

Hosted midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast event will celebrate the beauty and bounty of this unspoiled region of California in an incredible four-day event. Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast will showcase the talents of the areas winemakers, chefs, lavender growers, and artisanal food producers. Sunset’s expert editors and renowned celebrity chefs will be guiding attendees through culinary tours, winemaker dinners, wine blending seminars, historic excursions, and culinary showcases. Click here for more information 

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Savor the Central Coast Sunset Seminars and Tours

Join Sunset’s wine, food, travel, and garden editorial staff as well as local farmers and chefs to learn about Central Coast's hidden gems and how to grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare your next flawless feast.

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  • Katie Tamony

    Katie Tamony

    Meet Katie at her breakfast seminar—-Fresh from the Fields Breakfast  

    Katie will show you how to whip up the Best-Ever Fruit Salad Dressing on Saturday, and how to Build a Better Smoothie on Sunday. This Fresh from the Fields breakfast is a not-to-be-missed Savor experience that includes early entrance to the Savor main event at Santa Margarita Ranch.

    Join Katie for Lunch and a Tour of Ocean Rose Abalone Farm.  

    Located just north of the charming coastal village of Cayucos, the Ocean Rose Abalone Farm harvests sustainably raised abalone from tanks that mimic the natural tidepool environment just a few feet away. The Abalone Farm is a proud member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program (which makes environmentally friendly seafood recommendations for consumers) and is listed with the Seafood Choices Alliance as an eco-conscious choice for seafood consumers. Sponsored by Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort and Clayhouse Wines.

    Katie Tamony is VP and editor-in-chief of Sunset, the magazine of Western living. Based in Menlo Park, Calif. The magazine has a circulation of more than 1.2 million readers throughout the 13 Western states. Katie joined the company in 1994 as a copy editor, and was named copy chief later that year. In 1995, she helped launch the custom publishing division as editor. She was named editorial director in 1997 and was promoted to vice president and director of custom publishing in 2000. Prior to joining Sunset, Katie was an associate editor and then managing editor with Northern California Home & Garden. A native of Sebastopol, Calif., Katie holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley 

  • Christine Ciarmello

    Christine Ciarmello

    Join Christine for the Morro Bay Oyster Company Tour and Lunch.

    The Morro Bay Oyster Company continues a rich tradition of oyster farming along the Central Coast. These oysters are the best of the best—harvested by hand directly from the pristine waters of Morro Bay, then quickly sold to local restaurants, at farmers’ markets, and off their barge in the Morro Bay Harbor. After your boat tour on the bay, enjoy a lunch of oysters and many of the other amazing flavors that Morro Bay has to offer, including some incredible San Luis Obispo County wines.

    Christine Ciarmello is Sunset Magazine's features editor, creating stories relating to wine and food as well as travel, home and garden. She joined Sunset in 2007 after her tenure at ISLANDS magazine. At the international travel magazine, she was editor-in-chief and won many awards for writing and editing, including the prestigious Lowell Thomas travel award. Christine has a touch of wanderlust—and lots of wine—in her blood, living and drinking wine in many places, including New York, Athens, London, Santa Barbara and the West Indies—this spurred an early interest in the culture that surrounds wine and food. Though now based in San Francisco, Christine spent the majority of her years in the foodie town of New Orleans. There she was the travel editor of New Orleans Magazine and a freelance travel writer for many national magazines and newspapers. Christine earned a B.S., from Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

  • Peter Fish

    Peter Fish

    Meet Peter at his Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Hearst Castle.

    Take a Savor-exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of world famous Hearst Castle. Guided by Hoyt Fields—the on-site museum director, who has worked at the historic estate for more then 40 years—this tour is your opportunity to experience Hearst’s “Enchanted Hill” firsthand. Lunch will be served on the terrace of Casa del Mar, the largest of the 3 guesthouses, which offers an unsurpassed vista of the Pacific.

    Peter Fish is Editor-at-Large at Sunset Magazine, where his specialties include environmental, science, outdoors and cultural coverage. For a number of years he was Sunset’s Travel Editor; as a writer, he has reported and written travel and environmental stories about almost every corner of the American West. He co-authored, with Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider, California Wine Country: A Sunset Field Guide

  • Sara Schneider

    Sara Schneider

    Meet Sara at the Winemaker Central Stage for her Paso Robles Crazy Blends seminar.

    Paso Robles winemakers are mixing grapes in new ways. These blends frequently defy categorization while delighting the senses and achieving a balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. At this seminar, Sunset Wine Editor Sara Schneider and Paso winemakers will lead you through a tasting of Paso’s unique blends.

    Join Sara for the Berry to Bottle Wine Experience.

    Wine lovers who’ve daydreamed about making their own will love this hands-on opportunity. At this First Crush tour, you’ll pick, crush, and even stomp grapes while learning how wine is made. You’ll also enjoy fabulous wine country cuisine and premium Paso Robles wines.
    Sara Schneider is Sunset magazine’s first wine editor, responsible for tasting panels, food-and-wine pairing in the test kitchen, wine-related food and travel coverage, Sunset’s Western Wine Awards program, and the magazine’s wine club. With a B.A. and an M.A. in English, Sara taught high-school English for 10 years before a love of cooking drew her to San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, where her wine interest began. After earning her AOS degree, she combined her word and culinary backgrounds as editor of Berkeley-based Bay Food magazine for three years, then joined Sunset’s editorial staff, first on the copy desk, then as a senior food editor, eventually becoming head of the food department. In that role, she expanded the magazine’s wine coverage, and launched its Western Wine Awards program and the Sunset Wine Club. In 2005 she was named wine editor. 

  • Margo True

    Margo True

    Join Margo for a tour and lunch at Happy Acres Goat Farm.

    Set in the rolling hills of Templeton, Happy Acres is a working dairy run by 4 women and their families. Their herd comprises 4 unique breeds and more then 200 goats. The goat milk, which is all natural and hormone-free, has the high-butterfat content essential to the production of the farm’s line of cheeses, ice creams, lotions, and soaps. This is a hands-on tour—you’ll have the opportunity to milk goats and make cheese.

    Also catch Margo's two demonstrations at Chef Central: Cooking and Pairing with Local Beers and The Art of the Oyster.

    Margo True, the Food Editor at Sunset magazine, joined the company in January of 2006. Before coming to Sunset, Margo was the executive editor at Saveur magazine, and before that, an editor and writer for Gourmet. As Sunset’s Food Editor, she works with her team of cooks to come up with reliable, easy, delicious recipes that pull in western ingredients, cooking styles, and the people and places behind the food. In May, she finished work on The Sunset Cookbook, a blockbuster of more than 1,000 fresh, accessible recipes for how we cook and eat today; it includes wine pairing advice and a hefty chapter on outdoor cooking, and will be published on October 19. Margo also just completed Sunset’s One-Block Feast, with recipes using produce straight from Sunset’s test garden, plus project guides ranging from backyard chickens to beekeeping to beermaking. Based on the magazine’s James Beard award-winning blog, One Block Diet (, it’s coming out in February 2011.

  • Julie Chai

    Julie Chai

    Join Julie for a Hike, Tour and Lunch at Point San Luis Lighthouse.

    Walk back in time as you tour historic Point San Luis Lighthouse, near Avila Beach. Experience the life of an 1890s lighthouse keeper as docents guide you through the fully restored light station. Then take in beautiful views of the Pacific as you enjoy wine and fresh local cuisine in the old Horn House.

    Let Julie show you how to Grow Your Own Gourmet Greens  

    Lettuce, arugula, kale, chard, and Asian greens can be pricey at the market, but they’re a cinch to grow at home. Learn the best ways to start these tasty crops from seeds or seedlings, and how to raise them in containers or in the ground, so you can enjoy ultra-fresh greens straight from your own garden.

    Julie Chai is the associate garden editor and test garden manager for Sunset magazine. She writes regularly about growing edibles, small-space gardening, outdoor decorating, and low maintenance landscapes. An avid do-it-yourselfer, she loves helping new gardeners get started.

  • Elaine Johnson

    Elaine Johnson

    Meet Elaine at her three Market-to-Meal seminars on Special Fall Salads, Ways with Fresh Figs, and Serve Up Local Cheese with Style.  

    Elaine is the Associate food editor of Sunset Magazine. For over 20 years, she has worked as a staff and freelance food writer, editor, and consultant. She returned to Sunset in 2008, where recent writing and recipe development work has included pieces on wild salmon, avocados, Portland food carts, home canning, garden to table cooking, and grilling. She edits monthly columns including Fast & Fresh, Healthy Living, In Season, and Dinner with Friends, as well as special newsstand publications such as Sunset Best Recipes 2010. At home she enjoys gardening and cooking with her husband and twin teenage boys. 

  • Recipe Editor Amy Machnak

    Amy Machnak

    Let Amy show you The Perfect Way to Chop, Dice, and Peel the Most Challenging Produce.

    Want to learn how to dice a mango like a pro? Expertly cut up a pineapple? Sunset Recipe Editor Amy Machnak will demonstrate the perfect way to prepare your favorite but most difficult to handle vegetables and fruits. With Amy’s proven techniques and tips from years of being a chef, you’ll be cooking faster and better with the season’s best produce.

    Amy Machnak grew up in the suburbs of Detroit in a family of avid hunters and gardeners who instilled the foraging and farm-to-table philosophy in her, long before it was trendy. Drawn to the restaurant business at the age of 12, she worked numerous positions in both the front and back of the house before finishing high school. After graduating from Schoolcraft Culinary College, Amy worked as a pastry chef for almost a decade at some of the best restaurants in the country including Tribute, just outside Detroit; Mako in Beverly Hills; and Boulevard in San Francisco. She left professional kitchens to earn a degree in journalism at San Francisco State University in 2006. She currently works as recipe editor at Sunset, where she develops original recipes, writes food-related stories, and contributed to Sunset’s cookbook. Amy won a James Beard award in 2009 for her work on Sunset’s One-Block Diet blog.

  • Test Kitchen Manager Stephanie Dean

    Stephanie Dean

    Catch Stephanie at her two Farmers' Market to Meal demonstrations on Vegetarian Sandwiches and Flavorful New Dips for Fresh Veggies.

    Born and raised in San Jose, California, Stephanie Dean developed a passion for cooking early on. In high school, she extended this passion into small-time catering for friends and family. Along with her interest in cooking, she also developed an interest in health and wellness and decided to pursue a bachelor’s in nutrition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. There, she worked at a gourmet olive oil company and managed Cal Poly’s student-run chocolate business. On trips back to San Jose, she catered for Restaurant O in Campbell.

    After an internship at Mattson and Company, one of the foremost food product development companies in the country, Dean landed at Sunset. Here, she manages the test kitchen, answers reader questions, and writes recipes. She lives in San Jose and spends her free time cooking, singing, and playing the guitar. Dean has her master’s in nutrition from San Jose State University and is currently teaching food culture classes there.



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