"Naturally, our winemaking team seeks to express the essence of the terroir in our wines, capturing the unique personality and flavor profile of the vineyards. Craig McCallister infuses our winemaking regime with a highly personal touch that combines the best of traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques with a contemporary California style".- La Crema Wines
Join us for a fun filled evening complete with great food, great people, and great wine! Special Guest Marita Esteva will grace us with her beautiful singing voice and immense wine knowledge.
Reception (Paired with La Crema Monterey Pinot Gris)
Tropical shrimp ceviche
First Course (Paired with La Crema Rose)
Bison empanada with deconstructed street corn
Second Course (Paired with La Crema Kelli Ann Chard)
Banana leaf wrapped seasonal fresh fish in seafood broth
Third Course Taco Trio (La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir, La Crema Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir, La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir)
Sweet potato, quinoa, and goat cheese,
Seared ahi tuna with Asian slaw and wasabi crema
Carne Asada with grilled napoles, cilantro & pistacio pesto
About Marita Esteva
Growing up in Ann Arbor Michigan, Marita attended the University of Michigan concentrating in film and art. While others might consider the jump to restaurants a derailment, Marita found herself studying jazz vocals while working at the renowned Firefly Club. Music was a natural expression for Marita and found herself also discovering the art of wine.
After reading and teaching Hemmingway's “Moveable Feast,” Marita was hooked on the idea of how wine and food inter-weaved itself through life, and how every day presented the opportunity to take part in its table of plenty. She moved to San Francisco in 2004, working for the esteemed chef Roland Passot, at the Left Bank in San Mateo, under the mentorship of Laurie Theis. Within two months, Marita was promoted to Wine Director and in 2006 she helped design a corporate wine list for all 5 Left Banks with Michael Ouelette.
Having successfully opened Passot Tanglewood in San Jose, Marita joined the Kimpton group taking the reins at Scala's Bistro and the Sir Francis Drake hotel as the property's Wine Director. She worked closely with Master Sommelier and Kimpton Wine Director Emily Wines to bring city-wide wine programs and participating in Emily's famous “somm battles” pitching sommeliers against each other in blind tastings.
Through Marita's passion for wine and sharing this knowledge, she mentored half of the staff through the introductory courses of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Her insight as how wine is art and a collective memory was quoted in Tasting Panel magazine, where she was featured alongside the rising new San Francisco sommeliers. She joined the Wyndham Hotel Group in 2010 as Food and Beverage Director for the group’s Parc55 property, overseeing all food and beverage for the 1015+ room property.
Two years later, Marita moved to Moana Restaurant group, and was intrinsic in the success of opening Richard Reddington’s casual bistro, “ReddWood” in Yountville, California. After a brief stint as Assistant Manager, she was promoted to General Manager for the group’s flagship Paragon restaurant in San Francisco and successfully refreshed and re-launched the property’s food and beverage program through the SOMA locations busiest year.
An entrepreneur and marketing junkie at heart, Marita created national programs with Treasury Wine Estates, inspired to be able to create her renowned personalized customer service and wine culture beyond her restaurants four walls. In her continuing effort to open the doors to the wine world to everyone, she has launched matchmakerwines.com, a project focused on brining great wines to consumers through on-line mean. Now in her second year with La Crema as their National Brand Ambassador, Marita has been able to draw from all her experiences to bring to life a true “edutainment”.
$75 per person (sold out)