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Hops & Hogs Chef’s Throwdown is taking place on Saturday, May 3rd  at 5:00pm.  

This multi-course meal will be paired with craft brews from Firestone Walker, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Central Coast Brewing and BarrelHouse Brew. 

Executive chefs from the Gardens of Avila, Marisol, Sea Venture, and Apple Farm will create spectacular pairings for you to enjoy and then vote on the best dish and beer pairing.

Casey Walcott and Steven Smeets

Willete Vey
Hannah Ingham

Gregg Wangard

Micheal Avila

It is time to prep the pigs.

The pigs are getting prepped. 

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Bella gets a cuddle and a good nights sleep

Chef Greg and Michael prepare the pit for  Kahlua Pig     

Chef Steve prepares the  spiced chicharones 

Chef's Willie and Hannah prepare the  The Sticky Toffee Pudding     

Recipe for Bacon Jam

By Chef Casey Walcott


2 pounds bacon
3 large red onions (1/2 inch julienne)
2 cups sugar
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup picked and chopped thyme
1 t garlic, chopped
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper

CCP Instruction(s):
Cook bacon until just brown and crisp (reserve 1/2 cup bacon fat)
Combine all ingredients (expect bacon) and cook 75% or syrupy
Let cool 5 minutes

Puree bacon, bacon fat, and sauté mixture until smooth with small chunks of bacon