CARMEL, CALIF. (May 2, 2007) – The kickoff to the famed Monterey Peninsula Classic Car Week, The Quail, taking place on Friday, August 17, 2007 at Quail Lodge, has grown into one of the world’s premier automotive and lifestyle events, sought out for its intimate size and dazzling array of food, fine wines and other accoutrements of the good life. Guests of the day-long celebration will enjoy a white-linen and china picnic of Italian, French and California “fresh” cuisine to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ferrari 250 Series 1 Convertible, an elegant and rare convertible made in 1957 with a limited production of 40 vehicles; the Monte Carlo Rally, celebrating its 75th Anniversary as one of the most famous rallies in the world; and 50 years of racing at Laguna-Seca, Monterey Peninsula’s renowned raceway. The Quail will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Briggs Cunningham, a racecar enthusiast and victorious American Cup sailor. Louis Roederer Champagne and other award-winning wines from Italy, France and the Central Coast will be served in throughout the event, to complement the cuisines.

Created by Quail Lodge’s noted culinary team, under the direction of Executive Chef Jeff Rogers, guests will savor a splendid array of delicacies best characterized for their fresh and beautifully layered flavors using only the best local and artisan ingredients. Local purveyors include organic produce from neighboring Earthbound Farms, salmon from Monterey Bay, bleu cheese from Point Reyers Farmstead Cheese Company and heirloom melons, tomatoes and corn from Swank Family Farms. Artesian meats include sausage from Sonoma County Master Sausage Maker, Richard Caggiano and cured meats from Italian villages in Parma, San Daniele and Abruzzi.

Dishes served at The Quail include: Hot Roasted Monterey Bay King Salmon with Frisée, Spanish Radish and Limes; Sweet Rock Shrimp, Fennel and Saffron Salad; Wood Fired Poussin with Herbes de Provence; Pissaladière with Sweet Red Onion, Olives and Goat Cheese; Wine Braised Young Chicken; Beefsteak Florentine with Garlic and Anchovy Butter; and Summer Fruit Crostata.

In its fifth year, The Quail has become as much of a draw for its sumptuous array of food as its rare classic cars. In-between admiring the 100 legendary sports and racing cars and mingling with their owners, guest will enjoy a culinary gourmet journey with world-class food and wine. Enthusiasts will also head off-road at the Land Rover Experience Driving School, one of three such schools in the United States, and view a brilliant display of fine jewelry that will be available for purchase. Attendees also have access to Bonhams & Butterfields live auction of historic cars, estate jewelry and fine art.

Tickets to The Quail are US$ 200 per person, which includes admission to the event, wine tasting, fine cuisine, a collectible poster and event magazine, and access to the Bonhams & Butterfields auction. Tickets are complimentary for children 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit several local and national charities aiding children and families. For more information, call toll-free 877-734-4628 or visit

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