NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 7, 2015 – From October 8-11, The Resort at Pelican Hill® presents its fifth annual Festa dell’Autunno, an autumn festival that brings the traditions of Italy to Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village. New this year, the weekend festivities begin on Thursday with a Guest Chef Wine Dinner at Pelican Grill, followed by two additional Guest Chef Wine Dinners at Andrea Ristorante on Friday and Saturday.
“Resort guests and locals will savor the seasonally inspired autumn cuisine of not one, but two superb guest chefs from acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “Celebrating time-honored traditions like art, pageantry, music, food and wine, the flagship event of the weekend, Italian Street Festival, this year features a charming evening ambiance with olive tree-lined lanes and Palladian architecture illuminated after dark.”
Pelican Hill’s signature autumn epicurean experience includes a variety of activities for all ages:
Italian Street Festa
Saturday, October 10
Experience a harvest season celebration from 2 to 8 p.m., along olive tree-lined Bungalow lanes, with Italian food and wine, live music and dancing, traditional art, a Mercato, Motori Italiani auto exhibits, bocce ball and traditional flag performances.
$125 per adult (wine, tax and service included); $55 per child under age 12 (tax and service included)
Carnevale dei Bambini at Camp Pelican
Saturday, October 10
From 2 to 8 p.m., Pelican Hill’s children’s retreat presents Festa dell’Autunno weekend activities for locals and guests alike. Designed for ages 4-12, Camp Pelican’s Children’s Carnival includes special afternoon and evening activities, including traditional Italian dancing, Venetian mask decorating, flag waving lessons and dressing up in classic Renaissance-style costumes for a Street Festa procession under the guidance of Italian flag performers! In the evening, the Resort pasta chef stops by for a cooking activity, followed by dinner, gelato and a screening of Pinocchio, the animated movie.
$95 per child (tax and service included)
Guest Chef Bocci at Pelican Grill
Thursday, October 8 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Chef Alessandro Bocci of Italy’s Michelin-starred All’Acquacotta restaurant at Terme Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort in Maremma presents a four-course dinner menu with paired wines, featuring the season’s best meat and fish.
$175 per person (wine pairings, tax and service included)
Guest Chef Lombardi at Andrea Ristorante
Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10
Chef Sebastiano Lombardi from the Michelin-starred Ristorante Il Pellicano in Tuscany’s seaside town of Porto Ercole presents a three-course lunch and five-course dinner menu, balancing tradition and innovation to feature the freshest autumn ingredients, paired with fine Italian wines. Lunch served from noon – 2:30 p.m., and dinner served from 6 – 10 p.m.
$225 per person for dinner; $80 per person for lunch (wine pairings, tax and service included)
Under the California Sun Jazz Brunch
Sunday, October 11
From endless Prosecco mimosas to endless ocean views, Festa weekend concludes with a festive al fresco jazz brunch 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$100 per adult; $45 per child under age 12 (Prosecco, tax and service included)
Festa Weekend Bungalow Package
Available October 10, 2015 only
Enjoy the complete Festa dell’Autunno experience with a Bungalow stay along Via Capri, two adult tickets to Saturday’s Italian Street Festa and two adult tickets to Sunday’s Under the California Sun Jazz Brunch. Receive a special Festa dell’Autunno weekend welcome amenity with our compliments.
Starting from $925 per night, plus applicable taxes, for double occupancy Bungalow accommodations
Event tickets and accommodation packages are available for purchase at pelicanhill.com/festa. For reservations and information by phone, please contact Pelican Hill’s Festa reservation specialists at 855-55-FESTA. Advance purchase recommended, as ticket quantities are limited. All pricing is inclusive of tax and service charges, unless otherwise noted.
About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill® features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2015).
The Irvine Company Resort Properties® owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.
About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company® is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.