Special Events & Dinners

Sunset at Hearst Castle

Thursday, September 25, 2014

  • Time
    5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by WineCoastCountry.com and benefiting Friends of Hearst Castle
Location: Hearst Castle, San Simeon

Step back in time to become an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst at his beloved “La Cuesta Encatada”, (Spanish for "The Enchanted Hill"), now known as Hearst Castle. This historic property, once the private summer residence for Mr. Hearst and his longtime paramour Marion Davies, is now a California State Park and elegant landmark of California’s Central Coast. Your experience begins as you step onto the coach that transports you up the gently winding road through Hearst ranchland. Listen to the tales of lavishly hosted retreats at the Castle and stories of the glory days of the 1920s and '30s. Stepping off the coach, you will be surrounded by stunning gardens, original works of art, and romantic patio alcoves and esplanades.

Meagen Loring, chef and owner of Meagen Loring Catering, presents world-class cuisine for you to enjoy as you listen to live music from the San Luis Jazz Band and dance against the backdrop of Casa Grande, Hearst Castle's main building. Taste award-winning wines from the Sunset International Wine Competition and make sure to visit guest chef James Siao from the Finch and Fork Restaurant in Santa Barbara.  

Tickets are limited to a fun and friendly gathering of 650 so get your tickets while they last.


Passed Appetizers:

  • Cucumber Medallion with Happy Acres Feta Cheese and Herb Pesto
  • Shrimp and Grits with Green Tomato Chutney
  • Hearst Ranch Beef Chile Colorado with Queso Fresco and Bloom Microgreens
  • Crostini with Summer Squash Carpaccio

Unfinished Terrace BBQ Station

6-8 pm:

  • Pomegranate Braised Lamb Belly
  • Couscous with Butternut Squash, Crispy Shallots, Raisins and Almonds
  • Moroccan Carrot Salad

8-9 pm: 

  • Grilled Cheddar with House Made Apple Butter on San Luis Sourdough Bread
  • Grilled Holy Cow Swiss Cheese, Bacon and Leek on San Luis Sourdough Bread

Unfinished Terrace Cheese Station by Fromagerie Sophie

  • A selection of California and International cheeses and charcuterie

Central Plaza

  • Tastes provided by Chef James Siao, Executive Chef of Finch & Fork at Kimpton's Canary Hotel and Cayucos Sausage Company

Casa Grande Buffets  

  • Coq au Vin
  • Puree Blanc (Potatoes, Turnips and Parsnips)
  • New Season Peruano Bean Salad with Alle-Pia Salami, Parmesan Cheese, and Garden Vegetables
  • Grilled Eggplant with Tahini and Herb Salad
  • Snap Peas with Pasolivo Tangerine Olive Oil and Toasted Almonds
  • Field Greens with Dijon Vinaigrette

South Terraza Seafood Buffet

  • Morro Bay Oyster Company Oysters
  • Watermelon Mignonette
  • Classic Mignonette
  • Local Ocean Rose Abalone Chowder
  • San Luis Sourdough Bread

KitchenAid and Torani Dessert Station

  • Pumpkin Pie Trifle with Candied Pecans
  • Sweet Heat Brownies
  • Raspberry Cake

Sunset International Wine Awards

Central Coast

  • 2012 | Estancia | GSM Reserve
  • 2007 | Meadowlark | Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2012 | Talley | Pinot Noir
  • 2012  |Colagrossi L’Inizio | White

Paso Robles

  • 2012 | Adelaida | Version
  • 2013 | Halter Ranch | Rose
  • 2013 | Halter Ranch | Cotes de Paso Blanc
  • 2010 | Ecluse | Syrah
  • 2011 | Ancient Peaks | Renegade

Napa & Sonoma

  • 2012 | Stag’s Leap Winery | Viognier
  • 2010 | Silverado Vineyards | Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2013 | Imagery Estate | Wow Oui White
  • 2010 | Casey Flat Ranch | Estate Red
  • 2011 | Casey Flat Ranch | Open Range Red

Oregon & Washington

  • 2012 | Primarius | Pinot Noir
  • 2013 | Alexandria Nicole | Shepherds Mark
  • Swiftwater | Proprietary Red
  • Troon Vineyards Foundation '72 | Vermentino

International Wines

  • 2008 | Erzetic | Amphora
  • 2012 | Domaine Porto Carras | Malagouzia
  • 2011 | Kupljen Sivi | Pinot Noir
  • 2012 | Tenuta Ca Bolani | Pinot Grigio
  • 2013 | Lindemans Bin 85 | Pinot Grigio

Sparkling Wines

  • NV | Gloria Ferrer | Sonoma Brut
  • 2009 | Domaine Carneros | Brut
  • NV | Jaume Serra Cristalino | Brut
  • NV | Scharffenberger | Brut Rosé Excellence

Take time to play and purchase your ticket today!

Attire: Cocktail party attire suggested - Have fun and dress in 1920s or '30s party attire!

Friends of Hearst Castle, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cooperating association affiliated with Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®, and the San Luis Obispo Coast District of California State Parks, supports preservation and interpretation of Hearst Castle, including its art, artifacts, architecture and grounds through membership, education, outreach and special events; enhancing understanding and appreciation, and thereby enriching the visitor experience.