1. a safe haven; a sanctuary
2. a peaceful place to learn, be inspired, create fantastic food—and savor award-winning wines….
Located in the bucolic heart of California’s Central Coast wine country, Refugio is a new venue for learning about and enjoying great food and wine. Learn new cooking and entertaining skills from prominent chefs, cheese-makers, and farmers—all aided and abetted by owner and local resident Brigit Binns, the nationally-known author of myriad best-selling cookbooks, many of them for Williams-Sonoma. Relax under a 300-year-old oak tree and gaze out at eucalyptus, olive trees, vineyards, and grazing horses, while sipping local wines and nibbling on inspiring dishes created from local ingredients. Savor the laughter and conviviality that are the natural by-products of living and cooking deliberately.
Classes take place in a state of the art teaching/catering kitchen (it’s like a home kitchen on steroids), which may also be rented out for private events. Subjects vary with the season, and might include Mastering Souffle, a hands-on class taught by Brigit; Main Course Salads with Food Network chef Jill Davie; The Rosé Less Traveled with chef Clark Staub, and The Life of Pie with Pie-Maven Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s Good Food Show.
Each class features several glasses of menu-friendly, limited-production local wines, introduced and poured by the winemaker him/herself, and available for purchase if desired. Past classes have featured wines from Tablas Creek, Barton Family Wines, Linne Calodo, Copia, Ranchero Cellars, Windward Vineyard, and Baker & Brain. To see the current class list and check availability, click here.
When no classes are scheduled, the whole of Refugio house—on two-and-a-half acres—may be rented privately, including the kitchen/great room, two immaculate and completely private suites, each with its own private deck and firepit, plus an expansive patio with wood-burning oven and Santa Maria-style grill, shaded with pergola and market umbrellas.