Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest 2016, Carmel, Calif.
Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest 2016, Carmel, Calif.
(Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest, with permission)

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest is a unique international gathering of top talent chefs, prestigious wineries and the finest luxury brands in Northern California's charming Carmel-by-the-Sea on Feb. 25-28, 2016.

Founded in 2014 by L'Auberge David Fink, proprietor of L'Auberge Carmel, the Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest is a four day foodie extravaganza headlined by three-star Michelin chefs, David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif., Joshua Skenes of Saison in San Francisco, Michel Troisgros of La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France and Hiroshi Nakamichi of Restaurant Molière in Sapporo, Japan.

A total of 17 Relais & Châteaux chefs will create 18 not-to-be-missed gastronomic events for GourmetFest guests. Tickets are available online for the events, including these highlights of the extraordinary food and wine festival in Carmel:

A Welcome Party on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Stroll through stations created by world-class Relais & Châteaux chefs and all four Relais & Châteaux three star Michelin chefs, featuring caviar and bites paired with famous wine estates, beer and spirits.

Rarities Dinner on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. A 10-course meal of a lifetime is created by David Kinch of Manresa, Joshua Skenes of Saison, and Michel Troisgros of Troisgros. This spectacular dinner is paired with a very special selection of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Chateau Latour 1990 en Magnum, Masseto 1997 en Magnum, the incredibly rare 1996 Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive en Magnum and a mature vintage port from Taylor Fladgate.

Wild Mushroom Hunt on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Guests are led through the lovely 20,000 acres of Santa Lucia Preserve on a wild mushroom hunt with retired Point Lobos Ranger Chuck Bancroft and his team of mycologists. The Preserve’s Host Chef Jerry Regester and Relais & Châteaux Chef Matt Zubrod of The Little Nell will be preparing the mushroom lunch accompanied by rare vintages from Galante Vineyards and Dawn’s Dream.

Father & Sons Lunch on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Hailing from France, two outstanding father and son chefs, Olivier and Hugo Roellinger of Les Maisons de Bricourt and Michel and César Troisgros of Troisgros, are in the kitchen. Lunch is paired with Chateau Grillet and Domaine d’Eugenie, finishing with the wines of Napa Valley's Araujo. Michel Troisgros hosts a Champagne Taittinger reception and a Gaggenau Kitchen demonstration.

Sunday Morning with Pierre -Emmanuel Taittinger on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. A vertical tasting of Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2006 and Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006.

Taste of the World on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. Experience a “strolling Route du Bonheur” in which wines, many from local Monterey County wine estates, are paired with bites from many Relais & Châteaux properties worldwide.

Other events include several vineyard tours, wine tastings, Taittinger champagne and seafood lunch and a black truffle dinner. An online auction features the opportunity to bid on visits to some of Relais & Châteaux’s most extraordinary properties while benefiting Carmel Chamber of Commerce, CSU Monterey Bay hospitality program and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Established in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers and chefs in gourmet restaurants and small luxury hotels that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality.