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Alisal Signature Experiences

BBQ Bootcamp

BBQ Bootcamp:
Spring Classic

May 5th-7th, 2024

Here at Alisal Ranch we pride ourselves in our Western hospitality which includes some of the best BBQ in the West.

With the help of our BBQ Bootcamp 2024 Guest Instructors and our very talented culinary team, we are mighty excited to share tips and tricks to have you grilling like a pro. If you want to enjoy some amazing barbecue and learn how to take your grilling game to the next level, our BBQ Bootcamp Spring Classic is just for you.

Beginning May 5th  we will be bringing some of the nation’s top chefs and grill masters to Alisal Ranch where they will prepare indulgent grilled feasts and share their barbecue secrets during exclusive demonstrations.

Top local vintners will also be on hand to pour their latest vintages.

After a day of adventure on the Ranch, you are sure to have worked up an appetite. This is a great time to get away and treat yourself to a luxury vacation, eat amazing food and learn from the best in BBQ.

This Experience Includes:

  • Accommodations for 2 nights (Sunday – Tuesday)
  • All meals including special dinners with local celebrity chefs, winemakers and brew masters
  • A selection of alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages at our bars & restaurants
  • Demonstrations on grilling methods & equipment, BBQ instruction, spice blending, and more
  • Special event keepsakes
  • Breakfast ride to Historic Adobe by hay wagon

Limited availability. Adults only. Plus tax and service charges.

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Chef Valerie Gordon

Meet Our BBQ Bootcamp Emcee

Valerie Gordon’s business acumen and warm, entertaining charm lend themselves to her extensive brand, including the flagship retail boutique Valerie Confections in HiFi, and a café and bakery showcasing her savory prowess in Echo Park. The celebrated Los Angeles chocolatier—and James Beard Finalist cookbook author for 2013’s Sweet—embraces a philosophy of telling compelling stories through flavor by ensuring every dish remains approachable, with nuanced interpretation. Gordon founded the confectionary in 2004 with her partner Stan Weightman Jr., and eventually guided Valerie Confections to become one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed boutique chocolatiers. Gaining recognition from national media outlets, TV networks, marquee food festivals, Gordon continues to push the boundary of her artisanal confections by collaborating with innovators in fields spanning fashion, design, and sustainability. Her versatile culinary knack includes handmade chocolates, preserves, historic California cakes, savory delights, and a new frontier involving nationally praised grilled desserts. An active community member, Gordon participates in organizations and events including L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, Planned the Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare, No Kid Hungry, and others.

2024 BBQ Bootcamp

Spring Classic Guest Instructors - Stay Tuned!

In 2024, we’ll have guest favorites and new superstar chefs grilling up some BBQ favorites. The visiting chefs will join Alisal Ranch’s culinary team as they serve up grilled feasts and reveal the tips and tricks for creating legendary BBQ. Stay tuned for the full lineup of guest chefs!

Photos from Past Bootcamps

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The spirit of adventure.

At Alisal Ranch, we believe that true hospitality comes straight from the heart— and want you to feel a warm welcome throughout your stay. Our serene Western-style accommodations offer casual and comfortable luxury, designed to help you unwind and relax.

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