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Hearst Castle nonprofit to host extraordinary holiday dinner

Posted: 1:02 PM, Sep 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-25 16:04:21-04

The Foundation at Hearst Castle will host a holiday feast at Hearst Castle this December.

The diner will take place on Saturday December 7 and organizers say it will be just like William Randolph Hearst used to do decades ago.

This dinner will be a key fundraising event for the nonprofit association, in addition to a wine-paired dinner, it will include a live auction, musical entertainment, and professional yuletide guest portraits.

The festive evening will begin with a luxury coach ride to the hilltop castle, where guests will be welcomed with a sparkling wine reception on a heated terrace overlooking the renowned Neptune Pool. Guests will then continue to the iconic Refectory of William Randolph Hearst's former estate for an epicurean feast to remember.

The Holiday Feast presents a rare opportunity to experience the legendary estate the way Mr. Hearst's guests enjoyed it in the 1920's and 30's.

Past menus have included hors d'oeuvres of lobster, foie gras and oysters, and courses of crispy duck confit with mushrooms and goat cheese, braised beef short rib with mascarpone polenta and gremolata, and a dessert of molten-center chocolate soufflé cake with espresso ice cream sandwich and bourbon- chocolate truffle.

This fundraising event is only open to members of The Foundation at Hearst Castle. Anyone is welcome to become a member, an annual membership starts at $500 a year or $42 a month.

Reservations for the Holiday Feast will be limited to 75 guests and require an additional donation of $1,500 a person until October 31, when the requirement will increase.

This year, The Foundation is focused on raising funds for full-time conservation staff, as well as expanding their STEAM Program, designed to inspire under served middle school students across California.

To make a reservation, click here. To become a member, click here.