Announcing Fiesta De La Cocina Que Canta!

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A Food Enthusiast’s Special Week At Rancho La Puerta And Our Cooking School,
La Cocina Que Canta

September 28 – October 5, 2013

MadisonJoin famed cookbook author and chef Deborah Madison—along with esteemed chef/writers John AshMarie SimmonsNani Steele and our own Denise Roa—at our semi-annual Culinary Week this year!

In the future we’ll profile each of our chefs, but let’s talk a bit about Deborah Madison first. She evokes so much of what The Ranch “is about!”

First, have you ever been to GREENS in San Francisco’s Ft. Mason area for incredible vegetarian cuisine served literally “over the Bay?” Founding chef Deborah Madison has long since moved to a little town near Santa Fe, New Mexico, but her imprimatur—and creative genius—remains at Greens in force. It’s a don’t-miss experience in The City.

Deborah has been to the Ranch many times and her classes are thorough, intensely focused, and revolutionary for those of us who want a deeper command of delicious vegetarian cooking. Deborah’s latest book “Vegetable Literacy” delves into the most arcane and delicious secrets of vegetables. Did you know that kohlrabi leaves are edible? As well as broccoli leaves? Or that spinach is a “goosefoot?” This is an instant classic…deliciously so.

This year’s Culinary Week will feature hands-on classes with our guest chefs, plus a WINE COUNTRY TOUR, plus DINNER IN EL LUGAR DE NOS (Tecate’s hottest new restaurant), and more…

Culinary Week Package $495 per person + tax PLUS 10% off any available room*.

Call our experience planners
for more details.
877-440-7772

*For this special discounted rate the Culinary Package & room must be booked by August 1, 2013. Space is limited.

Friday Night Fiesta

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If you’ve been to The Ranch, then you know about the Friday Night Fiesta! After a week of working out, eating healthy and “being good,” at The Ranch, Friday night is all about letting go and celebrating!  I recently had the chance to be an observer to the fiesta and it was great to see the energy in the Dining Hall. Everyone was pumped!  Usually at The Ranch exercise clothes are the norm, but on Friday night everyone was dressed up looking fabulous. It’s not dinner as usual, and there are some special parts that aren’t part of the dinner experience any other night. First, there’s wine! While we’re all about health at the Ranch, there is something to be said about celebrating and balance too. Having a glass of wine at the end of a long week of fitness, relaxation and wellness is a special treat.

Over dinner, our very own Ranch employees join to form a band and serenade the guests. I must say, they were really, really good! I was very impressed that some of the staff I see every time I visit The Ranch are amazing musicians. So… music + wine = what? Dancing perhaps? Yes, I’m sure you could tell by the photos! After dinner, there is a lot of dancing, all kick started by our own Yuichi! Yuichi is a professional dancer and has been performing at The Ranch for years. He is a riot! The guests love him and he really gets the dance party going. So as you can see, if you come to RLP, you cannot miss out on the Friday Night Fiesta!

Art Tour of the Ranch

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A must do at the Ranch is the Art Tour with Jennifer Brandt.  Jennifer, in case you don’t know, teaches our jewelry making, painting and drawing classes here at the Ranch.  She also has a background in acting and theater, so not only is she very knowledgeable about art, but she extremely engaging and entertaining!  Her stories about the history of the art at the Ranch are really fun to listen to (my favorite is the history of Day of the Dead) and I learned (noticed for that matter) things about the Ranch that I hadn’t known before.  For instance, there’s three beautiful works of art that you need to keep an eye out for next time you come to the Ranch because chances are, you may have missed them.  The mother and child sculpture in the main Administration building where you check in, the native american sculpture on the walk from check in to the dining hall and wood sculpture in the serving area of the dining hall.  It’s amazing, after Jennifer pointed out, how many times I have walked past these works of art and not even noticed them because my mind is focused on checking in, getting somewhere and eating.  Sad actually.  Lesson learned.  No sense in rushing around at the Ranch, take the time to notice these beautiful details.

Art from top: Yarn painting by Tim Hinchcliff (Dining Hall), Under the Sea themed Tree of Life (Dining Hall), prayer arrows (Dining Hall), Day of the Dead Tree of Life (Dining Hall), sculpture of woman by Victor Hugo Castaneda (walk from Admin Building to Dining Hall), Jennifer talking about the history of the sculptures at the Ranch, close up of the woman sculpture, “High Mountain Wind” by Bruce La Fountain (walk from Admin Building to Dining Hall), “Maternidad (Maternity)” by Francisco Zuñiga (Admin building), Tree of Life (Admin Building)