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GourmetFest Brings Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams to Carmel

Twenty five chefs creating gourmet feasts.  70 cases of Champagne poured.  10 kilos of caviar consumed.  All in four days.  I can’t resist.  As cliché as it is, the “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” tagline made popular by Robin Leach’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, just feels like the perfect way to sum up the experience at GourmetFest. Inaugural Event For a first time event, GourmetFest went off seemingly without a hitch during its inaugural weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea.  The weather cooperated beautifully, and Carmel was easy to navigate, not just by foot, but thanks to shuttle service provided by event organizers. You can tell this isn’t the first rodeo for David Fink, Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group CEO and organizer of GourmetFest.  He was part of the team that started the Masters of Food and Wine event at the Carmel Highlands Inn, a few miles south down the coast…