(Sonoma, CA) —  To celebrate California lifting the ban on serving Foie Gras,  guests of BeautifulPlaces receive a complimentary four course all Foie Gras dinner when they rent a villa in the California Wine Country.    Guests will also receive Marc Caro’s book, The Foie Gras Wars:  How a 5,000 year-old delicacy Inspired the World’s Fiercest Food Fight.

“Here in the food and wine center of California,” stated Liza Graves, president of the Sonoma-based BeautifulPlaces (, “we are thrilled a Federal judge lifted the ban on Foie Gras and we can once again welcome this delicacy back to our villa dining tables.”  The in-villa Foie Gras dinner, prepared by notable private chef Max Porterkhamsy, features an appetizer of Foie Gras stuffed strawberries; a farmers market salad with cranberries, walnuts and Foie Gras vinaigrette; followed by wild mushroom tortellini with Foie Gras sherry gravy and a dessert of Foie Gras beignets with huckleberry compote.   The dinner and book are available to guests who rent select BeautifulPlaces villas in the wine country for four or more days from now until April 30th (details below).

Winter and early Spring are ideal times to visit the wine country without the summer crowds and traffic – savor the regions rich history, attend one of the many festivals and events (VinOlivia, Annual Barrel Tasting, Film Festival, Artisan Cheese, Bottle of the Brews, Antiques Fair); meet winemakers and growers; snag a table at a hot restaurant; forage for mushrooms; shop for delicacies at local markets; bike back roads and hike scenic parks and preserves.  A BeautifulPlaces concierge can create a personal itinerary…with lots of insider tips and suggestions.

The Foie Gras Dinner promotion is available at select wine country villas including Vineyard Knoll Estate, Villa Carneros, Alexander Valley Ranch, and Casa Sebastiani.  For complete details go to  or call 1-800-495-9961.

Reservations for the Foie Gras promotion must be made by February 28, 2015 for stays of 4 nights or more between now and April 30th (except April 3, 4 + 5).  Valid on new bookings only and may not be combined with any other offer or discount; limited to guests staying at the villas.   Subject to availability.  Up charges may apply for substitute items.  Offer does not include cost of beverages or gratuity.

Chef Maxwell Porterkhamsy

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Max leads the BeautifulPlaces Vine Dining team in creating custom culinary experiences including private dining; wine country excursions and side by side personal cooking classes.  He is the former Executive Chef of The Reserve Room at Mayo Family Winery in Kenwood and worked at Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert’s 3 star Michelin restaurant in New York City.


About BeautifulPlaces

BeautifulPlaces ( offers guests an authentic lifestyle villa vacation experience in a variety of destinations around the world – the wine regions of Northern California and Italy…the resort areas of Mexico, Costa Rica and the Bahamas…the winter playgrounds of Telluride, Snowmass and Aspen…the Caribbean Islands of Mustique, Barbados, and the US and British Virgin Islands…and the jet set hideaways of The Hamptons, Nantucket and Palm Beach.    In addition to a select portfolio of villa and estate rentals, BeautifulPlaces’ concierges handle all personal arrangements; plan custom itineraries; create unique experiences and provide insider tips about the destination; and are available 24/7 to assist guests.


In 2014 Condé Nast Traveler again named BeautifulPlaces president Liza Graves one of the top villa rental specialists in the world and Travel + Leisure magazine recognized BP as one of the world’s best villa companies.    Travel Weekly honored BeautifulPlaces with its Gold Magellan Award recognizing it as a top performing company in the hospitality industry.  The BeautifulPlaces experience has been featured in top media outlets including Travel + Leisure, The Today Show, USA Today, Robb Report, Forbes, AARP, Condé Nast Traveler, ABC’s The Bachelor, Travel Channel’s Dream Villas and CNN.  BeautifulPlaces is headquartered in Sonoma, California.  For more information, call 1.800.495.9961.


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