Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s Annual BBQ Bootcamp Happening February 20‐22, 2015

ALISAL ANNUAL BBQ BOOTCAMP (Solvang, CA) –Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort will host its third annual BBQ Bootcamp with special guest Hitching Post II owner Frank Ostini February 20‐22, 2015. Alisal has been specializing in barbecue for over 60 years and during this two‐night, three‐day program, guests will hone their grilling skills, gain grilling confidence, and learn the ins‐and‐outs of Santa Maria-style BBQ from Alisal Executive Chef Pascal Godé and Chef Ostini.



  • Noon check- in
  • Afternoon seminar on grilling, from Ancho chiles to tri-tip, and everything else in-between with Chefs Godé and Ostini
  • Welcome reception with local beer master
  • Dinner prepared by Chefs Godé and Ostini featuring Hitching Post II and a “Meet-your-Meat” Seminar and Wine Tasting prior to dinner


  • Breakfast in the Ranch Room or participate in the Breakfast Ride to the Old Adobe via hay wagon or horseback
  • Afternoon Spice Blending workshop and lunch with Chefs Godé and Ostini
  • Grill-your-own-dinner with some help from the grill masters
  • Local celebrity winemakers and farmers on hand to pair wines with dinner


  • Breakfast at your leisure and departure


  • Two-night stay in Deluxe Cottage accommodations (all rooms have wood-burning fireplaces)
  • Welcome amenity with Western-style weekend accessories
  • All meals, including special dinners with local winemakers, and brew masters
  • Seminars on grilling methods and equipment, Dutch oven cooking, spice blending and more
  • BBQ instruction and booklet
  • Ranch activities that include golf green fees, daily horseback  riding, tennis, fishing pole and bait for fishing on Alisal Lake


WHEN:             February 20‐22, 2015

WHERE:          Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, 1054 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 93463
Phone: 800.4.ALISAL or 805‐688‐6411

COST:             Package prices start at $1575 for three days and two nights, based on double occupancy. Limited availability.

RESERVATIONS:    For  reservations  please  contact  Alisal  Guest  Ranch  &  Resort  at 888.4.ALISAL, via email at or visit the Ranch on the web at

ABOUT ALISAL:        Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has long been considered the premier full‐service guest ranch for couples, families, and conferences since it opened in 1946. This secluded hideaway is one of the few places where time seems reluctant to move forward. Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort offers 73 telephone‐and‐television‐free guest cottages and suites, more than 50 miles of horseback riding trails, two 18 hole championship golf courses, a 6500 square foot spa and fitness center, six tennis courts and a 100‐acre spring‐fed lake with water sports, including fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking.


The Hitching Post was founded by Frank and Natalie Ostini in Casmalia, California in 1952, specializing in “Santa Maria Style Barbeque,” a California ritual stemming from the culture of the Spanish Rancheros who cooked over the heat of a fragrant red oak wood‐fire. Son Frank Ostini Jr. is the owner of The Hitching Post II, opened in Buellton, California in 1986. Ostini, renowned as both a nationally respected chef and winemaker, showcases the tradition of the highest quality Santa Maria Barbeque paired with the enjoyment of the region’s best Pinot Noir wines. The Hitching Post II became internationally recognized with the 2004 Academy Award‐winning film Sideways and has been earning praise for its food and wines for 25 years. This February, the Hitching Post I & II was recognized a 201 National Beef Backer at the Annual Cattle Industry Conference in Denver.The Foodservice Beef Backer Awards recognize independent and chain restaurants that set the highest standards in menuing and marketing beef. For more information on the Hitching Post II, their wines and other products, visit


Frank Ostini, owner, chef and winemaker of Hitching Post II grew up in and around the Casmalia Hitching Post, his familyʹs steakhouse in central California since 1952. Specializing in traditional wood fire barbecue, Frank has expanded his menu to cook most anything over the embers at his  Hitching Post II restaurant in Buellton, California. With high acclaim from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gourmet and Sunset magazines and enthusiastic support from Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay, Frank has become the regional spokesman for what is popularly known as ʺSanta Maria Style BBQ, ʺ a feast that features meats grilled over a red oak fire.


Since 1984 Frank Ostini, with partner Gray Hartley, has also made Hitching Post Wines, specializing in Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Frank has recently received widespread international attention since his Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Pinot Noirs were featured in the Academy Award® winning film Sideways. The winery has 800 barrels and produces about 15,000 cases a year.

For additional information or travel accommodations, contact the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort at 800.4.ALISAL, via e‐mail at or visit the Ranch on the web at