July is National Picnic Month Celebrate with a Special Picnic from Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar

July is National Picnic Month
Celebrate with a Special Picnic from Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar

July is National Picnic Month  Celebrate with a Special Picnic from Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + BarCARMEL VALLEY, CA — With the summer season in full swing; it’s that time of the year to grab your basket, get outside, and enjoy a picnic with family and friends! Picnics are the perfect time to enjoy light, fresh, and healthy meals and snacks while enjoying the fresh air and great outdoors. In honor of National Picnic Month this July, visitors can purchase a specialized picnic experiences with three distinct themes from Holman Ranch Tasting Room, Jarman Wines Tasting Room and Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar.

Themed Picnics:

Ranch Picnic

  • Includes Club Sandwich, Turkey, Avocado, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce, Bacon and Provolone Cheese
  • Or Vegetable Sandwich with Avocado, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce, Gruyere
  • Sea Salt Chips, Fruit Salad, Assorted Cookies and a Bottle of Sparkling or Still Water
  • $20.00 per person plus service charge and tax
French Picnic
  • Quiche Lorraine, Saucisson Sec, Cornichon, Moutarde De Dijon
  • Pate a la Truffe Noir, Fromage D’ Affinois, French Baguette, Beurre Sale, Salade Mesclun and Macaroons with Perrier or Evian Sparkling Water
  • $30.00 per person plus service charge and tax
Classic Picnic
  • Smoked Salmon, Toast, Lemon Creme Fraiche, Capers, Red Onions
  • Prosciutto San Daniele, Sliced Apples, Cornichon, Grilled Local Asparagua, Heirloom Tomatoes & Mozzarella,Holman Ranch Olive Oil, Balsamic Reduction, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Macaroons with Pellegrino and Panna Water
  • 2 Splits of Chandon Rose Sparkling Wine
  • $40.00 per person plus service charge and tax
Upgrade your picnic to include a bottle of wine, flowers, blanket, and/or photography. Or book time at the idyllic Holman Ranch through your Premier Cru or Grand Cru wine experiences. Create your own unique afternoon, basking in the sun and the glow of friends and loved ones; perfect for proposals, anniversaries or any other celebration. All picnic orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.
To experience a picnic in the vineyard, please contact one of our team members to see availability.

Background on Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar:

Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar became a landmark steakhouse in 1959 and has been a peninsula favorite for over 55 years. Entering Will’s is stepping back into a time when fine food and service were the rule, rather than the exception. An intimate courtyard patio offers seasonal outdoor dining. Will’s also features an intriguing small saloon with a full bar that pours an honest drink and features a lighter menu, including such standards as salads, burgers, and other delectable items. Dinner from 4:30pm nightly. Indoor and outdoor seating available as well as a pet friendly patio.

About The Owners:

Carmel Valley’s iconic steakhouse Will’s Fargo is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Nick Elliott and Hunter Lowder, who also team up to run nearby Holman Ranch, a wedding and special event venue that also produces wine and olive oil. Lowder formerly served as manager of Rio Grill in Carmel, while Elliott is a culinary school graduate. At Will’s, Lowder manages the front of the house while Elliott runs the bar. The couple maintains Will’s Fargo’s reputation as an elite steakhouse and popular locals’ hangout, while also using the property as an off-site option for Holman Ranch guests.

The History of Will’s Fargo:

The Will’s building was constructed in the late 1920’s to be a tea room and later served as a Road House located on the “milk run” between Monterey and Tassajara, eventually becoming a dinner house named The Carousel. Will Fay established Will’s Fargo Restaurant in 1959; the name simply a take-off on his first name which seemed appropriate for what he called the “dressed up saloon” interior. With the use of antiques and collectibles, Will merged the gracious aura of a Victorian parlor with a western “Fargo” way station. An evening at Will’s Fargo brings back a bygone era.

Background on Chef Jérôme Viel:
A classically trained French chef born in Brittany, Jérôme Viel began studying the culinary arts at the age of 15. Traveling throughout Europe to study each region’s specialties, Chef Viel worked with some of the world’s greatest chefs.
He left Europe in 1999 and landed in Carmel Valley, Calif., working at two prestigious resorts, Bernardus Lodge and Stonepine Estate. Viel fell in love with bucolic Carmel Valley, met his wife and started a family (the couple have two daughters). For the last 12 years Viel has worked as executive chef at Carmel Valley’s iconic Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar.
Chef Viel learned the basics of traditional French cuisine, working with Pierre Estival at Le Métropole in Beaulieu-sur-Mer and at L’Hotel Antares, at Meribel in the French Alps, a one-star Michelin restaurant. He learned Italian influences from Pierre Carrier at the Albert 1er, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Chamonix.
Chef Viel left the French Alps and ended up in another magical place, Corsica, at Hotel Cala Rossa in Porto Vecchio. He then spent two years in Switzerland working between Hotel Des Trois Rois in Basel and with Roland Pierroz, at Le Rosalp in Verbier, where he had the privilege of working alongside some of that country’s most prestigious chefs, including Philippe Rochat and Fredy Girardet.
Address: 16 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
Phone Number: 831.659.2774
Hours: Dinner Everyday from 4:30 p.m. until closing