Mike Hale, Grub Hunter: Bernardus Pon leaves A tasty legacy at Carmel ValleyThe Monterey County Herald #Carmel_ValleyOctober 10, 2019
Bernardus Marinus Pon never dreamed the impossible.
News of Pon’s death reverberated across Holland, where he was elevated to rock star status.
Pon introduced luxury and elegance into dusty cowboy country.
And in 1999 he launched the spectacular Bernardus Lodge & Spa, setting the gold standard for wine country resorts.
“He did take Carmel Valley and made it recognized as a luxury destination,” Stamenov said.
In between truffle dinners and tasting menus, though, Stamenov kept busy supporting local causes.
Pon lived on the 28-acre property, and when in town he ate daily at The Chef’s Table inside the Marinus kitchen, driving his personal golf cart to dinner and back.
“That was his table,” Stamenov said.
“But he loved saying hello to guests, and really enjoyed all the people.”
And now with Pon’s death, some kind of book has slammed shut.
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