Meadowood Kicks Off Its 12-Day Holiday Feast

  • Ensalada de Nopa con Apio - Cactus Salad with Celery
  • Chef Christopher Kostow greeting Margrit Mondavi
  • Chef Enrique Olvera and Chef Christopher Kostow
  • Chef Michael Solomonv going through the evening's dishes with Chef Christopher Kostow and the Meadowood Team
  • Day 6's Hi sang Lee, Chef Sean Brock, Chef Christopher Kostow and Jae Chun
  • Chef Christopher Kostow applauding his team and thanking guests
  • Chef Christopher Kostow, Chef Michael Solomonov and Vintner Jeff Morgan at the beginning of the evening's dinner
  • Chef Wesley Genovart greeting Vintners Josh Peeples and Susan Boswell of Napa Valley's Chateau Boswell and Jacquelynn Wines

Meadowood Napa Valley has assembled an array of chefs to participate in its annual Twelve Days of Christmas dinner series. On 12 evenings from December 7 to 22, the hotel’s Chef Christopher Kostow will team up with one of 12 different culinary professionals to create an exclusive, holiday-inspired meal for 60 guests.

For its fifth year, the series will feature a diverse range of chefs from around the world—including David Toutain of Agapé Substance in Paris and Matthias Merges of Yusho in Chicago—who will contribute to an eclectic mix of dishes. Menus are still in the works, but—following last year’s lead—guests can expect items like whipped foie gras with dried plum, sweetbreads served with handmade potato gnocchi and truffles, and lamb prepared in a Cabernet brine and served with andouille flan. Each meal will begin with a sparkling wine reception and feature wine pairings by course from one of 12 local vintners, including Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, Colgin Cellars, and Araujo Estate.

Each dinner is priced from $1,240 per couple and includes one night’s stay at the hotel as well as a donation to Share Our Strength, which aims to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Meadowood will make an additional $2,000 donation to Share Our Strength in the name of each of the 12 chefs. (707.963.3646, www.meadowood.com)

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