Monied foodinistas have had the chance to eat food from a heady array of celebrity and inside-food-celebrity chefs over the past eight years during the Restaurant at Meadowood's annual, highly publicized guest chef benefit series known as the 12 Days of Christmas. But this year, as chef Christopher Kostow tells Inside Scoop, the Michelin three-star restaurant is giving itself the year off to regroup and just serve their normal menu during the holiday season of early December when the restaurant typically goes into hyper-speed dealing with new menus every night.
Kostow seems to suggest this will just be a one-year hiatus, and they're going to use the time to "rethink and refresh the entire series to make it as engaging as possible for the guests, the visiting chefs and the Restaurant's team."
Guest chefs over the years have include New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles luminaries like Nancy Silverton (Mozza), Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun), Jeremy Fox (Rustic Canyon Wine Bar + Kitchen), David Chang (Momofuku, etc.), Grant Achatz (Alinea, Next), Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park, Ignacio Mattos (Estela), and Andy Ricker (Pok Pok); as well as international guests like Christian Puglisi (Relæ in Copenhagen), Rasmus Kofoed (Geranium in Copenhagen), Kobe Desramaults (In De Wulf in Dranouter, Belgium), and Virgilio Martínez (Central in Lima, Peru).
Most recently, the Meadowood crew has been working on a casual offshoot in downtown St. Helena, in the former Tra Vigne space, called The Charter Oak. It's due to open sometime this year.