The lineup for the Restaurant at Meadowood's annual holiday festival of international chef talent is out, and it's yet again an impressive one. After taking 2016 off from hosting the two-week December blowout of guest chefs, each with his or her own menu, executive chef Christopher Kostow and his team are back with a new round of celebrity names for the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Each night in the twelve nights (which are not all consecutive) features a multi-course meal that is created and cooked by the guest chef in collaboration with Kostow, and then Kostow traditionally cooks the final night in the series.
This year's lineup includes, among others, former Bay Area chef turned LA star Jeremy Fox, star of the Southeast Sean Brock, Tokyo chef Yoshi Takazawa, and fellow Napa Valley three-Michelin-star holder Thomas Keller, marking the first time that Keller will guesting in the Meadowood Kitchen.
Tickets for the dinners went on sale this morning and typically sell out fairly soon. The deal is otherwise the same as a normal night at Meadowood, $275 per person without wine pairings, and $500 per person for a seat at the chef's counter, which seats up to four. Because of the intricacies of switching up the menu each night for this series, no dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Packages are also available for lodging at Meadowood for those who don't want to drive home afterwards, and proceeds from the dinners will go to benefit Saint Helena Preschool for All, Inc., a local non-profit organization providing scholarships to three and four-year-old children.
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2017
Day 1: Friday, December 8
Mark Lundgaard, Kong Hans Kaelder, Denmark
Day 2: Saturday, December 9
Manish Mehrotra, Indian Accent, India
Day 3: Tuesday, December 12
Fabian Von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone, Contra/WildAir, New York
Day 4: Wednesday, December 13
Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon, Los Angeles
Day 5: Thursday, December 14
Ben Sukle, Birch, Providence
Day 6: Friday, December 15
Sean Brock, Husk, Nashville & Charleston
Day 7: Saturday, December 16
Yoshi Takazawa, Takazawa, Japan
Day 8: Tuesday, December 19
Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville
Day 9: Wednesday, December 20
Chef Eric Werner, Hartwood, Mexico
Day 10: Thursday, December 21
Jock Zonfrillo, Restaurant Orana, Australia
Day 11: Friday, December 22
Chef Alexandre Couillon, La Marine, France
Day 12: Saturday, December 23
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena