Chefs' Holidays at The Ahwahnee Start January 8th

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The Ahwahnee’s pastry chef Paul Padua. Photo from Facebook.

Chefs from around the country, including several Bay Area notables, are gathering this month in Yosemite National Park for the 27th annual ~CHEFS’ HOLIDAYS AT THE AHWAHNEE~, a series of eight culinary retreats between January 8th and February 2nd at The Ahwahnee Hotel. Each session includes a “Meet the Chef” reception, three educational cooking demonstrations and tastings, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour, and a five-course, candlelit Gala Dinner in the Ahwahnee Dining Room. The Gala Dinner, prepared by the chefs, also includes four wine pairings.

The eight sessions will span the range of American culinaria with 25 chefs and culinary professionals participating. Bay Area locals heading to Yosemite include David Bazirgan of Fifth Floor, Ryan Scott of Brunch Drunk Love and 3-Sum Eats, Jen Biesty of Scala’s Bistro, Annie Somerville of Greens, Emily Luchetti of Farallon, Sean Baker of Gather, and Peggy Smith and Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery. Other chef participants include Rick Moonen of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop in New York, and Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans. Here’s the schedule:

Session 1: January 8th-10th
Moderator: Connie Barney, culinary travel consultant
Headliner: Kent Rathbun, Abacus, Jasper’s and Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, TX
Demonstrators: Annie Somerville, Greens, San Francisco; Brian Streeter, Cakebread Cellars, Napa.

Session 2: January 11th-12th
Moderator: Connie Barney, culinary travel consultant
Headliner: Suzanne Goin, Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, Los Angeles
Demonstrators: Mark Estee, Campo, Reno; Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Session 3: January 15th-17th
Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author
Headliner: Peter Chastain, Prima, Walnut Creek
Demonstrators: Emily Luchetti, Farallon, San Francisco; Sean Baker, Gather, Berkeley

Session 4: January 18th-19th
Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author
Headliner: Rick Moonen, RM Seafood, Las Vegas
Demonstrators: Jimmy Bradley, The Red Cat/The Harrison, New York; Jesse Ziff Cool, Flea Street Café, Menlo Park

Session 5: January 22nd-24th
Moderator: Barbara Fairchild, food journalist
Headliner: David Bazirgan, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
Demonstrators: Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop, New York; Peggy Smith and Sue Conley, Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes

Session 6: January 25th-26th
Moderator: Barbara Fairchild, food journalist
Headliner: Christopher Lee, Eden, South Beach, FL, and Huntington Social, Huntington, NY
Demonstrators: Chris Prosperi, Metro Bis, Simsbury, CT; Robert Anderson, The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge, San Jose

Session 7: January 29th-31st
A collaborative dinner featuring the men of Top Chef
Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, food and travel writer
Host Chefs: Percy Whatley and Paul Padua, The Ahwahnee
Guest Chefs: Ryan Scott, Ryan Scott 2 Go, 3-Sum Eats, Brunch Drunk Love, San Francisco; Tre Wilcox, Marquee Grill & Bar, Dallas; Brian Malarkey, Searsucker and Burlap, San Diego

Session 8: February 1st-2nd
A collaborative dinner featuring the women of Top Chef
Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson
Guest Chefs: Jen Biesty, Scala’s Bistro, San Francisco; Ariane Duarte, CulinAriane, Montclair, NJ; Antonia Lofaso, Black Market, Studio City, CA

Two- and three-night packages at The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls start from $896 and $665, respectively, including lodging and admission for two to the Chefs’ Holidays events. Tickets for the Gala Dinner are available for $199/person, including gratuity. Tax not included. More info and reservations online. The Ahwahnee, 1 Ahwahnee Dr. at Village Dr., Yosemite National Park.

Event Info

Sunday Jan 8, 2012 – Thursday Feb 2, 2012
$665 and up
Info
The Ahwahnee
1 Ahwahnee Dr. at Village Dr., Yosemite National Park