Chefs' Holidays at The Ahwahnee

This year marks the 25th anniversary of ~YOSEMITE'S CHEFS' HOLIDAYS AT THE AHWAHNEE~, held each year in January and February, featuring many innovative and acclaimed chefs. Each session includes a "Meet the Chefs" reception, cooking classes and demonstrations, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour, and a five-course Chefs' Holidays gala dinner that includes four paired wines. (Traci Des Jardins, guest chef in 2008, wrote this first-hand report of her experience cooking at Chefs' Holidays.) And winter is also a wonderful time to visit the park.

Here's the lineup o' talent for 2010:

Kickoff Session: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, January 10, 11, 12

A Cooperative Dinner featuring one course from each chef:

Percy Whatley—The Ahwahnee

Demonstrator: Cal Stamenov—Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA

Demonstrator: Matt Bolton—Pacific's Edge at The Highlands Inn, Carmel, CA

Demonstrator: David Kinch—Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Paul Padua—The Ahwahnee (pastry)

Session 2: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, January 13, 14, 15

Headliner: Bruce Sherman—North Pond, Chicago, IL

Demonstrators: Peg Smith & Sue Conley—Cowgirl Creamery-Pt. Reyes, CA

Demonstrator: Elizabeth Falkner—Citizen Cake & Orson, San Francisco

Session 3: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, January 17, 18, 19

Headliner: Christopher Lee—Aureole, New York, NY

Demonstrator: Hoss Zaré—Zaré at Flytrap, San Francisco

Demonstrator: Douglas Keane—Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA

Session 4: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, January 20, 21, 22

Headliner: Brad Farmerie—PUBLIC, New York, NY

Demonstrator: Chris Cosentino—Incanto & Boccalone, San Francisco

Demonstrator: Paul Virant—Vie, Western Springs, IL

Session 5: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, January 24, 25, 26

Headliner: Suzanne Goin—Lucques, Los Angeles

Demonstrators: Duskie Estes & John Stewart—Zazu & Bovolo, Sonoma County

Demonstrator: Jody Adams—Rialto, Boston, MA

Session 6: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, January 27, 28, 29

Theme: Bravo TV's Top Chefs

Headliner: Ariane Duarte—CulinAriane of Montclair, NJ

Demonstrator: Ryan Scott—San Francisco

Demonstrator: Carla Hall—Alchemy Caterers, Washington D.C.

Session 7: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, January 31, February 1, 2

Headliner: Ken Frank—La Toque, Napa Valley

Demonstrator: Michelle Mah—midi, San Francisco

Demonstrator: Loretta Keller—COCO500, San Francisco

Session 8: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, February 3, 4, 5

Headliners: Bernard Guillas & Ron Oliver—La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

Demonstrator: Nancy Silverton—Osteria Mozza & Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

Demonstrator: Annie Somerville—Greens, San Francisco

Odd-numbered sessions include three nights of lodging, even-numbered sessions include two nights of lodging. Call for pricing and reservations at 801-559-4884.

Chefs' Holidays at The Ahwahnee

Jan. 10th–Feb. 5th, 2010

The Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite, CA