California Dining


Chefs Holiday Series

Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California

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THE AHWAHNEE'S ANNUAL CHEFS' HOLIDAYS SERIES KICKS OFF IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK THIS JANUARY 25 Chefs and culinary experts from New York to Los Angeles convene to share their talent, expertise and cuisine with guests WHAT: The Ahwahnee, a National Historic Landmark and a AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif., will host its 28th annual Chefs' Holidays series from January 6 - 31, 2013, offering guests a culinary vacation they will cherish. Celebrating the creativity and excellence of the country's culinary leaders in the breathtaking natural setting of The Ahwahnee, Chefs' Holidays presents 25 prominent American chefs and culinary professionals from New York to Los Angeles over a series of eight sessions. For each session guests are invited to enjoy a 'Meet the Chefs' reception, three educational cooking demonstrations and tastings, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour and a five-course Gala Dinner prepared by the chefs and paired with four wines, served by candlelight in The Ahwahnee's Dining Room. Session 1: January 6-8: Three Friends Cooking
Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, food and travel journalist
Guest Chef: Douglas Keane—Cyrus in Healdsburg, CA
Guest Chef: Victor Scargle—Lucy, Yountville, CA
Guest Chef: Peter Armellino—Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA

Session 2: January 9-10
Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, food and travel journalist
Headliner: Mark Sullivan—Spruce, San Francisco, CA
Demonstrator: Annie Somerville—Greens, San Francisco, CA
Demonstrator: Ben 'Wyatt' Dufresne—Plumpjack, Squaw Valley, CA

Session 3: January 13-15
Moderator: Connie Barney Chester, culinary tour guide
Headliner: Joey Elentario—Chez TJ, Mountain View, CA
Demonstrator: Brian Streeter—Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, CA
Demonstrator: Jesse Cool—Flea Street Café, Menlo Park, CA

Session 4: January 16-17
Moderator: Connie Barney Chester, culinary tour guide
Headliner: Mark Estee—Campo, Reno, NV
Demonstrator: Peg Smith & Sue Conley—Cowgirl Creamery, Pt. Reyes, CA
Demonstrator: Adam Mali—Brasserie S&P, San Francisco, CA

Session 5: January 20-22
Moderator: Carolyn Jung, culinary journalist
Headliner: Matt McNamara—Sons & Daughters, San Francisco, CA
Demonstrator: Daniel Holtzman—The Meatball Shop, New York, NY
Demonstrator: David Lentz—The Hungry Cat, Santa Barbara, Hollywood and Santa Monica, CA

Session 6: January 23-24
Moderator: Carolyn Jung, culinary journalist
Headliner: Suzanne Goin—Lucques, Los Angeles, CA
Demonstrator: Ariane Duarte—Culinariane, Montclair, NJ
Demonstrator: Nyesha Arrington—Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA*

Session 7: January 27-29
Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author
Headliner: David Bazirgan—Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA
Demonstrator: Kim Alter—Haven, Oakland, CA*
Demonstrator: Laurence Jossel—Nopa & Nopalito, San Francisco, CA*

Session 8: January 30-31: 'Chefs of the Big Apple'
Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author
Guest Chef: Jonathan Waxman—Barbuto, New York, NY
Guest Chef: Jimmy Bradley—The Red Cat & The Harrison, New York, NY
Guest Chef: Joey Campanaro—The Little Owl, New York, NY*

* Indicates new to Chefs' Holidays this year.

The Ahwahnee
One Ahwahnee Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Two- and three-night Yosemite culinary vacation packages are available at The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, starting at $449 and $332 respectively, and include lodging and admission for two to the Chefs' Holidays events. Tickets for the Gala Dinner are available for $199 per person, including gratuity. Tax not included.

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