The email I hope to get each year finally arrived.
Christopher Kostow and The Restaurant at Meadowood will be hosting its eleventh annual Twelve Days of Christmas, which will benefit the St. Helena Preschool for All. And for the seventh year, I’m the lucky guy who gets to go to Napa Valley in December to photograph it all.
Like last year, this year’s guest chefs create a cultural kaleidoscope. There’s a Chinese-Canadian cooking Nigerian food in England, a young Brit dazzling Hong Kong, and a Korean making headlines in New York. There’s a Mexican chef who moved to California to critical acclaim. And now she’s moving back to Mexico to become an advisor to President López Obrador.
When was the last time you had Peranakan cuisine? This year, you can experience this unique, confluence of flavors from the Malay peninsula on the tenth night.
And when was the last time you experienced the terroir of Bornholm, or Newfoundland? Chefs from both of those islands will be cooking this year too.
All told, this year’s dinner series will welcome chefs from eight countries. And by the time the series starts, I will have been to nine of these chefs’ restaurants.
Reservations open today. And if past is prologue, seats will disappear quickly. Visit The Restaurant at Meadowood’s reservation site for details. I hope to see you in Napa in December.
(Mexico City, Mexico)
JOHN & KAREN SHIELDS
SMYTH and THE LOYALIST
(Hong Kong, S.A.R.)
ATOMIX and ATOBOY
(New York, New York)
JEREMY CHAN & IRE HASSAN-ODUKALE
(London, The United Kingdom)
(Bornholm and Copenhagen, Denmark)
(St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador; Canada)
VAL M. CANTU
(San Francisco, California)
THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD
(St. Helena, California)
Photos: All photos were taken at the Twelve Days of Christmas at The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California in December of 2018.