The Ahwahnee Announces 2014 Chefs’ Holiday Lineup

Sep 24, 2013 Industry News
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The Ahwahnee, a National Historic Landmark and AAA Four-Diamond hotel, nestled in the heart of scenic Yosemite Valley, announces the lineup for the 29th Annual Chefs' Holidays event series in January 2014.  Celebrating the creativity and excellence of these culinary leaders in the breathtaking natural setting of Yosemite National Park, Chefs’ Holidays will be held over a series of eight sessions from January 12 - February 6, 2014.  For each session, guests are invited to take part in a “Meet the Chefs” reception, educational cooking demonstrations and tastings, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour and a five-course Chefs’ Holidays Gala Dinner in The Ahwahnee Dining Room prepared by the headliner chef complete with wine pairings.

“This year's lineup of participating chefs is one of our best yet,” says Chefs’ Holidays program director Kathy Langley.  “With an excellent combination of new and traditional talent, there is something for everyone, including ‘Top Chefs,’ ‘Iron Chefs’ and some of the very best culinary talent from California and across the U.S.”

Chefs’ Holidays has become a premier destination for epicures and culinary professionals since its inception as a small gathering of chefs and hotel guests in the winter of 1985. Held every January, Chefs’ Holidays allows the chefs to relax after their busy holiday season and unwind with their culinary colleagues and Yosemite visitors. Each session includes a “Meet the Chefs” reception, three cooking demonstrations in the Great Lounge moderated by food industry experts, a tour of The Ahwahnee’s 8,000 square foot kitchen, and a gala dinner prepared by the session’s headliner chefs in The Ahwahnee Dining Room. While several chefs have participated multiple years, the 2014 season welcomes several exciting newcomers including Michael Rotondo of Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, Sarah & Evan Rich of Rich Table in San Francisco, and Amanda Freitag of Food Network’s “Chopped.”

The 2014 lineup includes:

Session 1: January 12-14 (Sunday-Tuesday)-THEME: “A Taste of Monterey & Carmel”-a Collaborative Dinner*

Moderator:  Janice Wald Henderson, food & travel journalist

Headliner: Cal Stamenov, Marinus at Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California

Headliner: Brandon Miller, Mundaka, Carmel, California

Headliner: Jerry Regester, C Restaurant & Bar, Monterey, California

Session 2: January 15-16 (Wednesday-Thursday)

Moderator:  Janice Wald Henderson, food & travel journalist

Headliner: Hosea Rosenberg, Winner “Top Chef” Season 5/Blackbelly Catering, Boulder, Colorado

Culinary Demonstrator: Kim Alter, Plum, Oakland, California

Culinary Demonstrator: Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop, New York, New York

Session 3: January 19-21 (Sunday-Tuesday)

Moderator: Carolyn Jung, food journalist

Headliner: Kent Rathbun, Abacus, Dallas, Texas

Culinary Demonstrator: Jesse Cool, Flea Street Café, Menlo Park, California

Culinary Demonstrator: Mark Estee, Campo, Reno, Nevada

Session 4: January 22-23 (Wednesday-Thursday) – THEME: “TV’s Rockin’ Women Chefs”-a Collaborative Dinner*

Moderator: Carolyn Jung, food journalist

Headliner: Elizabeth Falkner, Next Iron Chef

Headliner: Ariane Duarte, “Top Chef”/CulinAriane, Montclair, New Jersey

Headliner: Amanda Freitag, “Chopped,” The Food Network

Session 5: January 26-28  (Sunday-Tuesday)

Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author

Headliner: Michael Rotondo, Parallel 37, San Francisco, California

Culinary Demonstrator: Laurence Jossel, nopa/nopalito, San Francisco, California

Culinary Demonstrator: Jerry Traunfeld, Poppy, Seattle, Washington

Session 6: January 29-30  (Wednesday-Thursday)

Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author

Headliner: Parke Ulriche, Waterbar, San Francisco, California

Culinary Demonstrator: Jimmy Bradley, The Red Cat, The Harrison, New York, New York

Culinary Demonstrator: Harold Dieterle, Perilla, New York, New York

Session 7: February 2-4 (Sunday-Tuesday)

Moderator: Michael Harlan Turkell, radio host for The Food Seen

Headliner: David Bazirgan, The Fifth Floor, San Francisco, California

Culinary Demonstrator: Annie Somerville, Greens, San Francisco, California

Culinary Demonstrator: Peter Chastain, Prima, Walnut Ceek, California

Session 8: February 5-6 (Wednesday-Thursday)

Moderator: Michael Harlan Turkell, radio host for The Food Seen

Headliner: Sarah & Evan Rich, Rich Table, San Francisco, California

Culinary Demonstrators: Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer, Canal House, Lambertville, New Jersey

Culinary Demonstrators: Peggy Smith & Sue Conley, Cowgirl Creamery, Petaluma & San Francisco

 

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