When asked what Napa Valley has taught him about himself, Christopher Kostow, Meadowood’s charismatic chef, turns the question around and offers a reply heavy with meaning: “I’m not sure I remember how I was before.”
Meadowood Napa Valley soothes the mind and stimulates creativity — a luxurious wine country retreat woven into nature, refreshing any time of year.
Sometimes the joy of a beautiful evening is simply the culmination of a subtle harmony of elements: a cuisine, a decor, a landscape or even a vineyard. It is when everything comes together through this delicate turn of magic that rare moments are created.
To begin the year on a high note, Relais & Châteaux North America’s compilation entitled, The Art of Entertaining celebrates life, its little and grand wonders. This inspiring new coffee table book looks at the different guises revelry assumes in some of Relais & Châteaux’s hotels.
More and more, chefs are leaving the kitchen to seek out ingredients not only from local farms or their own gardens, but from the wilderness around them. The rise of the ancient art of foraging is an unlikely plot twist in the story of gastronomy, but it’s one winding up restaurants worldwide.