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2010 Season Chefs’ Holidays

Submitted by on December 27, 2009 – 9:30 pm2 Comments

Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake and OrsonThe 25th annual Chefs’ Holidays Lineup Event at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, California, highlights food and wine from across America. Celebrating the range of styles, personalities and trends that characterize the American culinary scene, Chefs’ Holidays brings together 29 prominent American chefs and culinary professionals in a wintertime celebration that includes a series of eight sessions from January 10 to February 4, 2010. For each session of Chefs’ Holidays guests are invited to take part in a “Meet the Chefs” reception, cooking classes and demonstrations, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour, and a five-course Chefs’ Holidays Gala Dinner prepared by the headliner chef and paired with four wines, served by candlelight in The Ahwahnee Dining Room.

Since its inception as a small gathering of top chefs and hotel guests in the winter of 1985, Chefs’ Holidays has become a destination for epicures and culinary professionals alike. Culinary professionals making repeat appearances this year include Peggy Smith and Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery, Elizabeth Falkner (pictured, above left) of Citizen Cake and Orson, Douglas Keane of Cyrus, Chris Cosentino of Incanto and Boccalone, Paul Virant of Vie, Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu and Bovolo, Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver of La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Jesse Ziff Cool of Flea St. Cafe, Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge, Ken Frank of La Toque and Annie Somerville of Greens.

Newly added this season is a special Bravo TV “Top Chef” Contestants series featuring Ryan Scott of Ryan Scott 2 Go, Ariane Duarte of Culinariane and Carla Hall of Alchemy Caterers. Other newcomers are Matt Bolton of Pacific’s Edge, David Kinch of Manresa, Bruce Sherman of North Pond, Christopher Lee of Aureole, Hoss Zare (pictured, below right) of Zare at Fly Trap, Brad Farmerie of PUBLIC, Double Crown and The Monday Room, Suzanne Goin of Lucques, Jody Adams of Rialto, Michelle Mah of midi, and Loretta Keller of COCO5OO.

Hoss Zare of Zare at Fly Trap
The 2010 schedule is as follows:

Kickoff Session: January 10-12, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
The 25th Anniversary Cooperative Dinner featuring one course from each chef:
Executive Chef Percy Whatley–The Ahwahnee
Pastry Chef Paul Padua–The Ahwahnee
Demonstrator: Cal Stamenov–Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California
Demonstrator: Matt Bolton–Pacific’s Edge at the Highlands Inn, Carmel, California
Demonstrator: David Kinch–Manresa, Los Gatos, California

Session II: January 13-14, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Headliner: Bruce Sherman–North Pond, Chicago, Illinois
Demonstrators: Peg Smith & Sue Conley–Cowgirl Creamery, Pt. Reyes, California
Demonstrator: Elizabeth Falkner–Citizen Cake & Orson, San Francisco, California

Session III: January 17-19, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Headliner: Christopher Lee–Aureole, New York, New York
Demonstrator: Hoss Zare–Zare at Flytrap, San Francisco, California
Demonstrator: Douglas Keane–Cyrus, Healdsburg, California

Session IV: January 20-21, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Headliner: Brad Farmerie–PUBLIC, Double Crown and The Monday Room, New York, New York
Demonstrator: Chris Cosentino–Incanto & Boccalone, San Francisco, California
Demonstrator: Paul Virant–Vie, Western Springs, Illinois

Session V: January 24-26, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Headliner: Suzanne Goin–Lucques, Los Angeles, California
Demonstrators: Duskie Estes & John Stewart–Zazu & Bovolo, Sonoma County, California
Demonstrator: Jody Adams–Rialto, Boston, Massachusetts

Session VI: January 27-28, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Theme: Bravo TV’s Top Chefs
Headliner: Ryan Scott–Ryan Scott 2 Go, San Francisco, California
Demonstrator: Ariane Duarte–CulinAriane, Montclair, New Jersey
Demonstrator: Carla Hall–Alchemy Caterers, Washington, D.C.

Session VII: January 31-February 2, 2010 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Headliner: Ken Frank–La Toque, Napa, California
Demonstrator: Michelle Mah–midi, San Francisco, California
Demonstrator: Loretta Keller–COCO5OO, San Francisco, California

Session VIII: February 3-4, 2010 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Headliners: Bernard Guillas & Ron Oliver–La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, California
Demonstrator: Jesse Ziff Cool–Flea St. Cafe, Menlo Park, California
Demonstrator: Annie Somerville–Greens, San Francisco, California

For more information on Yosemite Chefs’ Holidays at The Ahwahnee or to make reservations, call 801:559-4949 or go online. The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls are operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation activities and transportation services in Yosemite.

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