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November 06, 2013

Holiday Dining with the World's Best Chefs

By Shivani Vora | Food

Courtesy of Meadowood

The world’s best restaurants have spectacular holiday dining down pat, but the dinner event Twelve Days of Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley (December 6–7, 10–14 and 17–21) steals the show. In its sixth year under Christopher Kostow, chef at the resort’s Michelin three-star restaurant, the series partners with 11 notable chefs to create 12 meals that span as many days and are matched with wines from (you guessed it) 12 vintners.

“Initially the chefs I invited would provide me with the dishes they wanted to serve and I would cook their menu with them,” explains Kostow. “Now they send me some of the dishes and I come up with other ones on my own to complement them.”

Participants this year include Rodolfo Guzmán from Boragó (Santiago, Chile); Ashley Christensen from Poole’s Downtown Diner (Raleigh, North Carolina); and David Chang of Momofuku (New York). Each meal features between seven and 12 courses, and this year’s festivities kick off at the Relais & Châteaux property with dishes prepared by Kostow and Andy Ricker, of the popular Thai eatery Pok Pok in New York and Portland, Oregon. (Exact menu details are being finalized, but we hear Kostow will prepare a Thai-inspired catfish dish.) The wines for the evening will come from the local Grgich Hills Estate; the winemakers themselves will attend.

While food is the undisputed star of the event, philanthropy also plays a role. Since beginning in 2008, the dinners have raised more than $230,000 for Share Our Strength to help fight childhood hunger in America. This year Meadowood is giving back locally by donating $2,000 in honor of each participating chef and 20 percent of every dinner ticket sold to the Holly Cranston Foundation (hollycranstonmemorialfund.org), which helps children with disabilities, and Napa Emergency Women’s Services (napanews.org), which gives shelter to women dealing with domestic violence. Dinner tickets start at $395; dinner and overnight packages are available from $1,315; 900 Meadowood Ln.; 855-953-2435; reservations@meadowood.com; meadowood.com.