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St. Michaels, Maryland: The Art of Gastronomy at Inn at Perry Cabin
Winter and early spring are high oyster season along the Maryland coastline. And the Chesapeake Bay, which is one of the largest bivalve habitats on earth, is celebrated for its world-class oysters. From now through May, guests at the luxury seaside resort can experience the season in style. The resort’s Art of Gastronomy package includes daily breakfast for two, the chance to participate in an exclusive oyster harvesting activity at Philips Wharf Environmental Center with a Chesapeake waterman, fireside cocktails to warm up with after a day on the water, and a chef’s choice tasting menu at the sea and seasonally-inspired Stars Restaurant. 308 Watkins Ln; 410-745-2200.
Napa Valley, California: Feast of the Seven Cultures at Acacia House
From November 29 through December 20, the restaurant at Las Alcobas Napa Valley will welcome a guest chef lineup for the second annual Feast of Seven Cultures dinner series. Hosted by Acacia House in partnership with chef Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb, Jackrabbit), the series will feature six chefs who will each create an exclusive tasting menu based on the cuisine of the country they represent (Mexico, France, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Israel).
The first dinner in the series on November 29 will feature chef Alon Shaya (Saba, Safta) serving tabbouleh with avocado and mint, hummus with dungeness crab and cinnamon-cap mushrooms, short ribs with cous cous, black harissa, and pickled raisins, and rose-scented malabi custard. Future dinners will feature chefs Sara Gruenberg (Monteverde Restaurant), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec), Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat), Chris Cosentino (Acacia House), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish), and Paul Kahan (Blackbird, avec, Big Star). A portion of the dinners’ proceeds will go to Chefs Cycle: No Kid Hungry. 1915 Main St; 707-963-7000.
New York City: Del Posto Collaboration Dinner with Daniel Boulud
On November 30, chef Del Posto’s executive chef Melissa Rodriguez will be joined by Daniel Boulud for a dinner celebrating French and Italian cuisine. The two chefs met in 2006, when Rodriguez worked in Boulud’s iconic, Michelin-starred Restaurant Daniel. Through the years their relationship evolved from mentor and protégé to colleagues and friends.
The five-course tasting menu will include a Scottish game terrine with wild mushroom vinaigrette, crown shaped pasta with Toma cheese and white truffle, Dover sole with sunchokes and black truffle, and Wagyu strip loin with braised red cabbage and smoked brisket. The meal will be paired with rare and sought after Barolo, Barbaresco, and Burgundy wines. 85 10th Ave; 212-497-8090.
Watch Hill, Rhode Island: Fondue Express at Ocean House
On December 1, the luxury oceanfront hotel will open an Austrian-themed, 6-person pop-up restaurant. Held inside a vintage ski cable car that has been retrofitted with heated wood floors, plush seating, and meticulously curated design details (think: a cuckoo clock and imported Swiss and Austrian tableware) it offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Once aboard, diners will enjoy a 3-course meal of Raclette with boiled potatoes, cheese fondue with dipping accouterment or rösti potatoes with veal sausage and onion sauce, plum tart with cinnamon ice cream, Swiss Christmas cookies, and other Alpine delicacies. To drink, meanwhile, a selection of champagnes by Veuve Clicquot offers many opportunities to toast the evening. Seatings on the Fondue Express are available through February 14. 1 Bluff Ave; 855-678-0364.