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The Ahwahnee, a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif., will host its 27th annual Chefs’ Holidays series from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2. Celebrating the range of styles, personalities and trends that characterize the American culinary scene, Chefs’ Holidays events present 25 prominent American chefs and culinary professionals from New York to Los Angeles over a series of eight sessions. For each session guests are invited to enjoy a Meet the Chefs reception, three educational cooking demonstrations and tastings, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour and a five-course gala dinner prepared by the chefs and paired with four wines, served by candlelight in The Ahwahnee’s dining room.
Here is the schedule of sessions.
Session 1: Jan. 8-10Moderator: Connie Barney, culinary travel consultantHeadliner: Kent Rathbun — Abacus, Jasper’s and Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen in TexasDemonstrator: Annie Sommerville — Greens, San FranciscoDemonstrator: Brian Streeter — Cakebread Cellars, Napa, Calif.
Session 2: Jan. 11-12Moderator: Connie Barney, culinary travel consultantHeadliner: Suzanne Goin — Lucques, A.O.C. and Tavern, Los AngelesDemonstrator: Mark Estee — Campo, Reno, Nev.Demonstrator: Donald Link — Herbsaint, New Orleans
Session 3: Jan. 15-17Moderator: Andrew Friedman, authorHeadliner: Peter Chastain — Prima, Walnut Creek, Calif.Demonstrator: Emily Luchetti — Farallon, San FranciscoDemonstrator: Sean Baker — Gather, Berkeley, Calif.
Session 4: Jan. 18-19Moderator: Andrew Friedman, authorHeadliner: Rick Moonen — RM Seafood, Las VegasDemonstrator: Jimmy Bradley — The Red Cat/The Harrison, New YorkDemonstrator: Jesse Ziff Cool — Flea Street Cafe, Menlo Park, Calif.
Session 5: Jan. 22-24Moderator: Barbara Fairchild, food journalistHeadliner: David Bazirgan — Fifth Floor, San FranciscoDemonstrator: Daniel Holzman — The Meatball Shop, New YorkDemonstrator: Peg Smith & Sue Conley — Cowgirl Creamery, Pt. Reyes, Calif.
Session 6: Jan. 25-26Moderator: Barbara Fairchild, food journalistHeadliner: Christopher Lee — Eden, South Beach, Fla., and Huntington Social, Huntington, N.Y.Demonstrator: Chris Prosperi — Metro Bis, Simsbury, Conn.Demonstrator: Robert Anderson — The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge, San Jose, Calif.
Session 7: Jan. 29-31 — A Collaborative Dinner: The Men of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef”Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, food & travel writerGuest Chef: Ryan Scott — Ryan Scott 2 Go/3-Sum Eats/Brunch Drunk Love, San FranciscoGuest Chef: Tre Wilcox — Marquee Grill & Bar, DallasGuest Chef: Brian Malarkey — Searsucker and Burlap, San Diego, Calif.
Session 8: Feb. 1-2 — A Collaborative Dinner: The Women of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef”Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, food & travel writerGuest Chef: Jen Biesty — Scala’s Bistro, San FranciscoGuest Chef: Ariane Duarte — CulinAriane, Montclair, N.J.Guest Chef: Antonia Lofaso — Black Market, Studio City, Calif.
Two- and three-night Yosemite culinary vacation packages are available at The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, starting at $896 and $665 respectively, and include lodging and admission for two to the Chefs’ Holidays events. Tickets for the gala dinner are available for $199 per person, including gratuity. Tax not included.