Sean Brock, George Mendes Among Meadowood’s Christmas Lineup

Chef Christopher Kostow
Chef Christopher Kostow Photo: Creel Films

Today Meadowood announces the dates and guest chefs for this year’s Twelve Days of Christmas Dinners. The event goes back four years now, and it features a series of dinners in the first weeks of December, each guest-cheffed by a notable out-of-towner and each paired with a Napa winery. This year’s fairly young lineup includes Sean Brock, the chef at Husk in Charleston, South Carolina, which Andrew Knowlton recently named the best new restaurant in the country in Bon Appétit; Top Chef Masters cheftestant George Mendes of Aldea in NYC; and former Portland chef Matthew Lightner, who was featured as a Food & Wine Best New Chef last year, and who recently decamped to New York.

As always, Meadowood executive chef Christopher Kostow will cook the final dinner of the series, on December 17. Also, as always, proceeds from the Twelve Days of Christmas dinners will go to Share Our Strength, helping to end childhood hunger.

The Twelve Days of Christmas - 2011
Celebrated Chefs and Legendary Vintners

Day 1 ~ Friday, December 2
Michael Solomonov - Zahav, Philadelphia
Leslie Rudd and Jeff Morgan - Covenant Wines

Day 2 ~ Saturday, December 3
Kelly English - Restaurant Iris, Memphis, TN
Jeff and Carolyn Smith - Hourglass

Day 3 ~ Tuesday, December 6
Wesley Genovart - SoLo Farm & Table, South Londonderry, VT
Susan Boswell & Jaquelynn and Joshua Peeples - Chateau Boswell & Jaquelynn Wines

Day 4 ~ Wednesday, December 7
Curtis Duffy - Chicago, IL
Mark Nelson, Dana Johnson and Janet Pagano - OVID

Day 5 ~ Thursday, December 8
Shin Takagi - Zeniya, Kanazawa, Japan
John Conover - PlumpJack Winery & CADE

Day 6 ~ Friday, December 9
Sean Brock - McCrady’s, Husk, Charleston, SC
Hi Sang Lee and Young Hwa Chung - Dana Estates

Day 7~ Saturday, December 10
Mark Gold - Eva Restaurant, Los Angeles
Frank and Julie Husic - Husic

Day 8 ~ Tuesday, December 13
George Mendes - ALDEA, New York City
Donald R. and Patricia Stephens &
Justin Hunnicutt and Seana Stephens - D. R. Stephens Estate and Hunnicutt Winery

Day 9 ~ Wednesday, December 14
Matthew Lightner - New York City
Coral Brown and David Brown - Brown Estate

Day 10 ~ Thursday, December 15
William Bradley - Addison, San Diego
Chuck and Anne McMinn - Vineyard 29

Day 11~ Friday, December 16
Enrique Olvera - Pujol, Mexico City
Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo - Gargiulo Vineyards

Day 12 ~ Saturday, December 17
Christopher Kostow - The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena
Bill and Deborah Harlan - Harlan Estate

Pricing for dinners begins at $990 for weekday events and $1065 for Friday and Saturday events. Price is per couple per night and includes one night’s lodging at Meadowood and dinner seating for two.

Reserve at call 707.963.3646 or e-mail

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Sean Brock, George Mendes Among Meadowood’s Christmas Lineup