Meadowood Announces Its Twelve Days of Christmas Extra Early

The remodeled dining room.
The remodeled dining room. Photo: Creel Films

We’re used to getting this announcement closer to the fall, but today we learn that The Restaurant at Meadowood has already secured the guest chefs and vintners for their annual December benefit dinner series, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Chef Christopher Kostow wanted to broaden the scope of the dinners this year to be both an exchange of ideas with emerging chefs, and to feature chefs who are, with their food, telling “a narrative that only they can tell.” To that end, he elicited the help of globetrotting food blogger Bonjwing Lee, otherwise known as the Ulterior Epicure, who’s eaten pretty much everywhere.

Lee today makes the announcement of the lineup, for those who like to save their dates six months ahead, and it’s once again an impressive roster of chefs this time around. All will collaborate with Kostow and the vintner of the evening to create a five-course meal, and proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, to fight childhood hunger. As always, Kostow will cook the final dinner of the series himself. And in addition to the sixty seats in the dining room, Kostow will be making the four chef’s counter seats in the kitchen available for this year’s dinners too, via his Twitter account in the next few weeks. Pricing and reservation information can otherwise be found here.

Below, the roster for 2012, with vintners listed below the chefs.

Day 1 ~ Friday, December 7

Scott Anderson
Princeton, New Jersey

Wendell Laidley, Realm Cellars


Day 2 ~ Saturday December 8

John B. Shields
Formerly of Town House
Chilhowie, Virginia

Ehren Jordan, Failla Wines


Day 3 ~ Tuesday, December 11

Phillip Foss
EL Ideas
Chicago, Illinois

John Conover, PlumpJack Wines


Day 4 ~ Wednesday December 12

Stuart Brioza
State Bird Provisions
San Francisco, California

Beth Novak, Spottswoode Estate


Day 5 ~ Thursday December 13

Jason Franey
Canlis Restaurant
Seattle, Washington

Joe Wender & Ann Colgin, Colgin Cellars


Day 6 ~ Friday December 14

Matthias Merges
Chicago, Illinois

Phillipe Melka, Melka Wines


Day 7 ~ Saturday December 15

Mori Onodera
Formerly of Mori Sushi
Los Angeles, California

Cleo & Jayson Pahlmeyer, Pahlmeyer


Day 8 ~ Tuesday December 18

James Shyabout
Oakland, California

Ann & Dick Grace, Grace Family Vineyards


Day 9 ~ Wednesday December 19

Nick Anderer
New York, New York

Donald Bryant, Bryant Family Vineyard


Day 10 ~ Thursday December 20

David Toutin
Agapé Substance
Paris, France

Bart & Daphne Araujo, Araujo Estate


Day 11 ~ Friday December 21

Josh Habiger & Erick Anderson
The Catbird Seat
Nashville, Tennessee

Charles Thomas, Quintessa


Day 12 ~ Friday December 22

Christopher Kostow
The Meadowood
St. Helena, California

Bill & Deborah Harlan, BOND

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Meadowood Announces Its Twelve Days of Christmas Extra Early