James Beard Award-winning Chef Christopher Kostow and Restaurant Director Nathaniel Dorn invite 12 of the brightest chefs and vintners from across the US and abroad to their luxury resort in Napa Valley this winter.


The Restaurant at Meadowood and Chef Christopher Kostow – 2013 James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef: West – celebrate The Twelve Days of Christmas® at Meadowood Napa Valley with Nordic Star Chef Rasmus Kofoed of fast rising comet Restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen and George Peterson of international acclaimed Spring Mountain Vineyard on Wednesday, December 18.

From December 6-21, The Restaurant will host the sixth annual dining series benefitting Napa Valley charities The Holly Cranston Foundation and the Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS). Since 2008, this collaborative event raised more than $230,000 to battle childhood hunger in partnership with  Share Our Strength, and this year, they are hoping to make a significant impact on local children in need.

“It’s our honor to support children in need around the Napa Valley area as we continue this truly unique Christmas tradition,” says Restaurant Director Nathaniel Dorn.

 “This event has always been an opportunity for us to give back; to promote the ethos of our Restaurant and community, and to create an opportunity for prolonged cross pollination and enduring friendships,” says Kostow.

                      Kostow works closely with the invited guest chefs throughout the year to explore their unique flavors, inspirations, and cultures giving each night of the series a distinctive fingerprint.


Chef Christopher Kostow and Restaurant Director Nathaniel Dorn.


One of these guest chefs being Bocuse d’Or Legend Rasmus Kofoed, who first won bronze, – then silver. And finally, in 2011, he received the golden statue, the proof that he was the winner of Bocuse d’Or and thereby the title “the world’s best chef”.

In March 2013, Rasmus Kofoed received his second Michelin star within only two years at Restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen, as well as both years being recognized at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List.

“Besides doing something good to two great causes, I’m looking very much forward to experience The Restaurant at Meadowood, that stands out as an almost extension to the woods it’s situated in”, Kofoed says and continues; “I’ll try and combine this with taking sensations from the immediate terrior, recreate and refine it in a dish and express the actual moment. To me that’s what it is all about.”

Chef Rasmus Kofoed during service at Geranium.



The 2013 Chef and Vintner lineup


Friday, December 6

Andy Ricker (Pok Pok in Portland and New York)

Mike Grgich and Violet Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate

Saturday, December 7

Rodolfo Guzman (Boragó in Santiago, Chile)

Juan Mercado, Realm Cellars

Tuesday, December 10

Carlo Mirarchi (Roberta’s and Blanca in Brooklyn)

Andrew Mariani and Adam Mariani, SCRIBE Winery

Wednesday, December 11

Tim Cushman (o ya Restaurant in Boston)

Stephen Martin and Dennis O’Neil, Checkerboard Vineyards

Thursday, December 12

Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner in Raleig, NC))

Freddy and Mary Constant, Constant, Diamond Mountain Vineyard

Friday, December 13

David Chang (Momofuku Restaurants in New York)

Larry Turley, Turley Wine Cellars


View film from The Twelve Days of Christmas® 2012


Saturday, December 14

Matthew Accarrino (SPQR in San Francisco)

Tuck and Boo Beckstoffer, Tuck Beckstoffer Wines

Tuesday, December 17

Mark Ladner and Brooks Headley (Del Posto in New York)

Glenn Salva, Antica Napa Valley, Antinori Family Estate

Wednesday, December 18

Rasmus Kofoed (Geranium in Denmark)

George Peterson, Spring Mountain Vineyard

Thursday, December 19

Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns (Bar Tartine in San Francisco)

Jon and Lily Berlin, El Molino Winery

Friday, December 20

David Kinch (Manresa in Los Gatos, CA)

May-Britt and Denis Malbec, Notre Vin, Malbec and Malbec Cellars

Saturday, December 21

Christopher Kostow & Sous Chefs (The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, CA)

H. William and Deborah Harlan, Harlan Estate


Tickets to dine in The Restaurant dining room are $395 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Guests who prefer an expanded menu amidst the kitchen action may reserve seats at the Chef’s Counter for $750 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Meadowood donates $2,000 in honor of each chef plus 20 percent of every dinner ticket sold to be split between The Holly Cranston Foundation and NEWS. In addition to the charity partners, this year Meadowood also wishes to welcome and thank Napa Valley Tours & Transportation and Shramsberg Vineyards for their continued support.

To book reservations for the dinner series, please call +1 855.304.8986.


The Holly Cranston Foundation is dedicated to helping children with disabilities and their families who reside in the Napa Valley community. To learn more about the foundation, please visit:  www.hollycranstonmemorialfund.org

The Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS) is a refuge for women and children suffering from domestic violence and/or sexual assault and acts as catalyst for change through prevention, intervention, and advocacy. For more on their mission, please visit www.napanews.org


For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Melany Mullens at melany@polishedpigmedia.com +1 540.314.8089

Michelle Charak at michelle@polishedpigmedia.com +1 917.463.3833

Thank you.


Hungry for more? Read this in-depth article on Nordic Star Chef Rasmus Kofoed.