Keep Up With Julianne at Yountville Live!

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Julianne here! This coming Thursday, March 16th – Sunday, March 19th, I will be representing both Girls on Food and The Daily Meal at Yountville Live: World Class Music Food Wine.

Image courtesy of Yountville Live

Yountville Live is a 4-day event celebrating everything that shapes Napa Valley into the culture we know and love: wineries, exceptional cuisine, music, and art. I’ll be attending several of the tastings, concerts and cooking workshops. Below are the top events I’m the most excited for:

The Welcome Reception on Thursday, 3/16 at Brix starts at 3 PM with a performance by Five For Fighting (remember this jam?) and food stations from Chef Cary Delbridge. I’ve read about this top Napa spot’s sweeping views, and the Chef’s blend of Southern and California-inspired dishes in the past, so this is bound to be a warm welcome.

The Welcome Gala on Thursday, 3/16 at V Market Pavillion is gearing up to be every foodie’s dream! This event will include live music and wine paired with a 4-course meal.

Course 1: Chef Bob Hurley + Chef Kevin Miller
Course 2: Thomas Keller Restaurant Group Team USA Gold Medalists,
Chef Mathew Peters & Chef Harrison Turone
Course 3: Chef Graham Elliot
(let’s see if he recognizes me from my Masterchef Junior appearance)
Course 4: Chef Chris Kollar

As excited as I am for all of these chefs, I’m especially giddy to see what Chef Peters and Chef Turone come up with. Chef Peters is coming hot off of winning the prestigious Bocuse d’Or international cooking competition in Lyon, France with Chef Turone as his deputy.

The Friday Grand Cru Tasting, 3/17 in The Historic Barrell Room in V Market Pavillion will be featuring tastings of some of Napa Valley’s most awarded wines. Rumor has is there will be $150+ per bottle price points from Blackbird Vineyards, Buoncristiani Family Winery, Viader, Handwritten, Silver Oak, Gargiulo Vineyards, Hewitt Wines, Myriad, and more. The Historic Barrell Room was once a wine maturation cellar of the Groezinger Winery in the 1870’s, so it’ll be very fun to sip wine in a room rich with Napa Valley History.

On 3/18, I’ll be attending the Saturday Master Class Mozzarella in the Morning (location TBA), taught by Chicago caterers and restaurateurs Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh. This class will teach students how to make a perfect Fried Green Tomato Salad with an Artichoke Sour cocktail. Sounds interesting, huh? They promise to teach students how to properly use egg whites in a cocktail, which I’m excited to learn.

This event concludes Sunday, 3/19 with a Southern-inspired Bubbles Brunch catered by Chef Morgan Robinson of Smoke. Plus, there will be a live performance from Johnnyswim, who I just learned about, but I’m already becoming obsessed with. Check out their video for Heart Beats.

There’s still time to get tickets! Check out the schedule here to purchase. If you’re there, please be sure to say hello, and we can sip some wine together.

To keep up with this me at the event, be sure to follow @girlsonfoodblog and @thedailymeal for live stories and pictures. A full post is coming next week! CHEERS!

Julianne

Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a couple of cooking competition shows as a taster (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. IMDb page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2023647/ For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.

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