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.