The Ahwahnee Hotel’s Annual America’s Best Chefs in January

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Chefs from around the country, including several Bay Area notables, are gathering this winter in Yosemite National Park for the 27th annual Chefs Holidays at the Ahwahnee Hotel, a series of eight culinary retreats between January 6th and 31st 2013 at the Ahwahnee Hotel.

Each session includes a “Meet the Chef” reception, educational cooking demonstrations and tastings, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour, and a five-course gala dinner in the Ahwahnee Dining Room. The gala dinner, prepared by the chefs, also includes wine pairings. If you haven’t visited Yosemite in awhile, here’s a great excuse to get up there and enjoy the park (and the lovely grounds of the Ahwahnee).

The eight sessions will include Bay Area locals like Mark Sullivan of Spruce, Matt McNamara of Sons & Daughters, Annie Somerville of Greens, and Peggy Smith and Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery. Other chef participants include Joey Campanaro of the Little Owl in New York, Nyesha Arrington of the Wilshire in Los Angeles, and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in New York. Here’s the schedule:

Session 1: January 6th-8th
Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, food and travel journalist
Participating chefs: Douglas Keane (Cyrus, Healdsburg), Victor Scargle (Lucy, Yountville), Peter Armellino (Plumed Horse, Saratoga)

Session 2: January 9th-10th
Moderator: Janice Wald Henderson, food and travel journalist
Participating chefs: Mark Sullivan (Spruce), Annie Somerville (Greens), Ben “Wyatt” Dufresne (Plumpjack, Squaw Valley)

Session 3: January 13th-15th
Moderator: Connie Barney, culinary tour guide
Participating chefs: Joey Elenterio (Chez TJ, Mountain View), Jesse Cool (Flea Street Café, Menlo Park), Brian Streeter (Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley)

Session 4: January 16th-17th
Moderator: Connie Barney, culinary tour guide
Participating chefs: Mark Estee (Campo, Reno), Peggy Smith and Sue Conley (Cowgirl Creamery), Adam Mali (Brasserie S&P)

Session 5: January 20th-22nd
Moderator: Carolyn Jung, food and wine journalist
Participating chefs: Matt McNamara (Sons & Daughters), Daniel Holzman (The Meatball Shop, New York), David Lentz (The Hungry Cat, Santa Barbara)

Session 6: January 23rd-24th
Moderator: Carolyn Jung, food and wine journalist
Participating chefs: Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles), Waylynn Lucas (Fonuts, Los Angeles), Nyesha Arrington (Wilshire, Los Angeles)

Session 7: January 27th-29th
Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author
Participating chefs: David Bazirgan (Fifth Floor), Kim Alter (Haven, Oakland), Laurence Jossel (Nopa, Nopalito)

Session 8: January 30th-31st
Moderator: Andrew Friedman, author
Participating chefs: Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, New York), Jimmy Bradley (The Red Cat & The Harrison, New York), Joey Campanaro (The Little Owl, New York)