Food & Drink
A Christmas Tradition with a Purpose
It’s time to make holiday getaway plans! If top-notch dining is high on your list of vacation priorities, then you will love the Restaurant at Meadowood’s 12 Days of Christmas Dinners. This Christmas season Chef Christopher Kostow will bring in world-class chefs from far and wide to this Michelin 3-star restaurant in St. Helena. These charitable feasts will not only bring you truly exquisite dining but will also benefit the St. Helena Preschool For All, Inc. scholarship fund.
Each evening will feature a menu inspired by the chef’s unique style paired with the wholesome ingredients from the 3.5-acre farm at Meadowood. Chefs will come from as far away as Denmark, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Portugal, while others will represent the best of their region in the United States.
The World-Famous Chefs
The line-up of chefs you can expect to see this year are:
- Friday, December 6: Chef Gabriela Cámara from Mexico City, Mexico
- Saturday, December 7: Chef John Shields from Chicago, Illinois
- Tuesday, December 10: Chef Daniel Calvert from Hong Kong, China
- Wednesday, December 11: Chef Jose Avillez from Lisbon, Portugal
- Thursday, December 12: Chef Junghyun Park from New York City, United States
- Friday, December 13: Chef Jeremy Chan & Ire Hassan-Odukale from London, England
- Saturday, December 14: Chef Nicolai Norregaard from Copenhagen, Denmark
- Tuesday, December 17: Chef Brady Williams from Seattle, United States
- Wednesday, December 18: Chef Jeremy Charles from Newfoundland, Canada
- Thursday, December 19: Chef Malcolm Lee from Candlenut, Singapore
- Friday, December 20: Chef Val M. Cantu from San Fransisco, United States
- Saturday, December 21: Chef Christopher Kostow from Napa Valley, United States
This is a Christmas celebration you don’t want to miss. Expect suburb service, beautiful place settings, mouth-watering cuisine, and excellent wine pairings. Guests keep coming back to this event year after year to experience unique, inventive cuisine that they would otherwise have to travel the world for.
Make Us A Part of Your Holiday Tradition
We love to make fresh, homegrown food a part of your stay at the Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn too. Napa Valley is a mecca of fine dining, and we are no exception. Start your day off with our gourmet breakfast and finish it by enjoying the world-class fare at the Restaurant at Meadowood. It’s a tradition you’ll love to come back for! Book a room today!
Why Take a Food & Wine Tour?
One of the hardest parts of planning a trip to Napa Valley is narrowing down all the wonderful options to fit into the amount of time you have to spend in the area. Which wineries are the best? What restaurants do the locals love? Where is the best place to stay? (If you’ve been a guest at the Wine Way Inn or Craftsman Inn, you already know the answer to that!) One great way to solve this problem is to sign up to take a tour. Local experts will guide you through the best-of-the-best, offering context and history to each stop. The St. Helena Food and Wine Tour is a favorite of ours and will make you an area expert in no time!
St. Helena Food & Wine Tour Has It All
The St. Helena Food and Wine Tour is listed as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Foodie Tours in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. It combines the best of walking tours with food and wine tours for one complete package. It lasts approximately 3.5 hours and will take you on an easy walk down Main Street St. Helena.
The tour starts at Clif Family Winery for a brunch experience and wine tasting. Does “Clif Bar” sound familiar? That’s right, the same family that brought you the organic energy bar is also the one who runs this family winery. On this stop of the tour, you’ll get a history of the family and the winery as well as organic jams, nuts, and honey to pair with your wine. Talk about farm-fresh!
The next stop on this journey is the highly-rated Goose and Gander restaurant. This romantic restaurant is famous for their mushroom soup. So sip on a crisp wine or an award-winning cocktail and savor the crave-worthy soup. If the weather is good you can enjoy their koi pond outside on the patio.
Next stop: Model Bakery for their famous English muffins and other pastries, breads, and cookies. If you’re lucky, and the bakery isn’t too busy, you may even be able to tour the back kitchen and see their 1800’s bread ovens still in use!
Olivier’s is the stop for sampling locally sourced olive oils, vinegars, and other unique sauces. Try the chocolate spreads for some sweetness or the mustard spreads for tanginess. It’s a quaint little shop that you won’t’ want to leave!
From Olivier’s, you’ll go to Archetype, a farm-to-table restaurant with offerings of the best of Napa Valley wines. This restaurant serves creative dishes that are grown and harvested in a responsible manner. It’s the perfect stop before dessert!
It’s not over till you try some gourmet desserts at Woodhouse Chocolates! This little candy shop offers delectable handmade bites to suit any palate. Their tried-and-true flavors, as well as their seasonal collections, will have your mouth watering for more.
Plan Your Trip
St. Helena is just down the road from the Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn. It’s also home to a branch campus of the Culinary Institute of America, so you know you’re going to get good eats! Rest your weary feet after your walking tour with a stay at our inns. Better yet—let us arrange a private massage for a truly luxurious day! Book now!
If you’re around Napa Valley anytime soon, you must try the unique newly-redesigned restaurant, Roadhouse 29, along St. Helena’s highway. This casual barbecue eatery offers up tasty sides that perfectly complement their large variety of delicious smoked and grilled meats.
We were highly impressed during our latest visit to the popular restaurant. Shortly after placing our order from the carefully curated list of barbecued and grilled meats, platters of flavor arrived in abundance. The Berkwood Farms St Louis Pork Ribs and the 42 hour American Wagyu short rib steak are both smoked over California oak & Freemark Abbey Cabernet barrel staves.
The ribs fall off the bone effortlessly and have captured the rich smoky pork flavors in its delicate fat. The marbled beef melts like butter but doesn’t lack in its absolutely tender flavors whatsoever. Each are served with complimentary warm King Hawaiian buns, their signature Roadhouse 29 slaw, and Sonoma Brinery pickles.
From the grill, the 2 lb. Marinated Tri Tip has a robust meaty flavor that is served with roasted mushrooms and its signature toasted garlic. For sides that round out the meal, you’ve got to try the whole roasted cauliflower covered in a light pesto with roasted almonds and golden raisins, and the traditional warm buttered corn bread.
Be sure to check out this great restaurant during your next visit to the area! If you’re looking for the perfect lodging option during your trip, book your stay at one of our Napa Valley Inns.
Day 1: Grape to Glass
Welcome to Napa. Now that you’re here, you can take in all that the area has to offer! You’ll be needing a home base for your adventures, and our comfortable rooms provide an ideal launching point. Start out by exploring one of the many nearby wineries. Napa is famous the world over for its wines after all, and being in the valley provides a rare opportunity to go right to the source! Sip a delicious vintage while out amongst the vines, and who knows, you might just gain new insight into how that wine goes from grape to glass. End your day on a high note with a visit to one of area’s best Calistoga restaurants. Bring depth to the taste of wine with a food pairing and enjoy a pleasant evening as the sun sets behind the rolling hills.
Day 2: Explore and More
A day out exploring Napa deserves a strong start, and what better way to do so than with a full breakfast at the inn? Made in-house from innkeeper Gillian Kite’s own cookbook recipes, they’re sure to delight the palate and provide much-needed energy for the full day ahead of you! If you’re heading out, take the opportunity and enjoy a leisurely walk around downtown Calistoga. Have a bite at one of the local eateries and take in the beauty of the town. Afterward, take a chance on the experience of a lifetime and go up in a hot air balloon! See the whole valley spread out below you and take it all in, the perfect way to end a day while watching the sunset from high in the sky.
Day 3: Distinctly Napa Experiences
Feel like going back in time? Would your Napa getaway benefit from a bit more of a medieval touch? Well then, you’re in luck! Only 2 miles from the inn is the beautiful Castello di Amorosa. Built to resemble ancient Tuscan style, a visit to the castle is like a step back into the past. Enjoy food and wine events in the “Castello Style” in the Great Hall or take in the fresh air up on the Terrace. For those interested, we’ve got you covered with our specially curated package.
Want to stay active and see all the natural beauty Napa has to offer? Rent a bike or join a Sip ‘N Cycle Wine Tour of Calistoga, where our guests receive a $10 discount. End your day with a visit to one of the area’s premier restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a delightful romantic meal or simply need a bite to eat, you’re sure to find the perfect meal.
With all these incredible options, The Valley is the perfect place for any kind of getaway your heart desires! If any of these activities have stirred up a desire for beautiful sunshine and Napa wine, then let us be the home away from home for all your Napa Valley adventures.