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Chef California

Interview: chef Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller, the iconic chef who helped redefine fine dining when he took over The French Laundry in downtown Yountville in 1994, is a busy man. His Thomas Keller Restaurant Group operates Bouchon Bistro...
Restaurant Napa Valley

The French Laundry: Napa Valley’s Culinary Crown Jewel

A flag flies in a spacious garden across the street from a building with ivy-lined stone walls on Yountville’s north side. This is The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s legendary restaurant that debuted in 1994...
Restaurant Napa Valley

Bottega – Yountville, CA

Made it to Bottega in Yountville. Had a wonderful lunch and chatted briefly with Michael Chiarello about his interview, Bottega, and his “Top Chef Masters” experience. Loved the sardine app and the half Cornish...
Restaurant Sign Napa Valley

Mustards Grill: A Million Chops and Counting, Plus Vivid Color

Cindy Pawlcyn opened her eclectic American cafe in 1983. In recent years, she’s become one of Napa Valley’s leading restaurateurs, adding Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Go Fish, both just north, in St. Helena. Judging...
Bakery Napa Valley

Bouchon Bakery: Beginning a Pastry Hot Streak in Napa Valley

Over his storied career, with restaurants like The French Laundry and Per Se, Thomas Keller has gained a reputation as America’s grand master of high-end cuisine. Thankfully for food lovers, Mr. Keller also promotes...
Restaurant Napa Valley

Redd: Pairing Vivid Flavors with Sleek Design in Yountville [CLOSED]

After a five-year run at Auberge du Soleil, chef Richard Reddington struck out on his own in 2004, opening his eponymous restaurant in the heart of Yountville – Thomas Keller’s domain. Despite Keller’s stranglehold...