NAPA SONOMA, CA (APRIL 6, 2009) - New York City’s StarChefs.com™, the award-winning online culinary magazine, is including Napa Sonoma in its four U.S. city tour in 2009 with a series of June events to engage both the public and the culinary community. The Rising Stars Revue on the 17th will be the premier event.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2009, StarChefs.com™ will present their Rising Stars Revue at Charles Krug Winery, a walk-around tasting gala for the public featuring the Napa Sonoma Rising Stars and their signature dishes, cocktails and wine pairings. Rising Stars is a national award that recognizes up-and-coming chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from around the country. Rising Star candidates are nominated for consideration by the StarChefs.com™ Advisory Board, previous Rising Stars Award Winners, local food media, StarChefs’ editorial research and nominations through the starchefs.com™ web site. Winners are chosen by the StarChefs.com™ editorial team via in-person tastings and interviews.
StarChefs interviewed and tasted from over 50 restaurants in the Napa Sonoma area to determine those that represent the frontrunners in Napa Sonoma’s dining scene. The StarChefs 2009 Napa Sonoma Rising Stars Award winners are: Chef Jeremy Fox of Ubuntu, Chef Eric Korsh and Chef Ginevra Iverson of Restaurant Eloise, Chef Christopher Kostow of Meadowood, Chef Nick Ritchie of Bottega, Chef Matt Spector of JoLç, Chef Philip Tessier of Bouchon, Hotel Chef Jesse Mallgren of Madrona Manor, Pastry Chef Deanie Hickox-Fox of Ubuntu, Mixologist Scott Beattie, Sommelier Yoon Ha of La Toque and Sommelier Geoff Kruth at The Farmhouse Inn , Restaurateur John Toulze of the girl and the fig, fig cafe, Estate, Concept Award Chef Duncan Gott of Taylor's Automatic Refresher and Sustainability Award Chefs John Stewart and Duskie Estes of Bovolo and Zazu.
Tickets to the Rising Stars Revue are $75 per person and are available at www.starchefs.com/risingstars or by calling 212.966.7575. VIP tickets are $125 and include a private, pre-event reception hosted by Meadowood with vintage Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’or Champagne and Petrossian caviar plus early entry to the gala. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the V Foundation, a leading supporter of cancer research. Lead sponsors of the Revue include Jade Range, Vita-Mix, Winston Industries, The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, Stella Artois, Nordaq Fresh, WJDeutch & Sons, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Meadowood Napa Valley and Napa Sonoma and Diablo magazines.
CEO and Editor-in-Chief Antoinette Bruno brings more than a decade of experience in the foodservice industry to StarChefs.com™ and was recently chosen to judge Food Network’s popular Iron Chef America. She is thrilled with the culinary talent in Napa Sonoma: “The Napa and Sonoma culinary scene can be largely captured with two words: artisanal and local. The level of craftsmanship—from in-house charcuterie programs to hand-made pastas and cheeses—in this region is perhaps unrivaled by any other market. We tasted an incredible amount of house-made charcuterie from talented chefs with both large- and small-scale curing operations, and several chefs with extensive gardens or even farms to supply their restaurants with top-quality produce fresh from the earth.”
StarChefs.com™, the magazine for culinary insiders, has been serving the industry since 1995 with a clear focus on working chefs. With a dedicated mission to catalyze culinary professionals' success and give them the tools they need to overcome their specific challenges, StarChefs.com's™ original culinary content is driven by in-person tastings and interviews across the world. In addition to featuring top chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, the StarChefs.com™ JobFinder is the leading job board connecting culinary and hospitality professionals to careers in the foodservice industry, featuring cutting edge, interactive classifieds technology.
StarChefs.com™ features 25,000 published pages of original, chef-focused culinary content, and receives 20 million hits, 9.8 million page views and 680,000 unique visitors per month. StarChefs.com™ was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant or Nutrition in 2008. Its Board of Advisors is made up of 20 of the country’s most influential chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Norman Van Aken, Todd English, Marcus Samuelsson and Bobby Flay.