Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel "Chefs' Holiday" Gala

October 1, 2013 

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's national historic landmark and AAA four-diamond hotel, has announced the lineup for the 29th Annual Chefs' Holidays event series in January. Celebrating the creativity and excellence of these culinary leaders in the breathtaking natural setting of Yosemite National Park, Chefs' Holidays will be held over a series of eight sessions from Jan.12 - Feb. 6.

"This year's lineup of participating chefs is one of our best yet," said Chefs' Holidays program director Kathy Langley. "With an excellent combination of new and traditional talent, there is something for everyone, including 'Top Chefs,' 'Iron Chefs' and some of the very best culinary talent from California and across the U.S."

Held every January, Chefs' Holidays allows the chefs to relax after their busy holiday season and unwind with their culinary colleagues and Yosemite visitors. Each session includes a "Meet the Chefs" reception, three cooking demonstrations in the Great Lounge moderated by food industry experts, a tour of The Ahwahnee's 8,000 square foot kitchen, and a gala dinner prepared by the session's headliner chefs in The Ahwahnee Dining Room.

While several chefs have participated multiple years, the 2014 season welcomes several newcomers including Michael Rotondo of Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, Sarah and Evan Rich of Rich Table in San Francisco, and Amanda Freitag of Food Network's "Chopped."

Special two and three-night packages for Chefs' Holidays are available at either The Ahwahnee or Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Details: yosemitepark.com/ahwahnee.

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