'Rising Stars' on Napa/Sonoma Dining Scene Honored

    New York City’s StarChefs.com, the award-winning online culinary magazine, is including Napa/Sonoma on its four-city U.S. tour in 2009 with a series of June events to engage both the public and the culinary community.

     On Wednesday, June 17, StarChefs.com will present its Rising Stars Revue at Napa Valley’s 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 through the starchefs.com Web site. Winners are chosen by the StarChefs.com editorial team via in-person tastings and interviews.

     StarChefs visited more than 50 restaurants in the Napa/Sonoma area to determine those that represent the frontrunners in the region’s dining scene.

     The StarChefs 2009 Napa/Sonoma Rising Stars Award winners include:

     * 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 JoLe

     * Chef Philip Tessier of Bouchon

     * Hotel Chef Jesse Mallgren of Madrona Manor

     * Pastry Chef Deanie Hickox-Fox of Ubuntu

     * Sommelier Yoon Ha of La Toque

     * Sommelier Geoff Kruth of The Farmhouse Inn

     Tickets to the Rising Stars Revue are $75 per person and are available at 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.

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