California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Kosta Browne announced the Chef Series lineup of winery dinners. The first event—already sold-out—will take place on November 9, 2018, and feature a custom menu from Chef Kyle Connaughton of two-Michelin-starred SingleThread. The dinner series will continue into 2019 with Maui’s Chef of the Year, Chef Mike Lofaro from Humuhumunukunukuapua`a restaurant at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui, and Chef Christopher Kostow from three-Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley.
“The goal with each evening is to bring members together for an unforgettable celebration of exceptional farming, food and wine,” says Damon Wong, Director of Hospitality for Kosta Browne Winery. Each evening presents a custom multi-course menu paired with rare Kosta Browne library selections, current releases or wines from the newly minted Observations series.
“Farming is at the core of what we do at Kosta Browne,” says Winemaker Nico Cueva. “To collaborate with culinary artists who share our appreciation of the land is a true treat. The wines selected to pair with these dinners represent our commitment to site-specific vineyard sourcing and farmer relationships, as well as our signature approach in the cellar.” Wine pairings for the Chef Series come from the rugged Sonoma Coast, foggy Russian River Valley, chilly Santa Lucia Highlands, powerful Sta. Rita Hills, and the wild, untamed Anderson Valley.
SingleThread, an acclaimed restaurant and five-bedroom inn founded by Chef Kyle Connaughton and Head Farmer Katina Connaughton, is known for its ethos of Japanese omotenashi: the spirit of selfless hospitality. “We are excited to kick-off the Chef Series with Kosta Browne,” says Chef Connaughton. “We share a dedication to hospitality and a commitment to working with the very best farming sources. It’s a natural partnership, and we’re looking forward to showcasing some of the best that Sonoma County has to offer.”
Anticipated Chef Series menus will include Chef Mike Lofaro’s Hawaiian-fusion style, inspired by his quest to support preservation of the Hawaiian Islands through invasive plant management and sustainable fishing partners. Later in the year, Chef Christopher Kostow will bring his love for working with local artisans, growers, foragers and other members of this dynamic area to Kosta Browne for a three-Michelin-starred dining experience.