Another day, another prestigious awards list with the Napa Valley well represented.
The Bon Appétit Awards 2009 were recently unveiled and included a ‘Hot 10’ list, which aims to recognize the “…people, companies, and products setting new standards of culinary excellence in food, drinks, travel, and design.”
Two of the ‘Hot 10’ are from the Napa Valley.
First off, Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo (who we met this weekend and enjoyed his heirloom beans) was recognized for “…his commitment to the preservation of rare and heirloom beans.” Here’s an excerpt from the Bon Appétit write-up:
A search for disappearing native food ingredients led Rancho Gordo founder Steve Sando to sow his own seeds for heirloom beans and tomatoes. Soon Thomas Keller was scooping up rare varieties of legumes from Sando’s stand at a Napa Valley farmers’ market to serve at his restaurants Per Se and The French Laundry. But unlike pricey, rarefied ingredients accessible only to top chefs, beans have long been the people’s protein.
Napa’s other representative was Ubuntu’s Jeremy Fox for “…creating innovative, inspired vegetarian food.” Here’s an excerpt:
Nestled in the rich culinary and agricultural traditions of Napa Valley, the vegetable-glorious plates turned out of Jeremy Fox’s kitchen bring farm-to-table fare to inspired new heights. Wild fennel bucatini and a coulis of shiitakes and baby radishes are exhibits of locavore cooking at its finest. Morning deliveries from area growers shape each day’s menu, and most dishes feature vegetables and herbs from Ubuntu’s biodynamic farm. With a dining room crafted out of reclaimed wood, staff members who bike to work, and a yoga studio upstairs, Ubuntu embodies Northern California’s reputation for community-focused living.
Read the full article for yourself here.
[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, The Bon Appetit Awards 2009, Steve Sando, Rancho Gordo, Jeremy Fox, Ubuntu]