This past weekend one of most famous and acclaimed chefs in the world held an event at one of his restaurants in Yountville…
Chef Thomas Keller, he of French Laundry, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Ad Hoc fame (just to quickly rundown his Napa Valley restaurants), was in town to sign copies of his latest cookbook–Ad Hoc At Home. The cookbook is a collection of some 200 recipes for ‘family-style’ meals (based on the cuisine served at Ad Hoc) and is designed to be approachable by the average home cook.
The event, which was fittingly held at Ad Hoc, was jam-packed with people when we arrived on Saturday morning. We immediately spotted (and sampled) some amazing food, including Ad Hoc’s famous fried chicken, Albondigas, fresh orange juice, hot cocoa, sparkling wine and much more. Keller was stationed at the back of the restaurant signing cookbooks while people formed a line out the door.
The Yountville visit on the book tour is far from the last, with Keller planning to make several other West Coast stops this winter (including a couple in the Pacific Northwest), before kicking things back into high-gear again next Spring.
Our resident photographer has put together a full image gallery from the book signing below.
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