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Join Chefs of the Meritage Collection Napa Valley as they team up with different comedians to bring you a Laugh Cellar original show, Cooking with Comedians! Participants gain culinary tips and tricks, as well as confidence to cook more at home; with plenty of laughs and tastes along the way. Plus, learn the latest trends and classics of food.
First: Stone Fruit & Burrata Salad – green goddess, sesame toasted za’atar, Napa Valley olive oil
Second: Red Wine Marinated Hanger Steak – whipped scallion potatoes, grilled baby squashes, red onion marmalade
Third: Classic Cherry Pie – oat and quinoa crumble, vanilla bean gelato
JJ Barrows is Tennessee-based comedian, author, and mixed media artist. She performs at top comedy clubs, conferences and awkward dinner parties all over America. With a refreshing story-teller style, she reveals the freedom a quippy sense of humor can reveal in all of us by giving breath to those gritty moments. She recently released a Dry Bar Comedy Special and published her first book: it’s called a spade. Her favorite career highlight was meeting Rob Lowe in a parking lot, until most recently when Dolly Parton waved to her and she momentarily forgot to keep breathing.
Chef Bryan Gardner: After studying English and History at the University of Southern Maine, Chef Bryan Gardner longed to fulfill his passion for food. He went on to study culinary arts at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. After graduating in 2005 he launched an impressive career working among some of Napa’s finest Michelin Star restaurants. He expanded his food horizons in 2008 and became the Executive Chef at the Relain & Chateaux property, Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bryan returned to Calistoga in 2012 and went on to leverage his culinary prowess in the Napa Valley. Bryan’s fondness for food began while he was growing up in New England; he was born into a family of foodies and raised on some of the finest seafood from the Coast of Maine.