12 Days of Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley

12 Days of Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley

When I got a call from my old cook Christopher Kostow to join him at Meadowood resort in Napa for their 12 Days of Christmas event it was an honor, and all for a great cause – Share Our Strength. But, being invited as a guest chef for an event is always a bit nerve-racking.
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ChuckEats calls California Modern 'Of the Place'

ChuckEats calls California Modern 'Of the Place'

Chuck, one of the most respected food bloggers (ChuckEats.com), was in recently and allowed us to cook for him. Here's a bit of what he had to say.
 
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Travels with George: South African Wines

Travels with George: South African Wines

After our journey into the African bush, Paula and I set out to explore the exciting wine region of South Africa. From our broad experience traveling to international wine destinations, this area is clearly one of the most dramatic settings in the world for the production of quality wines.
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Three-Star Applause for Christopher Kostow

I wanted to take a minute and note the significant accomplishment of Christopher Kostow, chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena which just received three stars from the prestigious Michelin Guide.
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Travels with George: Africa

Travels with George: Africa

Paula and I just returned from a month-long journey to Africa. Traveling around parts of this enormous continent, one is constantly reminded of the primal nature of existence there. And while the human landscape was always present on our journey, the bottom line was always focused on the wonderful birds and animals we were fortunate to see.
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Avocado Explosion

Avocado Explosion

Chef Trey Foshee cooking and celebrating California Avocados with Kerri Sargent of KUSI News San Diego.
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FISH! Sustainable Seafood Week Kicks Off May 31st

FISH! Sustainable Seafood Week Kicks Off May 31st

Love seafood? Don't miss FISH! – a week of sustainable seafood events going on throughout San Diego May 31st through June 6th. Our menu at George's California Modern always includes a variety of sustainable seafood and we'll be offering a tasting menu of these dishes during the week.
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NYC: Blurring Definitions & Evolving Expectations

The last five years has seen a huge increase in the "casual" sector and a significant loss in the "high end/fine dining" sector. I use quotations because the definitions are getting blurred and maybe that is what I most appreciated about this trip to the Big Apple.
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NYC Restaurant Round-Up

We checked out a wide range of restaurants on our recent planning trip to New York. Here is a list, along with a short critique, in case you're going that way anytime soon. Enjoy!
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Observations & Themes from New York City

We just returned from our strategic planning trip in New York City. In reflecting about what I got “thematically” from the trip, it is this: the pure lack of humility and over-abundance of confidence (deserved) is actually what makes New York City the Mecca of dining.
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