Sunday, March 23, 2014

9:30 am -12:00pm

Bubbles and Brunch with Executive Chef Percy Whatley from Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel

The early riser gets an amazing brunch, some light hearted entertainment and advance entry into the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace. Enjoy a Sunday brunch celebrating Gloria Ferrer bubbles and a variety of artisan cheeses at every course, all while being entertained with a live cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Percy Whatley from Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel!  Ticket includes brunch, sparkling wine and Marketplace.  This ticket entitles you to the coveted early entry into the Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace at 11:00 a.m. before it opens to the public at 12:00 p.m.  $115 per person.

 12:00pm – 4:00 pm         

Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace

In this exposition for the senses, the Artisan Marketplace brings together more than 75 artisan cheese and food producers, winemakers, brewers and chefs who will sample their hand-crafted cheeses, delectable products that complement cheese, boutique wines and artisan-brewed beers.  Discover the next wave of interesting cheese products, books and recipes. Cooking demonstrations with top Wine Country chefs will also take place throughout the event and every guest brings home a coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag as well as a festive wine glass.  $45 per person, $20 for children 12 and under.

Marketplace Cooking Demonstrations

12:30pm Demonstration:  Chef Anne Cornell

anne cornellChef Anne Cornell’s love of food and cooking began at age 10 in her family’s kitchen in Camden, Maine, helping her parents with a variety of not-so-beginner culinary projects, including baking bread, making Pad Thai, grilling freshly caught fish, and making crème caramel. After working at Camden’s favorite restaurant and being inspired by foreign cuisines during her travels abroad, Anne realized that a career as a chef would be a natural fit. Upon graduating from the University of Southern Maine, she was off to the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking in Denver, excelled in international classes in Provence and Northern Italy, and then returned to Maine where she headed the kitchen at the Megunticook Golf Club. Drawn by the creativity of the San Francisco culinary scene, she honed her diverse skills for six years at a variety of restaurant, catering, consulting and private chef positions, including a brief stint on the Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. Anne moved to Sonoma County last year to be closer to the source of some of the world’s best seasonal ingredients and took the helm at Relish Culinary Adventures where she has expanded its delicious culinary programs into new and unique areas.


1:45pm Demonstration:  Chef Brandon Guenther


Brandon Guenther earned a B.S. degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University and an A.A. in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu.  His career includes several restaurant kitchens throughout Arizona, foodservice and hotel management at the Renaissance Madison Hotel in Seattle, Washington, event management for two premier west coast caterers and consulting on the design, construction, menus, staffing and successful opening of two restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.  He and his wife Shona Campbell founded Firefly Catering in Oakland, California in 2003 and relocated the business to West Sonoma County to open Valley Ford Hotel and Rocker Oysterfeller’s Kitchen + Saloon in Valley Ford.  He now consorts with local ranchers, fishermen and organic farmers using the bounty of West Sonoma County as the inspiration for his Southern-influenced kitchen.


3:00pm Demonstration:  Chef Liza Hinman

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Liza Hinman is head chef and partner at The Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa, CA, where Jeff Cox of the Press Democrat writes “she offers New American cooking that is healthy and creative, her handling of ingredients graceful, her provisions mostly local, and the results satisfyingly delicious.”

The Spinster Sisters opened in August of 2012 to great acclaim- instantly becoming an anchor for the SOFA district of Santa Rosa.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner- Chef Hinman menus offer dishes that both comfort and excite the palates of her guests. 

Liza Hinman is an East Coast native who worked her way through Vermont’s Middlebury College as a server and line cook at various local restaurants.  After graduating, she moved to New York City for what she thought was a dream job as an editorial assistant at Gourmet Magazine, only to realize that her first love was actually working with food and not just talking about it.

In 2001, Liza moved to San Francisco to attend the California Culinary Academy. Her professional training started with a yearlong stint at Woodward’s Garden, a hidden gem of San Francisco’s sophisticated dining scene, followed by job at Bizou, under Chef Loretta Keller.  It was at her next cooking job, under the watchful eye of Chef Craig Stoll at San Francisco’s renowned Delfina, where her passion for Italian cuisine blossomed.  

Attracted by the seasonal bounty and exploding Wine Country culinary scene, Hinman left San Francisco for Sonoma County in 2005, where she joined chefs Dino Bugica and Franco Dunn at Taverna Santi.  After assuming the executive chef position in 2009, she moved with the restaurant to Santa Rosa to impressive reviews. In 2011, she departed to have her first child.

Returning to the kitchen in 2012, The Spinster Sisters has taken Chef Liza to a personal place in her cooking- expressing flavors and ideas of dishes that she loves to eat as well as cook.  Along side her partners, Eric Anderson of NYC’s Prune Restaurant, and Giovanni Cerrone, former winery GM, The Spinster Sisters at the helm of Chef Hinman is an exciting addition to the dining scene in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.


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