Christopher Kostow

Chef

Christopher Kostow takes a thoughtful approach to food that belies his age. Masterfully blending contemporary French cuisine with the farm-to-table tradition, Kostow creates a transcendent experience for diners every night at The Restaurant at Meadowood. Kostow, a Chicago native, trained in kitchens far and wide: from a Paris bistro to the Michelin-starred Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier. Upon returning to the States, Kostow worked as sous chef under Daniel Humm in San Francisco. He soon became top toque at Chez TJ in Mountain View, California. Kostow joined Meadowood in February of 2008, Christopher maintained two Michelin Stars, was nominated for Best Chef, Pacific, by the James Beard Society and named as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs 2009. In October 2011, Kostow retained three stars from Michelin, and is the second American-born chef and third youngest chef ever to do so.

  • On October 12, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    What’s the best table at The Restaurant at Meadowood?

    The best table at The Restaurant at Meadowood would certainly have to be the chef’s counter. Guests wishing to enjoy the chef’s counter menu may dine inside the newly remodeled kitchen as our team prepares dinner and they look on from their seats. The experience consists of anywhere between 15 and 20 courses. A version of the counter menu may be enjoyed in the main dining room upon request.
  • On October 12, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    What is the price range for a meal at The Restaurant at Meadowood?

    The average price range for a meal at The Restaurant at Meadowood is $225 per person for the chef’s tasting menu, which is nine to 10 courses. Wine pairings are an additional $225 per person. The chef’s counter is $500 per person, inclusive of gratuity, with the option of an additional wine experience beginning at $350.
  • On October 12, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    What are the private dining rooms like at The Restaurant at Meadowood?

    The Restaurant at Meadowood’s private dining room is a draped seating area within the main dining room. It may be set for an intimate dinner for two or four guests. 
  • On October 12, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    Is The Restaurant at Meadowood a good place for group dining?

    The Restaurant at Meadowood is an excellent place for small groups. Its warm and inviting feel is the perfect place for celebrations. From the attentive service to the impressive menu, The Restaurant is the ultimate location to host a smaller group dinner and toast the company of your guests with a glass of Napa Valley’s legendary wines.
  • On October 12, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    What is the interior design of The Restaurant at Meadowood?

    The interior design of The Restaurant at Meadowood uses the natural surroundings and local artisans as inspiration. It exudes a contemporary, handsome and warm look and feel for both the dining room and bar. The dining room features dark wood; brass and bronze fixtures; custom concrete vases; upholstery in a variety of gray fabric tones and subtle pin striping; and artwork from Jonah Ward’s three series: Wasp Nest, Madrone Bark and his signature, Burnt Wood. Wingback leather chairs custom-designed by Dorn create an environment of comfort while enhanced lighting throughout the space places the guests’ focus squarely on the food.
  • On October 12, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    What are five things to know about The Restaurant at Meadowood?

    Five things to know about The Restaurant at Meadowood are:
     
    1. It is one of only five restaurants in Napa and Sonoma to receive an award from Forbes Travel Guide.

    2. In 2012, The Restaurant underwent an extensive kitchen remodel, complete with a new chef’s counter experience right in the kitchen, as well as cosmetic renovations to the dining room and bar.

    3. For both the chef’s tasting menu and the counter menu, ingredients are sourced from both The Napa Valley Reserve Garden, at the entrance to the Meadowood property, and the St. Helena Montessori school garden across the Silverado Trail.

    4. A modern, American restaurant, The Restaurant at Meadowood is meant to speak to, and positively impact, the Napa Valley community while delivering a singular, curated experience for every guest.

    5. Meadowood founding partner and owner of Harlan Estate, H. William Harlan, has made an exclusive offering for The Restaurant of his 2007 and 2008 vintages of Harlan Estate in half bottles. In addition, he continues to support The Restaurant with a deep vertical selection of wines from Harlan Estate and BOND Estates. His partner in Meadowood, Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle, is offering the winery’s sauvignon blanc, also exclusively to The Restaurant.
  • On May 24, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    Who is the sommelier of The Restaurant at Meadowood?

    The Master sommelier at Meadowood is Gilles de Chambure. Meadowood is the only Napa Valley resort or hotel with a master sommelier on staff on a full-time basis dedicated exclusively to enriching our guests’ knowledge and enjoyment of wine.
  • On May 24, 2012
    Christopher Kostow answered the question: Christopher Kostow

    What is the dress code at The Restaurant at Meadowood?

    While The Restaurant is acclaimed, it enjoys an elegantly casual environment in keeping with Napa Valley’s country setting. Gentlemen, when joining us for dinner your jackets may accompany you or be given the night off. On the topic of denim, there’s no arguing that it is a fabric integral to the lives of Napa Valley vintners and growers, for which Meadowood is a traditional gathering place. If this is your attire preference, well-kept denim in a dark shade is preferred in The Restaurant at Meadowood.