Wish You Were Here: Flavor! Napa Valley Festival
Took this photo from out the window of our rental car, just driving along
Confession: I've never made gnocchi before. This likely doesn't shock you, dear reader, but for those who know I once called Rome home and extensively traveled, ate and drank my way around, it's a little "whoa." Dumping vacuum-packed bags of frozen store-bought gnocchi into a pot of boiling water is typically dinner, or was, as today I made gnocchi from scratch in the kitchen with chefs and co-owners Tyler Rodde & Curtis Di Fede of Downtown Napa restaurant Oenotri.
This is actually something Oenotri offers on the regular, hosting both gnocchi and pasta-making classes every other week for $75 per person. This week it's a little magical, however; November 14-18 is the Flavor! Napa Valley Festival, which bills itself as a "celebration of food, wine and fun." So, while Di Fede is telling a story about how they taught 'Iron Chef' Morimoto to make a proper Neapolitan pizza, Morimoto himself may be walking by outside, heading to personally shave truffles over the entrees at the Napa outpost of his eponymous restaurant empire.
Also in town? Perhaps the largest gathering of Master Sommeliers anywhere, plus Chefs Michael Chiarello, Scott Conant, Larry Forgione (and sons), Johnny Iuzzini, Thomas Keller, Geoffrey Zakarian and more, all hosting similar cooking demonstrations which, held in a big place like New York City, would be insane crazy. Instead, in Napa, it's organized and personal; there's no lines and no shortage of wines.
And to think, it's only just begun.
We're attending Flavor! Napa Valley as a guest of Napa Valley Tourism, but rest assured all photos, opinions, and cooked gnocchi are our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]