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christopher kostow

CHEF, THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD; OWNER, THE CHARTER OAK
Christopher Kostow concedes that his days are
full. He runs two restaurants in the Napa Valley
(plus a recently opened place in China) and has
two small children. At the three-star Michelinrated Meadowood, he's continually inventing new
ways to capture the magic of the Napa Valley on
his elaborate tasting menu. Kostow sheepishly admits that the place he dines most often is his own
restaurant, The Charter Oak. "There's something
for everyone," he explains - meaning his two
small children, like most kids, always head for
hamburgers and the like.

The restaurant opened two years ago and features
a central kitchen with a massive live fire hearth and
a patio shaded by trees. The menu includes raw
vegetables from its farm served with fermented soy
dip; heirloom iceberg lettuce salad with garlic aioli
and herb vinaigrette; and spaghetti with wilted pea
leaves. Main courses include smoked and grilled
short ribs, and ham with fresh horseradish.
1: Tostada de Ceviche at Gran El├ęctrica; 2: Chef Beltran; 3: Buttermilk
fried chicken bucket at Ad Hoc; 4: Gourmet pizza at Ciccio; 5; Chef
Kostow; 6: Melon, sorghum, and shiso at Meadowood Restaurant;
7: Dungeness crab and avocado dish at Solbar; 8: Press

REGULAR
Since Kostow and his family live in Calistoga, you'll
often find him at Solbar in
the Solage resort. "Everything chef Gustavo Rios is
doing is very well executed,
and that's something you
see less and less these
days." Solbar has a sleek
tailored dining room and
an expansive outdoor
terrace overlooking the
resort's pool. Rios's menu
successfully walks the line
for both spaces. Highlights include lump blue
crab cocktail; quinoa and
avocado salad; pan-roasted
Petrale sole with oyster
stew; and duck breast with
yellow polenta, cherries,
and grilled chicory.
GO-TO SPOTS
When Kostow is in a hurry,
he'll go to Palisades Deli
Cafe for the breakfast
sandwich, stacked with
either bacon, chorizo, or
ham along with egg, potato, pepper jack cheese,
and salsa roja. And if he's
hungry for Mexican food,
Kostow heads to Calistoga's Puerto Vallarta
Restaurant for chicken or
beef tacos.
DATE NIGHT
Date nights take place at
Press in St. Helena. This
steakhouse has a striking
design that captures the
essence of Napa Valley;
the steaks aptly showcase
Napa Valley's famous
Cabernet Sauvignon.

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