BottleRock Napa Valley has a new platform to showcase some of northern California’s most lauded chefs, while such acts as No Doubt, Robert Plant and Imagine Dragons provide the soundtrack for the annual music festival. Now in its third year, BottleRock has added a “Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage” which will feature cooking demos and other activities from a variety of culinary rock stars, including Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn (pictured above), Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef” fame and Michael Mina of the Mina Group.
This culinary stage is akin to the “GastroMagic!” stage found at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival, and “The Pit” at West Sacramento’s TBD Fest, which included cooking demos and local chefs duking it out in a culinary competition. That’s to say, run-of-the-mill hot dogs and gooey nachos don’t cut it so much at music festival anymore.
Here are the other chefs coming to the culinary stage at BottleRock, which runs from May 29 - May 31 at the Napa Valley Expo:
* “Iron Chef” Marc Forgione
* Michael Voltaggio and Mei Lin of “Top Chef”
* Larry Forgione (Culinary Institute of America)
* Brandon Sharp (Solbar)
* Ken Frank (La Toque)
* Robert Curry (Auberge du Soleil)
* Tony Gemignani (11-time World Pizza Champion)
* Bryan Forgione (Buddy V’s)
* Rick Moonen (rm Seafood)
* Tyler Rodde (Oenotri)
* Dario De Conti (Ca’Momi).
* The Williams-Sonoma Chef Collective: Sarah Simmons (Birds & Bubbles), Matt Jennings (Townsman) and others.
The culinary stage will also feature various musicians and public figures in a “mash-up” with the chefs. Those on board to participate include: Snoop Dogg, Flavor Flav, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Kwan of the Avett Brothers, Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers and many more.
For the full line-up of music and food offerings, click here for BottleRock’s web site.