In 2015 Festival Napa Valley took a cue from the wild popularity of culinary competition TV and
introduced a new event: The Town & Country Cook Off. The concept is simple. Three Napa
Valley chefs compete against three “city” chefs in a team competition to create the best three-
In 2016, top chefs from Napa Valley will take on their Oakland peers in a course-by- course face-
off, with the winning team named by a celebrity panel of judges. The event will be emcee’d by
Tiffany Derry, Top Chef All Star, in front of a live audience of 120 Festival guests at the historic
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
We are currently considering chefs and judges for this fun and friendly competition.
Location: Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the demo kitchen (Eco Lab)
Date: Sunday, July 24 th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Theme: Oakland vs Napa: A culinary tribute to the legendary Margrit Mondavi, to whom the
2016 festival is dedicated.
How: Each chef will be responsible for one course each with 20 minutes to prepare their dish
(appetizer, entrée and dessert) to present to the judges on behalf of their team. Dishes will be
inspired by Margrit’s favorite recipes and a mystery ingredient will be revealed at the time of the
Contact: For more information or to be a chef or judge, please contact Claudia Sansone
at 707-738- 6966 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY (Formerly Festival del Sole):
The Town & Country Cookoff is one of more than 60 events that make up Festival Napa Valley,
a 10-day summer extravaganza committed to enriching the cultural vitality of the community and
making the arts accessible to all. Blending the beauty and bounty of Napa Valley with the very
finest performing arts, the festival pairs world-class performances with culinary and wine
pursuits staged in iconic wine country settings. The annual summer celebration of the art of life
has transformed Napa Valley into a cultural destination.
Festival Napa Valley is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit public benefit
corporation governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders. More than 200 artists,
wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants and vintners participate each year.