Show 147, November 21, 2015: Chef Dean Thomas, Europa Village & Inn at Europa Village, Temecula, CA

Dean ThomasChef Dean Thomas is the Executive Chef at Europa Village Winery in Temecula as well as the Innkeeper at the adjacent Inn at Europa Village. His from-scratch, 2-course breakfasts with International themes for the Inn’s guests are the talk of Temecula Valley.

Chef Dean has just returned from a Europa Village organized, 7-night AmaWaterways river cruise through Provence starting in Barcelona and ending in Paris. He was in Paris during the recent tragic events. Chef Dean suggests to travel to Europe without fear.

We’ll share in the culinary highlights with Chef Dean himself including a meal at Chef Paul Bocuse’s l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Lyon.

Chef Dean was also charmed by Barcelona. This was his first visit there and it’s thumbs way up on tapas dining. He was inspired…

At Europa Village on Friday, November 27th is Vivi Bene.” It’s their festive antidote to “Black Friday” starting at 10:00 a.m. From 5 to 8:00 p.m. there will be Strolling Carolers and Chef Dean’s Delights including bread pudding, mulled wine, cider, butternut squash bisque and house-made preserves.

Show 105, January 10, 2015: Chefs Philip Tessier and Skylar Stover, Bocuse d’Or USA Team Continues…

Skyler Stover and Philip Tessier oif Bocuse  D'Or Team USA2015 Bocuse d’Or Team USA continues with Chef Philip Tessier and his Commis Skylar Stover, both of The French Laundry in Yountville…

The ment’or BKB Foundation’s Board of Directors and Management selected Tessier and Stover to compete based on their dedication to the craft, experience working in precise and innovative kitchens, technical expertise, and their steadfast desire to place USA on the podium in 2015.

“I’ve followed the Bocuse d’Or closely for years, and was inspired to apply after my trip to watch the competition in Lyon in January of 2013,” says Tessier. “It was there I realized that the Bocuse d’Or is not an individual competition – it is in the strength of the team that success and victory lie. It’s not just about preparing the dishes; it’s about impacting the perception of American chefs and our country on the worldwide stage. I want to unite the US in that common goal.”

Tessier currently sereves as Executive Sous Chef at The French Laundry. Stover is currently the Chef de Partie at The French Laundry.

The chefs hope to dine at Bocuse (L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges) while in Lyon in addition to a private dinner at the American Embassy in Paris.

A contribution of any size to support Team USA in Lyon is greatly appreciated by their support group, ment’or BKB Foundation.

Team USA will be back with us on Saturday morning, Feb. 7th to share their experience in Lyon.