Acclaimed Cultural Festival ‘Taste of Iceland’ Returns to Boston March 8-11

Bostonians Can Immerse Themselves In Icelandic Culture During This Four-Day Festival Of Icelandic Food, Cocktails, Music, Film And Art.

Acclaimed Cultural Festival 'Taste of Iceland' Returns to Boston March 8-11

Acclaimed Cultural Festival ‘Taste of Iceland’ Returns to Boston March 8-11

Taste of Iceland, an annual festival that celebrates Iceland’s vibrant culture, returns to Boston with a series of events March 8-11, 2018. Over the past nine years, Taste of Iceland in Boston has featured some of the best names in Icelandic food, music, art and more. The four-day festival, presented by Iceland Naturally, gives Bostonians the chance to experience the country’s pure culture through a variety of (mostly free!) events.

Schedule of Events

March 8 -11: Icelandic Menu at Townsman

March 8 – 11: Icelandic Cocktail Menu at Beat Brasserie

March 9: Reykjavik Calling Concert at Paradise Rock Club (FREE)

March 10: Discussion of Iceland’s Thriving Design and Architectural Scene at BSA Space (FREE)

March 11: Icelandic Short Film Festival at The Brattle Theatre (FREE)

Event Details

Icelandic Menu at Townsman
March 8-11 | 5:30PM – Close | Townsman | 120 Kingston St., Boston, MA 02111
Icelanders are among the world’s healthiest, happiest and longest-living people – and many believe their pure, natural diet is the reason for this. From March 8-11, experience delicious Icelandic cuisine for yourself with a special Icelandic menu at Townsman. Icelandic chef
Georg Arnar Halldórsson will fly to Boston to collaborate with American chef Matt Jennings to create a prix fixe Icelandic dinner menu. Pair your meal with delicious Reyka Vodka and Brennivin cocktails crafted by Icelandic mixologist Teitur Ridderman Schiöth and Townsman’s Jon Ross. Reserve your seat for this unique dining experience on OpenTable. Click here to view the Facebook event.

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Chef Halldórsson has won multiple culinary awards, including two silver medals and a bronze medal at the 2016 Culinary Olympics. Chef Jennings was named one of the 40 Under 40 Big Thinkers in the food industry by Food & Wine and was a finalist for James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Northeast award numerous times.

Icelandic Cocktails at Beat Brasserie
March 8-11 | 4PM – 1AM | Beat Brasserie | 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Experience traditional Icelandic cocktails with the Taste of Iceland cocktail menu at Beat Brasserie! Created and mixed by Brennivin cocktail champion Teitur Ridderman Schiöth and Beat Brasserie’s Doug Capozzoli, the unique cocktails feature famed Icelandic spirits Reyka Vodka and Brennivin. One of Iceland’s premier bartenders, Schiöth currently manages Pablo Discobar, a lively gathering place in Reykjavik. Capozzoli established himself as one of Boston’s best up and coming young bartenders while working in 5-star hotels before making the move to Beat Brasserie in 2015. Stop by Beat Brasserie March 8-11 to try these mouthwatering handcrafted cocktails! RSVP on Facebook.

Reykjavik Calling Concert at Paradise Rock Club
March 9 | Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM | Paradise Rock Club | 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
The free annual Reykjavik Calling concert, sponsored by
WERS, returns to Boston on Friday, March 9 – this time at Paradise Rock Club! One of Boston’s most anticipated international concerts of the year, 2018’s lineup features Icelandic artists JFDR, whose first, full-length album was co-produced by Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, and Tom Waits; and Sturla Atlas, one of Iceland’s most exciting new acts who will be playing his first U.S. show at Taste of Iceland in Boston. The Icelandic bands will be joined by Air Traffic Controller, a Boston-based indie pop band with an eclectic song catalog and category-defying organic/electronic sound. Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Must be 18+. RSVP on Facebook.

Iceland Design Center Presents: ‘Iceland’s Thriving Design and Architectural Scene’ at BSA Space
March 10 | BSA Spaces Pearl Street Room | 12-2PM | 290 Congress St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210
Discuss the current state of design in Iceland and learn more about the country’s premier design event,
DesignMarch, at this luncheon. Participants will hear from Halla Helgadóttir, award-winning designer and Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre, and enjoy food, drinks, and networking. This free event will look at how the designer-driven community in Iceland has enabled Icelandic design and architecture to emerge on the international stage and solidify its place in the world. Design and art lovers alike should RSVP on Facebook for this event; admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first served basis!

Shortfish: Iceland’s Premier Short Film Festival at the Brattle Theatre
March 11 | 1PM | The Brattle Theatre | 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Enjoy an afternoon of Icelandic short films at The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. The screening will feature six short films from the 2017 Shortfish competition (the short film division of Iceland’s premier film festival, Stockfish). The program will run approximately 90 minutes. There are no age restrictions on these films, however, they are not recommended for children. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; program starts at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP on Facebook.

Taste of Iceland in Boston is presented by Iceland Naturally in cooperation with, Blue Lagoon, Brennivin, Iceland Airwaves, IcelandairIcelandic GlacialIcelandic Provisions Promote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Reyka Vodka, Visit Reykjavik, Beat Brasserie, The Brattle Theatre, BSA Space, Paradise Rock Club, Stockfish Film Festival, Townsman, WBUR, and WERS.

If all this talk about Iceland has you wanting to make your own trip to the land of fire and ice, Icelandair offers more nonstop flights from North America than ever before, including daily flights out of Boston-Logan. The airline’s updated fleet features more legroom, in-flight entertainment, and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi. Visit Icelandair.com to book your flight today.

Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes the services, products, and culture of Iceland. Through events, promotions and online marketing initiatives, Iceland Naturally introduces Iceland’s creativity and natural wonders to North Americans. The group is comprised of Iceland’s top companies and organizations: Blue Lagoon, City of ReykjavikGovernment of Iceland, Icelandair, Icelandic Glacial Water, Icelandic Group, Icelandic Provisions, Keflavik International Airport, LandsvirkjunÖlgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Promote Iceland and Reyka Vodka.

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Trisha Yearwood Launches Christmas In A Cup With Williams Sonoma

The Country Star, Culinary Host, and Lifestyle Expert Expands Food Collaboration with Williams Sonoma in Time for Holiday Season

Williams Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands announced the launch of Christmas in a Cup, the latest addition to the food collaboration between the company and Trisha Yearwood. The country star, television host, and three-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author took to her Facebook page to share today’s news (see video here). Yearwood, whose home and lifestyle empire continues to grow, has been collaborating with Williams Sonoma since April 2017 when an original assortment of five food products launched. (The Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen collaboration is available at all Williams Sonoma retail locations and online at http://www.williams-sonoma.com/trisha.)WS_Logo_Black_CMYK_webready

Yearwood has developed a growing lifestyle empire in recent years. The Trisha Yearwood Home Collection encompasses three New York Times Bestselling cookbooks, cookware, furniture, home accessories, area rugs and the newly launched fragrance, Trisha Yearwood. Each Saturday morning, Yearwood’s Emmy-Award winning Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on the Food Network is kicked off by her Facebook Live “pre-show,” T’s Coffee Talk. Both programs have become a weekly hang with Trisha, her friends, and family in a relaxed environment with great food, conversation, and coffee.

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Trisha Yearwood Christmas in a Cup available at Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

The collaboration between Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen is focused on bringing Trisha’s cherished family recipes and entertaining style to life. Trisha’s signature cocktail mix, Summer in a Cup has become wildly popular amongst both Williams Sonoma customers and Yearwood fans. The Summer in a Cup cocktail mix re-creates a breezy drink invented by a dear friend of Trisha’s, on a hot summer day at her home in Oklahoma and the new Christmas in a Cup mix celebrates the flavors of the holidays for a refreshing beverage that’s destined to become a new holiday tradition.

A specialty cocktail is one of my favorite ways to share my holiday spirit. For a fun riff on my ‘Summer in a Cup’ cocktail, I’m starting a new tradition with a Christmas concoction that’s sure to make the season bright,” said Yearwood. “This merry mixer is great for parties because you can pair it with everyone’s favorite beverage —from vodka or sparkling wine to bubbly mineral water.”

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Trisha Yearwood Christmas in a Cup available at Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

The Williams Sonoma and Trisha’s Kitchen collaboration now includes six exclusive food products:

Christmas In A Cup: A vibrant combination of ruby red pomegranate and cranberry juices blended with tangerine and lime. Simply add vodka or another favorite spirit, from gin or sparkling wine to bubbly water, for a refreshing winter cocktail. 25.4 oz. / $16.95

Summer In A Cup Tropical Cocktail Mix: A favorite summertime tradition offering a bright, sunny blend of tangerine, cherry and pineapple juices. 25.4 oz. / $16.95

Unfried Chicken Seasoning Kit: Bake up a healthier version of Southern fried chicken with this blend of whole-wheat panko, Parmesan, and spicy-sweet herbs. 6.6 oz. / $9.95

Biscuit Mix: Whip up a batch of flaky, irresistibly light buttermilk biscuits. Just add buttermilk, cut into rounds and bake. 14.8 oz. (makes 12 biscuits) / $9.95

Apple BBQ Sauce: Made with sweet apple puree, tangy cider vinegar, molasses, chilies, and spices. 19.5 oz. / $12.95 Continue reading

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach Debuts First North American World of Nobu Culinary Event Alongside World-Renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach debuts the first North American World of Nobu, an exclusive culinary journey with world-renowned Chef and restaurateur, Nobu Matsuhisa and his global team of 40 Nobu executive chefs. With 38 Nobu Restaurants across five continents and a collection of luxury Nobu Hotels, Nobu Matsuhisa infuses his love of food and travel through the experiences he curates. This epicurean event, taking place Dec. 13 – 15, will allow guests to indulge and savor the flavors of talented Nobu chefs from around the world while mixing and mingling with the culinary best of the best.

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Nobu Hotel Miami Beach (PRNewsfoto/Nobu Hotel Miami Beach)

World of Nobu kicks off on December 13 with an invite-only interactive experience, “Nobu Through the Decades,” that takes VIPs on a journey through Chef Nobu’s culinary career showcasing dishes from the beginning of the restaurateur’s time. This event is followed by “One Night Stand” on December 14, a private dining experience curated by Chef Nobu and Chef Thomas Buckley. Exclusively sold to a pre-selected list of 8 patrons at $2,000 per ticket, “One Night Stand” begins with a customized sushi bar treatment, followed by main course and dessert served in Nobu Restaurant’s private Teppan room.

The two-day culinary journey wraps up with a grand finale event, “Taste of Nobu,” on December 15. An extravagant evening of canapés, sake, and champagne, each Nobu chef will take culinary enthusiasts around the globe and represent their city in a private tasting table complete with unique bites. A silent auction featuring signed Chef Nobu items, a private Nobu dinner experiences and more will be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Taste of Nobu” ticket options include general admission, and a VIP option boasting early access to the event along with an exclusive after-party at Malibu Farm.

Epicureans who desire the full Nobu experience complete with pristine ocean views and luxurious Japanese-inspired suites can take advantage of the World Of Nobu staycation package offering 30% off a 1-night stay at Nobu Hotel, complete with two general admission tickets to Friday’s “Taste of Nobu” event.

Expertly designed by the world-renowned interior designer, David Rockwell, the flagship Nobu Hotel Miami Beach seamlessly merges modern Miami architecture with a creative interpretation of legendary Japanese chef, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, evoking a tranquil Japanese beach house. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the property features 206 guest rooms; a signature Nobu Restaurant and Bar, Malibu Farm, a farm-to-table restaurant concept coming in fall 2017, 70,000 square feet of re-energized meeting and event space, a sprawling wellness spa and fitness center with over 18 treatment rooms and four sparkling pools. Nobu Hotel guests will enjoy a VIP entrance to the exclusive Nobu Pool and Lounge with oceanfront views – coming fall 2017.

Nobu, the world renowned Japanese restaurant recognized for pioneering a

new-style Japanese cuisine, started as a business partnership in 1994 between Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners: actor Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper, and restaurateur Drew Nieporent.

Nobu restaurants, simultaneously a visual and culinary delight, continue to receive unprecedented praise and rave reviews from publications such as the New York Times, the Zagat Surveys, and the Michelin Guides. The restaurants’ popularity and devoted following are a tribute to Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovation in traditional Japanese cooking. Originating in New York as the flagship restaurant, the Nobu brand is now an empire that spans across five continents, with international locations in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Milan, the Bahamas, Melbourne, Dubai, Cape Town, Moscow, Mexico City, Budapest, Perth, Monte Carlo, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Doha, Marbella, Ibiza, and the seasonal Montenegro and national locations in Las Vegas, Malibu, Miami Beach, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Lana’I, Newport Beach, Palo Alto and Washington D.C. The global Nobu enterprise recently expanded to include the first-ever Nobu Hotels in Las Vegas, Manila, Miami, Malibu, and London, with anticipation for an exciting line of luxury hotels to follow.

World of Nobu will take place at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fla. 33140, and tickets are now on sale. For more information, to purchase your ticket, or book your stay, please visit Nobuedenroc.com/world-of-nobu  or call 305-531-0000. For additional information on the Nobu Restaurants, please visit www.noburestaurants.com.

Condé Nast Traveler Reveals the All-New 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards: The World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Cities, Islands, Airlines, and Cruise Lines

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports–thereby creating our largest-ever list of Readers’ Choice Award winners. The Readers’ Choice Awards will be announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. (The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.)

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THE 2017 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS:

  • Top Large and Small U.S. Cities: Chicago for the first time ever and Charleston, S.C., for the seventh year in a row!
  • Top Hotel in the U.S.: Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • Top Resort in the U.S.: The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyo.
  • Top Island in the U.S.: Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Top Island in the World: Boracay, Philippines
  • Top Hotel in Europe: La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
  • Top Hotel in South America: Fasano, São Paulo
  • Top Airline in the World: Air New Zealand
  • Top U.S. Airline: Virgin America
  • Top U.S. Airport: Indianapolis (IND)
  • Top Airport in the World: Singapore (SIN)
  • Top Large Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
  • Top Midsize Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
  • Top Small Cruise Line: Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Top River Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 83 million tourists went to France in 2016, making it the most popular country in the world to visit.
  • 12 new hotels that opened in 2017 have already made it into this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • Colorado is so popular that it now has its own hotel and resorts lists.

NEW TRAVEL TRENDS

  • The popularity of holistic spa resorts is on the up, especially those that tap into their local surroundings.
  • We’re aching for simplicity when we travel. Instead of multidestination, run-around-see-everything spots, we’re looking to kick back, relax, and enjoy the place.
  • Smaller airports and secondary cities are both more popular than ever.

Godiva Reimagines Contemporary Take On The Brand’s Iconic Gold Collection

GODIVA Chocolatier announced the launch of its new Gold Discovery Collection – a modern take on the brand’s signature gold box for experience-seeking chocolate lovers.Lady_Godiva_Belgium_1926_gold Logo

The Gold Discovery Collection is a fusion of history and innovation featuring new flavors, colors, shapes and textures that effortlessly come together for modern flavor pairings. GODIVA chefs created six new bold flavor combinations including White Chocolate Ganache and Coffee, Strawberry and Lychee as well as caramel mousse, creating a journey of wonderful discoveries for the adventurous foodie.

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Godiva Gold Discovery Collection

The collection includes classic GODIVA flavors, such as the Dark Lion of Belgium and Milk Praline Heart, with a modern, sophisticated twist in addition to the introduction of six new pieces:

  • Strawberry Lychee Eclipse‘: a fusion of dreamy white chocolate mousse laced with strawberry and lychee, in a crispy, creamy milk chocolate shell
  • Intense Coffee Feather‘: luxurious white chocolate ganache gets a hit of bold coffee and a coat of milk chocolate
  • Caramel Mousse Artisan‘: white chocolate mousse meets caramel for a taste of crème brûlée, before it’s wrapped in milk chocolate
  • Pecan Praline Allure‘: exquisite pecan and chocolate praline surrounded by milk chocolate
  • Double Dark Chocolate Swirl‘: rich extra dark chocolate ganache surrounded by a dark chocolate shell
  • Almond Marquise‘: whole roasted almond with almond praline in a milk chocolate shell

The combination of innovative, elevated flavors and the intricate artistry of new shapes, has resulted in a collection of chocolate pieces that stimulate the senses during an unforgettable tasting experience.

As one of GODIVA’s Chefs and Chocolatiers, we collectively find passion in continuing the vision of our founders, while bringing fresh, artistic viewpoints to all of our collections. This reimagined Gold Discovery collection combines our iconic history in premium chocolate with contemporary, edible artistry that allows new fans to discover gold for themselves,” explains Chef Jean Apostolou.

The Gold Discovery Collection is now available in U.S. stores and GODIVA.com in boxes of 6 ($14) and 12 pieces ($25). The packaging pays homage to the classic gold box, embossed with the signature “G” and Lady GODIVA emblem symbolic of the chocolatier’s heritage and finished with a gold satin ribbon that parallels the beauty and luxury that is synonymous with the GODIVA name.

Martha Stewart to Debut Fashion, Skin Care, Garden and Gourmet Food Collections on QVC.com

Live Beautifully With QVC and Martha Stewart

Make your world a more beautiful place this fall with the help of QVC and Martha Stewart. The Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author have long dedicated her career to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives. And now she is bringing that devotion to her signature QVC collection, spanning multiple categories including fashion, skin care, garden and food, all inspired by her impeccable taste and incomparable passion. Stewart made her QVC debut on August 13 with “Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker” cookbook.

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Live a more beautiful, functional and meaningful life with a new QVC collection from America’s most trusted lifestyle expert

We were blown away by the tremendous response to Martha’s cookbook, which sold out in its first airing,” said Doug Howe, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for QVC. “Our customers welcomed Martha back with open arms, and we can’t wait to impress them with Martha’s full product assortment. At QVC, we are constantly striving to bring our customers not only the newest and most innovative items but products that are designed to solve everyday problems and make life easier. Martha shares this philosophy and has worked with us to develop a collection that will truly inspire people to live more beautifully, in all aspects of their lives.”

QVC viewers and Martha Stewart fans can tune in to QVC® on September 7 during “Inspired Style® – Live from New York City” at 10 PM (ET) for a first look at select items from Stewart’s fashion collection, and check back on September 25 for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Fashion” at 6 PM (ET), featuring items ranging from knit and woven tops to denim essentials, designed for easy, everyday living. On September 19 at 10 AM (ET), Stewart will unveil all the tools and tips needed to beautify any backyard or outdoor space in the first “Martha Stewart – Garden” show.

To assist with holiday meal planning and preparation, She will return to QVC on October 18 with the Today’s Special Value®, scheduled to debut at midnight (ET). Each day, QVC picks one special item it believes shoppers will love and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day. Tune in at midnight (ET) and 7 PM (ET) on October 18 for “Martha Stewart – Gourmet Food“, featuring an assortment of gourmet foods and decadent confections. “Mario Badescu Skin Care with Martha Stewart“, a collaboration with Mario Badescu, is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 9 PM (ET) and 10 PM (ET) on Beauty iQ.

Working in new product categories and with QVC—a multi-platform, multi-network shopping experience—has been very exciting,” said Stewart. “I have developed signature collections that reflect my passion for beautiful living and I look forward to expanding our product offerings.

Martha Stewart is the author of 89 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

Williams Sonoma Announces 2017 Chefs’ Collective

Fourteen Premier Chefs And Bar Experts To Serve On Culinary Advisory Board

Williams Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, is proud to announce the members of its 2017 Chefs’ Collective, featuring fourteen chefs and bar experts selected to serve as brand advisors. Each member of the diverse group was selected for being an innovator in his or her field and someone who is redefining the culinary landscape. These newly inducted members come from notable restaurants and bars in the US and Canada and will provide culinary insights, feedback on product development, testing, testimonials, exclusive content and new recipes.002

The Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective began in 2015 as a culinary advisory board of top chefs from notable restaurants and eateries in North America. The members of the Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective partner with the brand as culinary ambassadors for product launches, new store openings, product development initiatives, cooking events and classes and company culture.

Williams Sonoma’s 2017 Chefs’ Collective members are as follows:

  • Matt Bolus, Executive Chef, 404 Kitchen, Nashville, TN: Matt Bolus is the Executive Chef of 404 Kitchen, in Nashville, TN. Bolus has been awarded the title of Best Restaurant in Nashville by Eater Nashville, Best New Restaurant in the South by Southern Living and Writer’s Choice for Best Restaurant by Nashville Scene. He was named to the 25 Best Restaurant List by Thrillist and The Tennessean, and was named one of the Best Whiskey Bars in America by Travel + Leisure. Bolus has appeared on the Bravo Cooking Series, Recipe for Deception, has been a co-host on Little Chef Big Chef Nashville and was a 2014 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant.
  • Katie Button, Executive Chef/Owner of Heirloom Hospitality Group, Cúrate and Nightbell, Asheville, NC: Katie Button is the executive chef and owner of Heirloom Hospitality Group and restaurants Cúrate and Nightbell in Asheville, NC. She was a 2012-2013 James Beard Rising Star semifinalist, a 2014 James Beard Rising Star nominee and a 2015 semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Southeast Award. In 2015, she was also named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. Button hosted the international TV series “The Best Chefs in the World” and is the author of CÚRATE: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen. She has an eco-friendly approach, is Living Wage Certified, and is an active member of the Chef Action Network.
  • Ashley Christensen, Chef/Proprietor, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Bridge Club, Chuck’s, Death & Taxes, Fox Liquor Bar, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC: Ashley Christensen is the Chef and Proprietor of Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Bridge Club, Chuck’s, Death & Taxes, Fox Liquor Bar, and Poole’s Diner, in Raleigh, NC. Christensen has been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The New York Times, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun and has appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and MSNBC’s Your Business. She won the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast and is the author of Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner.
  • Derek Dammann, Chef/Owner, Maison Publique, Montreal, QC: Derek Dammann is the Chef and Owner of Maison Publique, in Montreal, QC. He owns Maison Publique with Jamie Oliver, who he trained under while in London. Dammann was a featured Judge on Top Chef Canada and is a founding member of the Northern Chefs’ Alliance and is the author of True North, an award winning cookbook on Canadian Cuisine that features a foreword by Jamie Oliver. Maison Publique was nominated by Conde Nast Traveler as Montreal’s Best Restaurant.
  • Deuki Hong, Owner, Deuki Hong Hospitality Group, Executive Chef, Sunday Bird, San Francisco, CA: Deuki Hong is the owner of Deuki Hong Hospitality Group and the Executive Chef of Sunday Bird, in San Francisco, CA. Hong began cooking at age of 15 for Aaron Sanchez at Centrico where he first honed his culinary skills. He was named the 2015 Eater Young Gun, to the Zagat 30 Under 30 and Forbes 30 under 30. He is the former chef at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, Momofuku, and Jean-George and is a Co-Author of Koreatown: A Cookbook.
  • Brandon Jew, Executive Chef/Owner, Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco, CA: Brandon Jew is the Executive Chef and Owner of Mister Jiu’s, a contemporary Chinese American restaurant in San Francisco Chinatown. Jew trained in Italy and Shanghai before long stints under Judy Rodgers of Zuni Cafe and Michael Tusk of Quince. Jew was the opening chef of the James Beard-nominated Bar Agricole before opening Mister Jiu’s. At Mister Jiu’s he was awarded San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, received one Michelin star and was named one of 2017’s Bon Appetit Top 50. Jew has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies and PBS Mind of a Chef.
  • Gavin Kaysen, Chef/Owner, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis, MN and Bellecour, Wayzata, MN: Gavin Kaysen is the Chef and Owner of the award-winning Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis, MN and recently-opened Bellecour in Wayzata, MN. He was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2007 and won the 2008 James Beard Foundation Rising Star Award. As active Vice President of the ment’or BKB Foundation, a non-profit that selects, trains, and sends Team USA to compete in the Bocuse d’Or, he contributed significantly to the team’s successes in 2015 and 2017. He has competed on Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. His first restaurant, Spoon and Stable, was a 2015 James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant Nominee.
  • Joshua McFadden, Executive Chef/Owner, Ava Gene’s, Founding Partner, Tusk, Consulting Chef, The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, Portland, OR: Joshua McFadden is the Executive Chef and Owner of Ava Gene’s, Co-Owner of Tusk, and Founding Partner of Submarine Hospitality in Portland, OR. He is also the Consulting Chef at The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse. McFadden has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine and Sunset, was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in 2017, and Ava Gene’s was included in Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant list in 2013 and won the Eater Award for Portland’s Restaurant of the Year (2013). Tusk was named one of Food & Wine Restaurants of the Year for 2017. McFadden recently published his first cookbook, Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables, to critical acclaim.
  • Julia Momose, Bartender at Large, Eater Young Gun, Chicago, IL: Julia Momose, bartender at large and Eater Young Gun, in Chicago, IL. Momose has been named Food + Wine’s Best Mixologist of 2016 and won the Eater Young Guns of 2016 Award. She was awarded the 2017 Jean Banchet Awards Mixologist of the Year. During her time at GreenRiver, they were awarded a Michelin Star, Three Stars by Chicago Tribune, Four Stars by Crain’s Chicago Business, and was named one of Playboy Magazine’s Best New Bars of 2016. She is currently the cocktail creative at two-Michelin starred Oriole, where she is championing the zero proof cocktail. Momose dedicates her time to developing the non-alcoholic beverage pairings for Chef Noah Sandoval’s tasting menu, as well as writing the cocktail and zero proof cocktail menus.
  • Steven Satterfield, Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Miller Union, Atlanta, GA: Steven Satterfield is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Miller Union, in Atlanta, GA. Satterfield was a James Beard finalist for Best Chef: Southeast in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and won the coveted award in 2017. Bon Appetit and Esquire named Miller Union one of the “Best New Restaurants in America.” Satterfield has also been featured in The New York Times, Epicurious, Tasting Table, Vice, Garden & Gun, Atlanta Magazine, and Men’s Book. He serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta and the local leader of Chefs Collaborative Atlanta. Satterfield is the author of Root to Leaf, A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, Harper Wave and Short Stack Editions: Peanuts, Dovetail Press.
  • Daniela Soto-Innes, Chef De Cuisine, Cosme, Alta, New York, NY: Daniela Soto-Innes, 26, comes from a long line of women who love food and cooking. After traveling and staging at restaurants in Texas, New York, and Europe, she joined Brennan’s of Houston where she worked with Chef Danny Trace to create tasting menus. Two years later, she joined the progressive American restaurant Triniti, followed by the charcuterie driven restaurant Underbelly with Chef Chris Shepherd, a mentor who pushed her to become a leader in the kitchen. After a stage in the kitchen of Pujol, Soto-Innes was offered a full-time position working alongside Chef Enrique Olvera. In 2014, she opened Cosme in New York City as Chef de Cuisine, where she quickly began garnering praise as one of the city’s top young chefs. After just a year and a half in the role, she was named the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year. In 2017, she was included in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30: Food & Drink list. Just a few months later, Cosme was ranked 40th on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and, around the same time, Soto-Innes was made Chef Partner at both Cosme and the newly-opened ATLA, an all-day café-style restaurant created by the same team behind Cosme.
  • Jeremiah Stone, Chef/Owner, Contra, Wildair, New York, NY/Fabian von Hauske, Chef/Owner, Contra, Wildair, New York, NY: Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone are the Chefs and Owners of Contra and Wildair, in New York, NY. Both restaurants have acquired numerous awards and recognitions including glowing reviews from the New York Times from critic Pete Wells, as well as landing in his best restaurant picks for 2014 (Contra) and 2015 (Wildair). Contra was bestowed one Michelin Star, and Wildair was a James Beard Best New Restaurant finalist, won Taste Talk’s Best New Restaurant-East, as well as Wine Enthusiast’s Best Wine Restaurants, and was named Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit Magazine. Additionally, Jeremiah and Fabian were named Best New Chefs 2016 by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Kris Yenbamroong, Chef/Owner, NIGHT + MARKET, Los Angeles, CA: Kris Yenbamroong is Chef and Owner of NIGHT + MARKET, in Los Angeles, CA. He has been named Rave reviews LA Times critic/Pulitzer Prize winner and was marked youngest ranked in Los Angeles Times Best Restaurant Top 20. Yenbamroong has had back-to-back semifinal nods from the James Beard Foundation in the Rising Star Chef category and was named Chef of the Year by Los Angeles Magazine in 2012, 2015 Eater LA’s Restaurant of the Year Award and has no formal culinary training.

Williams Sonoma’s history as a culinary connector began more than sixty years ago, as Chuck Williams introduced home cooks to iconic chefs of his era, like James Beard, along with the tools and equipment they used in their professional kitchens to customers. Throughout the years, notable chefs have served as a voice of authority for the brand about what to cook, how to cook it, and what tools and ingredients chefs are using.

In 2015, Williams Sonoma launched its first Chefs’ Collective, a culinary advisory board that has been featured throughout the last two years at events, online, and on social media. The Chefs’ Collective members participate in many large brand moments including product launches, new store openings, and product development initiatives. As the chefs graduate to Williams Sonoma’s Chefs’ Collective alumni, the brand welcomes the newest class of chefs and bar experts.

The Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective is an important group of talented leaders,” said Janet Hayes, president of Williams Sonoma. “Their creativity, knowledge, and appetite for innovation inspire us to think in new ways as a brand. We’re looking forward to collaborating with them in 2017 and beyond.”

In celebration of the Williams Sonoma 2017 Chefs’ Collective, there will be a series of events with the chefs throughout the year.