Chef Francis Mallmann Brings Latin Flair and Live Fire Cooking Style to Auction Napa Valley 2016

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4/6/2016 - St. Helena, CA - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has announced Francis Mallmann as the guest chef for this year’s Auction Napa Valley, to be held June 2-5, 2016 in America’s iconic wine region. Chef Mallmann, who was recently featured in the Netflix “Chef’s Table” series, will oversee every aspect of the culinary design and cuisine that will be prepared for 800 guests throughout Saturday’s Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood Napa Valley. Chef Francis Mallmann Tickets packages are still available for the annual celebration of Napa Valley’s wine, scenery, cuisine and hospitality. Auction Napa Valley proceeds support community health and children’s education, benefitting more than 100,000 clients of Napa County nonprofit organizations annually. Chef Mallmann, considered the most celebrated chef in South America, will draw on his acclaimed talents with wood fire and cast-iron cooking, along with his training in fine French cuisine, creating a dramatic experience at Saturday’s Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood Napa Valley. Mallmann and his team will prepare small bites to sustain bidders as they vie under the big tent for lots of Napa Valley wine and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Afterward, guests will retreat to the fairway at Meadowood for an al fresco dinner inspired by the fire and aromas unique to Mallmann’s style of cooking. "We could not think of a more perfect headlining chef for this year's Auction Napa Valley than Chef Mallmann,” said Agustin F. Huneeus, proprietor of Quintessa and honorary chair of this year’s event. “Our shared love for South America will not only shine through Francis' food and innovative preparation but also throughout the week's lively events." Saturday’s Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood is the centerpiece of Auction Napa Valley offerings, which also includes dinners, parties, outdoor activities and the Napa Valley Barrel Auction on Friday, June 3 taking place this year at Robert Mondavi Winery. There, guests will have a chance to sip current release wines from more than 100 wineries, nibble on bites from dozens of Napa Valley’s talented chefs and food purveyors and sample —and bid on—100 unique lots of Napa Valley’s highly touted 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages straight from the barrel. To register for Auction Napa Valley, the NVV’s annual community fundraiser and the wine world’s most well-known charity event, visit auctionnapavalley.com Chef Mallmann's Tournedos Wrapped in Bacon and Sage Recipe Chef Mallmann's Burnt Carrots with Goat Cheese, Parsley, Arugula and Crispy Garlic Chips Recipe About Chef Francis Mallmann Mallmann is considered South America’s most celebrated and beloved chef. Growing up in Patagonia on a cliff overlooking Lago Moreno, fire played a major role in his childhood and the memories that help define him and his cooking techniques today. When he was just nineteen, Chef Mallmann opened his first restaurant in Bariloche, Argentina where he began to gain loyal supporters. After a few years of success, he jumped at the opportunity to open a restaurant in Uruguay and continued to build his following. Chef Mallmann would close his restaurants in the off season to travel to Europe and work in world renowned kitchens in France under the direction of Alain Senderens, Roger Verge and Raymond Oliver.Today, his restaurants include 1884, Garzon, Patagonia Sur, Los Fuegos at the Faena Hotel Miami and Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos at The Vines Resort & Spa. He has two cookbooks - Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way and Mallmann on Fire, and has a cooking show in Argentina on the gourmet channel. He was one of the featured chefs in the Neflix documentary series “Chef’s Table.” About Auction Napa Valley Auction Napa Valley is the NVV's annual community fundraiser that for more than 35 years has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to raise funds to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa Valley community. To date, the NVV has invested more than $150 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in Napa County nonprofit organizations. Learn more at auctionnapavalley.org About the Napa Valley Vintners The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 525 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com

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