We are so excited to welcome Celebrity Chef Rebecca Rather at Miraval this weekend (Friday, August 2 & Saturday, August 3). A native Texan, Chef Rather makes the most of her Lone Star state’s varied traditions, whether looking to the kitchens of Texas' Mexican and German immigrants or to the cowboy culture of her own forebears. Best of all, her recipes aren't fussy—one of her best–selling cakes stirs together in a single saucepan. Add in a cupful of Texas attitude and her made–from–scratch–with–love philosophy and you've got an irresistible taste of American baking.
Rebecca began her career as a private caterer in Houston, before moving on to become pastry chef for Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone and his group of restaurants. After apprenticing with Daniel Leader, she worked as executive pastry chef for research and development for Schlotzsky's Bread Alone cafés. In 1999, she started her own business, Rather Sweet Bakery, in Austin. In 2001, she moved the bakery to the scenic Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, Texas, expanding to serve lunch daily and dinner on weekends. Her success and pastries became known nationwide with the publication of three acclaimed cookbooks: The Pastry Queen, The Pastry Queen Parties and The Pastry Queen Christmas.
Rebecca closed Rather Sweet Bakery in 2011 to prepare for her greatest adventure yet: a farm-to-fork restaurant and bakery in the midst of the Hill Country’s burgeoning wine scene. The Pink Pig offers local haute Texas cuisine, artisanal provisions and from-scratch baked goods for gourmands on the go. Rebecca has been featured in Texas Monthly, Gourmet, Ladies' Home Journal, Food & Wine, Southern Living, Chocolatier, and Saveur, and is heralded as the one and only “Pastry Queen” throughout the country.
Chef Rather will be hosting a Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinner on both Friday and Saturday night, and a special Meet the Chef Luncheon on Saturday afternoon for Miraval guests. In addition to these special events, the Miraval kitchen will serve one of her signature dishes on the Cactus Flower dinner menu on both Friday and Saturday night.
Miraval guests attending one of Chef Rather's Cooking Demonstration Dinners this weekend will enjoy the delicious five-course meal below:
Farmstand Tomato Soup with Arugula Pesto
Roasted Beet Salad with Spicy Maple Pecans and Chrissy's Fresh Chèvre
Citrus Glazed Salmon with Avocado Salsa
Blue Javalina Grilled Lamb with Quinoa Pilaf
Texas Big Hairs Lemon-Lime Meringue Tarts