Miraval Chef Series: Chef's Night In
Learn what the country’s foremost chefs cook for themselves to feel well during Miraval’s new Chef Series!
Various times throughout the year, a Celebrity Chef will be a weekend-long guest in the Miraval kitchen. While on property, each Guest Chef will give Miraval guests a rare peek into the foods and ingredients that these celebrated chefs enjoy cooking for themselves and their families on their (rare) nights off. Through a series of special events, the chefs’ mindful approaches to cooking will come to life as they share the secrets of the food they enjoy eating to bring their bodies into balance. In addition to these events, the Miraval kitchen will serve one of the featured Chef's signature dishes on the Cactus Flower dinner menu on both Friday and Saturday night.
Each visiting Chef will host two Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinners that include a 4-course meal prepared before them with wine service. Participants will interact with the Chef as they learn about their inspiring culinary techniques and philosophy. Seating is limited and sign-up is required; $198 per person. These dinners have a set menu and cannot accommodate for allergies and dietary restrictions. Each Chef will also host a Meet the Chef Luncheon during their visit where participants can join the Chef for an informational lunch to learn about her passion for cooking. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up at the Cactus Flower Hostess Stand.
Chef's Night In —Jenn Louis, February 28 & March 1, 2014
Consistent, simple and purposeful. This is the philosophy and approach that has propelled Chef Jenn Louis to a culinary career spanning nearly two decades. After graduating from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, Louis traveled throughout Europe and North and South America, settling for a short time in Southern Israel to work on a dairy kibbutz. Upon her return to California, she learned of a job opening from a close friend cooking for an Outward Bound base camp deep in the North Carolina woods. Louis landed the job and after a few short weeks at the camp, she had an epiphany that cooking was her passion and could lead to a successful and fulfilling life-long career – something she had never considered before. Louis followed this dream all the way to the Western Culinary Institute of Portland, and shortly after began working as a line cook at the prominent Portland restaurant, Wildwood. In 2000, Louis’ entrepreneurial spirit led her to open Culinary Artistry, a full-service catering company, providing everything from valet service to floral arrangements to an array of menu styles. Today, it is considered one of the top event planning companies in Portland.
Eight years later, rooted by the myriad inspirations of their home, Louis and husband David Welch opened their first brick-and-mortar concept, Lincoln Restaurant. Lincoln is a balance between old and new, modern and classic, rustic and refined. Louis’ menu takes its cue from the seasons, harvesting locally-grown Pacific Northwest ingredients and transforming them into sophisticated, yet honest fare. Her mix of fortitude and finesse immediately made Lincoln a standout in the Portland restaurant scene.Just a few short months after opening, the restaurant was recognized on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” of 50 top new restaurants in North America, while Louis was recognized as a semifinalist for the 2010 and 2011 James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Northwest” awards.
The success of Lincoln was overwhelming, and it sparked an idea for her next venture. In the spring of 2011, Louis and Welch launched their second restaurant, Sunshine Tavern, in the Southeast Division district of Portland. Louis and Welch sought to create a haven for both food enthusiasts and beverage connoisseurs, serving up soul-satisfying food, playful cocktails and an impressive selection of craft beers. For this quintessential tavern, Louis created dishes that are comforting and unfussy, while using the highest quality ingredients available – a philosophy she has felt passionate about throughout her culinary career. In 2012, the popularity of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern catapulted Louis’ presence on a national scale and she was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. The following year, Jenn was selected as a cast member of season five of the hit Bravo TV show, “Top Chef Masters.”
When not in the kitchen or planning events, Louis can be found traveling the globe with her husband, teaching cooking classes, playing the drums or spending time with her three cats, White Cat, Orange Cat and Wasco.
Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinner—Friday, February 28 & Saturday, March 1, 2014, 6-8pm
Meet the Chef Luncheon—Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12-12:45pm
CHEF SERIES ARCHIVE: PAST GUEST CHEFS
Chef Jody Adams - June 28-29, 2013
Chef Brooke Williamson - July 19-20, 2013
Chef Rebecca Rather - August 2-3, 2013
Chef Mindy Segal - September 13-14, 2013
Chef John Cox - October 18-19, 2013
Chef Jason Santos - November 22-23, 2013