On Monday, some facilities at the luxury resort Meadowood Napa Valley succumbed to the flames of the raging Glass Fire, which has now grown to over 42,000 acres in Sonoma and Napa counties. The three-star Michelin restaurant at the St. Helena resort in Meadowood, as well as the Grill in Meadowood and a golf shop, were all destroyed in the fire. After hearing the news shared by Meadowood executive chef Christopher Kostow, chefs and restaurateurs both locally and across the nation offered their condolences.
“Heartbreaking loss of an iconic and stunning resort in Napa,” wrote Dominique Crenn, chef-owner of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and the only chef in America to have earned three Michelin stars on Instagram. He added: “We wish safety to those who fight the fires and to everyone in Napa / Sonoma … And wake up … climate change is real … the planet is burning …”
Mourad Lahlou, the chef-owner of San Francisco’s Mourad, shared a similar sentiment: “My heart is broken. Another icon has fallen. So many dreams. So much work. My brother @ckostow, his team and the whole @therestaurantmw family, words cannot adequately express my sadness and heartbreak. You will rise again, that I am sure of. “
Many Bay Area chefs have known and worked with Chef Christopher Kostow and the Meadowood team over the years, including Brown Sugar Kitchen’s Tanya Holland, who shared photos of a memorable night at the restaurant.
“How is it possible that @meadowoodnapavalley is gone?” wrote Holland on Instagram. “I am forever grateful to @ckostow and the team for an amazing night of hospitality and delightful memories.”
But Meadowood’s devoted fan base seems to extend beyond the Bay Area. David Chang, founder of Momofuku and a New York-based TV personality, took to Twitter to also share his grief at hearing the news.
“Chef Kostow is a visionary and helped build a magical restaurant,” he wrote Chang. “One of the best in the world and has spent so many years building lawns. Incredibly sad. F— 2020.”
Jeremiah Stone and Fabián Von Hauske Valtierra, the chefs behind New York City’s Wildair and Contra, have also expressed their support and admiration for Meadowood.
“I’m completely shocked. Meadowood is burning,” Stone wrote on Instagram. “An iconic place where it seemed like anything could be fixed. We were basically asked to leave a three-star restaurant one night and fled to Meadowood for refuge. The team there [is] literally what it defines[s] hospitality.”
Madeline Wells is an SFGATE reporter. Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @ madwells22