Friday, September 5, 2008

Yosemite National Park Executive Chef Featured at James Beard House

Percy Whatley, the executive chef of The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park, will prepare a unique multi-course dinner for distinguished guests and esteemed foundation members at the James Beard House on Saturday, September 6.

“The dinner theme is entitled ‘The Three Valleys’ and is based on a trio of California locations,” said Whatley. “The Ahwahnee is situated in the serenity of Yosemite Valley, the organic menu ingredients have been obtained from the nearby San Joaquin Valley, and the superior Robert Mondavi wines that will be poured hail from the Napa Valley. We’re truly proud of the sustainable and organic relationships we’ve established with local produce farmers, meat, poultry and fish companies. There’s no ocean seafood on this menu ~ just river fish like sturgeon and trout, meaning a great dinner can be served in an inland fashion while leaving a small carbon footprint.”

Accompanying Chef Whatley from The Ahwahnee, Yosemite’s Four-Diamond, historic national landmark hotel, will be culinary assistants from Delaware North Companies’ (DNC) corporate office and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, including corporate Master Chef Roland Henin, Executive Sous Chef Ambarish Lulay, and Pastry Chef Paul Padua.

DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite is an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessioner responsible for lodging, dining, guest recreation, retail stores, and transportation in Yosemite National Park. For more information regarding advance lodging reservations at The Ahwahnee and activities throughout Yosemite, visit

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