Dinner with Daniel Boulud

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph an exclusive dinner and wine pairing at Napa Valley Reserve that was part of La Paulée de San Francisco’s Burgundy Week. Chef Daniel Boulud, owner of three-Michelin-starred DANIEL in New York City, Christopher Kostow, executive chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley (also with three Michelin stars) and Jean François Bruel, executive chef at DANIEL, were some of the talent displaying their skills at the dinner. Part of the event was also showing off "The Dalmore Selected By Daniel Boulud" whisky, which was a focus of my work that evening.

 Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jean François Bruel, and Christopher Kostow cook at Napa Valley Reserve in the Napa Valley. 
 Chef Daniel Boulud slices duck. Black truffle, right. 

Chef Daniel Boulud slices duck. Black truffle, right. 

 The Napa Valley Reserve in St. Helena, Calif. 
 Chef Christopher Kostow

Chef Christopher Kostow

 French winemakers Dominique Lafon, left, of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault, and Eric Rousseau, of Domaine Armand Rousseau in Gevrey-Chambertin, supplied some of their rarest wines for the event. 

French winemakers Dominique Lafon, left, of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault, and Eric Rousseau, of Domaine Armand Rousseau in Gevrey-Chambertin, supplied some of their rarest wines for the event. 

 Wines from Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault, and Domaine Armand Rousseau in Gevrey-Chambertin at the La Paulée de San Francisco event. 
 James Beard Foundation award-winning sommelier  Daniel Johnnes , founder of La Paulée de San Francisco and New York, with Daniel Boulud. The whisky, right. 

James Beard Foundation award-winning sommelier Daniel Johnnes, founder of La Paulée de San Francisco and New York, with Daniel Boulud. The whisky, right. 

 Tasting the Dalmore whisky. 

Tasting the Dalmore whisky. 

 Many Michelin stars and James Beard Foundation awards between them, chefs Jean François Bruel, Daniel Boulud and Christopher Kostow, left to right. 

Many Michelin stars and James Beard Foundation awards between them, chefs Jean François Bruel, Daniel Boulud and Christopher Kostow, left to right.