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Introducing Calistoga Ranch's Newest Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli

Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli commands the kitchen of the very private Auberge Resorts' Calistoga Ranch property that is tucked up in the Napa Valley. While only guests or owners can dine at his signature restaurant, The Lakehouse, this Napa native chef's cuisine has been experienced all over the place—he's done stints in Paris, Napa's The Carneros Inn, and even helped secure a Michelin Bib Gourmand for Angele. One may even call him the most exclusive executive chef in Napa Valley.  

Instead of tell you that Calistoga Ranch should be on your 2015 travel list, we chatted with Chef Meneghelli so he could say it in his own words.

JustLuxe: Would you share your personal philosophy with regards to food, and your style of cooking, presentation and service at Calistoga Ranch?

Aaron Meneghelli: I love the idea of moving forward with the past, although the nuances of food and the ever changing nature of our business are what excites us; I am very inspired by how things became what they are. Using flavors and ideas of many years ago and representing them with different techniques or additions is something that all of us are drawn too. It gives us comfort and excites at the same time. Service should be effortless and fulfilling, but not overstay the welcome. Ensuring that you have what you need, but you are able to enjoy your experience as you intended it.

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