Name: Heidi Brown
Gig: Culinary Liaison at The Restaurant at Meadowood
In a world where celebrity chefs hog center stage, Brown flexes her superpowers behind the scene, working on the restaurant admin side with a “who’s who” of the food world, including Thomas Keller, Mike and Lindsay Tusk, Tyler Florence and David Chang. The California Culinary Academy grad cooked her way through Italy, assisted cooking demos at COPIA in Napa and worked briefly as a food editor for a local weekly before transitioning from the kitchen to office. “I realized that I was more productive thinking about cuisine and dining, rather than attempting to cook,” she tells us. As culinary liaison at Meadowood, a role she’s had since 2011, Brown assists chef Christopher Kostow on everything from managing his upcoming cookbook and travel schedules and uploading photos of new dishes to social media and liaising with visiting chefs during special events such as The 12 Days of Christmas. “The wonderful part of my job is that it changes every day,” admits the jack-of-all-trades Brown. “I can confidently say that it never gets boring.”
- Brown is an obsessive karaoke enthusiast. She’s also cripplingly gullible. Her coworkers kid her that they have to raise their left hand when they’re being sarcastic with her, otherwise she’ll take a joke seriously.
- The best part for Brown about assisting Kostow with his upcoming book project (which focuses a lot on Napa Valley, its history and its bounty) is getting to know so much about the place where she works and lives, including some of the lesser-known and most-beautiful areas.