Wine Country Personality: Khambay Khamsyvoravong

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kenwoodInnSpa_Personality_Khambay_Pic1.jpgExecutive Pastry Chef at
Kenwood Inn and Spa

As Executive Pastry Chef at the Kenwood Inn and Spa, Khambay Khamsyvoravong displays her considerable culinary talent by planning and creating the Inn's decadent desserts and pastries at both dinner and the complimentary breakfast.
After receiving her BA from Brown University, Khambay followed her passion for cooking, graduating from The Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, NY in 2009. From there, she honed her skills in the kitchens of several well-known Sonoma-area bakeries and kitchens, preparing cupcakes and planning wine-paired dinners, before joining the Kenwood culinary team in 2010.
kenwoodInnSpa_Personality_Khambay_Pic2.jpgKhambay's broad culinary vision is revealed in her delicious creations such as Chocolate Ravioli with Blueberry filling and Salted Ganache, Banana Cream Tart with Sweet Dough, Banana Butter, Fresh Bananas, Pastry Cream, Pound Cake Croutons and Toasted Meringue or delights like a House made Braised Pork, Roasted Apple and Pear pie.
Whether sweet or savory, Khambay's creations are thoughtful, distinctive and delightful.

Chef Khambay's newest menu pairs perfectly with HKG Estate wines. When visiting HKG, be sure to experience their Food and Wine Flight. It's a delicious way to enjoy a trio of Chef Khambay's culinary creations such as ...

Tomato Bisque with Brioche Grilled Carmody and Micro Basil
~ Paired with 2010 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Grigio
This yummy remix of an old childhood favorite melds well with the characteristics of Pinot Grigio.  The wine's bright fruit shows off the tomato flavors and the wine's slight barrel aging complements the brioche.   Additionally, the basil brings out the crisp acidity of this wine.

kenwoodInnSpa_Personality_Khambay_Pic3.jpgSeared Ahi Tuna with Calabrian Chili Aioli and Summer Squash
~ Paired with 2009 Russian River Valley Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir
Tuna is a beautiful match on the plate with the vibrant red color of this wine -- a true piece of food art. This dry style Rosé highlights the Calabrian chili spice while the fattiness of the dish keeps the wine's tannins in check.  Slightly sweet, the Rosé pairs well with the flavors of ripe local summer squash.  

Squid Ink Raviola filled with Chorizo and Halibut
~ paired with 2009 Russian River Valley Estate Bridge Selection Pinot Noir
A silky wine with soft tannins, this vineyard-designate Pinot Noir is a perfect balance with the richness and texture of the dish. The mélange of chorizo spices on the palate expresses the subtle flavors of cocoa, dried herbs and cherry in the wine.  The wonderful aromas and colors of the dish are reminiscent of a relaxing summer meal in the Mediterranean.


About Kenwood Inn and Spa
Located in the Valley of the Moon amidst vineyards, oak groves, walnut orchards and fruit trees, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is designed with hand-crafted artistry and a sophisticated sensibility in the spirit of a Mediterranean Villa.  A small, peaceful hideaway, the Inn offers 29 dreamy rooms and suites, each appointed with fireplaces, feather beds, Italian linens for bed and bath, complimentary breakfast each morning, luxurious robes for lounging and twice daily housekeeping service

About HKG Estate Wines
HKG Estate wines are from Hop Kiln Winery in Healdsburg, located in the verdant Russian River Valley. Our winery is renowned as a world-class producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and from the beginning these wines have received high point scores from the Wine Spectator and The PinotReport. In addition to visiting us at the winery, we invite you to taste these delicious wines by the glass at our HKG Estate Wine Tasting Room in Glen Ellen or experience them paired with our amazing food and wine pairings produced from the chefs at our nearby sister property, the Kenwood Inn and Spa.

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