Sonoma Valley Film Festival Personality: Kathleen Hill

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filmFest_food.jpgSure, the Sonoma Valley Film Festival is a celebration of new independent films. But with its stunning location in the heart of the Wine Country, food and wine are Oscar-worthy support characters.

Hailing from Sonoma Valley, the festival's 2008 Epicurean Director, Kathleen Hill, has put together an amazing showcase of celebrity chefs. Take the opening night gala on April 10 at Jacuzzi Winery. As stars like Michael Keaton rub elbows with crowd, eight superbly talented chefs will provide show-stopping cuisine, including -

  • Johnathan Sundstrom, FOOD&WINE Best New Chef 2001, Lark Restaurant, Seattle, presenting Foie Gras Bon-Bons with Rhubarb and Pickled Ramps
  • Sean O'Brien, FOOD&WINE Best New Chef 2007, with Asian-Style Pork Belly Rillette
  • E. Michael Reidt, FOOD&WINE Best New Chef 2001, offering Smoked Shrimp and Artichoke Brandade
Untitled-1.jpgWriter, teacher, culinary creator, Hill's been a bit of renaissance renegade all her life. She cut classes at the Sorbonne in Paris to audit courses at the Cordon Bleu. Hill served in the Peace Corps and the Kennedy White House before she could legally vote or drink, coordinated an anniversary celebration for the United Nations, managed political campaigns and currently teaches American politics at U.S. and Canadian universities.
 
Hill spent years with the late M.F.K. Fisher, and translated an old French cookbook with Fisher and Julia Child. She has written about wine, travel, food, food fans and those who cook food for Wine Spectator, National Geographic Traveler, Chicago Tribune, James Beard Foundation, Cook's Illustrated, Napa-Sonoma and San Francisco magazines, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle and other metropolitan newspapers.

But the accomplishments don't end there. . .  Hill appears on radio and television throughout the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband have co-authored 28 books, including a series of food and wine lovers' guides to the west coast, and she is Food & Wine Editor for ThreeHouse Multimedia.
 
Scouring the countryside for the best of everything including organic farms, restaurants and wineries, Hill hosts The Kathleen Hill Show on KSVY-91.3 FM (ksvy.org).  Kathleen Hill, we salute you!

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