Auro at Four Seasons Napa Valley: Where Culinary Excellence Meets James Beard Recognition in 2024’s Must-Visit Destination

Recently awarded as a semifinalist for Best Chef in California, Chef Rogelio Garcia extends Auro to four nights weekly in response to high demand

January 26, 2024,
Napa Valley, U.S.A.

In the wake of being named 2024's Top Trending Destination by Tripadvisor, Napa Valley's allure continues to rise, further elevated by the culinary achievements of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley and its acclaimed restaurant Auro. This recognition shines a spotlight on the region's famed “liquid gold” – its exceptional wines – and the unparalleled farm- to-table dining experiences offered at Auro, making it a sought-after destination for connoisseurs of fine wine and cuisine.

Adding to this excitement is the recent accolade of Auro’s Executive Chef Rogelio Garcia, who has been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in California. In response to this honour and the growing demand for his innovative culinary creations, Auro will now welcome diners on Wednesday nights, starting in April, expanding its service to four nights weekly.

Set against the backdrop of Calistoga's rolling hills and picturesque vineyards, Auro has quickly emerged as the premier destination for fine dining. Awarded the Wine Spectator 2023 Best of Award of Excellence and the prestigious Michelin star, Auro reflects Chef Garcia's vision of blending local flavours with global culinary techniques.

"I am truly overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for this recognition from the James Beard Foundation. Representing Napa Valley, the place I call home, is a profound honour. The support from our kitchen and restaurant teams has been instrumental in making Auro the great achievement that it is today. Being part of this conversation, especially under the Four Seasons banner, is both humbling and exhilarating. This journey, from cooking for the James Beard Foundation a decade ago to now, reflects the vibrant evolution of American cuisine," noted Chef Garcia.

The addition of Wednesday nights to accommodate the ever-growing demand for Auro’s unique brand of culinary excellence is a testament to the team’s commitment to offering exceptional dining experiences with a genuine heart.

For reservations at Auro, call +1 707 709 2100, or book online.

About Auro at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley

Auro, Calistoga’s only Michelin-starred restaurant is a gem in the culinary landscape of Napa Valley, showcasing Chef Garcia's innovative approach to Northern California cuisine. The restaurant’s ambiance, featuring an intimate dining room and a semi-private alfresco terrace with stunning vineyard views, complements the artful cuisine. Auro’s evolving five-course tasting menu features specialties such as Dry-Aged Shima Aji and Kagoshima A5 Wagyu, accentuated by a robust wine program led by Sommelier Derek Stevenson.

About Chef Rogelio Garcia

Chef Rogelio Garcia, born in Mexico City and raised in Napa, began his culinary journey as a dishwasher in Yountville. His remarkable ascent through the ranks in prestigious kitchens like Cyrus and The French Laundry in wine country, and later in San Francisco's renowned establishments, culminated in Michelin star achievements. A Bravo’s Top Chef Season 15 contestant and an upcoming author, Garcia now leads Auro at Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley. Under his guidance, Auro swiftly earned a Michelin star, a testament to his innovative and heartfelt culinary approach.

About the James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards are a pinnacle of recognition in the American culinary community, established in 1990. These awards honour exceptional talent and achievements across the culinary arts, hospitality, and media sectors. Particularly noteworthy is their commitment to promoting diversity, sustainability, and an inclusive culture in the food industry. The 2024 awards, presented by Capital One, continue this tradition, celebrating culinary excellence and leadership.