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Cooking with Comedians
with Comedian Laura Hayden

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Join Chefs of the Meritage Resort Napa Valley as they team up with different comedians to bring you a Laugh Cellar original show, Cooking with Comedians!  Participants gain culinary tips and tricks, as well as confidence to cook more at home; with plenty of laughs and tastes along the way. Plus, learn the latest trends and classics of food. 


In the kitchen Friday, January 27, 2023

Chef Bryan Gardner

Comedian Laura Hayden


FIRST: Creamy Celery Root Soup –  roasted baby vegetables, sunchoke chips, herb oil, fried sage
SECOND: Paradelle Carbonara – crispy chicken, pancetta lardon, shaved fennel and baby arugula
THIRD: Sacher Torte – brandied cherries, Chantilly cream


Stand-up comedian and inspirational speaker Dr. Laura Hayden is a practicing physical therapist, touring headliner comedian and speaker.  She was a featured headliner on the comedy special Stand Up In Stilettos on the TV Guide Network.  Laura is a sought-after talent who performs at top comedy clubs and festivals across North America, the Middle East and Europe.  She lends her humorous take on the absurd, bizarre and rare moments that make living and healing such a great part of the human experience.  Her humor helps people cut loose and find the funny side of any situation.  Her show is hilarious, witty and relatable.  We can't wait!


Chef Bryan Gardner: After studying English and History at the University of Southern Maine, Chef Bryan Gardner longed to fulfill his passion for food. He went on to study culinary arts at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. After graduating in 2005 he launched an impressive career working among some of Napa’s finest Michelin Star restaurants. He expanded his food horizons in 2008 and became the Executive Chef at the Relais & Châteaux property, Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bryan returned to Calistoga in 2012 and went on to leverage his culinary prowess in the Napa Valley. Bryan’s fondness for food began while he was growing up in New England; he was born into a family of foodies and raised on some of the finest seafood from the Coast of Maine.




  • A taste of comedy to start and end the evening, plus plenty of laughs along the way! 
  • Culinary tips and tricks to try at home
  • 3-course gourmet farm to fork dinner
  • Glass of award-winning wine or craft beer upon arrival


PLEASE NOTE: If you have a dietary restriction, please get in touch with us before purchasing tickets.




Kitchen doors open at 6:00PM.  Event starts at 6:45PM


Grand Reserve at the Meritage Food & Wine Center 

850 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558

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