Steve, Trevor and I are major foodies. So when it came time to brainstorm a list of 40 new-to-him experiences for Steve's 40th birthday celebration, Trevor and I put a handful of famous restaurants on the list. We are fortunate to live close to the Napa Valley and some of the best restaurants in the world. For years, Steve has been wanting to visit Bottega, Michael Chiarello's upscale Italian restaurant in Yountville, so that's where we went for Steve's actual birthday surprise (as opposed to the surprise party the night BEFORE his actual birthday).
We were expecting outstanding food and stellar service. We were NOT expecting Michael Chiarello to actually be there and we certainly weren't expecting him to come over to Trevor (the only child in the restaurant) and introduce himself! After assuring him he needed no introduction, I told him we were there to celebrate Steve's 40th birthday. As it turns out, it was Chef Chiarello's 54th birthday that day. What a fun coincidence that he and Steve share a birthday!
Our evening at Bottega exceeded our wildest dreams. The food was incredible and meeting Michael Chiarello was a thrill. It got 40-4-Steve off to a great start!