Want to meet a Chez Panisse chef?

Added THU, OCT 23RD 2014

Chez Panisse chef
Cal Peternell shares
Twelve Recipes

Cal PeternellJoin us on Sunday, November 2, from 4-6pm in the historic Villa for a literary event with Cal Peternell.

He may be chef at the legendary Chez Panisse, but when his oldest son was preparing to go off to college, Peternell realized that even his own child wasn’t quite prepared to cook on his own. The result of that realization is Twelve Recipes, Peternell’s first cookbook, which outlines his philosophy of cooking in a charming guide for home cooks everywhere.

With full-color photos and gorgeous illustrations by the author’s wife and sons (all artists) throughout, Twelve Recipes is more than a cookbook; it’s a beautiful exploration of food and the way it enhances our daily lives.


Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After graduation, he and his wife moved to Lucca, Italy, to pursue their art careers; but by the time they returned to the United States, he had discovered a new passion for food. He joined Chez Panisse in 1995 and has been a chef since 2000.

For his literary event at Montalvo, Peternell presents an intimate evening focused around the theme of foraging, with a specific focus on local mushrooms and chantarelles. He will read from Twelve Recipes and sign books. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

To purchase tickets, click below or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

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October 23, 2014

Montalvo is a member-supported
non-profit organization
dedicated to the arts.

Enchanting, unique,

Montalvo is the perfect venue
for your corporate holiday event

The historic Villa decorated for a party

Looking to book a holiday event at a unique Bay Area venue? Whether you’re planning an intimate luncheon or an extravaganza with food, a DJ, and party games, your guests will have a memorable time at Montalvo.

We can host small gatherings or large events for up to 200 people; add to the guest count with tenting over the front veranda or the beautiful Spanish Courtyard. Our 300-seat Carriage House Theatre can also be used in conjunction with the historic Villa for headliner entertainment before or after your cocktail or dinner reception.

Montalvo is located only five minutes from major highways and 20 minutes from downtown San Jose. We have an exemplary list of caterers for you to choose from; our professional event team will assist you with planning and be on-site during your event.

Please call us at 408-961-5829 or email events@montalvoarts.org to get the ball rolling on making Montalvo your party location!


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Explore your senses
at October 30 art party


Multisensory: An Art Party

Does what you hear or see change what you taste?
Can touch and movement impact vision?

Join us on Thursday, October 30, from 6-8:30pm for a special Art Party entitled Multisensory.

This interactive and fun-filled evening will explore the amazing world of the senses. Visitors will be able to participate in series of hands-on experiments at “sensory stations” and investigate how our senses work together to interpret the outer world.

Take a walk around the grounds and consider how sight, hearing, and movement are interconnected; experience a performance based on the results of the sensory experiments; hear how poetry can describe the experiences of light, seascapes, and landscapes; participate in a magic lantern show in the Carriage House Theatre; and view our latest exhibition in the Project Space Gallery.

Participating artists include Viv Corringham, Garrett Hongo, Chris Fraser, Sandra Gomez, Justin Lowman, and Andres Solis. Meet and mingle with them as you enjoy a glass of beer or wine and a freshly-prepared taco—all available for purchase.

$10 suggested donation at entry.


RSVP now

Be sure to invite your friends to join you!


at a glance:

Thu, October 23, 7:30pm 
Keiko Matsui SOLD OUT!

Fri, October 24, 8pm 
Leon Russell SOLD OUT!

Thu, October 30, 6pm 
Multisensory: An Art Party

Sat, November 1, 11am & 1pm 
The Adventures of Robin Hood 

Sun, November 2, 7:30pm 
Literary Event with Cal Peternell

Thu, November 6, 7:30pm 
Rusted Root

Fri, November 7, 8pm 
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Sat, November 8, 8pm 

Thu, November 13, 7:30pm 
The Manhattan Transfer SOLD OUT!

Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours




Art On the Grounds through Oct 31
Fun & Games

Project Space Gallery through Feb 1
Perceptual: Chris Fraser and Justin Lowman


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