Sally Schmitt: Six California Kitchens

On exhibition in our Spotlight Gallery from June 4 through October 2, 2022 (dates subject to change):
Sally Schmitt: Six California Kitchens

Explore the life and legacy of acclaimed Yountville chef Sally Schmitt, a pioneer of California cuisine who with husband Don founded the iconic restaurant The French Laundry.  Sally Schmitt started a culinary movement built on seasonal local ingredients, inspiring generations of chefs and helping to solidify Napa Valley’s reputation as a food-and-wine destination. Yountville’s The French Laundry was founded by the Schmitts in 1978, and was sold to chef Thomas Keller in 1994. As Keller wrote in the foreword to her memoir and cookbook “Six California Kitchens: A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons From a Pioneer of California Cuisine”:

“Kind and generous, forthright, and unpretentious … A culinary pioneer but also a throwback, preparing dishes that evoked the most delicious versions of your favorite childhood meals. That is the Sally we all came to know.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                – Thomas Keller

The exhibit will include rare photos of Sally in her kitchens and with her family, and include tributes by those she influenced and delighted with her culinary creations.  Her “Six California Kitchens” was published a few weeks before her passing in March of 2022 at age 90. Copies will be for sale at the museum, based on availability.