The Estate Yountville welcomes Katie Cotten as Director of Catering
Transformed resort in the heart of Napa Valley brings in luxury specialist to lead catering for newly created meetings and events venues
The Estate Yountville is expanding its seasoned culinary team with the addition of Katie Cotton as Director of Catering and Conference Services. Cotten brings over thirteen years of experience to the role and a skillset honed by luxury experiences at famed iconic resorts. As Director of Catering and Conference Services, Cotten will oversee operations to assist meeting and event planners in producing unforgettable events in the stunning setting of Napa Valley, California. Cotten specializes in setting goals with her clients and working with them closely to exceed expectations, whether it is for an intimate executive conference or a fairytale wedding. Cotten possesses an innate sense of creativity that allows her to curate truly one-of-a-kind events at The Estate Yountville.
“We are thrilled to have Katie Cotten lead our catering and conference team at The Estate Yountville,” said Steve Davino, General Manager, The Estate Yountville. “Her extensive luxury hospitality experience will prove to be extremely valuable as we are seeing a large increase in event bookings at The Estate since its recent transformation of The Venues. Since Napa Valley offers a wonderful backdrop for any size event, Katie and her team can help with the details that make any occasion a memorable one.”
Cotten and her team will be implementing culinary services through new catering menus created by Executive Chef Greg Wiener for all events that take place at ‘The Venues at The Estate.’ The Venues make up a total of 55,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor lush event space, including The Pavilion, The Groezinger, The Barrel Room and a new addition arriving in Summer 2018, The Gallery. Cotten’s expertise in luxury events is sharpened by coordinating everything from celebrity weddings to television shoots and from major sporting games to award shows to help her elevate guest experiences at The Venues at The Estate. Her eye for detail, passion for culinary and beverage trends and collaborative working style will complete all luxury events that take place at The Estate such as weddings, festivals, seasonal soirées, and intimate affluent family affairs.
Highlights from the catering menu include light and healthy dishes that boast worldly flavors to enhance locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, such as breakfast entrees made with native eggs and farm to table vegetable and hummus plates. Catering boasts an array of customizable options that appeal to any traveler, whether it is cauliflower carbonara for vegetarians or Akaushi Kobe beef for the more indulgent eater. Cotten will personally ensure that each event menu is tailored to the group, even if that means expanding the selection to accommodate all guests.
Cotten joins The Estate Yountville from Montage Kapalua Resort and Spa in Hawaii where she was Director of Catering and Conference Servicesfor the past four years. Cotten also held culinary related roles at other prominent Hawaii properties including Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Prior to her time in Hawaii, Cotten was the Catering Sales Manager at Wolfgang Puck Catering in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a volunteer Wine Maker at Alexis Bailly Vineyard in Hastings, Minnesota. Cotten earned a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management and an Associate of Applied Science in Baking & Pastry from The Art Institutes International Minnesota.
Cotten moves to Yountville from Maui with her fiancé Ben Richards, who recently proposed in a hot air balloon in Yountville. An avid foodie, Cotten is also a wine aficionado and currently studying to become a sommelier. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for The Make A Wish Foundation and hiking.
About The Estate Yountville
The Estate Yountville is a 22-acre authentic Napa experience that is home to two distinctive lifestyle hotels – the serene and stylish Vintage House and the sinfully good and very social Hotel Villagio. The Estate includes the V Marketplace, a retail lifestyle shopping and dining complex housed in the former 147-year-old Groezinger Winery. The property is currently undergoing a transformative change that brings together the best of all worlds – defining a luxe new grownup playground for the senses to redefine wine country hospitality in a modern way that brings together the The Spa at The Estate, the many unique and private event venues with 55,000+ sq. ft., The Vineyard, and a myriad of dining and lifestyle experiences. This multi-million-dollar renovation will be notable for the site-sensitive, authentic, experiential approach created by a team of the world’s most sought-after interior designers, architects, landscape designers and talent assembled to bring the new luxury vision to life and further enhance the property’s legacy in the community.
Completed in Fall 2017, Vintage House channels its locale’s coveted, carefree spirit, infused with a sophisticated overtone of the rich flavor of the wine country featured in 80 intimate bungalow-style abodes. Arriving Summer 2018, Hotel Villagio, a sinfully beautiful and luscious hotel for drinking in Napa, will showcase 112 luxurious guest rooms and 22 suites, spa and executive conference center. This polished retreat offers a standing invitation to explore The Estate’s more spirited side with a bustling lounge for drinks, a pool escape complemented by a sexy soundtrack, and a vibrant atmosphere for a wine country escape. The Estate Yountville featuring Vintage House and Hotel Villagio are located in the center of Napa Valley, on 6541 Washington Street, Yountville, California. The property is 56 miles north of San Francisco. For more information, please visit Hotel Villagio or Vintage House’s websites.