A Hard Choice


By Elizabeth Stokkebye & Kenn Madsen

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This segment focuses on the difficult decision of renowned local chef, Kenn Madsen, and his artist spouse, Elizabeth Stokkebye to return permanently to their homeland of Denmark. Their decision to “return to their roots” was made late this summer amidst Napa Valley’s horrific fires, the pandemic, and the country’s challenging political climate. They had emigrated with their three young children to the United States 40 years ago. In the ensuing years, Kenn’s culinary expertise became widely known throughout Napa Valley, including at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and the restaurants of Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch, the latter which burned to the ground in the Glass Fire.

This “Shelter-in-Place” series of short videos is directed by Sharie, with film-edits by Alexis Forni.


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