As a practicing Mormon, Johnny Miller doesn’t drink, but he does have high-falutin’ friends in the world of food and wine.
One is Thomas Keller, the three-Michelin star chef (and avid golfer) behind Per Se in Manhattan and the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., which sits a short skip from Silverado Resort and Spa, the wine country property that Miller purchased in a partnership in 2010.
Miller and Keller go way back. And last fall, when the Frys.com Open moved to Silverado, the two men were slated to play together in the Wednesday pro-am before Miller had to pull out at the last minute.
Now Johnny and his chef buddy are teaming up for real. This pairing starts on January 21, when Keller launches a temporary restaurant at Silverado, a pop-up operation called Ad Lib.
The opening comes at an opportune time for Keller, who has shuttered the French Laundry at least until the spring for kitchen renovations, and it gives a jolt to Miller’s Silverado, a property bent on boosting its culinary standing in a Napa Valley renowned for its food and fine.
Unlike the French Laundry, a fine dining restaurant famed for its elaborate prix fixe menus, Ad Lib will focus on more straightforward fare, ranging from tableside preparations of Caesar salad and steak tartare to broiled Alaskan king crab legs and beef short-rib Wellington. It will serve dinner Thursday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In case you’re wondering, Keller plays to a 17. In the kitchen, meanwhile, Miller is no Iron Chef.
But he hits his driver pretty well.