The theme of the 2016 edition of the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival is “Eat. Drink” Think,” due to the addition of panels and TED-style talks about food sustainability, something . Participants in the include James Beard award-winning author Adam Danforth doing a butchery demonstration and tasting. Michel Nischan, also a Beard winner, founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, is a pioneering thinker about food system and its challenges.
Amanda M. Faison of 5280 magazine explained how the expansion came about. “The pilot program grew out of local chefs Alex Seidel (Fruition Restaurant, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Fruition Farms) and Kelly Whitaker (Basta, Cart-Driver) wanting more out festivals. .. [They] will sit on the panels and contribute to discussions…. The program hinges on the premise that restaurant-goers are increasingly becoming conscious consumers.”
The festival takes place from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. Click here for a full schedule and links to ticket purchase pages. While most of the events from hikes to the Tour de Forks to the exemplary Grand Tasting carry a cost, the topics of sustainability are seen to be so important that the panels are free and open to the public, as well as ticket-buying festival goers. The panels are scheduled for Friday (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.).
The festival benefits Center for the Arts Crested Butte, 606 Sixth St., Crested Butte; 970-349-7487.
Natural sodas & ice cream team up for summer cooler event at a brewery.
When it’s hot, we want ice cream or beer or lemonade or some combo thereof. The Denver Beer Company and Little Man Ice Cream have teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Soda Company, known for its all-natural sodas, to throw a summer party this Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Rolling off the successes of the Loveland Lemon Lime Shandy at the Sun Drenched Music Festival, the Denver Beer Company hosts what it expects will be the first Annual Ice Cream and Shandy Social on its new patio.
Denver Beer Company brewmasters have crafted five delicious shandies of five different Rocky Mountain Soda flavors, paired with five Little Man ice creams. Click here for tickets ($15) good for five 4-ounce shandies and five mini ice cream scoops. The Denver Beer Company is at 1695 Platte Street, Denver.
Annual festival showcases Denver’s independent restaurants.
The Big Eat on Thursday, July 14 is a collegial culinary festival that celebrates the best of the local dining scene. Fifty bucks buys unlimited bites from more than 50 restaurants including popular favorites and even the not-yet-open Mister Tuna. Colorado wines from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, a local craft brews and cocktails starring spirits from the likes of Peach Street Distillers and Distillery 291.
The festival benefits EatDenver, a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the city’s independently run restaurants. This year, The Big Eat groups restaurants by neighborhood — Berkeley, Downtown, RiNo, etc. 6 to 9 p.m. The Big Eat takes places from6 to 9 p.m. at the Garner Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1100 13th Street. Click here to purchase tickets
There’s a new French connection in Denver in a few days as Bistro Vendome debuts its Movie Night series with one of my favorite food movies, “Julie & Julia,” made from one of my favorite food books of the same name. The story involves a young woman in New York who embarked on an ambitious project to take her mine off her dreadful job. The project: Julie Powell cooking her way through the Julia Child opus, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Along the way, she started a blog, which caught the right attention that resulted in a book contract and then a movie.
Bistro Vendome’s state-of-the-art audiovisual system in the main dining room is showing the delightful movie on a 103-inch screen. Guests are served the classic culinary comedy paired with a three-course prix fixe menu by chef Adam Branz.
Heirloom tomato bruschetta
Choice of Fillet of Sole with brown butter, lemon, parsley or Boeuf Bourguignon
Apple Tarte Tatin
Show time is 8 p.m. on Monday, July 11. Please make reservations at 303-825-3232. The restaurant promises future movie nights. It is at 1420 Larimer Square, with an entrance via the Sussex Breezeway.
The Ps have it at the wine school featured at the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival returning to River Run Village on July 16-17. Pinot and Prosecco (the first two Ps) and are featured with “professor” is Joel Peterson, the engaging founder of California’s Ravenswood Winery (and the third P). Peterson is also known as “the Godfather of Zin” (think Zinfindel).
Offers what organizers call “an enhanced lineup of wine seminars.” But the biggie, as always, is, as well as the two-day Village Grand Tasting with over 300 varieties of wines, preceded by a Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday evening that kick off the festivities. Saturday’s festivities start at noon with free jazz music and the wine will be poured Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Wine tasting tickets range from $60 for a one-day wine tasting pass with food tickets to $100 for a two-day pass with food tickets. At the door, a one-day wine tasting pass is $65 and a two-day tasting pass is $120.
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour returns to River Run Village.
Run to Keystone Resort’s River Run Village this weekend, June 25-26, for the return of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour for the sixth time . When vegetarians fall off the wagon, it’s usually for bacon — the back and sides of the hog, salted and either dried or smoked, and usually sliced thin and fried — and then enjoyed mightily.
The event features thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired cuisine, plus the usual resort trappings such as free live music (this weekend from Banditos, Dirty Bourbon River Show, King Cardinal, Rhythmic Statues and Hell’s Belles, a festival favorite which has appeared every year since the festival started. Hint: Don’t miss the Bacon Bloody Marys, always a hit, and if you’re a Bourbon drinker, try the Jim Beam Smash. Click here to purchase tickets for single tastes or packages.
Restaurants vie for honors in four categories of Colorado favorite.
We may think of tacos as being cheap, filling and casual food. Hole-in-the-wall taquerias, food trucks and upscale restaurants helmed by gifted chefs crank out this favorite food type, as do such disspiriting mainstream chains as Taco Bell and Taco .
Top Taco on Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 is a competition where a panel of judges determines the best tacos in three categories (traditional, creative and vegetarian, plus tequila cocktail) . It also provides an opportunity for taco gluttony. Guests get unlimited taco tastes and also some 100 unique tequila samples from more than 40 brands, beer, wine and live music from Sambadente.
The event on the Auraria campus is pricy, with general admission tix at $69 and VIP admission for $90 .
Claire Walter's Colorado-oriented but not Colorado-exclusive blog about restaurants, food and wine events, recipes and related news. For address of any restaurant, click on the Zomato icon at the end of the post.