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‘Gourmet on the Gore’ Fest on Labor Day

10th annual food and wine festival in Vail.

GourmetOnTheGore-logoA Taste of Colorado, the long-running Labor Day Weekend tradition of food, entertainment, carnival attractions and vendors galore, packs ’em in to Denver’s Civic Center Park. But an option in the mountains holds more epicurean appeal –.away from the Front Range’s late summer heat. The commonality, in addition to being in Colorado, is that entry to both events is free. You pay for what you eat.

The 10th annual Gourmet on Gore, a comparatively new classic culinary festival, takes place in the heart of Vail on Labor Day Weekend (September 2-5) and features gastronomic creations from some of Vail’s most renowned chefs, sips from world-class vintners, exceptional beers and events that highlight the natural beauty of Vail. In short, you won’t fine BBQ turkey legs or funnel cake.

In addition to the open-air tasting with wine, beer and spirits selections and  food from the Vail Valley’s top restaurants, Gourmet on Gore offers also offers a variety of additional pairing events and outdoor activities throughout the weekend. The Tasting Tour kicks things off on Friday, September 4, and Open-Air Tastings take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6, from 11 a.m.  to  6 p.m. Brunch on Bridge Street closes the weekend on Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find a full schedule of events, lodging packages and other details or purchase Tasting Tour tickets online, FoMoInfo: 970.476.6797 x712.

Seafood Restaurant Wins Denver Burger Battle

Judges awarded top burger honors to Stoic & Genuine.

DenverBurgerBattle-logoI wasn’t at the sold-out Denver Burger Battle the other day, and I might not even write about it here except that I was tickled by the irony that Stoic & Genuine’s entry was selected as the best of the 15 entries selected by a panel of judges. Stoic & Genuine, one of the fine restaurants in Union Station, specializes in seafood, and the winning entry is offered on its lunch menu. The People’s Choice honors went to the Cherry Cricket, whose burgers are perennial favorites among carnivores.

Food Film Fundraiser Fun

Flatirons Food Film Festival benefit a delicious evening.

FlatironsFoodFilmFest-logoBoulder are area foodniks (and a few filmniks) gathered yesterday evening in the spacious new lobby of the Dairy Art Center “Film, Chefs, Glorious Song,” to benefit the Flatirons Food Film Festival, coming up October 20 – 23. I’ll be out of the country then, but I’m glad I was here for the fundraiser. Kudos to organizer Julia Joun and to the chefs, sponsors, purveyors and volunteers who made this happen. Here are some images. And yes, there were wine and beer offerings too.

Kelly Whitaker of Basta in Boulder and when it opens, the restaurant in the new Source Hotel in Denver.
Kelly Whitaker of Basta in Boulder and when it opens, the stilol-unnanmed restaurant in the new Source Hotel in Denver’s RiNo district.
Chef Whitaker brought huge trays of rustic pizza in two flavors.
Chef Whitaker brought huge trays of rustic pizza with braised  goat, shisito peppera and garlic on farro crust.
Daniel Asher of the soon-to-open River and Woods in the treasured space once occupied by John's Restaurant.
Daniel Asher of the soon-to-open River and Woods in the treasured space once occupied by John’s Restaurant.
Lovely and delicious but atypical panzanella salad composed of greens, tomatoes, stone fruits and an edible flower -- all locally sourced -- with honey/poppyseed dressing.
Lovely and delicious but atypical panzanella salad composed of greens, tomatoes, stone fruits and an edible flower — all locally sourced — with honey/poppyseed dressing.

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Flatirons Food Film Festival Fundraiser

Food, wine and music make for a wonderful evening.

FlatironsFoodFilmFest-logoLast year’s benefit for the annual Flatirons Food Film Festival was a tailor-made event for me. There were samples of food prepared by some of Boulder’s best chefs and nice adult beverages to sip. Beautiful voices sang lovely songs. But the tailor-made part was the location at The Riverside, a short walk from my house. The downside was that this lovely but modest space became crowded quickly. Click here for more on the 2015 fundraiser.

This year’s fundraiser (called Film, Chefs, Glorious Song: The Flatirons Food Film Festival Benefit) is scheduled for August 3 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the more spacious precincts of the remodeled and expanded Dairy Arts Center, and even though it isn’t such close walking distance, I’m looking forward to it.

Participating chefs include Daniel Asher of Denver’s Root Down and Boulder’s soon-to-open River and Woods, Dave Query of the Big Red F Group, Kelly Whitaker of Basta in Boulderand Cart-Driver in Denver, Nate Singer of Blackbelly Butcher Shop. I’m glad for the return of interactive multi-sensory pairings of live opera from Opera on Tap Colorado with a short film and featured dishes. Proceeds from a  live auction benefit the Flatirons Food Film Festival that will take place October 20-23. Click here for tickets ($85) to the fundraiser.

The Dairy Center is at 2590 Walnut Street (26th & Walnut), Boulder.

Crested Butte Wine & Food Fest Extends Reach

“Think” added to “Food” and “Drink.”

CrestedButteWineFood-logoThe 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.

Pinot & Proseco Featured at Keystone Wine School

Wine and jazz at mid-July festival.

KeystoneWine&Jazz-logo.jpgThe 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.

Keystone Hosts Bacon Tour

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour returns to River Run Village.

Run BlueRibbonBaconTour-logoto 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.