More than 50% off two events & very special guest at a third
My recent post about the upcoming Denver International Wine Festival included the suggestion that readers keep an eye on local deal-of-the day sites to look for discounted entry. Now is the time to look. Travelzoo is currently offering discounted admission to two of the festival’s signature events.
The Chef’s Food & Wine Pairing Competition (Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) features nine local chefs and also former White House chef John Moeller, each presenting two dishes paired with specific award-winning wines. Entry is $49 (regularly $100). The following evening, Friday, November 8, again 6 to 9 p.m., guests at Grand Tasting have the opportunity to sample the adult libations from 60 wineries, breweries and distilleries and sample foods crafted by local chefs. Entry to the Grand Tasting is $42 (regularly $95). Click on the appropriate link to buy discount vouchers, which must be purchased by 10 p.m., Friday, November 1. Present your vouchers at the door; no reservations required. Attendees at both events will receive a free souvenir glass from Riedel to take home, and if you’ve priced this outstanding stemware lately, you know what a deal you are getting. The Denver International Wine Festival takes place at the Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Boulevard, Broomfield.
“Madame Champagne” Appears at the DIWF
Madeleine de Jean, “Madame Champagne,” set to saber a Champagne bottle.
Julia Child’s dear friend, Madeleine de Jean, known in the industry as “Madame Champagne,” is a special guest at the festival. She is the former Ambassador and Director of Sales for Champagnes Veuve Clicquot, Gosset, Laurent-Perrier, GH Mumm and Perrier-Jouet. First, she hosts a champagne seminar at the DIWF Grand Tasting on Friday, November 8 from 4 to 9 p.m. On the final day of the festival, she headlines the Julia Child Champagne Tribute Luncheon & Auction on Sunday, November 10 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
This luncheon is a tribute to Julia Child and her “All-American Champagne Picnic” at Aspen’s Hotel Jerome and was the talk of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen for more than a decade. Madeleine’s Champagne-themed luncheon features a modern take on Julia’s original menu. Omni Resort chef Mario Clapes plans a first course of Oat Flour Dusted Foie Gras, Brioche French Toast and Champagne Preserved Apricots; a salad course of Olive Oil Poached Tuna Niçoise, Boston Lettuce, Poached Fingerling Potatoes, Egg, Caper, French Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette; an entrée course of Southern Fried Chicken, Parsnip Purée, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Citrus Glazed Carrots and Herb Jus, and finally a dessert of Death By Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Consommé. I’m not entirely sure what Southern Fried Chicken might have to do with Julia Child, but with all courses paired with selections from France’s great Champagne houses, I’m sure no one will be in a mood to quibble. Other features of the luncheon are a sabering demonstration and stories of Julia’s love of food and Champagne. It features six Champagnes provided by Gosset, G.H Mumm and Champagne Taittinger.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event benefit the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. This intimate event will be limited to just 60 guests. Tickets are $79, including tax & gratuity — and that is a deal!