Event at Omni Interlocken welcomes former White House Chef
The ninth annual Denver International Wine Festival’s Pairsine food and wine pairing competition adds a high-profile out-of-state contender. Not only will some of Colorado’s leading compete against each other, but also against Chef John Moeller, who cooked in the White House for 13 years. Having cooked across the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he ranks as one of the longest tenured chefs. I could be snarky and note that two Texans and one Arkansan might not have set the highest of culinary bars, but that would be disrespectful so I won’t — except to note that there were also those state dinners, receptions and other events at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue where fried pork rinds were not offered. Chef Moeller will be signing copies of his recently published cookbook and memoir, Dining at the White House—From the President’s Table to Yours.
Pairsine (pronounced “pair-zeen”), Wine Country Network’s signature culinary event on Thursday, November 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., features 10 local chefs who each create two dishes to pair with a total of 20 gold medaling wines selected 300 international wines at the earlier 2013 Denver International Wine Competition. The chefs’ challenge is to create two spectacular dishes to pair with their each of their assigned wines.
I was honored to be a judge at earlier competitions. Last year, I was laid low by excruciating back and had to bow out in the last minute, and I’m afraid I fell off the radar this time around. This year’s judges are Kris Browning-Blas, food editor of The Denver Post, Amanda Faison, food editor of 5280 Magazine, Teresa Farney, food editor of The Gazette; Michael Long, previous honoree at the festival and now KEZW radio host of The Main Course, and Lori Midson, Café Society food editor of Westword. Additionally, Pairsine attendees vote for the “People’s Choice” award.
Pairsine highlights the Denver International Wine Festival (DIWF,) a five-day wine and food festival (November 6 to10) at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. The first one was at Denver’s Oxford Hotel, and since then, it has also taken place at the University of Denver, Mile High Station and the Hyatt Hotel in Denver. The Omni has hosted other Wine Country International events. And Fodors recently named DIWF was recently named one of the Top 10 Fall Wine Festivals in the U.S.
Pairsine tickets are are available online for $100 that includes an evening of tasting those outrageous food and wine pairings, plus a keepsake festival wine glass made by Riedel/Spiegelau. I have seen discount tickes on at least one deal-of-the-day site. None seem to be available today, but you might want to check. Click here for links to some of the leading sites.
The 2013 DIWF’s charity of choice is Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. DIWF host Omni Interlocken Resort has a limited number of special festival room rates available at $99 per night. Click here or call 303-438-6600 for reservations.
Click here more information on the Denver International Wine Festival.