Keystone vodka night, culinary festival
Ryan Summerlin January 17, 2013
Keystone is the place to celebrate food and drink this weekend – and for the next few weeks, for that matter.
Starting today, Keystone Resort kicks off Savour the Slopes, a nearly monthlong showcase of its top restaurants. The first-time event builds and expands upon past Keystone showcases.Last winter, the resort did a weekend-long culinary festival that culminated in a grand tasting. “This year we’ve decided to branch it out and do it over a month,” said David Scott, executive chef of mountain dining at Keystone. “So instead of doing the grand tasting in one night, this enables our guests to be able to attend different venues at different times to really get a taste of what Keystone’s all about.” One of the special parts about it, Scott said, is the opportunity for guests to interact with chefs, sommeliers and general managers. “I’ve worked with these people for a long time and they’re very passionate about what they do,” he said.The first week features culinary tastings. Tonight, for example, the Alpenglow Stube serves seared jumbo sea scallops, Dover sole with saffron, scallop mousseline, lobster bisque and blue crab rag, one of the restaurant’s signature appetizers. On Saturday, the Keystone Ranch’s Chef Steve Vlass presents a farm-to-table dinner featuring a Colorado cheese sampler, Colorado lamb, Wisconsin pheasant and elk appetizers. A week of wine follows from Jan. 28-Feb. 3, and the event concludes with beer and spirits from Feb. 4-10. “What I really think is the unique part about this is that people can go to as many of these as they like throughout the month,” Scott said. “It gives our guests the opportunity … to really have an intimate, light-dining experience and to experience the restaurants through a tasting at a reasonable price.” Tastings are $20 (not counting tax or gratuity) and take place at various restaurants throughout Keystone. Seating is limited so participants are encouraged to sign up soon.
Vodka lovers can rejoice Saturday for the return of Vodka at the Station, an evening of vodka tastings at Warren Station Center for the Arts in Keystone. Now in its second year, the event features vodkas by the Breckenridge Distillery and Altitude Spirits along with four flavors from Three Olives Vodka. Guests receive a commemorative martini glass and unlimited tastings – with or without mixers – from 8-10 p.m. Other highlights include a late-night snack bar with gourmet sliders and sides starting at 9:30 p.m., music and dancing from DJs DC and Thick Chick and a photo booth. The event is presented by NRC365, Warren Station Center for the Arts at Keystone Resort and KSMT “The Mountain” and benefits Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.