Keystone’s culinary fest – a must attend event
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Keystone Resort has long established a reputation for its fine dining establishments, and this weekend it showcases some of its best cuisine and drink in unique settings.
The Winter Culinary Festival draws guests from near and far – last year, Hawaiian residents Ron and Shirley Gess planned their vacation specifically around the debut event, and as epicures, they were impressed, they said.
The festival offers a variety of experiences, from top-shelf tequila and martini tastings to a seven-course wine-pairing dinner at Ski Tip Lodge, a champagne brunch at the Alpenglow Stube and the Grand Tasting at The Outpost.
Though the food and drink are high-end, the atmosphere is far from stuffy. For example, Ski Tip Lodge sommelier Megan Morgan is one of the most friendly, approachable people you’ll ever meet. She makes wine education fun – and accessible – as she pours six varieties at the Ski Tip’s seven-course meal tonight. The Ski Tip’s wine pairing dinners tend to morph into a cozy atmosphere, where strangers quickly become friends by sharing great food, wine and laughter.
Last year, the specialty liquor tastings were so popular that Keystone had to expand its number of sittings. Talk about a party – and for just $15!
“Generally, people get pretty happy and silly,” said Sara O’Brien at Summit Seafood about last year’s martini tastings.
Saturday’s Grand Tasting “gathers all of our talent and puts us all in one room to really showcase the resort,” said Dave Scott, executive chef of Keystone Mountain dining. For example, the Stube presents a roasted garlic and rosemary rack of lamb, Summit Seafood offers diver scallops, Bighorn Steakhouse makes beef tenderloin and truffle potatoes and der Fondue Chessel creates Swiss fondue with jumbo crab. And, of course, executive pastry chef Ned Archibald goes wild with his chocolate presentation. This year, each food station will include a suggested wine pairing from the wine stations to make the experience even more user-friendly, and beer stations are also available.
Sunday starts out sweet with Archibald’s breakfast pastries and quality chocolate creations. Then, it’s time for a little bubbly, either as a tasting or part of the Stube’s brunch. And, if you’re looking for a great deal, check out CMC’s Culinary Trends Cooking Demos, which feature a class and samples of international dishes made from locally grown products.
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