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The ultimate Summit County cookbook

Erica Marciniec
Special to the Daily

It is not a good idea to peruse “Entertaining! Summit Style” – the 2010 cookbook and masterpiece of collaboration by some of the best local culinary talents created by Applause! as a fundraiser for the Breckenridge Music Festival – on an empty stomach.

The 219-page color hardcover cookbook is a class act that lends itself to an attractive coffee table display as much as it does to being a go-to guide for Summit County cookery. It is organized by seasons and local traditions, which are in turn described lovingly in sidebars and illustrated with photographs by Linda and John Mirro and Bob Winsett on every page. The layout by McGraphix Creative is whimsical and fresh and gives the book the sophisticated feel creators were going for.

The recipes themselves are a collection of more than 200 selected by 60-70 “testers” from nearly 1,000 submissions. Some are originals and others are Summit County favorites adapted for both high- and low-altitude cookery.

In honor of the impending aspen change, I opened up the chapter, Autumn Quest, on an empty stomach and immediately realized my mistake – since it gave me a painful, tummy-rumbling hankering for A Hardy Bloody Mary and some Oktoberfest Meatballs to accompany my review. (Don’t reviewers generally get to eat the food?)

In addition to Autumn Quest, chapters range from Opening Night featuring hors d’oeuvres for elegant pre-concert gatherings; Hut Trip with pack-along or easy-to-prepare meals; Ski Trip with both simple and elegant recipes including Mulled Wine, Bubble Bread, and Wild Mushroom and Feta Pate to Nineteenth Hole with Teriyaki Sliders, The Bogey (a twist on the BLT) and Gold Run Pasta Salad made with fruit pasta. In addition, Summit Daily columnist Vera Dawson shares her knowledge of high altitude baking.

Applause! sales chair Pati Hammer even contributed a dog-treat recipe that was tested by canines. (For humans, however, she is particularly fond of the Marinated Broccoli and Curry Aioli.)

Other chapters feature the culinary artistry of some of Summit County’s top chefs and establishments, so the pages are filled with veritable trade secrets by the likes of Matt Fackler, proprietor of Relish, executive chef Jason Kassib of Keystone Ranch Restaurant, executive chef Michael Halpin of Hearthstone and the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute, to name a few.

The cookbook, which features an editorial staff of 21 people in addition to the many recipe contributors and tasters, was the brainchild of Applause! committee chair Nancy Sawvell, who loves to collect cookbooks from places she travels. In similar fashion, “Entertaining! Summit Style” is meant to reflect the flavor and character of the Summit County community.

“In Summit County, we live life to the fullest. And we love to entertain. Welcome to our world!” the introduction states, before a chef’s-hat-and-apron-bedecked Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra compares the symphony to cooking to kick off the culinary adventure.

Cookbooks are on sale for $24.95 in Breckenridge at the BMF office, the Welcome Center, Spice Merchants and Bay Street Company and in Frisco at The Next Page Bookstore and the Information Center. An order form is also available at http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com. Proceeds support the BMF.


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