Year 10 at the Denver Food and Wine Grand Tasting Event
This past Saturday, an estimated 3,000 Denver food and drink lovers poured into Metro State University of Denver for the 10th annual Denver Food and Wine Grand Tasting event. VIP guests and First Tasting ticket holders got to start the food and drink tastings early, arriving at 12:00pm, with general public not far behind arriving at 1:00pm. The entire event lasted until 4:00pm, just enough time to explore through the different areas and experiencing all the food and drinks the event had to offer.
In the VIP lounge, 10 local restaurants prepared exclusive tastings for guests that were perfectly paired with wines provided by Southern Wine and Spirits. Take a look at the pairings!
Seared Scallop with chorizo, apple and fennel ragout ; Sage Aioli paired with Leeuwin Artist Series Riesling 2012
Italian Antipasto Flatbread with Cherry Caramel paired with Mumm Napa Brut Rose
Heirloom tomatoes, yellow plum sauce, crispy olive oil sponge, Maldon Curd paired with Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Pepper Crushed Tonnato paired with Borgogna Barbera d’Alba 2012
Fresh Bay Scallops Raaka w/ Baby Heirloom tomatoes, Oxford Gardens Kale, Dill Buttermilk Vinaigrette paired with Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012
Pork Terrine/Plum Jam paired with Seghesio Sangiovese 2010
Hamachi Crudo, local heiloom tomato, quinoa & Ahi tuna crudo with sweet corn and pickled onion paired with Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay 2013
Maiale Tonnato paired with Tenuta Delle Terre Nere, Etna Bianco 2010
Ristorante del Lago:
Prosciutto de Parma, Palisade peaches, Fruitti di mare & Fregola, chicken liver pate & citrus rind paired with Bersano Moscato d’Asti 2013 & Terredora di Paolo Falanghina Irpinia DOC 2012
Smoked pork belly, Olathe sweet corn panna cotta & palisade peaches paired with Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2012
The Local Food Tent was filled with food artisans right from our own backyard! There was everything from bacon to cheese to cold brewed coffee! Take a look!
Local Food Tent
Harman’s Eat Drink:
Harman’s is a new breed of American eatery with superior food and service, pairing imaginative simple comestibles and wine with caring hospitality, comfortable surroundings and exceptional value.
Rendezvouz Cafe @ Colorado History Museum:
Located just off the main lobby, Café Rendezvous is the perfect place for your group to get together! They place a local emphasis on the preparation of hot entrees, fresh salads and soups, traditional grill favorites, and other hot sandwiches, kids’ meals, and vegetarian and gluten-free options
Locally owned and operated since 1989, Haystack Mountain is nationally recognized as a producer of premium, handcrafted raw and pasteurized cheeses, made in a variety of styles.
At The GrowHaus, they envision a world where all communities have the means to nourish themselves. Their mission is to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food access, education and job training.
Started in one of Denver, Colorado‘s most popular coffee houses by Tom and Amy Mee in 2013, ByTmee Cold Brew was an experiment in providing a dairy free flavored coffee. Each coffee is brewed, flavored and bottled by hand to maintain the integrity of quality.
As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals
Heroes Like Us:
Heroes Like Us is a dedicated league of chefs and like minded crusaders who are leading the charge to defeat hunger issues and all enemies of wellness. By collaboratively connecting the community with the best in charitable food and beverage events, they are able to raise funds and support programs that develop greater food accessibility and education around food literacy
SaSo is all about fresh, natural, distinctive ingredients and their unique combinations. SaSo delivers flavors that will elevate and intensify your food, but not overpower it. SaSo is handmade in small batches; therefore each bottle gets the love it deserves.
Entrepreneurial fires burned in both Erik and Shannon, along with a broad set of professional skills and most importantly, a love for good, pure, clean food and making the simple things extraordinary. In 2010 they joined forces and started Tender Belly. An immediate hit, the lure of tast bacon and other outstanding PORK PRODUCTS was too good for chefs to pass up.
Born in Boulder, CO, Pressery is a whole new kind of juice. They make fresh, cold-pressed juice from locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables. Each bottle is crafted by hand using a two-step cold pressing process.
It was such a great event to be a part of! A huge thank you to all the participating restaurants that were there on behalf of Heroes Like Us, to Southern Wine and Spirits for providing all of the wonderful pairings to the VIP lounge, and to Denver Food and Wine for letting us be a part of their 10 year anniversary celebration!