One of the primary reasons we went to Beaver Creek last week (besides to ski) was to attend the Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend, sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine. We'd been to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen which was an amazing experience and thought it'd be fun to attend one of their "satellite" events.
The Beaver Creek event is structured completely differently where you buy a ticket for each event. We bought tickets to the Grand Tasting on the final day, and to be honest, it was a little bit disappointing. Perhaps it's because we've been to other Grand Tastings that were phenomenal AND cost less.
Our 2 big issues with this one:
- Much of the food was underseasoned, oversalted, overcooked, difficult to eat (no knife to cut a piece of lamb T-bone), or super boring (come on Tim Love - carrot home-fries???).
- The wine and spirits vendors that participated were lacking -- the nicest wines there were Silver Oak and Twomey but that was about it . . .
To us, the standouts food-wise were:
- Naomi Pomeroy's Brussel Sprouts & Lamb Salad (My favorite! I loved it so much that I e-mailed her at the restaurant to get the recipe, and she sent it to me!)
- Fabio Viviani's Potato Gnocchi
- David Burton Sanchez's Apple Ginger Smoked & Braised Pork Belly
I'm glad we went to the event, but we likely won't go back -- I mean, we'll go back to ski in Beaver Creek (it's awesome that they hand out chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon!) but not for the Food & Wine Weekend.
Perhaps I can convince fellow blog contributor the grandcruman to go to the Cayman Cookout hosted by Chef Eric Ripert next January. Everyone could use a beach vacation in Jan!