Keystone Culinary Festival 2011

01 February 2011
Keystone Culinary Festival
Experience Keystone’s award-winning cuisine at this resort-wide culinary festival. Savor the flavors at the Grand Tasting event, sip red wines from around the world or indulge your palate with a chocolate class lead by our award winning Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald.
This weekend long festival will feature tasting courses that range from red wine, martini’s, whiskey, and champagne from our sommelier and special guest beverage masters. Colorado Mountain College will be giving a culinary trends demonstration for guests to learn and devour tasty morsels.
The Grand Tasting event featured atop Keystone Resort’s North Peak transforms Der Fondue Chessel and Alpenglow Stube into a cozy all inclusive dining experience. Guests are welcomed with a glass of bubbly and ushered to a hall of delectable morsels from all of Keystone’s fine dining establishments. Each unique sample is paired with a glass of wine or beer. The Alpenglow Stube is turned into a chocolate factory showcasing delicious creations by our Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald.
Keystone Culinary Schedule of Events March 4 - 6, 2011
Welcome Wine Dinner Event
World Celebration of Wine Dinner – 6pm
Join Chef Kevin McCombs and Sommelier Megan Morgan for a tour around the globe, as we explore the viticulture and culinary arts of the seven continents of the world.  With seven courses and six wines, your experience will span the world. No luggage needed!
Location: Ski Tip Lodge
Cost: $100 Reservations Required.
Duration: 3 hrs
Seating: 50ppl  

FRIDAY March 4th
Alpenglow Stube Show Kitchen Demo - 10:30am
Welcome to the Alpenglow Stube Show Kitchen located atop North Peak at Keystone. During this one hour demo, you will enjoy a first hand look into a chefs gourmet kitchen. Stay for Lunch and receive 10% off your dining experience. 
Location: Alpenglow Stube 
Cost: Free  $8 foot passenger ticket available for non-skiers/riders.
Duration:1 hour  (The demo starts at 10:30am, if guests arrive late they may miss the demo, this is a standing demo) 
Seating: 25 ppl max. First Come First Served.

Chocolate Demo – 2pm
Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald shares his talent with you during this Chocolate Demo Class. This class can accommodate up to 25 people for a 2 hour long demonstration.  Watch Ned demonstrate how to make various desserts. Learn the tricks of the trade when working with chocolate.  
Location: Keystone Conference Center.
Cost: $15 per person. Reservations Required.
Duration: 2 hours
Seating: 25

Unique red varietals and blends – 3:30pm
This wine tasting at the Ski Tip Lodge, featuring unique red varietals and blends, will be hosted by resident sommelier Megan Morgan.  Megan will share her knowledge about new and interesting wines, many from unexpected regions or an unusual grape varietals.  A complimentary cheese plate will also be available.  All guests that attend will receive a 15% off coupon for dinner at the Ski Tip, good anytime over the next year.Call 4FUN to reserve your spot! 
Location: Ski Tip Lodge
Cost: $15 Reservations Required.
Duration: 2 hours
Seating: 30 ppl

Martini Tasting – 5pm & 6:30pm
Experience unique martini recipes from our master mixologist. Must be 21 years or older. Call 4FUN to reserve your spot!
Location: Black Bear Grill at Keystone
Cost: $15 Reservations Required.
Duration: 1 hour
Seating: 20 ppl

SATURDAY March 5th

Ice Carving Demo with Chef Steve Nguyen 11am 
Watch as Conference Center Chef and Ice Carving Master Chef Steve Nguyen transforms blocks of ice into sculptures with his various power tools. Learn various facts about ice, how it is made, lighting effects and where Chef gets his creativity for such lavish sculptures! Don’t miss this demo full of chain saws and power tools as a masterpiece is produced!
Location: Base of the Gondola
Cost: Free Demo

Decadent Wellness: Presented by the Keystone Spa – 11:30am
Join us for an informative seminar on the benefits of wellness. Learn stress reduction and massage techniques while sampling savory spa cuisine with wine pairing. Hosted by Leya Nicolait. 20% off spa coupon included!
Cost $15
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Lakeside Suite. Keystone Lodge
Seating: 30 ppl

Farm to Table Seminar - 1pm
Our community’s journey to local! From community gardens to backyard chickens, come learn how we’re taking back our local food system by bringing the farm closer to the table. Jennifer Santry, Executive Director of the High Country Conservation Center and Co-Chair of the Summit County Food Policy Council, and Kevin Cannel, Farmer and Ranch Manager of Our Sustainable Village in Leadville, will present ongoing efforts to bring locally based agriculture via food policy and education to our schools, restaurants, and families. 
Seating: 50 ppl 
Location: Warren Station
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $15

Culinary Trends Cooking Class – 2pm
Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute at Keystone Presents: Culinary Trends. Learn how blend culinary trends with Colorado product to create great tasting cuisine sure to make your friends smile.  The demonstration will focus on using Colorado grown and raised products to produce internationally inspired appetizers and entrees. 
Location: Lakeside Suite. Keystone Lodge.
Seating: 30 ppl 
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $15

Champagne Seminar – 3pm 
Learn from our expert about champagne with this informative seminar at the Ranch. A complimentary cheese plate will also be available. 
Location: The Ranch
Cost: $15 Reservations Required.
Duration: 2 hours
Seating: 40 ppl
*Free Shuttle provided from Keystone Lodge at 2:30pm to the Ranch and back after the seminar.

Unique red varietals and blends - 3:30pm.
This wine tasting at the Ski Tip Lodge, featuring unique red varietals and blends, will be hosted by resident sommelier Megan Morgan.  Megan will share her knowledge about new and interesting wines, many from unexpected regions or an unusual grape varietals.  A complimentary cheese plate will also be available.  All guests that attend will receive a 15% off coupon for dinner at the Ski Tip, good anytime over the next year. Call 4FUN to reserve your spot! 
Location: Ski Tip Lodge
Cost: $15 Reservations Required.
Duration: 2 hours
Seating: 30 ppl

SUNDAY  March 6th

Champagne Brunch at 11,444ft - Starts at 10:30am.
Ranked as one of the best on-mountain restaurants in the country, Alpenglow Stube is described by Zagat Survey as "Fabulous old-world food and service and the best setting in the state."  Head to the top of North Peak at 11,444 ft , where your boots are exchanged for warm, fuzzy slippers. This unique menu includes a Mimosa, your choice of soup du jour, selection of entrée and an array of magnificent desserts.  Don't miss this ski in/ski out lunch at the highest AAA four Diamond restaurant in North America. If choose to ride the gondola instead of skiing in for brunch, then you must purchase a $8 Gondola Foot Passenger ticket at the Mountain Services Center, located in River Run Village across from the Gondola.
Pricing: $47 per person. Reservations Required. Call 4FUN to reserve your spot! Payment at Restaurant

Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class – 1pm
Camp Culinary descends on Keystone for a one day hands on cooking class just for kids and parents! 
Location: Warren Station
Cost: $15 Reservations Required.
Duration: 1 hour
Seating: 30 ppl

Ticket Packages:
Grand Plus Package:  $125 
Includes 1 ticket to the Grand Tasting Plus Three Seminars. 
Unique Culinary Experiences at Keystone
Keystone Ranch
Rustic elegance and extraordinary cuisine meet in this 1930s ranch homestead. A six-course dinner features Colorado cuisine served in the warm atmosphere of one of Keystone’s most historic locations. The Ranch is an award-winning restaurant, achieving a AAA Four Diamond rating, a top rating from Zagat Survey, and is a Wine Spectator DiRoNa winner. This is truly a dining destination.
Ski Tip Lodge
Cozy and charming, this former 1800’s stagecoach stop is now a bed and breakfast inn and restaurant. Step inside and you’ll immediately feel welcome by the rustic fireplace and aroma of delicious food. Featuring a four-course menu that is frequently rotated, the Ski Tip Lodge consistently receives high reviews for it’s innovative entrees and excellent service. Start with a soup, maybe the Nebraskan Bison Stew, then a salad of grilled fennel and sugar snap peas, followed by an entrée such as the Smoked Garlic Salt Rubbed Beef Tenderloin. Retire to a comfortable seat next to the fireplace and finish with dessert and Ski Tip Coffee. You will leave knowing why the Ski Tip Lodge is truly a special place, and wanting to keep it as your own little secret. Reservations Required. 
Alpenglow Stube
Travel by gondola to the top of North Peak for the highest fine dining experience in the country. Located at 11,444 feet in a stunning setting decorated to resemble a Bavarian fairy-tale, the Stube features contemporary alpine entrées such as Porcini Mushroom Dusted Elk Chop or Sauteed Veal Tournedos. For a truly memorable experience, try the Degustation and let the chef guide you through seven specially selected courses. Complement your meal with the widest selection of wines, ports and cognacs in the resort, and find out why the Alpenglow Stube is consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in Colorado by Zagat. With stunning views and wonderful fare, this is mountain dining at its finest. Reservations Required.
Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride
A signature Keystone dining experience. Prepare yourself for a night that will become one of your best memories of the winter, as you soak up the sights and sounds of the Soda Creek Valley. Pulled by 2,000-pound draft horses, you'll arrive at an authentic homestead where a toasty cabin beckons you in from the crisp night air. Our knowledgeable wranglers will entertain you from start to finish by sharing history of the Keystone area and stories about our working horses. Once at the homestead, sit back and enjoy the cowboy tunes performed by one of our local guitar players, while our wranglers prepare and serve you an authentic cowboy dinner. 
Bighorn Steakhouse
The Bighorn Steakhouse offers an outstanding steakhouse dining experience in a casual setting with breathtaking views of Keystone Lake and the Continental Divide. Diners can watch ice skaters or paddle boaters have fun while enjoying a delicious meal. The Bighorn offers the finest cuts of corn-fed American beef while wild game, fresh sustainable seafood, chicken and other specialty entrees are also available to tempt the palette. The Bighorn wine list has been recognized by Wine Spectator and has seven sommeliers on staff ready to recommend exciting vintages.
Der Fondue Chessel
Begin your dinner by taking two enclosed gondolas to 12,000 feet. From here, you’re instantly transported to an authentic Bavarian dining experience. Fashioned after a Swiss lodge, Der Fondue Chessel is perfect for a family dinner, large groups, or even a cozy dinner for two. This four-course dinner is accompanied by live music provided by “Those Austrian Guys.”

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and the consumer website is


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