BEAVER CREEK - The second annual Beaver Creek Food & Wine weekend is set for Jan. 24-27, 2013 for four days of unforgettable food, wine and fun on and off the slopes. Set among the World Cup Mountain at Beaver Creek, the event will be hosted by Gail Simmons, John Besh, Sam Talbot, Alex Seidel, Tim Love and Spike Mendelsohn along with wine and spirits expert Anthony Giglio, who will share his knowledge for creating unique and memorable food and drink pairings.The weekend will begin with a meet the chefs reception, where food lovers can rub elbows with the best and brightest culinary talent. Additional events include the snowshoe and gourmet lunch, aprs-ski burgers and beers and a brand-new event: "Ski. Eat. Ski," where skiers of all abilities can conquer the mountain followed by a lunch prepared by Chef John Besh. Returning events include intimate educational seminars and exclusive Friday evening dinners at Allie's Cabin on the mountain and Splendido at the Chateau, hosted by local executive chefs and celebrity chefs, and raising money for local non-profit organizations in the Vail Valley.This year, foodies will get to see their favorite chefs in action in the kitchen, as well as on the slopes for the first-ever celebrity chef ski race and brunch, which will raise money for the chefs' preferred charities. Taking place at the Haymeadow race arena, event attendees will have the opportunity to bid on one of three race spots on each chef's team. Starting on Jan. 1, 2013 attendees can start bidding at www.beavercreek.com/foodandwine. The minimum bid is $300 per person. Following the celebrity chef ski race, competitors and spectators will enjoy brunch at the Beaver Creek Chophouse."The Beaver Creek Food & Wine weekend is an extraordinary culinary celebration on the slopes that brings together world-renowned chef talent along with showcasing the incredible chef talent that exists in Beaver Creek," said Tim Baker, executive director of Beaver Creek Resort Company. "Following the success of last year's inaugural event, we are pleased to introduce the celebrity chef ski race, adding yet another exciting new element for food lovers and ski enthusiasts who can pour their passions for food and skiing into a race on the slopes and raise funds for each chef's designated charity. This will be a not-to-miss spectator event."Christina Grdovic, publisher of Food & Wine, said: "We're thrilled to partner with Beaver Creek to present this exclusive gathering of food and wine lovers which offers intimate access to acclaimed chefs and wine experts. I can't think of a better way to spend a winter weekend than combining food, wine and skiing."Tickets and packagesIndividual event ticket prices range from $50 for aprs-ski and seminar events to the Friday evening dinners for $200, which includes a multi-course meal prepared by top culinary talent and paired with exquisite wines.The Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend Package features a minimum of three nights of lodging and 20 percent off of Food & Wine event tickets. Book online at www.beavercreek.com by Jan. 15, 2013. Packages based upon availability and additional restrictions may apply.For complete details and information about the Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend visit www.beavercreek.com/foodandwine or call 970-754-4636.
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