Tickets on sale now for Gourmet on Gore Tasting Tour, Sept. 2 | VailDaily.com

Tickets on sale now for Gourmet on Gore Tasting Tour, Sept. 2

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VAIL — Tickets are now on sale for the kickoff event of the 2016 Gourmet on Gore culinary festival in Vail. On Friday, Sept. 2, the Gourmet on Gore Tasting Tour takes Vail's culinary treasures out into town, from galleries to boutiques to the streets, for a progressive, paired dining experience, all benefiting Vail Veterans Program.

Participants pick up credentials at the first location, a pop-up lounge at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village that features hors d'oeuvres from Big Bear Bistro and Tahoe Kitchen Co. paired with La Marca Prosecco. From there, continue on to art galleries, retailers and restaurants for small plates paired with drinks. Attendees can choose their own evening, as stops can be experienced in any order.

At Masters Gallery, Game Creek executive chef Steven Topple will be serving a Colorado-sourced smoked trout and corn chowder and a seared bison carpaccio on a warm baguette with huckleberry drizzle, paired with Kettmeir Pinot Grigio and Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico. Topple said he wanted to serve two dishes, one for each wine that would be poured.

Pairing food and art

"It's super exciting," Topple said. "It's really fun to pair up with the galleries and get to see some amazing art and great wines and enjoy little tastings of food. It's really special to do that — you don't see this every day."

In addition to food and cocktail pairings, many stops will include entertainment opportunities, such as meeting artists Dan Deuter and Alex Gramm at Cogswell Gallery. Anton Arkipov, the official artist of Gourmet on Gore, will have his art featured at Masters Gallery. His original artwork for the festival, as well as several limited editions of the piece, will be available.

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Each year, the Tasting Tour pairs with a nonprofit; the 2016 Tasting Tour will benefit the Vail Veterans Program. Established in 2004, the Vail Veterans Program offers military injured and their families free therapeutic programs designed to build confidence, create life-long relationships and tap into the atmosphere of the mountains. To date, the Vail Veterans Program has worked with more than 700 wounded veterans and more than 1,200 family members from around the country through various events and programs.

"This partnership with Gourmet on Gore is important, as it helps raise the awareness of wounded service men and women and their families," said Cheryl Jensen, executive director and founder of the Vail Veterans Program. "We bring in wounded servicemen and their families from around the country to Vail. It's an important part of their recovery process, not just physically, but also in building confidence and reconnecting families."

The Vail Veterans Program works with military hospitals from Bethesda, Maryland, to San Diego and offers summer and winter programs free of charge to wounded warriors, their families, guests and military medical hospital staff.

For more information about the Gourmet on Gore Tasting Tour, visit http://www.gourmetongore.com.

If you go …

What: Gourmet on Gore Tasting Tour.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

Where: Businesses around Vail Village (see additional fact box)

Cost: $75; a portion of the proceeds benefit Vail Veterans Program.

More information: Tickets must be purchased in advance at http://www.gourmetongore.com.

Tasting Tour stops

• Credentials check-in at Checkpoint Charlie Lounge, featuring Big Bear Bistro, Tahoe Kitchen Co. and La Marca Prosecco.

• Bo Bridges Gallery, featuring Juli y Juan’s Kitchen.

• Cogswell Gallery, featuring Food by Marc and 808 Distillery.

• Grey Salt, featuring Second Nature Gourmet and 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

• Masters Gallery, featuring Game Creek Restaurant and Kettmeir.

• Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, featuring Vintage and Parce Rum.

• Stella & Sliders, featuring Fitz Bar and Restaurant and Stella Artois.

• Yeti’s Grind, featuring Rise Above Baking Co. and Squadra.

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