Beaver Creek Bon Appetit culinary fest set for Jan. 28-31 |

Beaver Creek Bon Appetit culinary fest set for Jan. 28-31

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comBeaver Creek CO, Colorado
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado Beaver Creek Resort is partnering with Bon Apptit magazine to present the Bon Apptit Culinary & Wine Focus, Jan. 28-31, 2009. Internationally acclaimed guest and Beaver Creek chefs will participate in the MasterChef Challenge, Grand Tasting, Celebrity Chef Ski Race, cooking classes, wine and spirits seminars and more during the 11th annual winter festival. As a bonus, this years festival will allow guests to immerse themselves in the flavors and flair of South America. Featuring guest chefs from Brazil and Argentina, the weekend will not only include the culinary elements of these countries, but also the wine, spirits and sounds that are unique to these cultures. The festival provides a unique opportunity for guests to join their favorite chefs for a weekend of palate pleasing events. Highlights for the weekend include a live concert by Mary Wilson of the Supremes, the Subaru Snowshoeing Excursion, a MasterChef Challenge, a Celebrity Chef Ski Race and the signature Grand Tasting event, which this year takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Beaver Creek chefs will be joined by the following guest chefs selected by Bon Apptit magazine:

Cat Cora executive chef, Bon Apptit Magazine Joey Campanaro Little Owl, Market Table (New York)Richard Chamberlain Chamberlains Steak and Chop House, Fish Market Grill, Envy Steakhouse (Dallas, Addison, Las Vegas)Shawn McClain Spring, Green Zebra, Custom House (Chicago) Marc Murphy Landmarc, Ditch Plains (New York)Kerry Simon Simon LA, Impala, Simon Kitchen and Bar at Palms Place (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas) Richard Sandoval Modern Mexican Restaurants (New York, Denver, Las Vegas, Acapulco, San Francisco, Dubai)Marc Vetri Osteria, Vetri (Philadelphia)Jacques Torres Jacques Torres Chocolate (New York)Gina De Palma Babbo (New York)Hidekazu Tojo Tojos (Vancouver)Alex Atala D.O.M. (So Paulo, Brasil)Dolli Irigoyen Dolli (Buenos Aires, Argentina)Mara Salles Tordesilhas (So Paulo, Brasil) Germn Martitegui Casa Cruz (Buenos Aires, Argentina)Beaver Creek chefsJeff Blackwell Rocks Modern Grill Marshall Blanchard Golden Eagle InnHeather Campbell RiminiMark Ferguson Spago at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor GulchReese Hay and Ferid Rama 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill Michael Izbicki ToscaniniDaniel Joly Mirabelle at Beaver CreekKen Hanson Beaver Creek ChophouseTim McCaw Zachs CabinJoe Ritchie Grouse Mountain GrillRiley Romanin FoxnutDaniel Spurlock SaddleridgeSteven Topple Beanos CabinDavid Walford Splendido at the ChateauKirk Weems Allies CabinMichael Wilganowski The Osprey at Beaver Creek This year, the Bon Apptit Culinary & Wine Focus includes a Thursday evening concert at the Vilar Center. Featuring Mary Wilson of the Supremes, the concert will start at 7 p.m. with specially chosen sips and bites in the Vilar Center lobby beginning at 6 p.m., prior to the show. Mary Wilson is best known as a member of the Motown soul and pop group The Supremes. Wilson is the only Supreme who remained in the group from the time it was formed in 1959, as The Primettes, until the very end, when the group was disbanded in 1977. The Supremes enjoyed 12 U.S. number-one hit records. Weve created an international stage for this years collaboration with Bon Apptit magazine. Were hosting not only Americas finest culinary and pastry talent, but also great talent from Brasil and Argentina, said Tony ORourke, executive director of the Beaver Creek Resort Company. South America is a hot bed for emerging culinary talent. These chefs are as hot in the kitchen as they are doing the samba or tango.The festival is open to public. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to local charities. To purchase tickets, visit or call 888-920-2787. For lodging reservations and Beaver Creek Resort information, visit or call 888-323-7612.

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