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Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend kicks off on Thursday

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Last year's Beaver Creek Food & Wine included an apres event with a tiki luau theme. The festival returns this week, with a Meet the Chefs kick off reception slated for Thursday.
Zach Mahone | Special to the Daily |

If you go ...

What: Beaver Creek Food & Wine festival.

Where: Various locations in Beaver Creek.

When: Thursday through Sunday.

Cost: Ticket prices vary.

More information: For a detailed schedule, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Featured chefs and talent

Alex Seidel: Chef and owner of Denver’s Fruition Restaurant, Seidel began his culinary career at age 14 in Wisconsin, and quickly moved from the line to sous chef of Main Street Bistro by age 20. Inspired by food at a young age, Seidel was recently recognized in 2010 as one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs in America.” See him at the Splendido dinner and Grand Tasting.

Mixologist Jason Patz: Patz can be found behind the stick at Denver’s Williams & Graham, named in 2014 as one of the top 50 bars in the world by Drinks International magazine. In 2014 Food & Wine named Patz as one of the top 10 new mixologists in the country. Let him make you a drink at the Mules & Manhattans event.

Matt McCallister: The critically acclaimed FT33 in Dallas is the place to experience artfully constructed, un-cluttered dishes. McCallister opened this gem in 2012 at the age of 31, with no formal training and a background in visual arts. He recently received a 2014 Food & Wine Best New Chef nod, and was a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest 2014. Seek him out at the Ski.Eat.Ski event.

Nicholas Elmi: Chef/owner of Restaurant Laurel and Rittenhouse Traven in South Philadelphia, Elmi was named Season 11 winner of Bravo’s hit television show Top Chef. While at Rittenhouse Tavern, Elmi was awarded “Rising Star of the Year” by StarChefs. At Laurel, Chef Elmi focuses on French-inspired American cuisine with an emphasis on regional tradition and contemporary flavors. See Chef Elmi at the interactive Cooking Demonstration & Lunch.

Tim Love: Chef/owner of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack, Queenie’s Steakhouse, a founding partner of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, and official chef of Austin City Limits. Find Love at the Après-Tiki event and Grand Tasting.

Viet Pham: Award-winning, Malaysian-born chef and owner of Forage Restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2012, Pham beat Iron Chef Bobby Flay on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and appeared in the second season of Food Network’s Extreme Chef. Sample his fare at Friday’s Gourmet Lunch.

Beaver Creek’s local culinary talent includes chefs Adam Roth, executive chef at SaddleRidge restaurant, Christian Aptez, executive chef of 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill at Park Hyatt; David Gutowski, executive chef of Grouse Mountain Grill at The Pines Lodge; David Walford, executive chef and general manager of Splendido at the Chateau; Kirk Weems, executive chef of Allie’s Cabin; and Tim McCaw, executive chef and general manager of Zach’s Cabin.

BEAVER CREEK — Celebrity and local chefs come together for the fourth-annual Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend, set for Thursday through Jan. 25. Alpine enthusiasts and inquisitive foodies will pick and choose from a multitude of on mountain adventure, paired with four days of interactive cooking demonstrations, apres events and more. This year the event will include its newly themed Wine Dinner and Line Dancing soiree at SaddleRidge with guest chef Tim Love. Also with a new theme is the Mules & Manhattans event, where guests must speak the protected password to gain entry in true speakeasy fashion.

‘Actively Learning’

“Interaction between our chefs and guests is a crucial part of the experience for the weekend,” said Cat Coughran, sponsorships and events director for Beaver Creek Resort Company. “Guests will actively learn how dishes are prepared, sampling technique and avant-garde recipes from the best in the business.”

Coughran wants people to “enjoy themselves and take something home with them, a new recipe or idea that will spice up their own culinary endeavors. The uniqueness of this event is that guests can pick and choose from events that excite their palate.”

Beaver Creek’s Food & Wine Weekend begins with the Meet the Chefs Reception on Thursday, where food lovers mix and mingle with this year’s celebrity chefs, enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chef talent, and sample wine, spirits and beers.

What to Expect

Patrons embark on a secluded snowshoe tour at McCoy Park with guides from the Nordic Sports Center on Friday morning. Snowshoers will work up their appetites and return to Grouse Mountain Grill for a multi-course lunch, complete with wine pairings and prepared by Food & Wine’s Best New Chef Viet Pham. Follow up lunch with the much-anticipated Mules & Manhattans, hosted by mixologist Jason Patz. Guests can then enjoy the Wine Dinner and Line Dancing at SaddleRidge with Tim Love. Explore western artifacts at the event — including Geronimo’s tomahawk and General Custer’s canteen and one of his hats — before sampling signature Texan cuisine and shakin’ it with live music and seasoned line dancing specialists. The Gourmet Wine Dinner at Splendido is an alternative for guests who plan to sample chef Alex Seidel’s culinary wizardry.

Saturday features the Ski.Eat.Ski event with chef Matt McCallister. Tackle the mountain and discover Beaver Creek’s best kept secrets with a highly-trained instructor. Indulge in an interactive Cooking Demonstration & Lunch with Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi. Follow both events with Apres-Ski Burgers & Beers, with Beaver Creek’s top local talent. Don’t miss Saturday night’s Grand Tasting, the premier weekend celebration offering the ultimate tasting experience. On Sunday, guests can join chef teams as they take their talent to the slopes for a head-to-head ski race during the Celebrity Chef Ski Race & Brunch. For complete details on the full lineup of events, visit http://www.beavercreek.com/foodandwine.