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Breckenridge chef, author signs books, serves samples at Apres Avon

Krista Driscoll
kdriscoll@summitdaily.com
Summit County chef and author Christy Rost will sign copies of her guide to entertaining, “Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living,” and serve up samples of two of her recipes at Apres Avon next week.
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Apres Avon schedule

Après Avon, a free, 12-day concert and street fair, will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. every day after the races through Saturday, Feb. 14, at Avon’s Main Street Mall. Visit http://vailbeavercreek2015.com/events/apres-avon for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 5

• J2G Live presents live music from The Love Shack: Fox Street & Friends

• 2-5:30 p.m. — Jenny Iverson, author of “Ski Town Apres Ski,” book signing and meet and greet

• 4-5:30 p.m. — Official 2015 Cheerleaders perform

Friday, Feb. 6

• Live music from Eufórquestra, featuring Kevin Kinsella

• 4:30-5:15 p.m. — Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin signing

Saturday, Feb. 7

• Live music from The Mother Hips, with special guest Nicki Bluhm

• 3-4 p.m. — Official 2015 mascots, Pete and Earl

Sunday, Feb. 8

• Live music from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

• 2-3 p.m. — Official 2015 Cheerleaders perform

• 2-5:30 p.m. — Local artist/illustrator Dawn Beacon

Monday, Feb. 9

• Live music from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

• 2-5:30 p.m. — Jenny Iverson, author of “Ski Town Apres Ski,” book signing and meet and greet

Tuesday, Feb. 10

• Live music from The Motet

Wednesday, Feb. 11

• Live John Denver Tribute by The John Adams Band

Thursday, Feb. 12

• Live music from Hell’s Belles

• 2-5:30 p.m. — PBS chef Christy Rost, author of “Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living,” book signing and Colorado bison green chili taco tasting

• 2:30-4 p.m. — Official 2015 Cheerleaders perform

Friday, Feb. 13

• Live music from Brothers Keeper, featuring John Popper

• 2-5:30 p.m. — PBS chef Christy Rost, author of “Celebrating Home,” book signing and sweetheart brownies tasting

• 3-4 p.m. — Official 2015 mascots, Pete and Earl

Saturday, Feb. 14

• Live music from Bonfire Dub & The Congress

• 2-5:30 p.m. — Local artist/illustrator Dawn Beacon

• 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Official 2015 Cheerleaders perform

AVON — For race fans, the spectacle doesn’t end at the podium for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek this week and next. Each day, as the races and other on-mountain activities wind down, the Apres Avon party will be cranking up in Avon’s Main Street Mall, with live music from regional bands, craft beer, cocktails, food and performance art.

To accompany the cacophony, Apres Avon will welcome a handful of special guests, including the 2015 official mascots and cheerleaders, ski-racing athletes who will sign autographs and a duo of local authors, the Vail Valley’s Jenny Iverson, author of “Ski Town Apres Ski,” and Breckenridge chef, author and PBS personality Christy Rost.

Rost will sign copies of her guide to entertaining, “Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living,” and serve up samples of two of her recipes, one Colorado inspired and the other a sweet prelude to Valentine’s Day.

“I love the idea of being a Colorado ambassador for the visitors who, some will be locals, I’m sure, but also there will be people from all over the world who will be at the event each day, so it gives me a great opportunity to be an ambassador for Colorado and the town of Avon,” Rost said. “Hopefully, they will want to take home a keepsake, and that would be a copy of ‘Celebrating Home.’”

TASTY TREATS

Of course, Rost said, she couldn’t show up with books in hand without a few delicacies for potential readers to nosh on. The first day of her two-day stint, Thursday, Feb. 12, she will be dishing out Colorado bison green chili tacos.

“The tacos were actually inspired by a recipe that I created many years ago for my first cookbook, which was called ‘The Family Table,’” she said “It’s a Southwest-inspired taco; in this case, a soft flour tortilla is the base for the taco, and I use ground bison and onion and garlic, green chilies, a little bit of tomato sauce, beans, cheese.

“It’s all mixed together and creates this wonderfully savory, spicy filling for the tacos. So for guests at the ski championships, it’s something that’s really terrific and easy and fun to eat that’s reflective of the flavors of Colorado and the West.”

On Friday, Feb. 13, Rost will roll out something for your sweet tooth, decadent sweetheart brownies with creme anglaise and raspberry coulis. “The sweetheart brownies, oh, they are densely rich, chocolate brownies that are pure bliss in the mouth,” she said. “A single bite is so rich with chocolate flavor that it’s almost like having a truffle. In this case, I’ll serve them with a little dash of the creme anglaise and a couple of drops of raspberry coulis that we swirl to look like hearts because this will be the day before Valentine’s Day that I serve those.

“It’s a touch of romance to a really dense, chocolate morsel, free to the guests in honor of Valentine’s Day. I hope they love these flavors and want to try them at home. At high altitude, there’s nothing like having a dessert recipe that actually works.”

INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE

Rost said it’s always a treat to pair great music and great food, and she’s looking forward to having a soundtrack for her samples, along with the other diversions of the event.

“People are going to be excited about the competition, having watched the competitors during the day, then coming to Apres Avon, which is a street-fair atmosphere, vendors, ski personalities, some of the skiing legends will be there, the mascots will be there, cheerleaders,” she said. “It’s just going to be a wonderfully exciting venue, and I’m really looking forward to absorbing some of that myself and enjoying that atmosphere and adding my own twist to it.”

Having the opportunity to reach an international audience is also really special, Rost said, adding that it’s a chance to build her audience on multinational platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and her YouTube channel.

“It’s a way to branch out and meet people from other countries and find out why they’re there and what excites them or impresses them the most about their experience in Eagle County and in Colorado,” she said. “I really look forward to that. After traveling though the Mediterranean and parts of Europe in the fall, to be able to now welcome people to our country and our state is really, really a privilege.

“I look forward to meeting as many people as I can, whether they are from the U.S. or overseas. This is a huge international event, and to be even a tiny part of that is an incredible honor for me. It’s going to be a blast.”



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