Getting Gourmet on Gore in Vail
Gourmet on Gore returns to Vail Village this weekend, and with it, a smorgasbord of delicious food from 19 Vail Valley restaurants.Marketplace on Meadow Drive is serving up fitting sandwiches for this weekend’s event: Gourmet grilled cheese with Fontina cheese served on Avon Bakery’s brioche bread. “We are going to be doing two delicious grilled cheese sandwiches,” said Manager Mike McNichols. “The first is a truffle grilled cheese with black summer truffles. The second is grilled cheese with heirloom tomatoes from Wellington, Colorado.”Each sandwich will be served with either house-marinated olives or homemade dill pickles, McNichols said. Over at the La Tour booth, chef de cuisine Kevin Rundle will serve the restaurant’s skirt steak sandwich and fresh-squeezed lemonade, said the restaurant’s marketing manager Amanda Jensen. “It was the first place winner at the Vail Barbecue Bonanza in June,” Jensen said. “We’ve made it for Gourmet on Gore for the past few years and when we don’t have it, people approach Paul (Ferzacca, the owner of La Tour) and demand it.”Eagle restaurant Pastatively will serve sausage, pepper and onion subs and meatballs with marinara sauce and bread, said chef/owner Dave Foster. “We’ll also be selling our marinara sauce, which we bottle and jar, and salad dressing, hummus and pepperonata sauce,” Foster said. Those attendees looking for more intricate offerings will likely be pleased with Restaurant 7One5. Chefs from the Vail Marriott eatery will serve a chile-rubbed diver scallop with bone marrow jasmine rice grits and micro basil for $3.
It’s the fifth year for the festival, which takes place along Vail’s Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street. “Gourmet on Gore was created to make the traditional high-end food and wine festival more accessible to the public,” said Jeff Brausch of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the event’s organizer. “Reasonably priced food and drink in addition to free admission make Gourmet on Gore a wonderful opportunity to learn more about wine and spirits and sample dishes from the finest restaurants in Vail.” Nearly 20 restaurants from around the Vail Valley are participating in this year’s event, including Restaurant Kelly Liken, Sweet Basil, Lord Gore, Larkspur, Big Bear Bistro, Bistro Fourteen, Blu’s Restaurant, Cinebistro, Gasthof Gramshammer, Larkburger, Lord Gore, May Palace, Up the Creek, Sweet Basil and Campo de Fiori. Restaurants will create specialty dishes in taste-size portions, which will be offered for $1 to $8 each. Besides gourmet fare from distinguished chefs, attendees of Gourmet on Gore will be treated to wine, beers and spirits from around the world. Wine, beer and spirit selections will include wines from Bonterra Vineyards, beer from Stella Artois and more. Wine tastings and full glasses will run you $2 to $11. For the second year, participating vendors will have the opportunity to be awarded the “Eco Partner” designation at Vail’s Gourmet on Gore. In an effort to minimize the environmental impact of the event, the organizer encouraged all vendors to participate in the program and will present those who meet the requirements for the award with a placard to display in their tent throughout the festival. Gourmet on Gore was awarded the Sustainable Special Event Award by the town of Vail for the creation and use of the Eco Partners program at the 2009 event. For more information on Gourmet on Gore, visit http://www.gourmetongore.com.