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Mountaintop picnic highlights Taste of Vail Friday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The Taste of Vail culinary festival continues Friday with more Celebrities on Snow, the Mountaintop Picnic, an umami seminar and the Chef Showcase Dinner.

Friday’s Celebrities on Snow include Scott Woodward of Appellation Wine Co., Doug Margerum of Margerum Wine Co., David Flemming from Paraiso Vineyards, and Baileyana Winery’s Christian Roguenant. Guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with them during a three-hour tour of Vail Mountain, led by professional ski instructors.

Groups are limited to six and celebrities can be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $225 and includes the Mountaintop Picnic. Tours depart at 9 a.m.

Adventurous appetites will be sated with the “fifth taste” at the Wine and Food in Balance Umami Seminar. From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Vail Marriott Resort and Spa, food and wine expert Jerry Comfort of Fosters Wine Estate will discuss the essentials of “umami,” also known as the savory flavor. Tickets are available for $50.

The event’s signature Mountaintop Picnic takes place at 10,350 feet atop Vail Mountain at Eagle’s Nest, where a fleet of Vail chefs will present a gourmet picnic in a hand-built snow arena. Guest wineries will provide an array of wines throughout the afternoon.

The lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. and tickets are $135. Guests also can sign up for a 20-30 minute sneak preview of the picnic for $25. Guided sommelier tours of the event will provide guests with early access to the event along with personal insight into the vintners showcasing their wine at the event.

The Chef Showcase Dinner and Live Auction puts Chefs Sondra Bernstein (the girl and the fig), Jennifer Jasinksi (Bistro Vendome and 2004 Colorado chef of the year) and Frank McClelland (L’Espalier) together with two Vail chefs. The resulting five-course meal will be paired with varietals from the festival’s wineries. The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Lodge at Vail and tickets cost $195. A silent and live auction will feature rare wines, culinary goods and travel packages.

For more information about Taste of Vail tickets and events, visit All proceeds from the Taste of Vail benefit local nonprofit organizations in the Vail Valley .

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