Vail Valley Wine Auction holds Iron Chef Basket Competition |

Vail Valley Wine Auction holds Iron Chef Basket Competition

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” For the first time in its eight-year history, the Vail Valley Wine Auction will feature an “Iron Chef Basket Competition.” About 20 of the Vail Valley’s top restaurants and chefs have been challenged to create baskets that represent their eateries. Every Iron Chef basket will include dinner for at least four people as well as a selection of other signature items such as spices, sauces, cooking equipment, cookbooks or recipes, and clothing illustrative of the chef’s unique talent or culinary style.

The Iron Chef baskets will be up for bid during the Silent Auction portion of the Vail Valley Wine Auction, which is being held on Thursday at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. The value of each basket is anticipated to be in the range of $750 to $1,000.

To date, the restaurants that have agreed to participate include Spago, Allie’s Cabin and Beaver Creek Golf Clubhouse, Beano’s Cabin, Game Creek Club, Eat!Drink!, Larkspur Restaurant and Market, Sweet Basil, French Press, Cordillera Timberhearth Grill, Foods of Vail, Summit Seafood, Vin 48, and the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.

Sonoma County based winery Murphy Goode, winner of double gold wine awards at the recent San Francisco Wine Competition, will contribute custom pairings of their wines to match each basket.

Judges for the Iron Chef Basket Competition include the five celebrity chefs participating in the Wine Auction and Todd Rymer, Director of the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute. The winner will be announced during the Wine Auction dinner celebration on Thursday.

Proceeds from the sales of all baskets will benefit the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute and will partially fund the construction of a new teaching kitchen. The teaching kitchen is being built in the new Battle Mountain High School where it will also be used by the school’s ProStart program.

In addition, the Beaver Creek Resort Company has generously agreed to match a portion of the silent and live auction proceeds, up to $50,000, to support the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute’s teaching kitchen.

The Vail Valley Wine Auction is a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise significant funds to serve the less fortunate and encourage ongoing education in its mountain communities.

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