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Vail Valley Wine Auction

Carolyn Pope
The lovely spotters with Chef Paul Ferzacca of La Tour.

This year, a long-time Vail mainstay, the Vail Valley Wine Auction, moved up the hill to Beaver Creek.

Now under the leadership of the team from Beaver Creek, the auction took place at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. World-renowned chefs from as far away as Florence, Italy, and Lech, Austria, as well as local chefs whipped up an amazing feast for the more than 300 guests who looked forward to being wined and dined and participating in the one big wine auction that takes place in Eagle County.

All of the money from the donated wine and travel packages went to three different organizations, the Bright Future Foundation, formerly known as the Resource Center, the Colorado College Culinary Institute and the Vail and Edwards Rotary Clubs.

The appetizers were created by the students of the Colorado Mountain College’s Culinary Institute. Splendido’s David Walford prepared a vine-ripe gazpacho gelee, burrata cheese and farmers market salad (paired with a Cline Mourvedre Rose). Sweet peas and calamari soup with bacon dumplings was the fare from Chef Marco Stabile of Florence, Italy. La Tour’s Paul Ferzacca created an Alaskan halibut en croûte with Colorado chanterelle mushrooms, paired with Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne, and Chef Christoph Wagner from Lech, Austria, prepared a tafelspitz of veal. The exclamation mark, a Marco Polo dessert, was designed by Ferid Rama of the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek.

Lots included such amazing packages as dinners from Chefs Paul Ferzacca, Pascal Coudouy and David Walford cooked in your home, a skiing trip to Lech, Austria, a 1995 6-liter bottle of Super Tuscan Marchesi Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi, a wine trip to Argentina, a vacation at the Four Seasons Hawaii, a VIP Moto GP experience in Portugal, and a CBS PGA golf trip package.

Other events over the weekend included “fly fish/eat fish” at the Beaver Creek Fly Fishing Center and Spago, a “best of” wine dinner at Splendido, “walk and wine” through the Beaver Creek Hiking Center and the Beaver Creek Chophouse, “white wine and sushi” at Foxnut, a cooking class at Splendido, and the “best of” walk around wine tasting held this year at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

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