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Where yoga and smoothies meet

Cassie Pence

It’s a delicate marriage, food and fitness. Vailites soak up both sides with world-class dining and recreation right in their back yards. Cooking Light magazine has also paired the two, creating a weekend full of activities, new recipes, fresh lifestyle tips and wine tastings. “Everything in the weekend is designed to bring aspects of the magazine to life,” said Kate Darden, Cooking Light marketing director.Marriott Mountain Resort hosts the three-day event, which begins Friday, Aug. 27, with a wine and food pairing seminar. Contributing editor and chef Tiffany Collins leads the lesson. She will be preparing three to four recipes and pairing them with wine, the whole time explaining why certain foods go with certain wine and how to prepare the recipes.”Basically I’ll do a tasting with wine with the raw ingredients, and then I’ll do tastings of wine after a cooking demonstration,” Collins said.Collins wants to clear the smoke when it comes to wine and their flavors. She is going to show people that they don’t have to be intimidated about wine because everyone has their own taste or sensation.”I’m a wine lover and constantly working on my wine education.” she said. “There is such a world of knowledge out there for the taking.”A Woodbridge sommelier will also be there to assist in the demonstrations.Hiking, biking, and of course eatingSaturday participants will cycle in the morning and hike in the afternoon. In between, Collins will host a high-energy picnic at Blue Moon restaurant in Eagle’s Nest.”We’re going to be talking about how you can eat for energy. If you’re going to have a really active day outdoors, how do you eat to maintain your energy through actual food and not goo or power bars,” Darden said.Collins is a Renaissance woman. She is not only a professional chef, but she is also a certified fitness instructor and will lead most of the physical activities of the weekend, including yoga classes.”I had to teach aerobics to pay my college tuition, doing that for many years. It’s a love for me. As I grew and developed in cooking, and became more educated about fitness, I thought what a great fit to combine food and fitness,” Collins said.Saturday night guests are invited to a Cooking Light Supper Club dinner, five courses of Mediterranean fare. Cooking Light does 10 Supper Club events per year across the country. This is the first in Colorado. Woodbride will pair the wine. This is a full-seated dinner with chef Collins demonstrating the recipes as they eat the full recipe.”Throughout the evening Tiffany will offer tips on how to start your own Supper Club, table decor, invitations and how you can really weave a theme through an entire evening,” Darden said. “They get pretty wild at the end.”Collins will teach yoga Sunday morning and afterward a smoothie bar will be set up for participants to quench their thirst. Brunch will follow at the Game Creek Club on Vail Mountain.”Last year (in Copper) it was just a hoot. Because the last day I thought they were so full and so tired, I thought, ‘there will be no one at my 8 a.m. yoga class.’ Packed. Locals came in. There was bodies weaving in and out of each other,” Collins said.Cooking Light is offering packages for Vail Valley locals. The Wine and Food Pairing, Supper Club dinner and yoga class/smoothie bar are available for $130 per person. The guided hike, cycling tour, picnic lunch and brunch at Game Creek Club are priced at $200 per person. If locals would like to partake in all activities it is $330.For more information or to make reservations for any of the packages, call 888-CL-TRIPS.