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Wining and dining local education

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn Pope/ Special to the DailyCory of Cascade Resort serves a martini to Ursula Hermacinski, wine auctioneer

VAIL – Tuna carpaccio with fennel salad and red pepper chutney. Wild striped sea bass with spicy garlic tomato sauce. Roasted veal loin steak and crispy sweetbreads, melted haystack goat cheese, chanterelle mushrooms and truffle reduction. Stufato of buffalo “della nonna” on sweet potato gnocchi. Coffee mascarpone Bavarian.Hungry yet?

Pair each with an exquisite wine, an outrageous auction, the Harry Baxter Band and good friends. Take the money raised and give it to education for children and young adults. That’s the Vail Valley Wine Auction. The event, held at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, has been around for six years, and this year, the event grossed well over $100,000 to support scholarships through the Rotary Foundation, the culinary department of Colorado Mountain College, the Education Fund of the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Family Learning Center in Edwards.”Our focus has always been education and these three organizations provide the best support for education in the valley,” said board member Steve Pope, explaining how the scholarship recipients were chosen.

The wine dinner and live auction is known as a connoisseur-and-collector’s dream, providing an opportunity to appraise some of the most exquisite wines throughout the world. Guests and sponsors travel for hundreds of miles to be included in the occasion. The courses were accompanied with a Francis Coppola sauvignon blanc, a Chateau St. Supéry meritage, a Robert Talbott pinot noir, a Peter Lehmanns Clancy’s and Bushmills Irish cream liqueur with the dessert.After the dinner silent auction, featuring fine wines, including three cases of Chateau Montelana valued at more than $5,000, and dining experiences, auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski ascended the podium with James Deighan to auction off over 20 lots of fine wines and superb in-house dinners featuring Chef Dan Kent of Red Sky Ranch, David Walford of Splendido, Steve Virion of La Bottega and Rick Kangas of Grouse Mountain Grill. These gentlemen also provided the courses for the evening, along with chef Courtney Fouts Broadworth of the Vail Cascade Resort.

Supporting the evening as gold sponsors were Hermes Custom Homes, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits, Spark Creative, the West Vail Liquor Mart and the Vail Daily.For more information regarding the Vail Valley Wine Auction, visit their Web site at or call 926-3002.Vail Colorado

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