Award-winning chefs bring talents to Steamboat Food & Wine Festival on Oct. 3 to 6 |

Award-winning chefs bring talents to Steamboat Food & Wine Festival on Oct. 3 to 6

Winemaker Jon Schlegel checks out Italian grapes for his Denver winery, Attimo. Schlegel will be one of many experts on hand at the Steamboat Food & Wine Festival on Oct. 3 to 6.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Cancel all your plans for the first weekend in October and loosen up your belts. Award-winning chefs are flying in from some of the region’s hottest restaurants for the Steamboat Food & Wine Festival, which takes over town Oct. 3 to 6.

The festival is a reboot of the old Steamboat Wine Festival, but on a more sophisticated level, and with food.

“We’ve got some incredible culinary talent,” said festival Executive Director Nicole Jarman.

“Among the award-winning chefs, we even have two flying in from Mexico,” Jarman said. “The Wolf’s Tailor in Denver was just honored in Bon Appetit as one of the America’s 10 best new restaurants, and Chef Kelly Whitaker is coming to the event.”

Along with her team, Jarman has drummed up some incredible events that allow festival-goers to either pick their events a la carte or they can get a VIP experience for the Thursday to Sunday weekend for $550.

“Compared to places like Aspen and Vail where a VIP pass is $1,600, it’s pretty accessible,” Jarman said.

A cheaper two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday will get you into all the seminars, demonstrations, the Grand Tasting on Saturday and the Bacon and Bubbles Brunch that will be lined up along Yampa Street on Sunday.

“There’ll be one long table down the street,” Jarman said. “It’ll be a family-style brunch with 120 of your closest friends.”

Organizers for Steamboat’s Food & Wine Festival chose the first weekend in October to take advantage of cool weather and pretty colors.
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Prices for individual events range from $45 to $175, and attendees can choose to attend demos or seminars hosted throughout the city at different locations.

For example, several master sommeliers — there’s only 162 in the nation — will be on hand to teach wine lovers why exactly they like the wines they drink and how to select those wines.

Master sommelier Laura Williamson — one of only 16 such women in the nation — will host a seminar at the Steamboat Art Museum on Saturday, and chef Laura Posiak of Mambo Italiano will host a butchering demo at the Jace Romick Gallery in downtown Steamboat.

If you go

What: Steamboat Food & Wine Festival
When: Various times Oct. 3 to 6
Where: Various locations across Steamboat Springs
More info:

And back at Gondola Square you can learn about cocktails from Truffle Pig’s Mark Stanford or watch bladesmith Heather Haas hand-forge custom knives and utensils sought after by the most discerning chefs and bartenders everywhere.

There’s also a Friday dinner series where you can enjoy a dinner with the festival’s top chefs at either the Marabou Ranch, Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club or the Jace Romick Gallery. Those experiences are expected to sell out quickly as chefs like Hosea Rosenberg, winner of season five’s “Top Chef,” and Taj Cooke team up to give diners a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“There are three different dinners with four courses,” Jarman said. “At Marabou we’re doing a wine pairing: Old World versus New World. … There are so many cool details involved in the dinners.”

Featured chef: Hosea Rosenberg

Chef/owner Blackbelly; Santo, Boulder
Education: BS Engineering Physics CU Boulder

Q: Favorite place to eat besides your own cafe?
A: We seek out new places. Otherwise we love Arcana, Locale, Oak, Basta and Brasserie 1010

Q: Favorite quick meal at home?
A: My daughter and I go out to our garden every day and pick tomatoes and other veggies together. Anything fresh from the garden is a great snack!

Q: Who are you excited to meet or see at Steamboat Food & Wine Festival?
A: I’m excited to me meet all the attendees! I think I know most of the chefs already, but super excited to meet and cook with the ones I haven’t.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Steamboat?
A: In wintertime, skiing of course. In summer, definitely flyfishing

Q: What are your davorite wines?
A: If I had to pick a region, it would be Spain. Anything Tempranillo (grape variety in Spain) has my vote!

The festival’s big event, the Grand Tasting, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Gondola Square where family-owned wineries will be featured along with 20 different chefs preparing food.

The festival kicks off Thursday night with one of the best deals you’ll find during the whole four-day event, said Jarman. For only $45, attendees can taste bites from chefs Erik Skokan, of Boulder’s Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare; Chef Caroline Glover of Denver’s Annette; and Chef Joe Campbell of Steamboat’s Besame and Mambo, all while watching the movie “Bottle Shock,” about how California wineries shocked the whole of Europe in 1976 by winning a blind tasting competition against French wines.

“We’re going to drink wines from the movie,” Jarman said. “The bottles of wine are worth more than the tickets.”

Not only will culinary students from Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs be getting their feet wet by volunteering for the Steamboat Food & Wine Festival, but the college will benefit with donations from the festival itself. The festival will also raise money for Community Agriculture Alliance, Main Street Steamboat Springs and the Mountain Village Partnership.

The festival coincides with Restaurant Week 2019, which runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6.

To purchase tickets to the Steamboat Food & Wine Festival, visit

Steamboat Food & Wine Festival schedule

• Thursday, Oct. 3

“Bottle Shock” Film Screening at the Chief
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

• Friday, Oct. 4

Forests, Fields and Mountains: A culinary demonstration
Chef Eric Skokan from Black Cat Bistro
11:00 a.m. to noon
Gondola Square, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Wine Seminar with Sally Mohr
2 to 3 p.m.
Gondola Square

The ABC’s of Bourbon: A cocktail seminar
Mark Stanford Beverage Director Truffle Pig/Carl’s Tavern
Steve Kurowski, Laws Whiskey
4 to 5 p.m.
Truffle Pig, Gondola Square
**limited to 15 seats

First Friday Art Walk
5 to 8 p.m.
Downtown Steamboat Springs
Price: Free

Chef Dinners
Choose from three unique, four-course wine dinners
6 to 9 p.m.
Various locations

• Saturday, Oct. 5

Seminars will be held in various locations around Steamboat and sign up is required to ensure available space. 

Wine in the City
10:30 a.m. to noon
Steamboat Art Museum, 801 Lincoln Ave.

Boost Your Negotiating Power with a Master Sommelier
A Wine Seminar
11 a.m. to noon
Steamboat Art Museum

She’s Got Chops!
Butchery Demonstration
11 a.m. to noon
Jace Romick Gallery, 837 Lincoln Ave.

Wine and Cheese? Yes Please!
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Albright Auditorium, third floor, Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs, 1275 Crawford Ave. 

Rosй All Day
A Wine Seminar
1 to 2 p.m.
Rye Wine Bar, Torian Plaza

A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On
A Cocktail Seminar
Mark Stanford, Beverage Director Truffle Pig/Carl’s Tavern
Steve Kurowski, Laws Whiskey
1 to 2 p.m.
Truffle Pig, Gondola Square
**limited to 15 seats

The Perfect Old Fashioned
A Cocktail Seminar
Mark Stanford, Beverage Director Truffle Pig/Carl’s Tavern
Steve Kurowski, Laws Whiskey
3 to 4 p.m.
Truffle Pig, Gondola Square
**limited to 15 seats

Demonstrations are held in the Demonstration Tent, Gondola Square, next to the Grand Tasting.

Hand Forging Custom Knives
Heather Haas
1 to 2 p.m.

Chefs in Conversation
Chef Hosea Rosenberg and Chef Kelly Whitaker
3 to 4 p.m.

Make Exquisite Cocktails at Home
Mark Stanford
5 to 6 p.m.

Corks & Canvas Class
A Wine and Art Course
Steamboat Springs Art Council
3 to 5 p.m.
Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Grand Tasting
2 to 6 p.m.
Gondola Plaza

•Sunday, Oct. 6

Bacon and Bubbles Brunch
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Yampa Street, Between Seventh and Eighth streets

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Frances Hohl is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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