And the winner is: DENV, who guessed that 3750 small plates were passed at last year's FEAST! (The actual number was 3827.) DENV, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details on Saturday's event.) Everyone else, keep reading the original post to find out more about FEAST!
Last year's FEAST! Vail was one of my favorite culinary events of the year, especially for a first-time soiree. And it's back this year for round two, giving revelers a three-day opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with Denver and the Vail Valley's most talented kitchen magicians. The festival, which kicks off May 23 and continues through May 26, trumpets food-and-spirit seminars, wine-pairing dinners, mountain hikes with the chefs, a small plates tasting bash and a Colorado Craft Brew & Spirits tasting.
"Everyone knows about the adventure-side of Vail's summer with climbing, fishing and hiking, but Vail has also built a reputation for culinary excellence, so we wanted to combine these two aspects in one fantastic weekend," says FEAST! Vail event producer James Deighan of HIGHLINE. "Participants will be treated to some exceptional food and drink, and also have the opportunity to climb, hike and take a fly-casting clinic with some of the best chefs in the nation, adds Deighan."
Seventeen chefs, including Frank Bonanno, Troy Guard, Paul Reilly, Carrie Shores and Elise Wiggins, are participating in the festival, which will also feature a fly-fishing seminar hosted by Top Chef contestant and James Beard Award-winner Kelly Liken, who also owns Restaurant Kelly Liken.
All of the various events and seminars are priced individually, and you can purchase tickets at FeastVail.com, or you can snag free tickets right here, because one Cafe Society commenter will win two tickets to the Saturday Colorado Beer & Spirits tasting, which goes from 5 to 8 p.m., plus an additional two tickets to one seminar of their choice.
Want to win?
Here's what we want to know: How many small plates were passed at FEAST! Vail's inaugural festival in 2013? We'll award the two tickets to the person who comes the closest to the correct answer without going over.
In order to be considered, please submit your answer, your name and a valid e-mail address (if you're already registered with MyVoiceNation, then we have your e-mail; if you're not, then we don't, and without an e-mail address, you can't win) in the comments section below.
We'll announce the winner on Thursday, May 22. And before entering the contest, please make sure that you're available on Saturday, May 24, which is the date of the Colorado Beer & Spirits Tasting. The side seminars, listed below, are offered on Saturday and Sunday.
• VENUS'S NAVEL (AKA TORTELLINI) with executive chef, Panzano, Elise Wiggins - Bol, Vail • THE PERFECT ARTICHOKE with executive chef/owner, Beast + Bottle, Paul Reilly - The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Lionshead • SIDE with executive chef, Table 6, Carrie Shores - CineBistro, Vail • SUMMER SIPPERS with master of the vine, Nick Noesen - Up the Creek, Vail • PERFECT BREAKFAST EGGS with chef/owner, Bonanno Concepts, Frank Bonanno - Bol, Vail • SIDE with chef/owner, TAG, Troy Guard - The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Lionshead • SIDE with executive chef, CineBistro, Brad Trumpower - CineBistro, Vail • SUMMER SIPPERS with master of the vine, Nick Noesen - Up the Creek, Vail • PIZZA & CRAFT BEER PAIRING with Corporate Chef, Blue Moose Pizza, Jay McCarthy - Blue Moose, Lionshead • HOW TO MAKE BAVARIAN KAESESPAETZLE "CHEESE DUMPLINGS" with executive chef, Sonnenalp Hotel, Florian Schwarz - Swiss Chalet, Vail • AUSTRIAN WINES - GRUENER AND BEYOND with beverage director Andreas Harl, Matsuhisa - Matsuhisa, Vail • CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS, OLD AND NEW with Elway's Vail mixologist, Jim Lay - Elway's, Vail