Cafe Society

A fall feast: Auguste in November

Auguste Escoffier woud be honored by the celebration in his honor.

For all you hardcore food nerds, there's an event coming up where you can seriously get your geek on. On November 9, the Colorado chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food will celebrate the life and cooking of Auguste Escoffier with an eight-course blow-out, "August in November: A Grand Escoffier Soiree," based on the master’s recipes and hosted by Escoffier’s great-grandson, Michel.

Want a taste? How ‘bout torchon of duck foie gras with Gewürztraminer aspic? Sole paupiette with scallop mousse and lobster? Tenderloin Bordelaise with pommes chateaux? Yes, this is the heavyweight classic stuff, prepped by a handful of Colorado chefs -- including Jason DeBacker and Bertrand Gesbert of Le Central, and William Wahl of Indulge -- under the watchful eye of Michel Escoffier and then served in the Tuscan Ballroom at the University of Denver Hotel School, 2044 East Evans Avenue.

Tickets for the grand event are $150 a pop (not bad for the amount of food being laid on, and the wine paired with each course) and can be purchased through the AIWF website . -- Jason Sheehan

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun