The Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation lands in Denver tonight, stopping at the Brown Palace, 321 17th Street. That's where Frasca Food & Wine executive chef (and 2008 James Beard award winner for Best Southwest Chef) Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson will join host chefs Thanawat Bates and William Dexter for a reception and six-course tasting menu paired with wines chosen from master sommeliers Bobby Stuckey, from Frasca, and Richard Betts, the former wine director of the Little Nell in Aspen.
The dinner kicks off at 7 p.m., and tickets, of which only a dozen remain, are $175 per person and can be purchased by calling 720-201-1853. True, the ticket price is steep, but the menu and wine selections look deliriously fantastic:
Lachlan: Mozzarella "fritta" - "mlinci" and mustard crema Thanawat: "Pizza" - cannelloni, ricotto cream and tomato "Potato and Leek" - confit Yukon and truffle aioli Wine: Betts & Scholl riesling 2008 Beer: Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde
Lachlan: Hawaiian kampachi "crudo" - Toohey Farms pimento peppers and pickled horseradish Wine pairing: Scarpetta pinot grigio 2008
Lachlan: Red Wagon Farms vegetable salad - carrots, zucchini, onions, sorrel and montegrappa Wine pairing: Scarpetta friulano 2007
Lachlan: "Riso superfino carnaroli" - tomato juice and Parmesan Wine Pairing: Betts & Scholl grenache OG 2007
Thanawat: Colorado lamb loin - lard, lavender, honey and celery root Wine pairing: Betts & Scholl hermitage rouge 2004
Thanawat: Nantasket Bay scallop with apple, bacon, savory cabbage, Champagne and American caviar
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Wine pairing: Infinite Monkey Theorem Riesling 2008
Frasca's Valrhona chocolate cake with toasted macadamia nuts and passion fruit- caramel buttercream served with chocolate gelato
Beer and wine pairings: Leffe Blonde and Marenco Bracchetto d'Acqui 2008