In honor of National Ag Day on March 16, representatives of the Colorado Ag Council came to the State Capitol, where they provided plenty of food for thought about the role that agriculture plays in the state's economy — and also provided lunch for lawmakers and other officials, including Governor John Hickenlooper. For more photos, see our complete slide show.
Nearly 1,000 people attended the event, which featured a cook-off between teams made up of local chefs, lawmakers and agriculture representatives cooking with Colorado-grown foods. The cook-off provided lunch for all, so the real winners were the guests, but prizes were also awarded to the teams competing. Here are the results:
Best All Around
Chef Mark Yacovetta, of Valley Country Club, representing the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, and using Colorado beef. His team included senators Randy Baumgardner, Leroy Garcia, Kent Lambert, Tim Neville, Nancy Todd, Pat Steadman, Chris Holbert, Cheri Jahn and Beth Martinez Humenik.
Chef Greg Sever, of Morning Star Senior Living, representing the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and using Colorado potatoes. His team included representatives Joann Ginal, Don Coram, Alec Garnett, Beth McCann, Lois Landgraf, Max Tyler, Lang Sias, JoAnn Windholz, Rhonda Fields, Kim Ransom and Kevin Priola.
Chef Bob Holloway of McCoy's Restaurant, representing the Western Dairy Association, and using Colorado dairy products. His team included representatives Steve Lebsock, Perry Buck, Susan Lontine, Angela Williams, Jonathan Singer, Terri Carver, Dominick Moreno, Jovan Melton, Clarice Navarro, Yeulin Willett and Dan Thurlow
Chef Klaus Krebs, of Isle Casino and Hotel, representing Colorado Egg Producers and using Colorado eggs. His team included representatives Jeni Arndt, Jon Becker, Crisanta Duran, Dan Nordberg, Pete Lee, Justin Everett, Dianne Primavera, Faith Winter, Polly Lawrence, Kevin Van Winkle and Dave Young.