Local and national stars come out for fine food and wine pairing contest Nov. 7
This year at the “Pairsine, Fine Food and Wine Pairing Competition” Thursday Nov. 7th, 6-9 pm, many of Colorado’s highest-caliber chefs will compete - not only against each other, but also against Chef John Moeller, who cooked in the White House for 13 years. As one of the longest tenured chefs - across three Administrations - Chef Moeller cooked for three First Families, including President George H.W. Bush, President William Jefferson Clinton, and President George W. Bush, as well as visiting Heads of State, etc.
The Pairsine Competition is part of Wine Country International ® magazine’s 9th annual Denver International Wine Festival (DIWF,) a five-day wine and food festival that will be held Nov. 6-10 at the Omni Interlocken Resort, and that brings exquisite food and wine to Colorado, showcasing more than 300 international wines from 15 countries. The DIWF was recently named one of the Top 10 Fall Wine Festivals in the U.S. by Fodor’s.
“This year’s festival is going to be spectacular, and promises to be the best one yet,” said Christopher J. Davies, CEO of Wine Country Network, who organizes the event. “We’ve moved it to the luxurious and spacious Omni Interlocken Resort. We have several special events with stars from the world of food and wine, including Chef John Moeller from the White House competing in the Pairsine Thursday Nov. 7, and on Sunday Nov. 10, our first Julia Child Tribute Champagne Luncheon, hosted by Madeleine de Jean, “Madame Champagne”.”
Pairsine (pronounced "Pair-Zeen") is Wine Country Network’s signature culinary event, and will feature 10 master chefs creating 20 culinary pairings with the 20 wines that won gold medals at the 2013 Denver International Wine Competition September 7. There’s no secret ingredient to cook – the chefs’ challenge is to create two spectacular dishes to pair with their each of their assigned, gold-medal-winning wines - with just one week’s notice! Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Season 5” winner, Hosea Rosenberg, was a three-time Champion of the contest before achieving TV fame.
This year’s professional judges are Kris Browning-Blas, Food Editor of The Denver Post, Amanda Faison, Food Editor of 5280 Magazine, Teresa Farney, Food Editor of The Gazette, Michael Long, Chef and Radio Host of The Main Course, and Lori Midson, Café Society Food Editor of Westword. Pairsine attendees vote for the "People's Choice" award. A valuable prize is awarded to the "People's Choice Chef".
Chef Moeller will be signing copies of his recently published cookbook, Dining at the White House—From the President’s Table to Yours, which chronicles his journey from small town Lancaster, Pennsylvania to his remarkable 13 years working as a White House chef to three Presidents. The book includes recipes Chef Moeller created for formal events and more intimate gatherings (with chef notes for the home cook,) and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the challenges of cooking in the White House.
Pairsine tickets are $100 and include the gourmet food and wine pairings, and a keepsake festival wine glass made by Riedel/Spiegelau.
The 2013 Denver International Wine Festival charity of choice is Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives.
DIWF host Omni Interlocken Resort has a limited number of special festival room rates available at $99/night. Click here or call 303.438.6600 for reservations.
Click here for more information on the Denver International Wine Festival.