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RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN 2018

Durango’s hippest Chefs, your favorite & brand new Durango restaurants will be showing off during the 8th Annual Restaurant Showcase at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 5, 2018!

Advanced reservations are recommended for all of these fine restaurants during the DWE weekend!

Animas Brewing Company 1560 E. 2nd Ave.  – 970.403.8850
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Owner: Scott Bickert
animaschocolatecompany.com
 

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rew Pub & Kitchen 117 West College Dr. – 970.259.5959
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
BREW Pub & Kitchen was opened in downtown Durango in March of 2013, by long time locals, Erik & Lainie Maxson with a focus on creating amazing hand crafted beer and delicious fresh food made from scratch. We hand craft our own spectacular beers and feature unique beers from other Colorado breweries as well as wonderful wines & select spirits. BREW is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. We make nearly every item from scratch and feature locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan & kid friendly.
Owners: Erik & Lainie Maxson
brewpubkitchen.com
 

carver_logoCarver Brewing Co.1022 Main Ave. – 970.259.2545
– Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Since 1986, Carvers has offered to Durango the very best in food and beer. We feature fresh soups and stews, fresh-roasted coffee and a healthy choice of entrées for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are the pioneers of craft brewing beer in the Four Corners with over 24 years’ experience brewing the finest ales and lagers. Come learn about our eco-friendly refillable growler and see what’s on tap.
Executive Chef: Dave Cuntz, Head Brewer: Patrick Josecarverbrewing.com

ChimayoChimayo Stone Fired Kitchen 862 Main Ave. – 970.259.2749
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Chimayo is a contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Fresh salads, creative small plates, artisanal pizzas, and fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood are prepared in twin 600+ degree stone hearth ovens.
Stop by to enjoy happy hour specials Monday – Friday.
Executive Chef/Owner: Michael Lutfy, Owner/General Manager: Birgitte Lutfy
chimayodurango.com

Cyprus CafeCyprus Café 725 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.6884
-Thursday Wine Dinner : Spring has Sprung! @ 6:00pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Enjoy award-winning Mediterranean cuisine  recommended in Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times- during your stay in downtown Durango, Colorado. Cyprus Cafe serves lunch and dinner, combining innovative meals with excellent service. The Cyprus uses locally raised vegetables when available and natural meats, assuring that every meal is fresh, healthy and delicious.
Owner: Alison Dance
www.cypruscafe.com

Derailed Pour House 725 Main Ave. –  970.247.5440
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Owners: Lisa and Todd Gibson
derailedpourhouse.com

El Moro

El Moro Spirits & Tavern 945 Main Ave. –  970.259.5555
-Friday Spirit Seminar: “Amaro at El Moro” @ 3:00 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
-Sunday Brunch 9-2pm
Modern Rustic Cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Executive Chef: Sean Clark
General Manager: Dave Woodruff

elmorotavern.com

Eolus 5121, 919 Main Ave. 970.259.2898
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Owner: James Allred & Chris Crowl
eolusdurango.com

Hwy 3 Roadhouse and oyster BarHighway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar 955 Hwy. 3 – 970.247.4702

-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm
Hwy 3 Roadhouse has become a locals hangout! Open just 3 days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 4 to 8pm. The Hwy 3 Roadhouse features mostly New Orleans Cuisine with fresh oysters, blue crab cakes, bbq shrimp, fried and blackened catfish, soft-shell crab po-boy with some southwest foods also. Finish it off with bread pudding w/whiskey sauce. A must find for your visit in Durango.
Executive Chef: Chuck Norton
nortonscatering.com

KennebecThe Kennebec #4 CR 124 – 970.247.5674
The Kennebec features Mediterranean & American Inspired Cuisine with an extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and an ever changing seasonal menu. Located just 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy 160. Event and banquet facility available.
Lunch & Dinner Tuesday – Sunday, Brunch Saturday & Sunday. Reservations accepted.
Chef/Owners: Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo

kennebeccafe.com

Ore House

Ore House Restaurant 147 East College Dr. – 970.247.5707
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm.
Established in 1972, the Ore House is one of Colorado’s oldest and finest restaurants. The dining room exemplifies the heritage, history and culture of Southwestern Colorado.
Chef owned & operated, you can expect high-end steakhouse cuisine served by a warm & attentive yet refined service staff. You will always find hand-cut steaks, sustainable wild-caught seafood and seasonal local ingredients on the menu. The Ore House is also well known for their extensive Whiskey & Wine collection as well as an ever evolving craft cocktail menu.
Chef/Owner: Ryan Lowe
Executive Chef: Cliff Bornheim

orehouserestaurant.com

Rochester Hotel 726 E. 2nd Ave. – 970.385.1920
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm

Owner: Kirk Komick
www.rochesterhotel.com

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 764 Main Ave. – 970.382.9790
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Classic Bistro setting with the warm charm of our Western town. Located in Historic Downtown Durango, our casually professional staff will make your dining experience memorable. Rooted in American Style cooking, we specialize in locally grown or produced products. Check out our current seasonal menus and award winning wine list.
Owners: Karen and Wayne Barger
seasonsofdurango.com

SteamworksSteamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. 2nd Ave. – 970.259.9200
~SPONSOR~
-Thursday VIP Welcome Reception @ 4:00 pm on the deck.
-Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Location @ 4:00 pm in the courtyard.
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Steamworks Brewing Co. opened its doors in Durango in September 1996. Our brewpub has much more to offer than award-winning craft beer. Steamworks’ culinary program is unmatched in the region in both breadth and quality of offerings. Our “gastropub” fare includes regionally-raised meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas, spicy Southwestern-style dishes, and vegetarian & gluten-free offerings provide something for everyone.
Executive Chef: Sean Clark
Co-Founders: Brian McEachron & Kris Oyler
steamworksbrewing.com

 

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Riedel Wine Stemware Seminar on Saturday, April 25th at 11:00am

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Wine Seminar: Riedel Wine Stemware
Strater Hotel, Oak Room- 699 Main Ave.
Riedel, the world’s premier wine glass maker, knows that the pleasure of consuming wine starts with the glass.  Sample the difference in the taste, bouquet and flavor of wine between regular glassware and varietal Riedel stemware under the tutelage of Doug Reed, Riedel regional manager. Join us for an hour of learning by doing hands-on taste comparisons. We will taste four different grape varietals. The best part… you keep your four-pack of Riedel Vinum XL Tasting Stems ($123 value) after the tasting!
The box includes a Bordeaux, Montrachet, Burgundy and Sauvignon Blanc glass.

“The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.”
– Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate

Guest Speaker: Doug Reed, Riedel Glassware
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass”  
$ 75 per person

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PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN 2015

Fifteen of Durango’s hippest Chefs, your favorite & brand new Durango restaurants will be showing off during the 5th Annual Restaurant Showcase at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 25th, 2015!
Advanced reservations are recommended for all of these fine restaurants during the DWE weekend!

Brew Pub & Kitchen
117 West College Dr. – 970.259.5959
-Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Participant @ 4:00 pm (pouring at Durango Coffee Company)
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
BREW Pub & Kitchen was opened in downtown Durango in March of 2013, by long time locals, Erik & Lainie Maxson with a focus on creating amazing hand crafted beer and delicious fresh food made from scratch. We hand craft our own spectacular beers and feature unique beers from other Colorado breweries as well as wonderful wines & select spirits. BREW is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. We make nearly every item from scratch and feature locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan & kid friendly.
Executive Chef- Corey Weigand
brewpubkitchen.com

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Carver’s Brewing Co.1022 Main Ave. – 970.259.2545
– Thursday Beer Seminar: How Beer is Made @ 3:00pm
– Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
carver_logoSince 1986, Carvers has offered to Durango the very best in food and beer. We feature fresh soups and stews, fresh-roasted coffee and a healthy choice of entrées for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are the pioneers of craft brewing beer in the Four Corners with over 24 years’ experience brewing the finest ales and lagers. Come learn about our eco-friendly refillable growler and see what’s on tap.
Executive Chef: Dave Cuntz
Head Brewer: Patrick Jose

carverbrewing.com

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Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen 862 Main Ave. – 970.259.2749
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
ChimayoChimayo is a contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Fresh salads, creative small plates, artisanal pizzas, and fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood are prepared in twin 600+ degree stone hearth ovens.
Stop by to enjoy happy hour specials Monday – Friday.
Executive Chef: Michael Lutfy
GM: Birgitte Lutfy

chimayodurango.com

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Cyprus Café 725 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.6884
-Friday Wine Seminar: How to Pack the Perfect Picnic @ 3:00pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Cyprus CafeEnjoy award-winning Mediterranean cuisine  recommended in Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times- during your stay in downtown Durango, Colorado. Cyprus Cafe serves lunch and dinner, combining innovative meals with excellent service. The Cyprus uses locally raised vegetables when available and natural meats, assuring that every meal is fresh, healthy and delicious.
Executive Chef/Owner- Alison Dance
Chef- Vera Hansen

www.cypruscafe.com

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ENO 723 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.0105
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
enoDurango’s newest coffee/wine/tapas bar is an exciting contemporary atmosphere dedicated to what we believe are the finer things in life, gourmet coffee, fine wine and tapas. Our by the glass menu is ever changing, bringing you a world of wine one glass at a time. In addition, we offer wine flights for the curious and obscurities for the connoisseur. We feature locally roasted organic fair trade coffees from Desert Sun Coffee Roasters as well as artisan cheeses from James Ranch and Linnaea farms. Established in May of 2010, ENO was conceived as a contemporary slice of life in a small mountain community that was thirsty for such delicacies.
Executive Chef/Owner- Alison Dance
Chef- Vera Hansen

enodurango.com

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El Moro Spirits & Tavern 945 Main Ave. –  970.259.5555
-Thursday Wine Dinner: Rocky Mountain Wines @ 6:00pm
-Saturday Spirit Seminar: Gin @ 1:00 pm
ElMoro_WordPressnew-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
-Sunday Brunch 9-2pm
Modern Rustic Cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Executive Chef- Sean Clark
General Manager- Dave Woodruff

elmorotavern.com

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Jean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar 601 Main Avenue – 970-247-7700
Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm
Jean-Pierre
Downtown Durango “Le Cafe Chic & Wine Bar.” Jean Pierre Bakery specializes in French bakery items, French Cuisine, and Wine bar.  Come join us for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  Jean Pierre Bakery is recommended by “Lonely Planet” and the “Michelin Guide”.
Jean-Pierre Blege: owner, Pete Cardwell: General Manager, John Mehl: Employee extraordinaire
jeanpierrebakery.com

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Guido’s Favorite Foods 1201 Main Ave. – 970.259.5028
–Thursday Luncheon: French Influence on Vietnamese Cuisine @11am
-Friday Wine Dinner: Italian Wine & Fashion Show @7:30 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @3:00 pm
Guidos logoHere at Guido’s you will find traditional authentic Trattoria cooking using local farm fresh ingredients whenever possible. We encourage our guests to experience the true Italian way of dining. Our Chefs travel to Italy each year and bring their Italian food experiences back to share with you here at Guido’s. The original Guido’s opened in October of 2001. Come visit us at our new expanded location with our seasonal pet friendly patio at 1201 Main Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Durango. We invite you to experience a completely unique dining and shopping experience.
Executive Chef- Susan Devereaux

guidosfavoritefoods.com
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Highway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar 955 Hwy. 3 – 970.247.4702
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm
Hwy 3 Roadhouse and oyster BarHwy 3 Roadhouse has become a locals hangout! Open just 3 days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 4 to 8pm. The Hwy 3 Roadhouse features mostly New Orleans Cuisine with fresh oysters, blue crab cakes, bbq shrimp, fried and blackened catfish, soft-shell crab po-boy with some southwest foods also. Finish it off with bread pudding w/whiskey sauce. A must find for your visit in Durango.
Executive Chef- Chuck Norton
nortonscatering.com

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The Kennebec #4 CR 124 – 970.247.5674
– Wine Dinner:  Small Bites–Big Nights–A Taste of Italy @ 7:00 pm
Kennebec-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00 pm
The Kennebec features Mediterranean & American Inspired Cuisine with an extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and an ever changing seasonal menu. Located just 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy 160. Event and banquet facility available.
Lunch & Dinner Tuesday – Sunday, Brunch Saturday & Sunday. Reservations accepted.
Chef/Owners: Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo

kennebeccafe.com

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Mahogany Grille 699 Main Ave.  – 970.247.4433
-Saturday Wine Seminar:  Riedel Wine Stemware @ 11:00 am
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00 pm
Mahogany GrilleWelcome to the Mahogany Grille! We invite you to join us for a relaxing evening of wonderfully prepared cuisine and premier service. Here at the Mahogany Grille, we strive to exceed your culinary expectations, while you enjoy our fine dining atmosphere, personalized service and exceptional live music. Don’t forget to peruse our wine list: The Mahogany Grille has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award for three consecutive years!
Executive Chef- Rob Blythe

mahoganygrille.com
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Ore House Restaurant 147 East College Dr. – 970.247.5707
-Friday Wine Seminar: Steak & Red Wine Components @ 11:00 am
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm.
Ore House LogoEstablished in 1972, the Ore House is one of Colorado’s oldest and finest restaurants. The dining room exemplifies the heritage, history and culture of Southwestern Colorado.
Chef owned & operated, you can expect high-end steakhouse cuisine served by a warm & attentive yet refined service staff. You will always find hand-cut steaks, sustainable wild-caught seafood and seasonal local ingredients on the menu. The Ore House is also well known for their extensive Whiskey & Wine collection as well as an ever evolving craft cocktail menu.
Chef & Owner- Ryan Lowe
Chef- Cliff Bornheim

orehouserestaurant.com
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Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 764 Main Ave. – 970.382.9790
~SPONSOR~
-Thursday Wine Dinner “Tour de France” @ 7:00 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
SEASONSClassic Bistro setting with the warm charm of our Western town. Located in Historic Downtown Durango, our casually professional staff will make your dining experience memorable. Rooted in American Style cooking, we specialize in locally grown or produced products. Check out our current seasonal menus and award winning wine list.
Owners- Karen and Wayne Barger
Executive Chef -David Stewart
seasonsofdurango.com
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Steamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. 2nd Ave. – 970.259.9200
~SPONSOR~
-Thursday VIP Welcome Reception @ 4:00 pm on the deck.
-Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Location @ 4:00 pm in the courtyard.
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
SteamworksSteamworks Brewing Co. opened its doors in Durango in September 1996. Our brewpub has much more to offer than award-winning craft beer. Steamworks’ culinary program is unmatched in the region in both breadth and quality of offerings. Our “gastropub” fare includes regionally-raised meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas, spicy Southwestern-style dishes, and vegetarian & gluten-free offerings provide something for everyone.
Executive Chef- Sean Clark
Brewmaster- Ken Martin, Brewer- Spencer Roper
Co-Founders- Brian McEachron & Kris Oyler
steamworksbrewing.com

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Yardbird Eatery 139 E. 5th St. – 970.259.1377
Yardbird Eatery logo-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Inspired by the Southern roots of nationally recognized Chef Neal Drysdale, Yardbird offers real-deal Southern Cuisine in Durango, CO.  A completely from scratch menu of natural, organic, and local when available products keep the menu fresh and seasonal.  You will be able to taste the passion we put into our food!
Chef & Owner- Neal Drysdale

www.yardbirdeatery.com
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WALK-ABOUT DURANGO TASTING LOCATIONS ARE SET FOR 2015!

WALK-ABOUT DURANGO TASTING
Friday, April 24th, 2015 4:00pm- 7:00pm 

2015 Walk- About Durango Locations:

1.  Artesanos | 700 E. 2nd Ave. | 970-259-5755
2. Azul Gallery | 781 Main Ave. | 970.375.7742
3. Blu Boutique | 651 Main Ave. | 970.259.9554
4. Cocktails & Creations | 600 Main Ave. | 970.764.4296
5. Durango Coffee Company | 730 Main Ave. |970.259.2059
6. Renae Marie Apparel & Gifts |809 Main Ave. | 970.247.1982
7.  Rochester Hotel & Bar Courtyard |726 E. 2nd Ave. | 970.385.1920
8. Rose Duds |801 B. Main Ave. | 970.759.7883
9. Silk Sparrow | 801 Main Ave. | 970.382.0033
10. Sorrel Sky Gallery |828 Main Ave. | 970.247.3555
11. Steamworks Brewing Co. Patio |801 E. 2nd Ave. | 970.259.9200
12. There’s No Place Like Home |820 Main Ave. | 970.385.7300
13. Urban Market 865 Main Ave. | 970.259.0472

 

WALK-ABOUT DURANGO TASTING
Friday, April 24th, 2015 4:00pm- 7:00pm
Experience hundreds of wines, beer and spirits featured with light appetizers at multiple downtown Durango locations.
The “Walk-About” is our signature, multi-location, tasting event. You will not only get a taste of wine, but a true taste of downtown Durango! Wineries will be featured at some of our favorite Durango galleries, boutiques and outdoor spaces, all within a block or two of one another. Follow the locator map on the back of the event program and look for the “Welcome” flags at each location.
Each participant will receive one 2015 DWE souvenir Riedel wine glass for use at the tasting. $45pp*

Get your tickets online or at the DWE Event Office the week of the event. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the door of the “Walk-About” locations. You must bring your id and stop by the DWE Event Office in the Strater Hotel Lobby to pick up your wristband and wine glass before proceeding to a Walk-About location.)

Do you think you can make it to all of the Walk-About locations? 


View Durango Wine Experience 2015 Walk- About Durango Locations in a larger map

2013 Special Guests

Alison Dance, Cyprus Café & ENO Chef & Owner
Alison DanceAlison is hosting the “Beautiful Bubbles on a Budget” wine seminar on Thursday at 11 am,  the “Panache of Grenache” seminar on Friday at 2pm at ENO and the Cyprus Café Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo, Kennebec Café Chef/Owners
Barbara and MiguelBarbara & Miguel will be hosting the Sorting Table Pinot Noir dinner on Friday night at 7:00pm and the Kennebec Café Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Carley Felton, Animas Chocolate Company Owner
Carley FeltonCarley will be displaying her chocolates at the VIP Welcome reception on Thursday and speaking at the  “Animas Chocolates Tasting and Wine Pairing seminar on Thursday at the Ore House.

Chef Chris Crowl, Cosmo Bar & Dining Executive Chef & Owner
Chris CrowlChris will be featured at the “Wine of France” wine seminar on Saturday at 11:00 am  & at the Cosmo Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef David Cuntz, Carver Brewing Co.  Executive Chef
Dave CuntzChef Dave will be featured at the Carver’s Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef David Stewart, Seasons Rotisserie & Grille Executive Chef
Dave StewartChef Dave will be featured at the Synergy wine dinner Thursday evening and at the Seasons Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Dennis Morrisoe, Glacier Club Executive Chef
Dennis will be featured at the Glacier Club Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Doug Reed, Riedel Glassware
Doug Reed
Doug will be featured at the Spiegelau Beer Glassware Seminar at the Strater Hotel Oak Room on Friday at 1:00 pm and Showcasing Riedel Glassware during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Jay Fletcher, MS Southern Wine & Spirits of CO Master Sommelier
Jay Fletcher
Jay passed the prestigious Master Sommelier Exam in London, England, and became the 30th American to hold the title of Master Sommelier. Since then Jay has lectured and sat on panels at hundreds of wine events around the country. Jay will be featured at the “Wines of France” wine seminar on Saturday at 11:00am on the Cosmo Rooftop Patio.

Joseph Lange, Lange Twins Winery Owner 
Joseph LangeBorn in Lodi, Joe, the youngest son of Randy and Char, is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a double major in Agriculture Business and Wine and Viticulture. In early 2007, Joe came on as our Webmaster and Wine Club Manager, along with helping the team in Consumer Direct Marketing. Joe studied Practical Viticulture and Wine Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia and improved his Spanish through travel in a variety of countries. One of Joe’s favorite hobbies is cooking with his wife, Amanda. He also enjoys traveling, mountain biking, snow skiing, martial arts, and discovering new wines.

Karen Barger, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Owner
Karen BargerDurango Wine Experience Co-Founder
Karen will be hosting the Synergy Fine Wines dinner on Thursday night and the Seasons Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Karen will be running around and helping out at every single event the weekend has to offer!

Ken Martin, Steamworks Brewing Co. Lead Brewer & Director of Brewing Operations
Ken MartinYou will find Ken at Thursday’s VIP Welcome Reception, pouring at the Walk-About Durango on Friday and at the Steamworks Grand Tasting table on Saturday.

Leah Deane, WSET Advanced, Durango Wine Experience Event Coordinator;
Leah A DeaneRepublic National Distributing Company & Grand Vin, District Manager;
Champagne and Bacon Specialist
Leah will be running around in high heels and making sure you enjoy your “experience”!

Lesley Ponce & Eric Allen, Wine Merchant Owners
Catch these two presenting the “Panache of Grenache” seminar on Friday at 2pm at ENO and then pouring at the Wine Merchant table at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Michael Lufty, Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Michael will be featured at the “Pairing Wine with Southwestern Cuisine” at Chimayo on Thursday at 2:00pm and at the Chimayo Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Rob Blythe, Mahogany Grille at the Historic Strater Hotel Executive Chef
Chef Rob will be featured at the winemaker dinner Saturday evening at the Strater Hotel and presenting at the Mahogany Grille Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Paul Tocco, Synergy Fine Wines Arch Duke of Good Juice and Wine Geekery
Paul will be featured at the Season’s wine dinner Thursday evening, pouring at the “Walk-About Durango” Friday afternoon and then pouring at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Ryan Lowe, Ore House Executive Chef & General Manager
Ryan LoweChef Ryan will be featured at the “Animas Chocolate Tasting and Wine Pairing” seminar on Friday at 11:00 am at the Ore House and presenting at the Ore House Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

 

 

Chef Sean Clark, Steamworks Brewing Co. Executive Chef
Sean ClarkYou will find Sean at Thursday’s VIP Welcome Reception, Friday’s Walk-About Durango and the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

 

 

 

Restaurants Participating in 2013

Check back daily to find out which of your favorite and brand new Durango restaurants will be showing off during the 4th Annual Restaurant Showcase at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 4th, 2013!
Advanced reservations are recommended for all of these fine restaurants during the DWE weekend!

6512′ Restaurant & Lounge 152 East College Dr. – 970.247.9083
-Thursday Seminar: “Jelly Bean Wine Component Seminar” @ 1:00 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
6512websitelogoOwners: Chris Forrest and Sam Beardsley; GM: Colin Brunson
Executive Chef: Phillip Fresquez

6512restaurant.com

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Carver’s Brewing 1022 Main Ave. – 970.259.2545
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
carver_logoSince 1986, Carvers has offered to Durango the very best in food and beer. We feature fresh soups and stews, fresh-roasted coffee and a healthy choice of entrées for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are the pioneers of craft brewing beer in the Four Corners with over 24 years’ experience brewing the finest ales and lagers. Come learn about our eco-friendly refillable growler and see what’s on tap.
Executive Chef: Dave Cuntz
Head Brewer: Jeff Albarella

carverbrewing.com

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Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen 862 Main Ave. – 970.259.2749
-Thursday Wine Luncheon: Wines with Southwestern Food @ 2:00 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
ChimayoChimayo is a contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Fresh salads, creative small plates, artisanal pizzas, and fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood are prepared in twin 600+ degree stone hearth ovens. Stop by to enjoy happy hour specials Monday – Friday. Owners Michael and Birgitte Lutfy, former Executive Chefs for Michael Andretti’s Indycar racing team, have restored the interior of the historic Century Building on Main Avenue, revealing turn-of-the century Carnegie steel support beams, the original maple hardwood floor and decorative tin ceiling tiles, and the original brick wall. These historical elements, along with the expo kitchen and 35-foot curved bar, create an urban industrial loft setting for a unique Durango dining experience.
Executive Chef: Michael Lutfy
GM: Birgitte Lutfy

chimayodurango.com

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Cosmo Bar & Dining  919 Main Ave. –  970.259.2898
-Saturday Wine Seminar: “The Wines of France” @ 11:00 am
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
Cosmo Bar and DiningCosmo has old favorite dishes combined with eclectic food combinations. Additionally, the historic Woolworth building has been transformed by creating an old world new world interior.  Join us on our covered rooftop patio!
Executive Chef/Owner – Chris Crowl
Manager/Owner 
James Allred
cosmodurango.com

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Cyprus Café 725 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.6884
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
Cyprus CafeEnjoy award-winning Mediterranean cuisine  recommended in Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times- during your stay in downtown Durango, Colorado. Cyprus Cafe serves lunch and dinner, combining innovative meals with excellent service. The Cyprus uses locally raised vegetables when available and natural meats, assuring that every meal is fresh, healthy and delicious.
Executive Chef/Owner- Alison Dance
www.cypruscafe.com

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ENO 723 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.0105
-Thursday Wine Seminar: “Bubbles on a Budget” @ 11:00 am
-Friday Wine Seminar: “Panache of Grenache” @ 2:00 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
enoDurango’s newest coffee/wine/tapas bar is an exciting contemporary atmosphere dedicated to what we believe are the finer things in life, gourmet coffee, fine wine and tapas. Our by the glass menu is ever changing, bringing you a world of wine one glass at a time. In addition, we offer wine flights for the curious and obscurities for the connoisseur. We feature locally roasted organic fair trade coffees from Desert Sun Coffee Roasters as well as artisan cheeses from James Ranch and Linnaea farms. Established in May of 2010, ENO was conceived as a contemporary slice of life in a small mountain community that was thirsty for such delicacies.
enodurango.com

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Jean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar 601 Main Avenue – 970-247-7700
Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:30pm
Jean-PierreDowntown Durango “Le Cafe Chic & Wine Bar.” Jean Pierre Bakery specializes in French bakery items, French Cuisine, and Wine bar.  Come join us for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  Jean Pierre Bakery is recommended by “Lonely Planet” and the “Michelin Guide”.
Jean-Pierre, Rebecca, Chef Jerome
jeanpierrebakery.com
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The Kennebec #4 CR 124 – 970.247.5674
-Friday Wine Dinner “The Sorting Table Pinot Dinner” @ 7:00 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
KennebecThe Kennebec features Mediterranean & American Inspired Cuisine with an extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and an ever changing seasonal menu.  Located just 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy 160.  Event and banquet facility available. Lunch & Dinner Tuesday – Sunday, Brunch Saturday & Sunday. Reservations accepted.
Chef/Owners- Barbara Helmer & Miguel Carrillo  
kennebeccafe.com

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Mahogany Grille 699 Main Ave.  – 970.247.4433
-Friday Beer Seminar: “Spiegelau Beer Glassware” at 11:00 am
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:30 pm
-Saturday Spanish Wine Dinner @ 7:30 pm
Mahogany GrilleWelcome to the Mahogany Grille! We invite you to join us for a relaxing evening of wonderfully prepared cuisine and premier service. Here at the Mahogany Grille, we strive to exceed your culinary expectations, while you enjoy our fine dining atmosphere, personalized service and exceptional live music. Don’t forget to peruse our wine list: The Mahogany Grille has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award for three consecutive years!
Executive Chef: Rob Blythe

mahoganygrille.com

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Ore House Restaurant 147 East College Dr. – 970.247.5707
-Friday Wine Seminar “Animas Chocolates Tasting & Wine Pairing @ 11:00 am
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
Ore HouseEstablished in 1972, the Ore House is one of Durango’s oldest and finest restaurants. Featuring hand-cut USDA certified Black Angus prime and choice steaks, sustainable wild caught seafood, all natural poultry, seasonal local produce, and homemade desserts.
Executive Chef- Ryan Lowe
orehouserestaurant.com

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PJ’s Gourmet Market 67 Trimble Crossing – 970.247.0100
PJs Gourmet MarketAt PJ’s you’ll experience the best in service supporting a wide variety of food items, ranging from the necessities to rare treats. We provide fresh produce, meat and poultry, and a stellar deli and bakery, where you will find delicious solutions for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
PJ’s Gourmet Market is open Monday through Saturday 7am-9pm and Sunday 8am-8pm.
Owners- Joe & Pam Leder
pjsgourmetmarket.com

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Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 764 Main Ave. – 970.382.9790
-Thursday Wine Dinner “A Sense of Place” @ 7:00 pm
-Saturday Spirit Seminar: Bourbon, Baby! @ 1:0 0pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
SEASONSClassic Bistro setting with the warm charm of our Western town. Located in Historic Downtown Durango, our casually professional staff will make your dining experience memorable. Rooted in American Style cooking, we specialize in locally grown or produced products. Check out our current seasonal menus and award winning wine list.
Karen and Wayne Barger, Owners
David Stewart, Executive Chef Neal Drysdale, Sous Chef  Erin Gregory, Asst. GM
seasonsofdurango.com

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Steamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. 2nd Ave. – 970.259.9200
-Thursday VIP Welcome Reception @ 3:3 0pm
-Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Location @ 3:30 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm
SteamworksSteamworks Brewing Co. opened its doors in Durango in September 1996. Our brewpub has much more to offer than award-winning craft beer. Steamworks’ culinary program is unmatched in the region in both breadth and quality of offerings. Our “gastropub” fare includes regionally-raised meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas, spicy Southwestern-style dishes, and vegetarian & gluten-free offerings provide something for everyone.
Executive Chef- Sean Clark
Brewmaster- Ken Martin, Brewer- Spencer Roper
Co-Founders- Brian McEachron & Kris Oyler
steamworksbrewing.com

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Durango Wine Experience 2013 Restaurant Showcase Registration

2013 Seminar Descriptions

Experience several educational wine, beer, spirit, tea, cheese & glassware seminars…..

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 @ 11:00 am
SeminarBeautiful Bubbles on a Budget
Location: ENO/ Cyprus Cafe’
You have learned that you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to drink “Champagne”. Thursday anyone? The thing is, sparkling wine varies wildly in price. A bottle of tête de cuvée Champagne can damage your finances, whereas a bottle of Cold Duck is less than a fancy coffee. What to drink? We will try all kinds of awesome, yet affordable bubbles: Cava, Spain’s answer to Champagne; Italy’s Prosecco and Moscato; selections from the U.S. and even France.
Price: $35
~Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” (TS1)

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
Seminar: Jelly Bean Wine Component Tasting 
Location: 6512′ Restaurant & Lounge
Guest Speaker: Stacey Swetil-Rust, Constellation Wines
If you usually find wine seminars snobby and pretentious… we have just the fun, delicious and educational seminar for you! Using jelly beans, you will learn which flavors match typical characteristics of several types of wine grapes. For example, what grape shows peach, pear, apricot, apple, cantaloupe, grapefruit and tangerine? Riesling! We will taste and analyze the flavor components in a variety of wines and then match them with corresponding jelly bean flavors.
Price: $35
~Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” (TS2)

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Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 11:00 am
Seminar: Animas Chocolate TastingWine Pairing
Location: Ore House
Guest Speaker: Chocolatier Carley Felton, Animas Chocolate Company
Take your Friday “lunch break” at the Ore House with a wine and chocolate pairing seminar! This seminar will bring fun and exciting chocolate ideas to the table, ready to be paired with some great wines. Animas Chocolate Company owner and chocolatier, Carley Felton, will be on hand guiding you through the chocolate pairings and giving insight into the artisan chocolate industry. A variety of wines will be paired with the chocolates by an industry expert.
Price: $ 35
~Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” (FS1)

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
Seminar: Spiegelau Beer Glassware Seminar
Location: Strater Hotel
Guest Speaker: Doug Reed, Spiegelau Glassware
Forever change the way you think about serving and enjoying craft beer. Exceptional glassware is the key to elevating all facets of this delicious subject and The Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur tasting seminar shows you how.  Learn firsthand how color, clarity, aroma, temperature and effervescence are all dramatically enhanced with Spiegelau glass versus the standard type of beer glasses we have all become accustomed too. Come enjoy Craft Beer the way it was intended to be and go home with a beautiful Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur 4- piece set to keep!
Price: $35
~Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” (FS2)

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Seminar: Panache for Grenache Seminar
Location: ENO
Guest Speaker: Eric Allen & Lesley Ponce
Panache of Grenache will feature all faces of Grenache:
Blanc, Rouge and Rose along with the two areas most connected with that grape – France and Spain!
We promise to deliver a seminar full of education, fun and deliciousness with none other than Durango’s own “Godfather of Grenache”.
This seminar will be a tasting you can’t refuse!

Price: $35
~Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” (FS3)

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Saturday, May 4th, 2013 @ 11:00 am
Seminar:  The Wines of France
The wines of France, A tasting walk through the vineyards of the finest regions of France led by Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher. While tasting wines, Jay will do an overview of France, its wine laws and then talk about the best regions and their wines.
Location: Cosmo Bar & Dining, Rooftop Patio
Guest Speaker: Jay Fletcher, MS
Price: $ 35
~Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” (SS1)

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
Spirit Seminar: Bourbon, Baby!
Don your derby hat and join the Seasons crew for a breakdown of bourbon. While there are many types of whiskey, from Scotland and Ireland, to Canada and the US, bourbon is a special form created, distilled, and aged in the eastern United States, mainly in the state of Kentucky.We will have a couple of special guests talking history, distilling, and the nature of American whiskey. 

Location: Seasons Patio
Guest Speaker: TBD
Price: $ 35
~Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” (SS2)

 

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The “Wine Expert” All Wine Seminar Pass

Experience all DWE Seminars!!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 @ 11:00 am: Beautiful Bubbles on a Budget
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 @ 1:00 pm: Jelly Bean Wine Component Tasting 
Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 11:00 am: Animas Chocolate & Wine Pairing Seminar
Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 1:00 pm: Spieglau Beer Glassware Seminar
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 @ 11:00 am: Wines of France: Rhône
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm: Spirit Seminar: Bourbon, Baby

This combo ticket does not include the “Walk-About Durango” nor the Grand Tasting.

A $265 value for only:

$195 pp

Package Savings: $70!

**If you are only attending seminars, you can take your e-ticket directly to the seminar location. Walk-About Durango attendees must check in and pick up their wristband and wine glass at the DWE Event Office in the back lobby of the Strater Hotel before visiting their first Walk-About location.

Join us for the 7th Annual Durango Wine Experience! May 2-4, 2013

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