Check out the amazing local Chef talent!
Ore House Restaurant
A fan of collaborating with local farmers, spirit producers, brewers and winemakers, Chef Cliff has also served as guest chef for Sutcliffe’s annual harvest dinner. As executive chef at Durango top steakhouse, he’s proud to carry on the 45-year-old tradition of dishing up excellent, seasonal Ore House fare.
Chef Cliff will be featured at the Ore House Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Steamworks Brewing Co. & El Moro Spirits and Tavern
Sean Clark, Executive Chef for Peak Brewing LLC, the parent company that runs both Steamworks Brewing Co. and El Moro, has been a Durango staple since his college days. A native of the Western Slope, Clark began his career at Steamworks as a pizza-flipper.
Sean will be at the Steamworks Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Chef at Kennebec Cafe and
owner Barbara Helmer
Chef Carrillo will be featured at the wine dinners on Thursday nights as well as at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Carver Brewing Co.
Raised in Denver, Chef Dave has tested and tasted the culinary arts and culture of food around our country and internationally. After completing his BA in Fine Arts at Fort Lewis College, he spent seven months in Chambery, France, at the University of Savoie, where he became familiarized with French cooking and traditions. At the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, Chef Dave Furthered his Knowledge of Fine Eatery, Later, as the Executive Chef at Equus Restaurant, Cuntz was recognized as one of Louisville, Kentucky’s top chefs. In 2005, Chef Dave returned to Durango with his wife and two children and they have since called it home. Over the years, Chef Dave’s talents have been showcased both locally and nationally in contests, magazine features, publications, and television broadcasts. After seven years of managing at the Strater Hotel and its three restaurant venues, Chef Dave is proud to be Executive Chef at Carver Brewing Company. Chef Dave will be featured at the Carver Brewing Co. Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Executive Chef & Owner
Alison will be featured at the Cyprus Café/eno Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Owner of Rendezvous Doughnuts
Rendezvous Doughnuts is owned and operated by recent Fort Lewis College graduate Charlie Shew. Charlie grew up in Atlanta, GA, where he worked for Revolution Doughnuts while he was in high school. He moved to Durango, CO to go to school for Engineering. It was there that he and partnered with co-visionary Mac Greene and entered Rendezvous Doughnuts into the FLC Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition. They didn’t win, but Charlie still pursued his dream of opening a craft doughnut shop in the heart of downtown Durango. Rendezvous Doughnuts opened its doors in October 2017.
Charlie Shew will be featured at the spirit seminar on Thursday afternoon.
Chef Drysdale will be featured at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Ryan will be featured at wine seminar on Friday & at the Ore House Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Lufty will be featured at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Chef Morrisroe will be featured at the winemaker’s seminar on Friday as well as at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Hwy 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar
Chef Norton will be featured at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Chef Jean-Pierre Bleger,
Jean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar
Jean-Pierre arrived in the United States to work in Texas, where he opened his first bakery in 1969. He finally found peace and balance in life by moving to Durango, “After 20 years in the rat race, I’d had enough.” In 1990, when prices were still reasonable, he bought and renovated a former Chrysler dealership. It’s now prime real estate, but Bleger has no worries about a landlord increasing his rent. Best of all, from the moment Jean-Pierre’s opened it was a hit. Housed in a corner portion of the building is the bakery, cafe and wine bar. When the spirit strikes, Bleger will knock out a tune or two on the 19th-century grand piano. Rebecca, Bleger’s wife of 35 years, buys the wine. He bakes the pastries, 25 bread varieties, and whatever seasonal specialties strike his fancy. – Denver Post, archives.
Jean-Pierre will be featured at the Jean-Pierre Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Animas Chocolate Co.
Owner Carley will be displaying her award-winning chocolates at the VIP Welcome reception on Thursday and at Saturday’s Grand Tasting as she partners with Vin Market.
Brewer and Owner of BREW
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