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DU Vin Festival Grand Tasting

Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, Joy Burns Center

2044 East Evans Avenue, Denver CO 80208

Saturday, May 16

Noon—4 p.m.


$52.80 Per Person
$35 Per Person for DU Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff


The DU Vin Festival Grand Tasting showcases over 100 wines and fine food from area restaurants. For the first time the Festival will also offer educational seminars and a Pairing Challenge when top area chefs team up with Hospitality Management students to create the perfect pairing. Grand Tasting guests vote and the winning team receives money toward the charity of its choice. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Schedule of Activities

Noon—1 p.m.

For the Trade Hour—Those in the hospitality or restaurant industry should contact Stacy Moore to attend.

1 p.m.

Grand Tasting begins. DU Vin Pairing Challenge judging begins.

The DU Vin Pairing Challenge is presented by Magnolia Hotels. Each Chef/Student Team will compete for a $500 donation to the charity of their choice.

Participating Restaurants

1515 Restaurant
Dorchester Social Eatery
LYFE Kitchen
Renegade Publik House
Ted’s Montana Grill
Vesper Lounge
Yaffa’s Savory

1:15 p.m.

Seminar—Celebrating with Champagne

Ashley Vaughters, CS, CSW and Owner of Mistral Wine Co.

The most festive of all wines, Champagne is the go-to beverage to celebrate life’s memorable events. Discover the world of bubbly and find out the difference between Brut and Demi-sec or Blanc de blancs and Blanc de noirs.

Ashley Vaughers

Owner of Mistral Wine Co., LLC., Ashley Hausman Vaughters CS, CWS, started her wine career in New York City, where she attained her Masters in American and English Literature at New York University but saw the opportunity for wine education in Denver, CO. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, and a Spanish Wine Expert through the Spanish Wine Academy as well as sales representative for Old World Wine Imports. She is nearly finished with her Diploma through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, then plans to pursue the Master of Wine. She teaches at Alliance Francaise, Colorado Free University, A Bottled Affair as well as private and corporate functions. Ashley has worked with PBS, The Museum of Nature and Science, the University of Denver as well as several local restaurants. She consults on small business, private cellars and personal wine investment. Ashley believes that to be a good instructor, one must be a constant student. 

Learn more about Ashley’s company, Mistral Wine Co.»

2:15 p.m.

Seminar—Chef Cooking Demonstration

Jeremy Bringardner, Executive Chef for LYFE Kitchen

Jeremy Bringardner

Chef Jeremy Bringardner honed his craft under luminary chefs Charlie Trotter, Bill Kim and Jean Joho. A graduate of the highly acclaimed Culinary Nutrition program of Johnson & Wales University, Chef Jeremy captains the teams of LYFE Kitchen chefs across the country, ensuring that each dish is bursting with flavor and fresh ingredients. He is a recent contestant on the Food Network’s Chopped, his episode airing May 13.

3 p.m.

DU Vin Pairing Challenge judging ends.

3:15 p.m.

Seminar—Dishing on the Restaurant Scene

Ruth Tobias, Food-and-Beverage Writer, Blogger for Zagat Denver
Christine Vazquez, Writer/Editor for the Hungry blog, Contributing writer for Boulder Weekly, FELLOW Magazine and LON Magazine
Andra Zeppelin, Editor of Eater Denver

Denver’s ever developing restaurant industry can be daunting to navigate. Join Denver’s top food critics as they update guests on the Mile High City’s newest establishments, food trends and some of our bastions of fine dining.

Ruth Tobias

Ruth Tobias is a longtime food-and-beverage writer, based first in Boston and now in Denver. The author of The Food Lovers’ Guide to Denver & Boulder and The Denver & Boulder Chef’s Table, she has published in Imbibe, Gastronomica and the Denver Post, among many others. Formerly the assistant editor at Sommelier Journal, she is now blogging for Zagat Denver.

Visit her at ruthtobias.com, zagat.com/denver, @Denveater or @ZagatDenver.

Christine Vazquez

Christine Vazquez is the writer/editor of the popular Hungry blog. She’s also a contributing writer for Boulder Weekly, FELLOW Magazine and LON Magazine. An avid home cook and equally avid restaurant obsessive, she spends more time than one probably should looking over menus online and deciding where to eat, what to eat and with who. She deeply believes in the power of food to equalize, connect, chart new territory and honor tradition. A favorite quote is from Rene Redzepi, Chef and Co-Owner of Noma in Copenhagen, who said: “I believe that when a culture allows itself to include food as one of life’s great pleasures, the people will find pleasure more easily and fully in other aspects of life.”

Learn more about Christine on her Hungry blog»

3:30 p.m.

Winning chef/student team is announced.

Andra Zeppelin

Andra Zeppelin is a food and lifestyle writer in Denver, Colorado. A Romanian native, Andra moved to Denver in 2001. Here, she finished college and completed a law degree at the University of Colorado, but phased the practice of law out in favor of food writing when she became the editor at Eater Denver. Andra lives in RiNo with her husband, two daughters and a Persian cat. In her free time, she makes butter from scratch, devours food magazines and scouts the city for the best desserts.

Learn more about Andra on her blog» or on the Eater Denver blog»

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