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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 17

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 Haven Smith 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.

2:15 p.m.

Seminar—Chef Cooking Demonstration

Jeremy Bringardner, Executive Chef for LYFE Kitchen

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.

3:30 p.m.

Winning chef/student team is announced.

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