Pairing Dinner May 16; Grand Tasting May 18

Join the University of Denver’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management May 16 and 18 for the eighth annual DU Vin Festival with guest chef Charles Phan. It’s Fritz Knoebel’s signature event where the public samples amazing food and wine, and students test the skills they’ve learned over the course of their program.

Phan is the chef and owner of the Slanted Door in San Francisco, California, and James Beard Award winner. The DU Vin dinner is Thursday, May 16, from 5:45-9 p.m. Guests begin the evening with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres, and once seated, are served a custom four-course food and wine-pairing dinner.

Phan is a Vietnamese refugee, which is noteworthy since many of the hospitality staff at Fritz Knoebel are refugees and immigrants who are part of the Ready for American Hospitality (RAH) program. RAH prepares refugees for jobs in hospitality while giving DU students experience in hiring and developing human capital. The award-winning program is a partnership between Fritz Knoebel and the Ethiopian Community Development Council’s African Community Center.

The DU Vin Grand Tasting is Saturday, May 18, from 1-4 p.m. Guests will sample more than 100 wines and food from several Denver restaurants. The Grand Tasting admission price also includes three educational seminars and a pairing challenge where top area chefs compete to create the perfect wine and food pairing. Grand Tasting guests vote on their favorite pairing combination and the winning restaurant team receives $500 to donate to the charity of its choice. DU Vin is the signature event in Denver for Republic National Distributing of Colorado, the DU Vin Festival’s beverage sponsor.

“The DU Vin Festival is one of Fritz Knoebel’s really special student-driven events,” said David Corsun, director of Fritz Knoebel. “DU Vin is planned and executed by the juniors and seniors in a couple of our courses. They do an outstanding job.”

Choose the event that suits you best or come to both!

Date:   Thursday, May 16 – Dinner
Time: 5:45–9 p.m.
Price:   $125 per person (reception and dinner)
$1,000 per table (eight tickets for the reception and dinner; two tickets to the Grand Tasting)

Date:   Saturday, May 18 – Grand Tasting
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Price:   $55 for community members
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Location: Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, Joy Burns Center
2044 East Evans Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80208

The dinner is served and managed by students majoring in hospitality management at Fritz Knoebel and all proceeds support student scholarships.