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Mountain Standard Takes Home Top Honors at the 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off at Taste of Vail

April 7, 2014 2:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts The 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off & Après Ski Tasting sponsored by the American Lamb Board took place on April 3 as part of the Annual Taste of Vail.  Sous Chef Christopher Schmidt from Mountain Standard won top honors for his Lamb Dogs with Za’atar Yogurt and Cucumber Relish. Second place went to Hooked and third place went to Zino Ristorante. The People’s Choice winner was Matsuhisa. Chef Schmidt’s dish was inspired by the start of baseball season.  “We added some northern African/Middle Eastern flavors to a lamb hot dog,” he said. “It combines unfamiliar flavors in a familiar application.”   The lamb hot dog included several toppings as well as lamb bacon.  The judges gave top scores to the dish, recognizing that it was well executed and offered great accompaniments. The event, held throughout the streets of Vail Village, showcased 22 of the area’s finest chefs preparing an array of innovative lamb dishes featuring Colorado lamb. Each tasting was complimented by participating wineries. “American Lamb was showcased in diverse dishes – from lamb meatballs to lamb tamales to lamb ravioli,” said Megan Wortman, executive director of the Denver-based American Lamb Board. “The event is now in its 10th year and… View Article

New Rosé Event Kicks Off the 24th Taste of Vail

January 22, 2014 9:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts The Taste of Vail kicks off on April 2 with the Debut of Rosé, a new event that gives guests the opportunity to taste more than 100 rosés from all over the world. Taking place from 3-6 p.m. at Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead Village, the event also will offer food pairings from local restaurants for participants to enjoy while sampling from the largest selection of rosé wines. “We’re excited to feature one of the hottest wine trends at this year’s Taste of Vail,” said Chris Chantler, president of Taste of Vail. “Not only will there be a huge variety rosé wines, Debut of Rosé will be one of the first events to showcase newly released rosés from 2013. ” Rosé wine is the liquid component of the much-celebrated lifestyle of Mediterranean France. However, it has not enjoyed similar recognition in the United States until quite recently. As a category, rosé wines embrace an immense diversity of styles and flavors, especially if sparkling rosés are included. From semi-sweet to off-dry to bone-dry (very dry), they’re startlingly refreshing and immensely seductive. Rosé wines also are extremely versatile with food and pair well with an astounding variety of cuisines. In addition, wine… View Article