Keystone Resort continues to make you fat

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on February 25, 2010 9:13 am

Foodies take note…Book your airfare now and then get ready for the 7497 mile drive from the Denver International Airport to foothills.  Yes this time it will be worth it because Colorado has got great snow and Keystone Ski Resort will have it’s 2nd Annual Winter Culinary Festival March 5-7.   Can we get a Boo Yaa? The resort-wide, multi-day event showcasing Keystone’s award-winning restaurants accompanied by culinary education programs, the Dine Out Keystone program, and incredible lodging values is shall we say a “must goto” in the ski world.


The festival’s signature event, the Grand Tasting, features an evening of specialties from Keystone’s award-winning restaurants including the Keystone Ranch, Ski Tip Lodge, Alpenglow Stube, Bighorn Steakhouse and more on March 6 at 5:30 p.m. Guests will ride two gondolas to dine atop Keystone’s North Peak and can sample small plates with highlights from all of the resort’s award-winning restaurants. Reservations are required, and tickets for the Grand Tasting are purchased for $99 by calling 970.496.4386.


Keystone Resort is also hosting various culinary education courses throughout the weekend. The schedule of classes and demonstrations is as follows:


Friday, March 5

  • Show Kitchen Demo: The Alpenglow Stube hosts this morning demonstration of their gourmet kitchen.
  • Margaritas and Tequilas: Parrot Eyes Restaurant hosts a tasting of top shelf, hand crafted tequilas with discussion on their history, finished off with a margarita.
  • Whiskey Blends: Guests sip a variety of the finest single malt and grain whiskies and compare the original smooth blends to some of the rarest malts in the Little Horn at the Keystone Lodge.
  • Specialty Rums: Guests compare the combination of aromas and flavors produced over time through the unique rum maturing process with a rum ambassador expert in the Little Horn at the Keystone Lodge.
  • Unique Red Varietals: The Ski Tip Lodge features unique red varietals and blends. Attending guests will receive a 15 percent off coupon for dinner at the Ski Tip, good anytime throughout the next year.
  • A World Awaits Wine Tasting: A Keystone Sommelier guides guests through a tasting of fine wines from around the world in a casual social atmosphere in the Little Horn at the Keystone Lodge.
  • Martini Tasting: The Summit Seafood Company invites guests to experience unique martini recipes from their master mixologist.
  • World Celebration of Wine Dinner: Chef Kevin McCombs and Sommelier Megan Morgan take guests for a tour around the globe to explore the viticulture and culinary arts of the seven continents of the world with seven courses and six wines at the Ski Tip Lodge.

Saturday, March 6

  • Champagne and Sparkling Wines: Keystone Experts introduce guests to champagne and other forms of sparkling wines from around the world at the Keystone Lodge.
  • Ice Carving Demo with Keystone Chef Steve Nguyen: Watch as Ice Carving Master Steve Nguyen transforms blocks of ice into sculptures with his various power tools at the base of the River Run Gondola.
  • CMC Culinary Trends Cooking Demo: The demonstration will focus on using Colorado grown and   raised products to produce internationally inspired appetizers and entrees in the Keystone Lodge.
  • Specialty Rums: Guests compare the combination of aromas and flavors produced over time through the unique rum maturing process with a rum ambassador expert in the Keystone Lodge.
  • Whiskey Blends: Guests sip a variety of the finest single malt and grain whiskies and compare the original smooth blends to some of the rarest malts in the Little Horn at the Keystone Lodge.
  • Unique Red Varietals: The Ski Tip Lodge features unique red varietals and blends. Attending guests will receive a 15 percent off coupon for dinner at the Ski Tip, good anytime throughout the next year.
  • A World Awaits Wine  Tasting: A Keystone Sommelier guides guests through a tasting of fine wines from around the world in a casual social atmosphere in the Little Horn at the Keystone Lodge.

Sunday, March 7

  • Chocolate Demo and Breakfast Class: Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald and 2004 Colorado Chef of the year, shares his talent during this Chocolate Demo Class.  Guests will enjoy fresh baked pastries, breakfast breads, coffee and tea as Ned demonstrates how to make his renowned chocolate creations in his bakery.
  • Champagne Brunch at the Alpenglow Stube: Guests head to the top of North Peak, exchange boots for warm, fuzzy slippers, and partake in a unique menu of Mimosas, soups, a selection of entrées and an array of magnificent desserts.
  • Champagne and  Sparkling Wines: Keystone Experts introduce guests to champagne and other forms of sparkling wines from around the world at the Keystone Lodge.
  • CMC Culinary Trends Cooking Demo: The demonstration will focus on using Colorado grown and raised products to produce internationally inspired appetizers and entrees  in the Keystone Lodge.
  • Margaritas and Tequilas: Parrot Eyes Restaurant hosts a tasting of top shelf hand crafted tequilas with discussion on their history, finished off with a margarita.
  • Martini Tasting: The Summit Seafood Company invites guests to experience unique martini recipes from their master mixologist.

Reservations for the continuing education courses can be made by calling 970.496.4386. Pricing for each class varies.


Keystone guests are also invited to take part in the Dine out Keystone program, a chance to experience area restaurants at exceptional prices with special offers including:

  • Two for $99 at the Keystone Ranch and Alpenglow Stube
  • A free bottle of wine with the purchase of two adult entrees at Summit Seafood, Bighorn Steakhouse, and Der Fondue Chessel
  • Children six and younger eat free at Der Fondue Chessel, Bighorn Steakhouse, Edgewater Café, and Summit Seafood
  • Children 12 and younger eat free at the Alpenglow Stube, Keystone Ranch, and Ski Tip Lodge

Other participating restaurants include Parrot Eyes, Kickapoo Tavern, Wolf Rock Steakhouse, Inxpot Coffee House, and Tenderfoot Lounge.

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