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2020 Festival Schedule

Thursday, October 1

5:00 PM – The 100-Foot Journey Movie Screening Chief Theater 

Kick off a remarkable weekend in Steamboat Springs at the Chief Theater with a showing of The 100-Foot Journey. This 2014 American comedy-drama tells the story of a chef and his family who leave India to open an eatery in the South of France where they clash with the haughty restaurateur across the street. Enjoy fantastic wines and small bites prepared by Chef Biju Thomas of Biju’s Little Curry Shop in Denver.

6:00 PM – Burgers & Barolo Alpine Mountain Ranch 

Join us for an authentically Steamboat style event at the Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club Owners’ barn. Featuring gourmet burgers prepared by Texas Industry Chef of the Year Chef Luke Rogers paired with Denver Winemaker Jon Schlegel’s Barolo and Barbaresco, for a taste of Piedmont in the Rocky Mountains. Dinner will be served in an unparalleled indoor/outdoor setting and the evening will culminate fireside with a lux after dinner drink.

6:00 PM – Jackson Family Wine & Caviar Dinner STARS Ranch

We are so pleased to kick off the weekend with a wine dinner from Jackson Family Wines. A family owned and family run winery since 1974, Jackson Family features 6 distinct wineries with their own unique style driven by the terroir of the vineyards. We are thrilled to feature wines from Mt. Brave, Galerie, Stonestreet and Gran Moraine along with caviar from Black River Canyon. Like extraordinary wine, good caviar delivers a dozen distinct flavors. The taste begins clean and lightly salty like the sea but with the popping of each egg you’ll realize a new flavor. Black River Caviar produces the finest, sustainably harvested Russian sturgeon. You’ll love hearing about the innovation of this family owned business out of Uruguay almost as much as you’ll love the taste. The wines and caviar are only the start to this culinary experience, a 6 course dinner will leave you truly inspired.

8:00 PM – The 100-Foot Journey Movie Screening Chief Theater 

Kick off a remarkable weekend in Steamboat Springs at the Chief Theater with a showing of The 100-Foot Journey. This 2014 American comedy-drama tells the story of a chef and his family who leave India to open an eatery in the South of France where they clash with the haughty restaurateur across the street. Enjoy fantastic wines and desserts.

Friday, October 2

11:00 AM – Wines 101 with Erik Segelbaum – Jace Romick Gallery

Wine 101 is an enjoyable interactive workshop designed to boost the wine IQ of both novices and seasoned aficionados. You will cover the fundamentals of wine, explore how taste works and how the differences among a range of varietals and wine-making regions are reflected on the palate. A guided sampling of wines from around the world offers the perfect chance to sharpen your tasting abilities. He also offers tips on navigating restaurant wine lists, tackling food and wine pairings, and more useful topics for wine lovers. 

12:00 PM – The Art of Ramen – Joki, Yampa Street

An aromatic noodle soup with over 40 ingredients, ramen is not fast food; it is an art form. Join Chef Eric Gordan at local hot spot Joki in this informative cooking demo and learn the intricate flavor profiles and ingredients that make up this delightful dish. Small bites will be served. 

1:30 PM – What’s your FAVORITA? With Jon Schlegel – Gondola Square Demo Tent

Let’s talk the OTHER WHITE wines of Piedmont Italy. Join Jon Schlegel, Wine Maker and Founder of Attimo Wines for a special tasting of Favorita from Attimo, an indigenous blend from the Lange area that’s small in production but lasting and large in flavor; Roero ARNEIS from Attimo, the Sauvignon Blanc of Piedmont, this citrus and creamy white will rock your tongue the minute it hits; and Nascetta from Diego Conterno, the local’s white wine. Think fresh cut lawn and cantaloupe.

2:00 PM – Spanish Wines with Beth Gruitch – Jace Romick Gallery 

Spain has over 1.2 million hectares planted, making it the most widely planted wine-producing nation in the world (although it is the 3rd largest producer or wine behind Italy and France).  Spanish varieties including Rioja, Garnacha and Tempranillo have brought Spain to the limelight – learn more about these and other Spanish wines during this tasting. 

3:00 PM – Olive Oil: The Green Heartbeat – Gondola Square Demo Tent

Real Olive Oil is the “Green Heartbeat” of the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. Some say when you grow up with olive oil from your home region it becomes a part of you, it’s in your blood. We know it creates a connection with the cuisines and cultures of the Mediterranean like no other food product. The differences in styles and flavors are incredible and it could not be easier to use. We look forward to having you join us at this experience with some of our favorite wines.

4:00 PM – Mastering the Cool Art of the Frozen Cocktail – Truffle Pig Restaurant

Join notable Mixologist Mark Sanford in a fun and interactive seminar to learn the nuances of blending the perfect frozen cocktail.

5:00 PM – First Friday Art Walk Downtown Steamboat

6:00 PM – Chef Wine Dinners Locations Vary

Dinner with Chef Alex Seidel, Chef Daniel Asher, Kevin Nashan, and Chef Kent Hall
Alpine Mountain Ranch

Join James Beard Award-Wining Chefs Alex Seidel and Kevin Nashan along with Boulder Chef Daniel Asher and Steamboat’s own Chef Kent Hall for a monumental multicourse dinner with cocktails and wine pairings. The evening takes place at a venue as equally impressive: Alpine Mountain Ranch, a stunning 1,216 acre private development and active ranch on historic land just 5 minutes from downtown.

Dinner with Chef Kelly Whitaker, Chef Paul Reilly, and Chef Taj Cook
Yampa Valley Kitchen

The Yampa Valley is thrilled to have Chef Kelly Whitaker and Chef Taj Cooke join us for their 2nd year at Steamboat Food & Wine Festival; and this year Chef Paul Reilly of Denver’s Beast + Bottle fame joins in! Hosted by local talent Chef Joe Campbell, enjoy an evening of beautifully balanced courses at local celebrity restaurateur, Hannah Hopkin’s newest venture, Yampa Valley Kitchen. Wines will be paired with each course.

Dinner with Chef Dana Rodriguez, Chef Jeff Osaka, Chef Nick Winden and Chef Eric Skokan
Jace Romnick Gallery

Join Chef Dana Rodriguez, Chef Jeff Osaka, Chef Eric Skokan and beloved local Chef Nick Winden of Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails for a dinner at retired rodeo pro Jace Romick’s contemporary western art gallery. With an emphasis on organic farming and butchery, be assured each course will be as fresh and close to the earth as possible. Wines to be paired with every course.

Dinner with Lon Symensma, Chef Patrick Ayers, and Chef Paul Anders

Currently a semi-finalist for a 2020 James Beard Award in the “Best Chef – Mountain” category, this multi-course gastronomic delight with Denver Chef Caroline Glover will be a night to remember. She is joined by Vail Colorado’s oh-so-talented Chef Paul Anders and Chef Patrick Ayres (formerly of Candless in Seattle) at the new STARS Ranch just outside of downtown. Wines to be paired with every course.


Saturday, October 3

11:00 AM – From Earth to Grape: Sustainable Winemaking – Seminar – Jace Romick Gallery

While nearly 100% of New Zealand vineyards are certified sustainable, it’s a relatively new topic in domestic wine making. What does sustainable winemaking mean? How does it benefit the climate and soil, and enhance the profile of the varietals once in the bottle? Join Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman in this informative discussion about the future of vineyards and wine making.

11:00 AM – 2:00pm –  Grand Tasting – Base of Steamboat Ski Resort – Gondola Square (SOLD OUT)

In a spectacular mountainside setting, enjoy the morning edition of the Grand Tasting. Our Festival chefs and local culinary talent alike will be featuring brunch favorites like peppered bacon and savory brioche, along with a wide variety of beer, wine and spirits. While tasting your way through the festival be sure to stop and engage in one of the culinary demonstrations in the nearby demo tent. Space is limited for this exclusive brunch tasting experience.


All demos are free. Space is limited. Reservations recommended. Opening will be filled on-site first come, first serve.

10:30 AM –  Rooted in the Community Gondola Square Demo Tent

Hosted by Alpine Bank, Steamboat Winery and Community Agriculture Alliance will lead an intimate and engaging conversation about the economic impact of sourcing/purchasing locally.

12:00 PM –  Dona Loca Tequila & Mezcal Tasting Gondola Square Demo Tent

Join us as we explore the world of agave spirits, focusing on the mezcals and tequilas of Doña Loca with Chad Michael George. Be some of the first to try this line up of agave spirits before they are available to the public. We will discuss the production methods and break down tasting profiles for three tequilas and three mezcals which compose the Doña Loca portfolio.

1:15 PM –  Protector of the Peat Gondola Square Demo Tent

Savor the flavors of two iconic Islay Whiskies, Bowmore and Laphroaig. Experience the balanced nature of Bowmore with medium peat smoke, honey, and heather as well as the bold peat and sea salt finish of Laphroaig. This flight will be an Islay whisky lover’s dream tour.

12:00 PM – Whiskey Tasting & Distillery Tour – Seminar – Steamboat Whiskey Company, Lincoln Ave.

Come taste the spirits of the ‘Boat! Join the talented team at Steamboat Whiskey Company and try one or all of our signature line of award winning spirits. We will talk about the nuances of each spirit and provide a tour for those interested in a “behind the scenes” look. Stay afterwards for a cocktail or order charcuterie platter to kick off your lunch appetite.

12:45 PM – Master Class: Wine Terroirs of Oregon – Seminar – Jace Romick Gallery

In winemaking, location is the key ingredient in bringing out authentic characteristics of the soil, climate, temperature, and the uniqueness of local growers and winemakers. Join Director of Fine Wine & Master Sommelier at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Colorado, Sean Razee, for a wine tasting focusing on varietals from Oregon’s wine-country sub-regions, showcasing a diverse array of unique styles and flavors produced throughout the state.

1:00 PM – Bitters: What Are They & How Do You Make Them? – Seminar – The Truffle Pig

Bitters are a flavored botanic used to give your cocktail a hint of flavor. Bitters could be the difference between an okay cocktail and a great cocktail. Join Mark Sanford while he gives a brief history on bitters, and how to make them at home, all while enjoying cocktails with aromatic botanics.

3:00 PM – The Perfect Old Fashioned – Seminar – The Truffle Pig Restaurant

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Grand Tasting Base of Steamboat Ski Resort – Gondola Square (SOLD OUT)

In a spectacular mountainside setting, enjoy an extended happy hour at the Grand Tasting. You will experience a new collection of chefs from our morning Grand Tasting (11am – 2pm) and enjoy foods typically consumed in an apres setting, along with a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits. Attend one of the culinary demonstrations in the nearby demo tent throughout the entire Grand Tasting. Space is limited for this exclusive tasting experience.


All demos are free. Space is limited. Reservations recommended. Opening will be filled on-site first come, first serve.

4:00 PM –  Ask Me Anything with Erik Segelbaum Gondola Square Demo Tent

Now is your chance to ask a professional sommelier anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about wine. No question too easy or too hard! What is natural wine? What makes a wine buttery? What wine is the best value?


5:30 PM –  Grain Brains Gondola Square Demo Tent

Grains, such as Wheat, Corn, and Rice, make up a foundation of all of our diets, yet are still mostly misunderstood and underappreciated. Join Chef Kelly Whitaker of The Wolf’s Tailor and Head Miller Colton Steiner of Dry Storage as they discuss the power of sourcing, growing, and milling your own grains. They will discuss the practices they’re following to improve their own grains, demonstrate how to mill your own flour, and suggest ways to improve your grains and flour.


Sunday, October 4

11:00 AM – Sunday Brunch Yampa Street – Downtown Steamboat (SOLD OUT)

The best way to recap a memorable weekend and share stories from the night before… Brunch! Enjoy Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and other Sunday libations as well as your favorite brunch staples provided by Steamboat’s best – all served family-style down the middle of Yampa Street. This beautiful and fun Sunday morning event concludes the 2020 Steamboat Food & Wine Festival!

Do More. See More.

There’s more to do and see while you’re at the Steamboat Food & Wine Festival! These sanctioned events are not part of the official Steamboat Food & Wine Festival, however they are wonderful additions to the weekend.

Steamboat Restaurant Week September 25-October 4

This year Main Street is partnering with the Steamboat Springs Restaurant Association’s initiative called Dine Out to Help Out. We all love our restaurants here in Steamboat Springs and want to support them through these difficult times. Reservations are a required this year!

Participating restaurants include:

Epic Party at Corner Slice   Saturday, October 3rd • Private Dinner 

Enjoy live music and a private four-course dinner paired with wine.  Featuring Epic Charcuterie Board by Laura, Seasonal appetizer by Attimo Chef Dev, Veal Marsala with Funghi, and dessert by a local pastry shop. Wine by Attimo!

Time: Arrive between 6:30-7:30. Seated for dinner at 7:30 for 1st course.
Cost: $125/ticket – includes 4 course meal + wine

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