Devil’s Thumb Ranch and top Denver chefs reunite for a cause
TABERNASH — Showcasing creative ingenuity that spans from ranch raised purebred Colorado Wagyu beef to foraged, cured and pickled foods onto house made charcuterie and Sheepskyr Sorbet, the 4th annual James Beard Foundation Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 20, will tantalize palates while also lending a helping hand to aspiring chefs.
A fundraising benefit for the James Beard Foundation and its scholarship program, guests will be treated to an elevated evening of culinary camaraderie as seven award-winning chefs from Denver and Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa work together to mastermind one of the year’s most awaited dinners. Each Chef brings a storied background of talent, expertise and most importantly, passion, for what they do, which they share with guests throughout the evening. This year’s reunion of chefs and their signature dishes for the JBF dinner include:
Alex Seidel, Fruition: 2010 Best New Chefs in America (Food & Wine), as well as top chef and restaurant honors from Gourmet, The New York Times and Travel + Leisure, to name a few.
Justin Brunson, Old Major, Best Chefs America, 2013: Exceptional Newcomer Signature Dish Award, Colorado Restaurant Association, 2013; Best New Restaurant & Top of the Town, 5280, 2008-2009; Specialty Chef of the Year, 2009; Westword’s Best of Denver Awards, 2011-2012.
Brandon Foster, Vesta Dipping Grill: “Best of Denver” honors as a place for a first date and beyond and highly regarded and active partner in culinary fundraisers including 50 Top Denver, Plates for the Peak, and Denver Harvest Week, to name a few. Wine Spectator Awards several years running.
Paul Reilly, Beast + Bottle: Denver’s highly regarded restaurant newcomer, opened in spring 2013; Winner of prestigious Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant (given to 8 chefs from around the world), former chef/owner of Encore Restaurant in Denver, where he was selected to be one of the Denver FIVE for James Beard House dinner in NYC.
Jeff Osaka, Osaka Ramen: 2014 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southwest semifinalist; 5280 Best 25 Restaurants; Top Denver dining spots — American Way, Denver Post, Westword, StarChefs.com.
Evan Treadwell, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa: Central Coast Magazine’s Iron Chef Award, 2008; Sante’s Culinary Award for “Innovative Regional Cuisine,” 2007, former Executive Chef, AAA Four Diamond Dolphin Bay Resort in Calif., numerous local awards for best places to dine (Devil’s Thumb Ranch) including Wine Spectator Awards, 2010-2015.
Natalie Basarov, Pastry Chef, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.
The event starts at 6 p.m. Cost is a donation of $200 to the James Beard Foundation or $150 for JBF members. Advanced reservations required. Call 970-726-7002, ext. 169 or go online to eventbrite.com (James Beard Foundation Dinner, Tabernash, Colo.). Special JBF guest lodging rates starting at $129/night are also available.
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