Grand Tasting

Grand Tasting

What is it?

The Grand Tasting tents showcase the region’s best flavors and lead guests on a culinary journey through Denver and the region’s dining scene. DF+WF unites the region’s culinary leaders – award & winning chefs, mixologists and wine professionals for exploring and celebrating Colorado’s food and beverage traditions. The all-you-can-indulge layout allows guests to eat, drink, and explore the creations from more than 40 top restaurants and wine and spirit professionals pouring over 700 wines, spirits, and craft beer. Additionally, the DF+WF event will feature the 5280 Home VIP Lounge, with patio furniture on display from Christy Sports. The VIP Lounge will house specialty wines selected by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommeliers and paired with tastes from 12 upscale restaurants. Lastly, the Wolf Sub Zero/Specialty Appliance Culinary Stage will have demonstrations featuring Celebrity Chef Gale Gand, and a silent auction.

If you’re looking to do it all at DF+WF, don’t forget about the Connoisseur VIP Experience Festival Pass, which includes access to:
– VIP Grand Tasting
– Dinner Under the Stars
– ShakeDown
– Riedel Wine Glass Seminar
– Culinary Cinema Series
– and Rise + Dine!

As an added bonus, every ticket holder will receive a Riedel wine glass at the door to take home! VIP attendees will receive a Riedel Magnum Wine Glass, and First Tasting/GA attendees will receive a Riedel Wine Glass.

When and Where is it?

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12 – 4pm
VIP Lounge: 12 – 4:00pm
VIP restaurants w/ wine pairing: 12 – 2:30 pm
General Admission: 1 – 4pm
Pepsi Center – Pepsi Center Grounds

Tickets: General Admission, $125
First Tasting, $165
VIP, $250
Connoisseur VIP Experience Festival Pass, $585

* Must be 21 & over. No children or pets allowed. *

Complimentary Parking for ticket holders at Pepsi Center

Don’t forget about the convenience of taking the RTD Light Rail right to Pepsi Center!

Oriental Rugs furnished by

Culinary Stage Celebrity Chefs

Gale GandGale Gand – Gale Gand is a nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, teacher and television personality. She has received two James Beard Awards, and was inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame. She co-founded and partner in the renowned Chicago restaurant TRU, which has 2 stars from the Michelin Guide.

For 8 years Gale was the host of Sweet Dreams, Food Network’s first program devoted to desserts. Gale continues to appear regularly on television, and has appeared on Top Chef, Iron Chef, Oprah, Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray show, and many others. Gale’s first national television appearance was with Julia Child, in the 1995 PBS series Baking With Julia. Gale is the author of 8 cookbooks, including her latest, Gale Gand’s Lunch!

Gale teaches cooking and baking at cooking schools across the country and the United Kingdom, as well as online at Gale can often be seen cooking at food and wine festivals, on cruises, and at charity events around the world. She also recently developed a Honey Sriracha flavored jerky for Think Jerky. Her artisanal soda pop, Gale Gand’s Root Beer, has been sold nationally for nearly 20 years.

Gale began her career as a musician, then became a silversmith, with a BFA in metalsmithing from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She later attended the La Varenne cooking school in Paris. A wife and mother of three, in her spare time, Gale paints, and has recently taken up the ukulele.

Steven JamisonSteven Jamison – Chef Steve began his career in various restaurants but honed his culinary skill at the famed Walt Disney World’s Culinary Apprenticeship program in Orlando. He has worked in multiple restaurants across the Disney Resort, including fine dining operations at Ariel’s at the Yacht Club Resort, Yachtsman Steakhouse, as well as the Hollywood Brown Derby. He moved to LA and was appointed the youngest Executive Chef of the critically acclaimed Tower Restaurant at the top of the TransAmerica building. He helped transition the restaurant to Window’s Steaks & Martinis at the beginning of the modern steakhouse era. In 2002 Chef Steve returned to Orlando at the Wyndham International where he was named the Executive Chef. He worked as Executive Chef at The Sheraton Downtown Atlanta and in 2011 he shifted his culinary focus to mentoring and developing future chefs and business leaders in the culinary industry. This led to his appointment as the Resort Executive Chef of the Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa in 2012. You can find Chef Steve teaching and mentoring ProStart students in developing passionate culinarians. The Colorado Restaurant Foundation’s ProStart program is a beneficiary of DF+WF.

Spencer WhiteSpencer White – a Colorado native and Chef/Co-Owner of Dio Mio (Denver). Before opening Dio Mio, Spencer worked at other notable Denver restaurants such as The Populist, Lower48, Luca’d Italia, and various Bonanno Concepts’ restaurants. Spencer has been nominated as a finalist in Zagat’s ’30 Under 30′ national list, and was recently awarded one of Denver’s Best Chefs in 5280 Magazine’s ‘Top of the Town 2017 Edition’.

Alex FiguraAlexander Figura – Co-Owner/Chef of Dio Mio (Denver), has spent time in kitchens around the world; 3-star Michelin, Cellar de Can Roca in Spain and Blue hill at Stone Barnes in New York. His love for Italian was discovered and nurtured during his time at Vetri in Philadelphia, considered one of the best Italian restaurants in the country.

Past Snapshots

Participating Restaurants

Bacon Social House
Chocolate Lab Denver
Colorado ProStart
French 75
Habit Doughnut Dispensary
Hard Rock Cafe
Hearth & Dram (VIP)
Hickory & Ash
Jill's Restaurant
Jim N' Nick's BBQ
Lot 14 Bistro
Max's Wine Dive
Milk & Cake
Mizuna (VIP)
Quality Italian
Sol Mexican Cocina
Tap & Burger Sloan's Lake
The Hound
The Nickel (VIP)
The Palm
Weber Grill Academy

* VIP Restaurant