Grand Tasting


Grand Tasting

Saturday, September 10, 2016
On the grounds of the Pepsi Center, 7th & Auraria Parkway

General Admission: $125, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
First Tasting: $165, Early Admission, Noon to 4:00 PM
VIP Tasting/Lounge: $250, Early Admission, Noon to 4:00 PM

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Grand Tasting

The Festival 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 and spirits. Additionally, the DF+WF event will feature a 5280 VIP Lounge where specialty wines selected by Southern Wine & Spirits Master Sommeliers will be paired with tastes 10 upscale restaurants paired, Wolf Specialty Appliance Culinary Stage demonstrations by celebrity award-winning Chefs, and silent auction.
All Festival attendees will receive a Riedel Wine glass to take home.
Grand Tasting Event Features
Heaven Hill Bourbon + Bluegrass Lounge
The French Connection with ST-GERMAIN® Vive l’aperitif and GREY GOOSE Boulangerie Bleue transporting you to the French Riviera
Weber Mobile Grill Academy sponsored by Kenwood Vineyards – Weber Grill Specialists providing interactive “best techniques” to grill pizza
Wolf Specialty Appliance Culinary Stage
Giorgio RapicavoliChef/Owner Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House, Bravo’s Chopped winner, Forbes’s “30 Under 30” for food, James Beard Rising Star Semifinalist
Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli was the first Miami winner of Food Network’s Chopped. He used the momentum of his win to open a pop-up restaurant on Ponce named Eating House. The concept was so successful that Rapicavoli ended up taking over the space and turning Eating House into a permanent fixture. Recently named on of Forbes’ Top 30 under 30 for Food & Wine, the mouthy chef known for his spot-on flavors, snark, and swagger shows no signs of slowing down
Jay FletcherJay Fletcher, MS
Executive Director of Fine Wine, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Colorado

Jay Fletcher, Master Sommelier, is the Executive Director of Fine Wine for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Colorado. Jay is Chairman Emeritus for the board of directors of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas and currently serves as a Master Level examiner for the organization. He specializes in the wine and hospitality industry, focusing on sales and service. He lives in Aspen Colorado with his wife Lynn and enjoys the high altitude lifestyle.
Lynn HouseLynn House, National Brand Educator, Heaven Hill Brands
Lynn House is the National Brand Educator for Heaven Hill Brands. With twenty-five years in the hospitality industry, she was the Chief Mixologist at Blackbird, Graham Elliot and The Drawing Room in Chicago. In 2012, she was the winner of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America’s “Call for the Cocktails” Competition.
Chef Daniel Asher, River and Woods
Grand Tasting Restaurants
Ameristar Resort & Casino
Bistro Colorado
Carbon Café & Bar
Colorado ProStart
Colorado Western University
Degree Restaurant
Del Friscos Grille
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Jill’s Restaurant
Jim N’ Nicks BBQ
La Patisserie Francaise
Lavazza/Italco Foods
5280 VIP Lounge Featured Restaurants:
5280Veranda BlueRiedel
Il Porcellino Salumi
Milk & Cake
North Italia
Ristorante del Lago
The Palm
Williams & Graham

All tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.
Must be 21 years of old or order to attend all Festival events, no exceptions.
ID’s must be presented before entering all events.
No pets except for Service dogs with the right credentials.
Smoking is not permitted at the Festival.

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Ticket Level

General Admission, First Tasting, VIP Lounge