Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest returns to Hotel Colorado |

Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest returns to Hotel Colorado

One of the highlights of the 15th annual Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest was a cooking demonstration from chefs from 6th Street Bar and Grill, who made fajitas from a family recipe dating back to the 1600s. Attendees who watched the demonstration were able to sample the fajitas at the end.
Jessica Cabe / Post Independent file |

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Who: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

What: Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest

When: 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17

Where: Hotel Colorado

How much: $35 per person or $60 per couple for Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts members, or $50 per person for non-members


2 Rivers Winery

Baroness Wines

Canyon Wind Wine

Classic Wines

Constellation Brands

CTS Wines

Gran Vin

Il Castagno Wines

Pioneer Wines and Spirits

Republic National Distributing Company

Roaring Fork Liquors

Southern Wine and Spirits

Summit Distributing


Avery Brewery

Bonfire Brewery

Boulder Beer

Deschutes Brewery

New Belgium Brewery

Odell’s Brewing

Roaring Fork Brewery

Ska Brewing

Snow Cap Ciders from Cedaredge


Big Daddy’s

Chang Thai

Hotel Colorado

The Lost Cajun

May Palace

New Castle Diner

The Pullman

Riviera Supper Club


Sweet Coloradough

Taipei Tokyo

Uncle Pizza



Alpine Bank

Roaring Fork Liquors

Post Independent

Coldwell Banker Mason & Morse

BIghorn Toyota

Professional Auto Body

Balcomb and Green, PC

Bethel Party Rentals

ANB Bank

Berthod Motors Inc.

Bank of Colorado

Desktop Consulting

Glenwood Springs Ford

Glenwood Hot Springs

Glenwood Insurance Agency

Hays, Maggart, and Hood P.C

Hepworth-Pawlak Geotechnical, Inc

Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse

Liston Home and Land Design

Matthew Goodstien, MD

S2M Construction Company, Inc

Kaup Engineering Inc.

Murray Dental Group

NAPA Auto Parts

Fairfield Mortgage

Oddo Engineering

For the 16th year, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is pulling together the best food, wine and beer vendors in the name of raising money for its art operations.

The 16th annual Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest features 13 vintners, nine brewers and 13 restaurants; a cooking demonstration; a huge silent auction; and live entertainment from Brad Vierheller and Vid Weatherwax. And for the first time in three years, it’s all happening at the historic Hotel Colorado.

“We’re just really impressed with their staff and the incredible changes they’ve made to become a community asset,” said Christina Brusig, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. “They really support the arts.”

Brusig said the wine and brewfest is returning to the Hotel Colorado after three years at the Ramada Inn because the price was right, and the staff is easy to work with. She said her time working with the Ramada was productive and supportive as well, but they decided to change it up this year.

The event will take up both the Colorado and Devereux rooms, each of which will have live music. In the Devereux Room will be pianist Brad Vierheller, who performs a wide variety of jazz, ragtime, classical and easy listening music. In the Colorado Room will be Vid Weatherwax, who is known for a wide repertoire of jazz, blues and R&B.

You won’t just get the opportunity to taste great food, though; you’ll also be able to see how it’s made. Sweet Coloradough will be doing a massive doughnut demonstration topped with a special sauce and bananas foster creme brulee.

“It’ll be really exciting to watch,” Brusig said.

And, finally, to top off the evening of fun is a silent auction with dozens of items. Everything from beverages to ski and golf passes to hotel stays to museum tickets to fine artwork will be available to bid on.

“We have something for everyone,” Brusig said. “There’s a wide variety of offerings, from rounds of golf to Disney on Ice tickets.”

Ticket and silent auction sales at the wine and brewfest generally raise about $20,000 for the Center for the Arts, Brusig said. This year, their goal is $30,000.

“We’re coining this as the part of something good,” Brusig said of the event. “It’s not only a good time, but it’s for a really good cause.”

The Center for the Arts offers kids and adult classes in various visual and performing art disciplines, and it also coordinates with local schools, houses a handmade arts and crafts gift shop, hosts gallery exhibits and organizes public art installations to create a community with art for everyone.

Brusig said she almost can’t believe it’s already been 15 years of the wine and brewfest.

“I think that really says something about the impact this event has,” she said.

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