FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JANUARY 9, 2009
For further information, contact Kris Oyler, Steamworks Brewing Co., 970.375.9686, or Carrie Wunsch, Culinary School of the Rockies, 303.579.8198
DURANGO, Colo. – The increasing popularity of pairing fine food with craft beer has caught the attention of the prestigious James Beard Foundation in New York City. As a result, Steamworks Brewing Co. has been invited to bring its award-winning beers to the James Beard House on March 6, 2009, as part of the Foundation’s event program designed to educate, inspire, entertain and foster an appreciation of American cuisine.
Adam Dulye, chef instructor of the Culinary School of the Rockies, will be joined by Steamworks’ Co-Founder Kris Oyler, in hosting a Flavors of Colorado dinner featuring local Colorado foods paired with Steamworks’ beers. Steamworks is the first Colorado brewery to be featured at the James Beard House.
“This is a tremendous honor for Steamworks, Durango and Colorado in general,” said Oyler. “There will be a few wines included in the multi-course meal, but Steamworks is the only brewery represented. It will be a unique opportunity for Foundation members and visitors to compare craft beer and wine paired with various Colorado foods.”
Colorado is the country’s largest beer producing state and boasts 106 craft breweries, more than any another state per capita. The breweries range from large packaging breweries to tiny western slope brewpubs and the beers they produce are incredibly diverse. Water is the key ingredient in beer, and first use water Colorado water is ideal for craft brewers.
Dulye and his team of chefs will prepare an extensive menu featuring ingredients raised, grown or harvested in Colorado, all of which will be shipped to New York for the event.
“It’s a tribute to Colorado to be able to highlight what the state has to offer from grass fed beef, to organic greens and craft beer. Having the stage of the James Beard House to feature the bounty of Colorado is a true honor,” said Dulye.
Colorado Product and Companies
Steamworks Brewing Company – Durango
Terrior Creek Winery – Panonia
Desert Sun Coffee Roasters – Durango
Anne Cure Farms – Boulder
Abbondanza Farms – Longmont
Hazel Dell Mushrooms – Fort Collins
Monroe Farms – Niwot
First Fruits – Grand Junction
Foxfire Farms - Ignacio
River Ranches – Yampa Valley
High Wire Ranch – Buena Vista
Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy – Longmont
Spring Creek Farms – Greeley
Udi’s Bakery – Boulder
Long Family Farms – Eaton
Colorado Striped Bass – San Luis Valley
“Adam was invited to cook at the Beard House, and it was his idea to involve all Colorado products, including Steamworks beer,” said Oyler. “Adam and I have worked together on a number of occasions, creating dinners at Manor Vail and at Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder.”
The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to celebrate, preserve and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of culinary excellence. The James Beard House is located at 167 West 12th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. Tickets for the event are available by calling 212.627.2308 or on line, at www.jamesbeard.org.
Culinary School of the Rockies, nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), is located at 637 South Broadway, Suite H, Boulder, Colo. (303.494.7988), and offers professional programs year-round. For further information, visit www.culinaryschoolrockies.com.
Steamworks Brewing Co. – Durango’s “2005 Business of the Year” – is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango, Colo. (970.259.9200), and 442 Wolverine Drive in Bayfield Center, Bayfield, Colo. (970.884.7837). Both brewpubs are open from 11 a.m., serving lunch and dinner. For further information, visit www.steamworksbrewing.com.
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