Please join Colorado Dame Lee Clayton Roper for a book signing of her most recent cookbook, Fresh Tastes, on Thursday, April 28th from 4pm to 6pm at The Stationery Company, 2818 East 6th Avenue in Denver. Lee will provide nibbles from her newest book, Fresh Tastes, along with wine.
September 25 – 30, 2016
Group Size: 15 max.
Discover Napa during harvest or ‘crush’ season – the best time of year to visit! This tour is custom-designed to offer the best Napa has to offer. The trip focuses on harvesting of grapes, the art and science of wine making, gourmet California cuisine, the bounty of local seasonal ingredients, cooking with a Napa chef, wine blending, olive oil tasting, picnics, the farm-to-table movement and more! Napa is a bountiful valley and just waiting to be discovered during its harvest season. Important to Pack A Fork! tours is time to unwind and relax. That element is also built into the small group tour!
- Experience guided tours of select Napa Valley estate vineyards and wineries; wine tastings at each
- Learn about viticulture from a wine educator – from ‘vineyard to glass’
- See the ‘crush’ process in action as well as other seasonal winemaking activities
- Taste Napa’s red and white wines – some with food pairings
- Tour the Napa Farmer’s Market and Oxbow Market with a local chef who will introduce us to regional produce, meats, cheeses, oils, vinegars and spices from around the world
- Participate in a hands-on cooking class with our Napa chef using ingredients purchased from the farmer’s markets culminating in our own wine country feast! Learn chef techniques and tips.
- Experience the Carneros Valley with its stunning views, vine-covered hills and cool ocean breezes perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes
- Learn about the process of making award-winning California olive oil from the owner of an olive oil ranch; experience an olive oil tasting you will always remember!
- Learn to blend your own wine with a wine expert in a private wine-blending course
- Enjoy lunch on one of the most beautiful outdoor terraces in Napa while overlooking vineyards
- Picnic on the grounds of a Tuscan winery
- Fall in love with farm-to-table dinners! Experience one you will not forget.
- Discover why so many chefs source from their own farms and culinary gardens; take a tour of a chef’s culinary garden
- Visit a winery that’s as well known for its contemporary art as it is for its exceptional wines
Five nights accommodations at the 5* Senza Hotel
Gourmet meals, food pairings and picnics
Guided, private tours and experiences
Wine tasting fees, taxes and gratuities
A private coach and driver
Airfare and airport transfers
Note: Trip starts in Napa
The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce two winners of the 2016 Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado Chapter Scholarship, at $1,000 each. We had 8 well-qualified applicants, but these two winners stood out in terms of academic performance, financial need, and professional experience.
Sierra Teply: Sierra will be a Senior at the University of Denver in Fall, 2016, majoring in Hospitality Management. Her career goal is to work in the operations department of a hotel and work her way up into a management position. She says “I love being around people and making them smile and what better way than the hospitality industry.” Sierra is from Centennial, CO.
Nicole Audrey Scott: Nicole will be a Sophomore at Johnson & Wales University in Fall, 2016, majoring in Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management. Her career goal is to work in food and beverage departments and become a director for a hotel or country club, where she can apply her creativity. She says, “I want to work in food and beverage departments all around the world, so I can learn about many different cultures.” Nicole is from Colorado Springs, CO.
Angelica Vasquez is a busy mom of three girls and has always loved to cook, a skill she also wants her children to learn. “I think it’s good to know how to cook, but it’s just as important to learn how to cook food that is nutritious,” said Angelica. “My mom died at 58 from cancer so I want my children to know about good nutrition.”
Angelica is one of several students at Community College of Denver (CCD) who has enrolled in a pilot Human Nutrition class, HWE100. This section is unique because students take what they learn about the science of nutrition and put it into practice in a hands-on skills lab.As part of this course, students participate in two nutrition skills labs during the semester where they spend several hours at the Osage Cafe with Colorado Dame and Chef Shellie Kark, learning how to transform a recipe into a tasty, healthy meal. “Anyone can duplicate a recipe,” said Kark. “The goal of this program is to instill students with a skill and hopefully inspire them to want to teach it and share it with someone else.”
The pilot, which rolled out last spring, helps bridge the gap between having vegetables in the fridge and knowing how to prepare them so they taste flavorful. Now the college is preparing to take the pilot across all of CCD’s nutrition classes. You can read the full story here.
Have you always dreamed of a glorious trip spent in Italy, learning to cook like the locals do, while enjoying some of the greatest food, wine, and sights? Each year CO Dame Michele Morris takes a group of guests on a special food and wine adventure to Rome and southern Italy, and this year’s trip will be to join in the fun of the cooking school’s annual birthday celebration at the castle. Spend 11 glorious days and nights in Italy, learning to cook, learning about southern Italian wine, and making new friends! Continue reading →
RD-Culinary Immersion into the Mediterranean Diet of Puglia, Southern Italy Monday Oct 30th – Sunday Nov 6th (6 Nights)
This trip is targeted to today’s leading influencers in food, health and wellness. This group represents a cross section of registered dietitians who specialize in journalism, education, media relations and community activism. Through many different streams of communication, their authoritative voices are sought after in every state and internationally.
Hosted by two award-winning culinary nutritionists Layne Lieberman, MS, RD, CDN and Robyn Webb, MS Continue reading →
Pack A Fork! tours are about a providing cultural immersion through seeing, doing, creating and learning. You will experience new ways to see the world through this multi-faceted approach. Designed for inquisitive travelers, Pack A Fork! provides guests an opportunity to travel and experience a region through its culture and local cuisine.
Our Spain trip is for inquisitive travelers – those who want to satisfy their curiosity through fun, active, immersive experiences. Our two Spanish guides will lead you through this journey having designed this unique trip and traveled in Spain for 35 years. They will provide guided travel where you will become engaged in cultural and culinary experiences specific to the Catalan and Basque regions of Spain. Continue reading →
Colorado Dame Amanda Archibald, RD is partnering with Dame & Chef Elena Clement (LDEI DC chapter) and Roberta Kline, MD (Santa Fe) to produce: Culinary Wellness: The Menu as A Change Agent, Boulder, CO – June 22-24. This visionary event, designed specifically for chefs will enable chefs to understand the exciting worlds of Food As Medicine and Nutrigenomics. Chefs are uniquely positioned to develop recipes and menus with target ingredients that have a profound impact on health at a genetic level. In this experiential workshop, chefs will be exposed to cutting edge nutrition science and genomic medicine. With science as a backdrop, chefs will participate in three culinary labs using strategic ingredients to produce cutting edge recipes and menu concepts. This workshop is design to take wellness via the menu to the new frontier in health and medicine. Visit Amanda’s website for complete details.
Please support LDEI Colorado as we join co-owner Bo Bean for the soft opening. Help the restaurant get ready for their Grand Opening, and spread good karma! Bo has so generously agreed to make their first soft opening night a benefit event for LDEI Colorado’s Scholarship Program. Continue reading →
Being the holiday season, fellow Colorado bloggers Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack (Muy Bueno Cookbook), Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore) and Erin Sellin (Dinners, Dishes and Desserts) wanted to do something to give back. Inspired by the campaigns Toyota and the Food Network to do something nice for others, the bloggers decided to Bake It Forward, preparing cookie recipes special to their own families to give to firefighters in thanks for all they do every day. To spread the word and hopefully inspire others to do that same, they made a video of their experience and are sharing it on their blogs and social media with the hashtag #BakeItForward. Continue reading →