Anderson Ranch joins culinary, art event in Snowmass

Staff report
Christy Rost gives the audience an up-close look at the pan seared Cod with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and lightly sauteed spinach. Christy was a celebrity chef at the Snowmass Culinary and Arts Festival.
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11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Lunch buffet at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Cost: $15 for adults, kids 12 and under eat for free.

12:30-1:45 p.m.: Live art auction at Anderson Ranch Arts Center

1-2 p.m.: Chef Demo: Deconstructing Delicious: What Makes Flavors of Colorado So Fabulous, with Chef Christy Rost

1:30-3 p.m.: Margaritas & Ice Cream Bar at Anderson Ranch Arts Center

2-3 p.m.: Chef Demo: Easy Marinades, Rubs, & Sauces for Outdoor Grilling Fun, with Chef James Mazzio

3-4 p.m.: Wine Seminar: Nicholas Post from the International Wine Guild will discuss the basics of pairing wine and food and provide two examples featuring French regional wines and specialty cheeses.

4-6 p.m.: Palate of Pairings — a feast of 20 small plates prepared by local and regional chefs paired with beer, wines and spirits. Cost: $45.

6-9 p.m.: Snowmass Village Heritage Celebration — Live auction and dinner at the Viceroy Snowmass. This event is presented by the Snowmass Rotary. To buy tickets, call 970-927-9090 or go to

Snowmass Village is the place for art lovers and foodies to be this weekend, with the combination of the Culinary Festival and Anderson Ranch’s annual art auction.

The auction is the ranch’s largest fundraiser of the year and a highlight of the Snowmass summer. More than 200 pieces of art are displayed for sale in a festive community atmosphere with a picnic lunch. All proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The art auction is free to attend. The picnic lunch is $15 for adults and children 12 and younger eat for free. To view the art or to bid online, go to

The fourth annual Culinary Festival started Friday and continues today on the Snowmass Village Mall. Food and libations come together in the Palate of Pairings, featuring 20 small plates prepared by local and regional chefs, paired with beer, wine and spirits.

The festival features demonstrations by chef and host of the PBS “Texas Cooking & Lifestyle” series Christy Rost and local chefs Daniel Forster, of Venga Venga, and James Mazzio, of the Edge Restaurant. Nicholas Post, of the International Wine Guild, will give a seminar on pairing wine and food.

The cooking demonstrations are free. Tickets for the two-hour Palate of Pairings are $45. A $10 discount is available for attendees holding an Anderson Ranch auction paddle. For more information or to purchase tickets for the pairings, visit For more information on the art auction, go to