Tuesday, March 1, 2016

UPDATE: Countdown to the Food & Wine Expo

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 2:44 PM

So disregard all of the parts below where you see the name Adam Gasper. The defending bartender champion de-throned himself before the event could even begin. Here's how:

No longer being attached to the V Bar, he was told by an event organizer that he wouldn't be allowed to compete if he wasn't representing some restaurant or bar. According to that same organizer, he said he would represent Red Gravy. But when they called to confirm that with the eatery, chef Eric Brenner said "I don't know what you're talking about." 

When I spoke with Brenner earlier today, he said Gasper had apparently come in and spoken to his front-house manager asking to represent Red Gravy a little while back, but the answer she gave him was a "no." 

The organizer then felt that Gasper had "misrepresented himself," saying also he hadn't returned calls to answer a request to return the traveling trophy, which goes home with the winner each year to live at their establishment. Gasper has yet to reply to an email I sent him last Friday, and his voice mailbox is full, so I haven’t been able to leave a message there.

I next heard that Gasper has bounced to the Wobbly Olive, so I called owner Sean Fitzgerald to confirm. 

Fitzgerald says they just agreed last night for Gasper to do some guest bartending shifts, possibly a couple nights a week. Wobbly Olive isn't signed up to participate in this year's Expo though, so Fitzgerald knew about none of this other hubbub. What we do know conclusively though, from the Expo organizer, is Gasper's competition spot has been given to Bri Julo from Fujiyama

I also learned that, indeed, the Broadmoor has hosted the event for the last 20 years, but a schedule conflict partly lead to this year's decision to move to the World Arena. The new space will allow for a new layout, in which the chefs and bartender competitors will be on a central stage, around which vendors will circle — which should allow for better spectating of the action. 

Also, Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers has agreed to appear as one of the food judges, along with American Culinary Federation board members Nathan Dirnberger and Sigi Krauss.

——- ORIGINAL POST: MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2:44 P.M. ——

We're down to five days before the 21st annual Food & Wine Expo hosted by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association

The event runs this Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Broadmoor World Arena (moved from the hotel, where it's been held as long as we can remember). 

Tickets will cost you $45 each to sample from more than 70 area outfits, all listed below. But trust us, you can easily consume your money's worth and make quite the meal out of the affair. And likely take a bite or sip from several spots you've never been. 

Between tastings, check out a bartender competition as well as a chef competition. I'll be competing as the media helper with 2South's chef and defending champion Supansa Banker. And Adam Gasper, who recently left the V Bar, will also appear to attempt to hang onto his title

click to enlarge Defending chef champion Supansa Banker of 2South, showing off a pizza recipe that she contributed to our Dish recipe guide last fall. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Defending chef champion Supansa Banker of 2South, showing off a pizza recipe that she contributed to our Dish recipe guide last fall.
Here's a list of the other chefs and bartenders who've come out to play with fire and hooch this year:

The 2016 Competing Chef/Media Teams:
Corey Hoff - Cowboy Star with Alisha - 95.1 Nash FM
Ian Robertson - 503W with Teresa Farney - The Gazette
Jacob Cheatham - The Blue Star with Tim Collier - 740 KVOR
Mark Henry - Brother Luck Street Eats with guest from KRDO Radio
Steve Roberts - BooDad's Louisiana Cafe with Matt Pauley - Xtra Sports 1300 AM
Crystal Alves - Nosh with guest from KRDO TV
Joshua Davis - Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill with Goose - 92.9 Peak FM
Justin Castor - Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery with Mark Stevens - 98.1 KKFM
Supansa Banker  – defending champ - 2South with Matthew Schniper - The Indy
Tommy Graves – Alchemy with Cliff Cage - 98.9 Magic FM

The 2016 Competing Bartenders:
Andrew Gorham - Johnny Martin's Car Central
Emillio Ortiz - 503 West Open Kitchen + Craft Bar
Steve "Saus" Kander - Brother Luck Street Eats
Sam Landis - Shuga's
Luis "Cheech" Rodriguez - Famous Steak House
Ken Walker - TAPAteria
Kat LaMountain - Sonterra
Mara Pinell - Alchemy
Lead Bartender - Cowboy Star
Adam Gasper – defending champ

Tasting booths: 
3 Hundred Days Distilling
503W
Alchemy
American Chef Federation Pikes Peak Chapter
click to enlarge Defending bartender champion Adam Gasper torching cinnamon for a recipe he contributed to our Dish recipe guide last fall. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Defending bartender champion Adam Gasper torching cinnamon for a recipe he contributed to our Dish recipe guide last fall.

Ameritech Construction
Anheuser Busch
Aspen Pointe Catering
Barista
Bird Dog BBQ
BooDad's Louisiana Cafe
Breakthru Beverage Colorado
Bristol Brewing Company
Brother Luck Street Eats
Colo-Pac Produce, Inc
Colorado Coffee Merchants
Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
Colorado Springs Utilities
Cowboy Star
CRA
Creekside, Manitou and Wild Wood Casino
Cutco Cutlery
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Famous Steak House
Farmer Brothers Coffee Tea Culinary Company
Front Range Equipment
Fujiyama
Garden of the Gods Gourmet
Hotel Elegante
Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna
La Casita Mexican Grill
Marian House
McCabe's Tavern
Meadow Gold Dairy
Momma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen
Nosh
Nothing Bundt Cakes
click to enlarge Chef Nate Dirnberger, now at District 11, plays with liquid nitrogen to make ice cream at 2014's event. Each chef gets to bring a few secret ingredients to add to the provided pantry. - LAURENCE ZANKOWSKI
  • Laurence Zankowski
  • Chef Nate Dirnberger, now at District 11, plays with liquid nitrogen to make ice cream at 2014's event. Each chef gets to bring a few secret ingredients to add to the provided pantry.

Over Easy
Paravicini's Italian Bistro
Partner Colorado CU
Patty Jewett
Peak Place Coffeehouse
Pizzeria Rustica
ProStart
Rasta Pasta
Red Gravy
Renewal by Andersen
Republic National Distributing
RMC
Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill
Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill
Southern Wine
Sysco Foods
Tahoe Kitchen Co.
TAPAteria
Texas T Bone
The Airplane Restaurant
The Blue Star
The Melting Pot
United Restaurant Supply

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