September 24, 2017

Angel Fire Food & Wine Roundup

By Jo Mixon

August 24-27, 2017

Two of my favorite joys in life… Food & Wine! Angel Fire Resort is inviting all of us to experience lots of both this weekend at the FOOD & WINE ROUNDUP. Starting with a VIP Dinner on Thursday evening, this series of events are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, food in your belly, wine and craft beers to taste and the opportunity to kick up your heels. And it promises to educate you on the “How To’s” of barbecue. There are several cooking demonstrations scheduled where you both learn and eat! These include grilling, dutch oven cooking, a mushroom hunt & lunch demo, and a chuck wagon breakfast. Also included in the weekend events are Wine & Spirits tastings, Reserve Tastings, and a Grand Tasting where it all comes together in one location. Then next weekend you can go back to your own grill equipped to boast a meaner barbecue! Plus you will be better educated as to which wine, beer or spirits to serve with the foods you cook… Winning in all categories!

For the Food and Wine Roundup, the Resort is bringing in guest celebrity chefs from east and west. Kicking it off at 9:30 am on Friday, August 25, is Meathead Goldwyn, author of NY bestseller book, “The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling”. He will demonstrate how to prep meats for the smoker and grill.

I spoke with Meathead last Friday. He shared with me that he has his Master’s in Art & Technology. He considers himself a culinary artist, well versed in the science of what happens when “heat hits meat”. He told me there is a science to the art of grilling and the temporal arts are similar to cooking. “To be an artist you must first be a craftsman but you must understand the science behind it”, said Meathead. He also served as Wine Critic for the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune for many years. He says, “I’ve been eating and drinking all my life!” He is looking forward to his visit to New Mexico to eat an authentic green chile cheeseburger and to check out the art scene in Santa Fe before he heads up the mountain to Angel Fire.

At 11:30 am on Friday morning August 25, after his demonstration Meathead will join celebrity guest chef from California, Harry Soo, famous for “Slap Yo’ Daddy Barbecue”. Together they will slow-cook a barbecue lunch for you to savor on the deck of the Zia Bar, located on the mid-level, in the base area of the Angel Fire Ski Resort, just outside of the Village Haus. Yum!

Following lunch, west coast favorite pit master, Harry Soo will take over, demonstrating how to prepare his favorite cuts of Kyzer Farm prime pork. Enjoy lunch before you learn the art of transitioning from grill to plate!

This is just for starters! There is something happening all day on each of the days. For a more detailed list of the schedule of events they are all listed below. Get your tickets now, they are selling out fast.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – VIP Reception

Friday, August 25, 2017

9:30 am to 11:00 am – Cooking Demo w/ Meathead Goldwyn
11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Wagyu Beef Lunch & Demonstration with Meathead Goldwyn and Harry Soo
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Cooking Demo w/ Harry Soo
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Wine Appreciation Seminar with Irby Wood of Jackson Family Wines guide you through the wonderful world of wine appreciation. Irby’s aficionado expertise will help you learn to identify and enjoy the subtle complexities of world-class wines.
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Spirits Appreciation Seminar with distillers like Angel Fire Vodka, Santa Fe Spirits, and Broken Trail Spirits as you sip, savor and enjoy in the secrets of their craft that have put them on the artisanal spirits map!
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction
Beautiful views, western hospitality, art, spirits, craft brews, and fine wine. Drink it all up for a good cause at the Roundup’s Silent Auction benefiting National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center and the Make-a-Wish New Mexico.

At the Silent Auction you can bid on Jennifer Cavan’s “A Little Piece of Paradise”

7:00 am to 9:30 pm – Hensel Private Residence Dinner/ Rush Private Residence Dinner

Roundup is delighted to welcome husband-and-wife Chef team Jen and Evan Doughty of Santa Fe’s historic Palace Restaurant and Saloon. Chef Evan will be at the Hensel home and Chef Jen will be at the Rush home. Both chefs will be working with A Bar N Ranch’s wagyu beef and Kyzer Farm pork in their respective menus. The evening will commence with cocktails on the veranda or garden followed by specially selected fine wines to compliment the duo’s incomparable culinary creations.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

8:30 am to 2:00 pm- Bulls n Broncs Charity Golf Tournament
Golf and drink complementary craft beers while supporting the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center and Make-a-Wish New Mexico. Shotgun start at 8:30 am with teams of 4. Don’t have a team, no problem, we will find one for you.
8:30 am to 10:00 am – Chuck Wagon Breakfast
Roland and Sandra Saul, part time residents of Angel Fire from Hereford, Tx, will prepare breakfast on their Studebaker Chuck Wagon. Enjoy the crisp morning mountain air and sumptuous smells and tastes of a hearty breakfast from the masters of rustic chuck wagon cooking at Frontier Park.
8:30 am to 1:00 pm Mushroom Hunt & Lunch Demo
Explore the mountains while you forage for mushrooms alongside Chef Tom Bowles who owned the Roasted Clove in Angel Fire, several years ago. Joining Tom will be Cheryl Jamison, a celebrated New Mexico foodie and cookbook author. They will prepare special dishes for lunch featuring the very mushrooms you harvested.
10:30 am to 12:00 pm – Dutch Oven Cooking Demo
Join Angel Fire’s own Kent Smith and Mike Gilcrease for a refresher on how to cook, clean and take care of your beloved Dutch oven, and of course, taste some of their incredible wild game recipes. Take home a complimentary copy of their cookbook full of Southwest recipes at the end of the class!
11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Craft Beers Seminar & Lunch
Spend a few hours on Saturday sipping an assortment of beers produced by the finest brewmasters in New Mexico. From the lightest ales to full bodied Porters and Belgian Sours, there will be something for every palate. Once you’ve wet your whistle, dig into a delicious pub fare lunch.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -Roundup Grand Tasting
Have a “Good Ol’ Time” and enjoy all of what our sponsors, wineries, distillers, brew masters, vendors, chefs, artist, authors all have to offer you all under tents at the Angel Fire Resort Park. Enjoy unique tastes from A Bar N Wagyu Beef green chile cheeseburger mini sliders, Kyzer FarmPork Ribs to world class fine wines, spirits, brews and everything in between. Yee Ha!
6:30 pm to 11:00 pm – Boots, Boogie & BBQ
As the sun sets on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, head over to the Angel Fire Country Club for Chef Kevin McCaffery’s refined take on classic BBQ mains and sides. Then kick up your heels and two-step to live music under the clear night skies of Angel Fire!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

11:00 am to 2:00 pm – Bloody Good Bacon Brunch

Not to be missed! Choose your own adventure at this Sunday Brunch special feature with either Angel Fire Vodka’s “Build it Yourself” Bloody Mary bar or specially-concocted Bloody Marys, all with handcrafted ingredients and garnishes from Chef Kevin McCaffery and Kyzer Farm bacon. Don’t fear if Marys aren’t your style-there’ll be plenty more to imbibe, not to mention a decadent breakfast buffet of Western favorites.

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