Guests at the VIP Luncheon for Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Sprits Adventure, are in for a real treat. Chef Jesper Jonsson has crafted a menu that celebrates the profound influence that the late Master Chef Auguste Escoffier has had on the culinary world.

JesperJonsson1-thumb-565x418Jonsson, a Chef/Educator at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, says his selections reflect “a traditional conjovial lunch prepared with fresh seasonal produce in the spirit of Auguste Escoffier.”

To start, he will tease the palate with an Amuse Bouche of a Charcuterie platter served with house pickles and fresh baguettes. An appetizer of Carpaccio of beef topped with field greens salad dressed with basalmic vinegar, marinated oyster mushrooms and par- mesan shavings will follow.

His entrée is Poulet Chasseur served on a bed of home-made spaetzle sautéed in butter maître d’hotel. The grand finale is Escoffier’s celebrated dessert Peche Melba, which he invented to honor the legendary Australian soprano Nellie Melba.

All of these courses will be paired with wines selected by Chef Jonsson and Wine Country Inn Food and Beverage Manager Jack Ballanger.

Priced at $125 per person, such a menu that includes the wine pairings, is a bargain according to Ballenger. General admis- sion tickets are $75 per person

Although seating for the VIP luncheon is limited, tickets are still available, he says. The luncheon is from 11 am to 1 pm, and the main event, which features food and beverage samples, runs from 1 to 5 pm.

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Inn.

Besides the luncheon and tastings, guest can enjoy culinary demonstrations, live music and a roving magician who will enter- tain during the event. A Silent Auction will offer bidding opportunities items ranging from hot air balloon rides to high end vacation getaways.

Wineries who will be pouring include Stoney Mesa, Graystone, Bearboat, Piper Sonoma, Whitewater Hill, DeBeque Canyon, Varaison, Talon Wine Brands, Gubbini Vineyards, Mesa Park Vineyards, Garfield Estates, Colterris, Carlson Vineyards, Grande River Vineyards and Canyon Wind.

Beer and Spirits vendors are Oskar Blues Brewery, Breckenridge Distillery, Botanist Gin, Coingreau Liquers, Peach Street Dis- tillers, Palisade Brewery/Dirty Hippie Beer, Remy Martin, Rockslide Brewery, Kannah Creek Brewing Co. and Mt. Gay Rum.

Providing food and other samples are the Escoffier School, Enstrom, Famous Dave’s Bar B Que, Gelu Italian Ice, Spoons Bistro & Bakery, Local, Spot Bakery, Willy’s Wild Carvings, Z’s Orchards, Taste of Heaven Catering, Pattie’s Tiny Cakes, Red Rose Café, Blaine’s Tomatoes and Farm, Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes, the Produce Peddler, the Lavender Lady, Tapestry Lounge and Caroline’s.

Edesia is presented by Alpine Bank with Remy Martin. Sponsors include Republic National Distributing Company, the Free Press, KKCO 11 News, GV Magazine, Magic 93.1, the Vault 100.7, Shamrock Foods, FCI Constructors, Peczuh Printing, Wine Coun- try Inn, Grand Events Party Rentals, Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Country Elegance Florist, Eagle River Associates, Suzi Pro- ductions, Uniform Junction, White Tie Entertainment, Farmer Brothers Coffee, Reddy Ice, Your Way Safety & Sign Supply, 72 Degrees, All Season Rentals and Colorado Barrel Designs.