ABOUT CHEF JESPER JONSSON
Chef Jesper Jonsson’s background and training make him a natural leader for the Edesia team of “celebrity chefs,” who will be demonstrating their culinary skills at Edesia in 2015. Before joining the Escoffier educator staff in Boulder, Jonsson was executive chef at Randolphs at Warwick Hotel in Denver. A native of Denmark, Jonsson trained in France at both Universite Paul Valery and Auguste Escoffier. With a solid background in French cuisine, he moved on to cook in Europe, New York and eventually Colorado for Danish diplomats, royalty, heads of state, captains of industry and a variety of film and sports celebrities. His guest lists have included such luminaries as Princesses Stephanie and Caroline of Monaco, Caroline Kennedy, Yoko Ono, Isabella Rossellini, Clint Eastwood, Roger Moore and Greg Norman, to name a few. He comes by his love for Colorado from having lived and worked on the Western Slope in and owned a popular restaurant in Meeker. Chef Jonsson has participated in Edesia for several years.
SOURCE: Wine Country Inn
Wine Country Inn will once again host Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure. It is planned for Sunday, March 29.
Tickets for the VIP Luncheon (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) cost $125 per person; they are limited and will be sold on a first come, first reserved basis (online or at Wine Country Inn). The VIP ticket will admit a guest to the main event as well.
General admission tickets for Edesia, which will be hosted from 1-5 p.m., cost $75 per person. Tickets may be purchased online — www.edesiapalisade.com or www.gvcatalog.com — or at Wine Country Inn.
Edesia benefits Mesa County’s Marillac Clinic, and the event is named for the Roman goddess of fine food and drink.
According to Wine Country Inn, Jesper Jonsson, chef educator at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, will headline the event this year. He will create and prepare the menu for the VIP luncheon, and he will participate in chef demonstrations.
“We are excited to have Chef Jonsson spearhead our culinary activities this year,” said Jack Ballenger, Wine Country Inn’s food and beverage manager. “I think the VIP luncheon will feature high-end, classical French Cuisine. Guests are in for a real treat.”
Joining Jonsson are Josh Niernberg, executive chef and owner of Grand Junction’s Bin 707 Foodbar; Graham Mitchell, executive chef of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder; and Tronette Alexander, Wine Country Inn’s pastry chef.
Wine Country Inn is located at 777 Grande River Dr., in Palisade. Call 970-464-5777 or visit www.coloradowinecountryinn.com for more information.