Yes, the Iron Vintner Challenger is back for the second year. This event takes place at Willows Lodge and is a month-long culinary competition where four local winemakers complete for the title of Iron Vintner. The event concludes with a four-course Championship Winemaker Dinner prepared by Chef Bobby Moore to benefit Little Bit Riding Therapeutic Center.
The competition will be led by Executive Chef Bobby Moore of the Barking Frog restaurant. This year’s competing winemakers are John Bigelow of JM Cellars, Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery, Chris Sparkman of Sparkman Cellars, and Chris Upchurch of Delille Cellars.
During the competition, you will be in the middle watching the winemakers figure out what to do with a box of products picked by Chef Bobby Moore to create and appetizer and an entree that will move them along to the next round. They have 60 minutes to impress a panel of celebrity foodie judges who will sample the competitors’ dishes and select a winner each week based on presentation, flavor and creativity.
The first three rounds are from 5:30-7pm and cost $35 and includes wines from the competitors. The grand finale dinner is $135.
The 2011 Iron Vintner Challenge schedule is as follows:
• June 8, 2011 – Preliminary Round 1 (TBA): Winemaker 1 VS. Winemaker 2
• June 15, 2011 – Preliminary Round 2 (TBA): Winemaker 3 VS. Winemaker 4
• June 22, 2011 – Championship: Winner of Round 1 VS Winner of Round 2
•June 29, 2011 – Championship Dinner at Barking Frog: All participating winemakers attend