Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fire on the Mountain at Angel Fire, NM

August Festival includes Western Cuisine, Cooking Demos, Wines, Craft Brews and Artisanal Spirits
Photo compliments of Angel Fire Resort
I’m planning my annual road trip to New Mexico. In August I’m headed to the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup where I hope to see some fire on the mountain. Fire on the mountain, Alpen glow or angel fire are all terms that describe the out-of-this-world colors of dancing sunsets on mountain slopes. You know, some people travel to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, but I’m here to tell you that Alpen glow on the mountain is even better. And you don’t have to buy an expensive air ticket.

Angel Fire, New Mexico, was named after the astonishing display of light that can be experienced in the mountains and on the clouds, so that’s the place that’s on my bucket list to view such spectacular light displays. The icing on the cake is that I have planned my trip to coincide with a four-day western-themed food and wine event, sponsored by Texas-based A Bar N Ranch, taking place August 24 – 27, 2017. Famous chefs are coming from all over the country, and winemakers, brewers and distillers will be pouring their best.
Photo compliments of Angel Fire Resort
The mountain festival includes guest chef luncheons, cooking demos by top chefs, Dutch oven cooking demos, Reserve tasting, a Grand tasting, wine seminars, mushroom hunts, guest chef dinners in private residences, silent auction events and artisanal spirits and craft brew tastings. Additionally, the event includes a Boot Scootin’ BBQ and Western Dance at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club, a benefit golf tournament, a Bloody Good Bacon Brunch and Chuck Wagon Breakfast event. I can’t wait!
Chicago’s, Meathead Goldwyn; Texan Cowboy Gourmet Chefs, Tom and Lisa Perini; and Harry Soo, Head Chef at LA-based Slap Yo Daddy BBQ are just a few of the attending chefs who will lead cooking demos.
  • Chef Goldwyn is the founder, barbecue whisperer, and hedonism evangelist behind, one of the world's most popular outdoor cooking websites, and author of the New Your Times Best Seller "Meathead. The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling."
  • Chef Tom Perini and his wife, Lisa are best known for perfecting traditional cowboy cuisine for the past 40 years at Perini Ranch Steakhouse, a gourmet Cowboy restaurant located on the working ranch in Buffalo Gap, Texas.
  • Slap Yo Daddy BBQ is the love child of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters Head Cook Harry Soo. Slap Yo Daddy BBQ, one of the top-ranked Kansas City BBQ Society teams in America, was chosen among over 5,000 professional teams to appear on TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters Season One in 2010.   In the Season Finale, SYD stunned the nation by defeating all the teams in the show including two BBQ World Champions in the winner-take-all Rib Throwdown in Texas.
  • Angel Fire Resort’s head chef from Elements Restaurant Kevin McCaffery will be serving the Boot Scootin’ BBQ and the Bloody Good Bacon Brunch. 
Photo compliments of Angel Fire Resort
Additionally, nationally acclaimed artist, Jennifer Cavan and food writing expert, Cheryl Jamison will be at the four-day event. I have one of Cheryl’s cookbooks in my Arizona kitchen, so I am excited to meet her.
  • Santa Fe-based pastel artist, Jennifer Cavan, has been commissioned to produce an original piece of art for the event which will be auctioned at the Reserve Tasting, with proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish New Mexico and The National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center of Angel Fire.
  • Four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner, Cheryl Alters Jamison is a cookbook author and food journalist and the host of the weekly food radio show “Heating It Up.” She has written about Southwestern cooking for Saveur, Cooking Light, New Mexico Magazine and Bon Appétit. She will emcee cooking demonstrations and sign copies of her cookbooks, including “Smoke and Spice,” "The Border Cookbook,” "The 50th Anniversary Rancho De Chimayó Cookbook,” "American Home Cooking,” and "Tasting New Mexico: Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Distinctive Home Cooking.” 
Photo compliments of Angel Fire Resort
“The Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup showcases our Western hospitality in a beautiful and relaxed mountain environment,” explains Kate Collins, Director, Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup. “This friendly and social celebration is ideal for anyone who appreciates the best in exceptional cuisine, cooking demonstrations from top chefs and wine tastings hosted by professional sommeliers.”
Photo compliments of Angel Fire Resort
Angel Fire, located in the beautiful Moreno Valley in the Southern Rockies of New Mexico, will host the event, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors, features restaurants and world-class winemakers, breweries and distillers. Take your RV, or stay at the hotel where hubby and I will be camped out. Come along it will be good fun and maybe we’ll experience some Fire on the Mountain for another check off the ol’ Bucket List.

Photo compliments of Angel Fire Resort
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Stacey “Vagabonding Lulu” Wittig is a travel writer based near Flagstaff, Arizona. Find more free travel tips by subscribing to this blog.
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