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Contest: Win VIP Tickets to Uncorked Kitchen’s Fall Festival

Contest: Win VIP Tickets to Uncorked Kitchen’s Fall Festival
I am not a good cook. I watch a lot of cooking shows on the Food Network but it somehow has not transferred into real skills in the kitchen because believe me, I can burn toast in the toaster. Everything tastes a bit better with “Cajun spice” – which is what I call burnt bits, right? It has been a long-standing joke in my family that I can only cook if it is boxed, bagged or frozen. I also believe that a can of cream of mushroom soup is the magic sauce that makes all casseroles great.
So it is with that background a bit of trepidation that I went to a special bloggers night at Uncorked Kitchen (8171 South Chester Street, Suite A, Centennial, CO 80112) near Park Meadows. The menu that I would attempt to cook? Arancini (fried rice balls), Chipotle Aioli, Bacon Wrapped Filet, Red Pepper and Crab Veloute Sauce, and Chocolate Truffle Cake. Yah Right! (But the view could probably make anything taste great).
The owner, Eric Robbins taught our class. He was both informative and encouraging, making me actually believe that I may be able to cook something. His patience at my incessant talking and questions was remarkable (and he kept the group on task – finishing the meal). The high-brow menu didn’t actually feel so daunting. It was simple as Eric explainined each step and gave tips along the way. He weaved in stories of his personal background and how Uncorked Kitchen happened.
I learned tips that I really can use at home like how to hold a knife (pinch the blade between your forefinger and thumb – wrap the rest of your fingers around the handle), how to tie twine (double loop) so that it stays around the bacon-wrapped fillet without needing to borrow my daughter’s finger to hold down the first tie, and take my time pouring oil into the food processor so the eggs and oil emulsify (fancy word that I can use now). I actually cooked a dinner! If you take a class, you also get the recipes so that you can try to cook it at home. (I haven’t tried this yet). I was pleased to bring home leftovers to prove to my kids that I really can cook.


Uncorked Kitchen is having their First Annual Fall Festival October 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include live music, food & spirits samples (I promise I’m not the one cooking anything), pumpkin decorating table for the kids, savings on event registrations, hands-on demos (maybe they’ll teach you to hold a knife or tie twine?). Even cooler, there is a ticketed VIP event from 6 p.m to 8 p.m where you will get to try hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and watch the chefs of Uncorked Kitchen in a Chef Showdown Competition where you can try their creations. Tickets are available at  


The Fall Festival is FREE but Mile High Mamas is giving away two free tickets for a fantastic date at their VIP event on October 15, 2016. You may enter as many as five times!

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