Aspen Food and Wine: Texas Outlaw Party

Harris Polakoff, Dana Vidal, Ryan Spiritas, Liz Whitfield and Steve Spiritas

The Texas Outlaw Party was rowdier than ever and brought one of the biggest crowds to Kenichi Aspen Friday, June 17 during the Food & Wine Classic. Jeffrey and Tara Yarbrough of bigInk and Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616 in Austin brought Texas tastes to a higher elevation when they hosted the eleventh annual Texas Outlaw Party with fellow outlaws from the National Pork Board, Coquerel Family Wine Estates, Tito’s Vodka, Don Q Rum and Shiner Beers.  

Jeffrey Yarbrough and Chef Sara Horowitz

Pork dishes by Charles Clark of Ibiza, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Steve Starns of The Cedars Social, Ed Schmidt of Kenichi and Sara Horowitz of Gourmet BeBe were perfectly paired with wine by Coquerel Family Wine Estates. Celebrity chefs John Besh and Ming Tsai along with TV personality Sissy Biggers sipped hand crafted Tito’s cocktails by Michael Martensen of The Cedars Social and Miguel Vidal of Ranch 616.

Party goers also enjoyed Texas themed Don Q Rum cocktails by Esteban Ordonez while celebrating with Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine in Austin.

If all the pork and booze wasn’t enough for these outlaws, guests left the party with Texas burlap swag bags filled with National Pork Board cowboy hats and bandanas, Tito’s Vodka, marinades from Whole Foods and much more.

John Eason, Carl Russo, Tara Yarbrough, Tom Conte, Yisell Muxo

This annual throw down began in 2001 when Yarbrough ruffled feathers and gathered his outlaws to honor past and present best new chefs from Texas during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.  The Texas Outlaw Party has grown into one of the hottest daytime tickets in town where chefs, wine makers, barmen and restaurateurs throw on their cowboy boots and have a Texas sized party in the heart of downtown Aspen.

Clay and Brenda Cockerell

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