Top Chef & Taste of Telluride: A Benefit for One to One, 8/5 then 8/8!

Top Chef & Taste of Telluride: A Benefit for One to One, 8/5 then 8/8!

The 10th annual Top Chef Competition & Taste of Telluride is a benefit for Telluride’s One to One Mentoring Program. The fundraiser takes place Thursday, August 8, 5:30 – 9 p.m., at The Peaks Resort in Mountain Village. Tickets are $75  for general admission; $85 at the door. Click here or call 970-728-0885. The event is sponsored by Alpine BankThe Peaks Resort and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. 

New  this year. One to One has teamed up with the Telluride Jazz Festival so the event is bigger than ever, featuring a Jazz Fest patron tent, tasting menu, and a performance by one of the weekend’s top bands.

Also new: Twenty(by)Telluride, the One to One Mentoring Edition. That warmup event takes place Monday, August 5, in the bar at the New Sheridan. The collaboration with Telluride Arts follows the format that has made it a popular, creative addition to gatherings like the Telluride AIDS Benefit and Mountainfilm: fun, lively, fast-paced slide presentations that showcase the workings of creative mind. Presenters are allotted exactly 20 slides, shown for exactly 20 seconds each. Each presentation is about six-and-a-half minutes long and there are generally five presenters. At this special edition of Twenty(by)Telluride, mentors will talk about their mentees, how and why they chose this form of community outreach and engagement, what excites them about mentoring, what challenges them.

Bid here in advance for one of the extraordinary auction items and scroll down for details on a few of the experiences on offer. And/or text to give to One to One: 515-346-6646.


The 50-acre, five-star Fairmont St. Andrews, birthplace of Golf in Fife, Scotland.

A VIP Hamilton experience.

World-class fishing in Canada.

Exotic Bali.

An African Safari.

But what could possibly be the nexus of those luxury outings and a young person in need?

Connecting the dots, those are some of the extraordinary auction items featured at the One to One San Miguel Mentoring Program’s Top Chef Competition & Taste of Telluride event. Funds raised through the auction and the food, wine and spirits happening in general go to support at-risk youth in in Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, Naturita, and Nucla.

Research has shown that the single most important factor in a child’s success is his or her connection to a caring adult. One to One pairs young people with mentors who are charged with guiding their social, emotional, and academic development. Drilling down to the mission of the nonprofit: empower youth in San Miguel County to achieve their social, emotional and academic potential through professionally supported mentor relationships.

One to One was formed in 1993 by Telluride locals: John Mansfield and Allen Gerstle.

Mansfield was the Juvenile Diversion Officer and Gerstle was Director of Social Services. In dealing with children and families in crisis, the two saw the need for a mentoring organization in the greater Telluride community. One to One began as a branch of Delta-Montrose Partners and later worked under the umbrella of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of La Plata County. In 1999, the Board of Directors created an independent organization.

Starting with only 35 children, One to One has since served hundreds of youth in San Miguel County through a variety of enrichment programs tailored to address a diverse set of needs, plus offered scholarships.

Telluride’s One to One San Miguel Mentoring Program announces its 10th annual fundraiser, Top Chef & Taste of Telluride. The event takes place Thursday, August 8, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Village.  

Telluride “Top Chef” draws an audience of foodies, wine lovers, locals, second-homeowners, and visitors, who all show up in support of the cause. The evening takes attendees on a culinary tour of the area, focusing on regional wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants, all of whom bring their best game and take pride in presenting their finest selections.

Top Chef/Taste includes live music and an array of bites and specialty drinks from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Watch local chefs in the Top Chef Competition go toe to toe –or toque to toque– in a heated culinary showdown. Watch bartenders make their specialty cocktail creation from a secret basket of ingredients.

Images from the 2018 Top Chef/Taste event to whet the appetite:




All proceeds from the evening benefit One to One San Miguel Mentoring, again, the only nonprofit addressing the needs of at-risk young people in San Miguel County. The goal is to empower, in all good ways, the youth the nonprofit serves.

“One of the most fulfilling commitments I am privileged to enjoy as a member of the Telluride Community is serving as a board member and mentor for the One to One Program. Our Top Chef fundraiser exemplifies what our nonprofit is about – a celebration of creativity, teaching, learning and achievement. We strive daily to empower the youth of our community and make a difference in one another’s lives. The mentors are fortunate enough to benefit as much as the mentees,” said Ana Bowling, also a broker associate at Compass Telluride.

Top Chef, One to One, a few of the spectacular auction items:

Birthplace of Golf Fairmont St.Andrews, Fife, Scotland

The 520-acre, five-star Fairmont St Andrews resort encapsulates luxury, elegance, and truly breathtaking surroundings in St. Andrews, the “Birthplace of Golf.” The lavish and stunning surroundings, peaceful setting, and cliff-top views of St Andrews and the North Sea will keep you dreaming of the Scottish Moors long after you have returned home.

The Fairmont St. Andrews prides itself with an array of fabulous facilities- two championship Golf Courses, The Kittocks and The Torrance – excellent dining experiences for every palette, 209 spacious luxury guest rooms, and the sumptuous Signature Spa, which offers 12 individual treatment rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and relaxation room for guests to unwind after a day of golf or exploring the countryside. Whatever the occasion, the Fairmont St Andrews really is the perfect location to turn a getaway into a treasured memory.

The Fairmont St. Andrews was designated the European Golf Resort of the Year in 2012 by the IAGTO and Best Large Hotel of the Year in 2014 by the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.

Junior Suites consist of a spacious sleeping area with a king bed and cozy living area with additional wall-mounted plasma TV. An inviting fireplace offers enhanced luxury. Rooms are open-concept and have a modern bathroom with spacious walk-in shower. The junior suites have a range of views including stunning sea and resort perspectives.

Package includes:

7-night stay in a Junior Suite
(including all room-related fees and taxes)
Daily Breakfast, including taxes and gratuities
$500 Resort Credit to be used for any spa, dining, or golf activities

Valued at $4,850

Terms and conditions: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Valid passports are required for all travel outside the United States. The calculation for suggested retail value is based on published rates during peak times including resort fees, taxes, parking, etc. Hotel cancellation policy applies. Travel must be completed within one year from date of event.

VIP Hamilton Experience

Tickets to Broadway’s Hamilton are famously expensive and difficult to come by, which makes this exclusive package particularly intriguing. The Award-winning musical is currently the biggest and most popular show on Broadway. Now is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to score a pair of orchestra seats to watch the show, live in NYC, and, to make things even more exciting, you will also be greeted by a starring cast member following the production for a meet-and-greet and backstage tour.

The Peninsula New York is a 5-Star Luxury hotel, ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan, in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment, and cultural district. The hotel is within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums ,and exciting Broadway theaters.


Package includes:

Two orchestra tickets to Hamilton on Broadway
Backstage tour and meet & greet for two following the show
Two night double occupancy accommodations at The Peninsula Hotel New York
Daily breakfast for two
Concierge service to assist you in planning this exciting experience
*Subject to availability

Value -priceless.

Terms and conditions: With this Experience, one of our travel concierges will assist and finalize the booking for you. Your Experience must be booked a minimum of 60 days before the date of travel. Your Experience is non-refundable and may not be transferred or resold. You may modify and/or upgrade hotels when using our concierge to book your travel, and will be charged separately for any additional associated costs. The following blackout dates apply: New Year’s Week, Thanksgiving Week, and Christmas Week. *Peninsula Hotel is not available on the following dates: September 17-22, December 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9,12,13,15,16, 30, 31. You will be charged separately for any airport departure taxes, fees or fuel surcharges, where applicable. Ground transportation is not included unless specifically stated in the description of your experience.

Exotic Bali:

Amed is a stunning coastal town in northeast Bali, famous for its diving, snorkeling, and magnificent views of Mount Agung. With peaceful surroundings, this private villa resort offers ocean view villas and suites, a private infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, a massage bungalow, and outdoor dining pavilion. Mosaic stone floor outdoor showers, marble floors and walls and lushly gardened outdoor spaces are just a few of the features you’ll discover in every room’s en suite. Relax on an expansive private balcony, or sit and relax in the beautiful garden and become mesmerized by the water feature teaming with fish.

Take a long soak after breakfast in the jewel toned infinity pool with swim up pool bar and you wiill find that mornings turn to days, days turn to night. . . .each day, slipping seamlessly, beautifully by as Balinese staff and a private driver caters to your every need.

Package includes:

• 7 nights in a Beautiful Ocean View Villa Resort
• Daily Breakfast
• 4 Relaxing Massages in a Private Massage Bungalow
• Private Driver and Gracious Balinese Service
• Airport Transportation*
• All Taxes, Fees, Parking and Resort Fees

Valued at $6,300

Terms and conditions: All reservations are based upon room-type availability and subject to availability. Exclusions-lunch and dinner not included.There over 40 restaurants within walking distance of Villa Candi Matahari. *Airport transfers may be shared if flight times are similar with other guests.

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