Indulgence Festival raises funds for Zonta

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Colorado Indulgence Festival; Photo by Erin Richards

Colorado Indulgence Festival; Photo by Erin Richards

Some 1,200 guests indulged in sweet confections, chocolate and cocktails during the third annual Colorado Indulgence Festival Sunday at the Antler’s Hotel downtown.

The sold-out festival featured more than 80 sweet or savory creations, wine, beer and liquors, according to Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, which organized and staged the festival.

A Tesla Model S luxury sedan was displayed indoors at the festival entrance for guests to admire. The festival also featured expert-led food and wine seminars.

Organizers raised enough money to fund the Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarships for Zonta of the Pikes Peak Region, a nonprofit organization.

Guests tasted their way through lavish creations from some of Colorado’s best pastry chefs, chocolatiers, wine makers, brewers, distillers and cheese makers, voting afterward for their favorites.

Showcased were dozens of different wine, spirits, beer, coffee and tea offerings from cities across the state.

Artisans from Ft. Collins, Arvada, Centennial, Pueblo, Commerce City, Breckenridge, Longmont, Aurora and Ouray were invited to be showcased in this year’s festival.

Here’s a list of the 2014 Featured Artisan Award Winners:

MOST INDULGENT SWEET TREAT

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Red Velvet Bundt Cake

 

Gold Medal Winner

Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery

Gluten-Free Chocolate Éclairs

 

Silver Medal Winner

Heavenly Dessert Truck

Salted Caramel Brownie

 

Bronze Medal Winners – TIE

Orchard Oven’s Bakery

Gluten-Free Chocolate Torte

 

Harvest Mountain Foods

Norman Love Truffles

 

MOST INDULGENT SAVORY TREAT

Bird Dog BBQ

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

 

Gold Medal Winner

Carney’s Colorado Cookery

Sensationally Sweet BBQ Sauce

 

Silver Medal Winner

Venice Olive Oil Co.

Cranberry Pear White Balsamic

 

AspenPointe Catering

Bacon Wrapped Dates

 

Bronze Medal Winner

Pretty Bitches Can Cook Too

Vidalia Onion Red Peach Salsa

 

MOST INDULGENT LIQUOR BEVERAGE

Breckenridge Distillery

Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey

 

Gold Medal Winner

Wineheart Vinoleche

Chocolate Truffle Cocktail

 

Silver Medal Winner

Republic National Distributing Co.

20 Grand Cognac Infused Vodka

 

MOST INDULGENT WINE

ChocolatRouge

Milk Chocolate

 

Gold Medal Winner

Baroness Wines

Cara Mia Moscato

 

Silver Medal Winner

Southern Wine & Spirits

Flight Song Brandcott Pinot Grigio

 

Bronze Medal Winners – TIE

Veraison Beverage

New Age

 

Grand Vin

Troublemaker Red

 

MOST INDULGENT PRODUCT

Tesla Motors

Model S Luxury Sedan

 

Gold Medal Winner

Elsie Naturals

Coconut Oil Moisturizer

 

Silver Medal Winner

Sephora Luscious

Lip Bar

 

Bronze Medal Winner

Pour Girl Essentials

Bath bon-bons

 

MOST INDULGENT BEER

Colorado Mountain Brewery

7258 Blonde

 

Gold Medal Winner

Red Leg Brewing Co.

Cutter Wit

 

Silver Medal Winner

Bristol Brewing Co.

Laughing Lab

 

Bronze Medal Winner

CR Goodman

Chocolate Stout

 

MOST INDULGENT NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Bing Beverage Co.

Bing Cherry Beverage

 

Gold Medal Winner

7 Flames Coffee & Tea

Medium Roast

 

Silver Medal Winner

TruMoo

Chocolate Milk

 

MOST NOTABLE PASTRY CHEFS

Antlers Hilton Bakery

Audrey Landress

 

DoubleTree by Hilton

Peter Aiello

 

AspenPointe Catering

Brent Beavers

 

MOST INDULGENT DISPLAY

Candy Bar

 

MOST NOTABLE ARTISAN

Chef Robin Autorino

Robin Chocolates

 

FAVORITE NEW BREWERY

Red Leg Brewing Co.

 

FAVORITE DECADENT MARTINI

Dove Chocolate Discoveries

 

FAVORITE FUDGE

Colorado Fudge Maker

Red Hot Whiskey & Irish Cream Fudge

 

FAVORITE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY

Hott N Pink Sweets

 

FAVORITE LIVE COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Mile High Organics

 

FAVORITE CHEESE

MouCo Cheese Co.

 

FAVORITE TRUFFLE

Mouse’s Chocolates & Coffee

Rose Petal Truffle

 

FAVORITE SAUCE

Sweet & Saucy

Salted Caramel Sauce

 

FAVORITE DESIGNATED DRIVER BEVERAGE

TruMoo

Chocolate Milk

 

FAVORITE SPICE

Savory Spice Shop

Italian Black Truffle Sea Salt

 

FAVORITE JAM

Sweet Izzie’s Best Jams & Jellies

Amaretto Apricot Marmalade