A Creative + Culinary Affair

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A Creative + Culinary Affair A Creative + Culinary Affair

Celebrating a Decade of Breck Create

A Creative + Culinary Affair

2024 Annual Fundraising Party
Jul 20, 2024 5:00pm, Saturday
Jul 20, 2024 5:00pm, Saturday
Community Event
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the menu


Spencer’s Steaks & Spirits at Beaver Run • Ahi Tuna Tartar Chili Garlic Tamari, Avocado, Green Onions, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Wonton Chip

Breckenridge Distillery • Grilled Octopus Tostada, Spanish Chorizo, Preserved Mangoes, Cabbage, Pickled Red Onion, Cilantro

Briar Rose Chophouse • Pig Roast Taco with Pineapple, Salsa Verde, Cotija Cheese

Fatty’s • Crispy Eggplant Bruschetta 

Hearthstone • Duck Confit with Peach Chutney, Crispy Purple Potato 

Rootstalk/Radicato • Heirloom Pork Belly BLT: Heirloom Tomato, Esoterra Farms Greens

South Ridge Seafood Grill • Salmon Sashimi & Soba Noodle Salad w/ Avocado & Soy-Citrus Dressing

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory • Varieties of fudge, Varieties of Caramel Apples, Dipped Strawberries

Ridge Street Kitchen • Honey Thyme Cheesecake with Luxardo Cherry Compote, Pistachio Crumb

Stir Pan Creamery • Blackberry Lemon Cake Rolled Ice Cream, Pineapple Coconut Rolled Ice Cream, Mango Tajin Sorbet 

Cocktails and Wine

Breckenridge Distillery • Classic style punch with Breckenridge Bourbon, Painkiller popsicles with Breckenridge Spiced Rum, Breckenridge Gin pickles

Briar Rose Chophouse • Smoky Piña featuring Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, Roasted Pineapple, Lime, Orange Liqueur, Dehydrated Pineapple with Tajin for garnish.

Continental Divide Winery • 2023 Albariño, Colorado Grand Valley, 2022 Chardonnay, Colorado Grand Valley, 2021 Villard Noir, Grand Valley – pinot noir, 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colorado Grand Valley 

Highside Brewery • Assorted beers TBD

Wild Food Girl • Create your own cocktails and mocktails with wild foraged ingredients

featured Restaurants + culinary artists


Chef Todd Nelson

Briar Rose Chophouse

Todd Nelson started working in the restaurant industry in 1982 at 16 years of age as a prep cook and dishwasher with TGI Fridays in Dallas Texas. Restaurants and food became a passion for Todd and after several years working through the ranks of the industry, graduated from Culinary Institute of America in 1994. 

Todd and his two business partners have opened multiple independent restaurant concepts in Breckenridge, Colorado; Giampietro Pizza and Pasta in 2002, Empire Burger in 2006, Briar Rose Chop House and Saloon in 2008, Park & Main Quality Foods in 2012 (now closed) and Sancho Tacos & Tequila in 2018.


Chef de cuisine Cameron Baker 

Radicato Rootstalk

Cameron Baker began his culinary journey at the age of 15 working at Food Hedz World Café under chef David Welch. After 6 years, he left to continue his culinary education and started attending Colorado Mountain College studying culinary arts, and hospitality management under Kevin Clarke. Following graduation and several years in Denver working up the ranks, Cameron returned back home to Summit county to help Matt Vawter open Rootstalk as the Chef De Cuisine. Now Cameron is the Chef De Cuisine of both Rootstalk and Radicato as well as a partner in both businesses.

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Chef Michael Halpin


Originally from Chicago, Mike attended culinary school at Kendall College, and later worked as Chef de Cuisine at Merriman’s, on the big island of Hawaii. Mike’s culinary passions center on great taste first and foremost, followed by freshness of ingredients, a belief that simple is often better, and a commitment to using locally sourced and sustainably raised foods whenever possible. 

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Chef Paul Brenholt 

South Ridge Seafood Grill

Owner Paul Brenholt came to Breckenridge like so many others in search of convenient access to outdoor fun. Tired of working for someone else, a friend suggested looking for a restaurant in one of Colorado’s ski towns so that’s exactly what he did.



Fatty’s Pizzeria

Matt graduated in 1991 from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York and has been cooking ever since. He has worked in Nantucket, North Carolina, Florida and Chicago before making his way west to Colorado.  Matt was the Chef de Cuisine at Cafe Alpine for 8 years and Head Chef at Ski Tip for 2 years, allowing him to grasp the Colorado food scene. He has opened several restaurants in Breckenridge including Relish and Twist, and took over operations at Fatty’s Pizzeria in 2019.


Chef nolan cesario

Breckenridge Distillery 

Nolan is originally a Michigan native, but has felt right at home since moving to Colorado 7 years ago. He loves skiing, climbing, hiking, or anything outdoor. He attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and has experience in James Beard Award restaurants, large event centers and arenas, as well as a being restaurateur. He is happy to join the Breck Distillery Restaurant team and continue to provide a great experience.


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Liquid Chef Billie Keithley

Breckenridge Distillery 

Crafting memorable cocktails from award-winning whiskeys is an art and “science” that Billie has mastered. The world surrounding Keithley is her sensory inspiration board, from the smells of the seasons and a visual from the sky to ideas garnered from Food Network shows and every book and magazine on the subject of culinary crafts and spirits. Keithley’s approachable demeanor and incredible passion for the craft boldly shine. Her role at the Breckenridge Distillery can be summed up in one word – unique. Guests can expect show-stopping cocktails with smoke, fire and bubbles, a signature of Billie’s.

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Resort Executive Chef Reginald Nebab 

Spencer’s Steaks & Spirits at Beaver Run Resort 

Reginald Nebab has over 20 professional years of experience in the culinary industry. A majority of that time was spent in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. There Reginald worked alongside and operated restaurants for some of the world’s most renowned names in the business.

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Chef Kelly Brenholt

Ridge Street Kitchen

My culinary background started young with a family in the Midwest who loved to eat. Growing up with a large family made meal time fun and crazy. It was the one part of the day my parents insisted that we all spend together. From then I have loved and enjoyed food.

Before making the move to the Rocky Mountains, I attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Canada and London, graduating with a diploma in Cuisine and Pastry. As well as Ridge Street Kitchen, my husband and I own a delicious seafood restaurant in Breckenridge, called South Ridge Seafood Grill, where he is the talented chef/owner.

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brandon Munoz 

Stir Pan Creamery

Originally from Texas, Brandon moved to Colorado in 2007 and started Stir-Pan Creamery in July 2017. Initially based in Frisco, the business soon found a thriving home in Breckenridge, where Brandon has spent the last 6 1/2 years delighting customers with his unique rolled ice cream creations. 

Although Brandon doesn’t have a formal culinary background, his deep appreciation for food and his adventurous palate have driven his success. His menu reflects a unique blend of flavors, with a focus on more classic flavors that offer a distinctive and memorable experience for all who taste his creations. Brandon’s dedication to quality and creativity has made Stir-Pan Creamery a beloved destination for everyone!

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Erica Davis

Wild Food Girl 

Originally from Connecticut, Erica spent her formative years chasing plants in the Eastern Woodlands before moving to Colorado in 2008. This blog was born in 2010, and from 2011-2015 it was home to a monthly magazine called Wild Edible Notebook.

Today, Erica offers a variety of plant walks and hands-on wild food experiences around the state. She has taught courses on edible, medicinal, and toolcraft plant identification at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, and presented at the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival in Wisconsin and Forest to Field Festival in western Colorado.

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Dan Kraft

Continental Divide Winery

Originally from Western Colorado, Dan first became interested in fermentation while homebrewing at Colorado College.  After finishing his Bachelor’s in chemistry in 2011, Dan headed to California to work at Navarro Vineyards in Anderson Valley, where the process of vinification proved captivating. This led him to the Pacific Northwest, where he completed his Master’s in Food Science with an Enology concentration at Oregon State University. Immediately after graduating, he began working at Kevin White Winery in Washington and also produced his own label, Seekseekqua, from organic vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Dan has been the Winemaker at Continental Divide since 2018.

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Born and raised in Breckenridge, Colorado, Ashley has been destined for the service industry for the last 15 years. Having spent 13 of those years in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s Breckenridge location, she is the expert on the smooth melty caramel and multiple flavors of fudge - with a following! Her house-made caramel apples, fudge, and chocolate-dipped delights are a treat. But the customers are what keep her coming back. She truly enjoys engaging with visitors and locals and that joy results in warm customer service. Her smile is genuine. This coupled with her confectionary talents are what makes the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory a fun destination for visitors and an indulgent go-to for locals!

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THOMAs larsen

Highside Brewery

Meet Thomas, our Highside Brewery’s Head B! With many years of being the head brewer for multiple well-known Colorado breweries, (plus some time brewing in Norway) we are so excited to have him on our team. You’re going to love all the craft brews he comes out with!

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Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon

Amy Flannery is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and is the Beverage Director for several restaurants in Breckenridge, Colorado including Briar Rose Chophouse, Giampietro, Empire Burger, and Sancho Tacos & Tequilas.  She has been working in the industry for 20 years and has recently been included in Marquis Who’s Who in America.  When Amy is not sharing her passion for food and beverage pairings with others, she enjoys traveling to other regions of the world to experience new cultures and cuisines. Also, she spends as much time exploring nature as possible, always stopping to smell the roses.

Artists + Performers

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KelLee Carlile

KelLee will perform three sets on the Breckenridge Theater patio during A Creative + Culinary Affair. She is a local singer/songwriter based in Breckenridge.  She has performed on the Dillon Amphitheatre stage, and recently at the Riverwalk Center. These days, you can usually find her serenading happy hour crowds with smooth vocals and folk-y acoustic takes on all your favorite songs. Drawing inspiration from a wide variety of genres, she plays a mixture of originals and memorable rock, country, and pop songs that will have you singing along and tapping your toes. 


Diego Espinoza

Diego will be performing on the patio of Old Masonic Hall throughout the evening of A Creative + Culinary Affair. 

Diego is a multi-talented musician known for his musical expression through Flamenco, Bossa Nova, Gypsy jazz, jazz, Cuban, and various Latin styles. He is renowned for his innovative use of a looper, skillfully incorporating percussion sounds by tapping the guitar, while simultaneously playing guitar, bass, and showcasing his vocal talents singing in Spanish, English & French. Diego Espinoza continues to enchant audiences with his eclectic musical repertoire and dynamic live performances, embodying a fusion of cultures and musical influences from around the world.



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Kia Neill

Kia will be doing a wheel throwing demonstration in the Ceramics Studio throughout the event. Kia Neill is native to Chicago Illinois and received her MFA from The University of California San Diego. She has taught art for more than 20 years and presently teaches for Breckenridge Creative Arts and for Think 360 Arts. Neill is a mixed media collage artist working with photography, video, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and installation. She has produced a number of municipal and corporate commissions for Southwest Airlines Hobby International Airport, City of Houston, The Children’s Museum of Denver Mariposa Campus, the Aspen Police Department, the Town of Silverthorne, Town of Breckenridge, Town of Alma and most recently for Meow Wolf Denver Convergence Station. 


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Tracy Bligh

Tracy will be hosting a community paint activity where attendants will participate in coloring canvases that are inspired by the desserts served Kelly Brenholt of Ridge Street Catering. 

Breckenridge, CO based oil painter and clay sculptor, Tracy Bligh has been honoring her skills painting the beautiful Rocky Mountains for the past 7 years as well as sculpting its wildlife. In 2021 she began teaching classes at BreckCreate where she currently teaches oil and acrylic painting and clay sculpture. Her art studio is located on the Breck Create campus in the Randall Barn. 

Prior to moving to Colorado Tracy owned a very successful art studio and gallery in South Texas. For 20 years she mentored youth and adults while producing and exhibiting her own work, not only in her own gallery but also in various Texas galleries and in Colorado.

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Jared Clauer

Jared Clauer is a true Summit County local who was born in Vail and raised in Frisco. Continuing to live within the community, he can’t seem to let go the lifestyle he had growing up because as he puts it; “It can’t get much better than this!” He loves to get outside as much as he can by skiing, hiking, biking and snowshoeing.

He draws inspiration from the beauty that surrounds him in the Rocky Mountains. Jared specializes in Graphic Design, Abstract Painting, Photography and Glassblowing. Jared currently resides in Breckenridge where he teaches courses on glassblowing at Breck Create.


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Nicole Sletta

Nicole was born and raised in Park City, Utah, where she first discovered her passion for art through the Kimball Arts Center, a local arts nonprofit. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Western Washington University, focusing on sculpture and installation art, with a minor in Arts Enterprising and Cultural Innovation.

During her college years, Nicole worked as an installation assistant for a gallery while also overseeing the wood and metal studios. After graduating, she moved to Breckenridge, where she worked as a lift operator and later as a tour guide at the Country Boy Mine. Nicole joined Breck Create as an installation assistant, then additionally as a studio technician, patron services specialist, and instructor. She is now the full time Precious Plastic Coordinator. In her free time, Nicole enjoys weaving, skiing the trees, paddle boarding, and camping.


Become an event sponsor – Choose your level!

$10,000 - Gold Level

Gold level sponsors receive a variety of benefits including 8 VIP event tickets, early event entry for access to chef and drink stations before public entry, reserved round table for all guests, commemorative gift, recognition from the stage and reserved seating at the Riverwalk Center Decade Party.

 become a gold sponsor

$5,000 - Silver Level

Silver level sponsors receive a variety of benefits including 4 VIP event tickets, early event entry for access to chef and drink stations before public entry, recognition from the stage and reserved seating at the Riverwalk Center Decade Party.

 become a silver sponsor

$1,500 - Pearl Level

Pearl level sponsors receive a variety of benefits including 2 VIP tickets, early event entry for access to chef and drink stations before public entry, and reserved seating at the Riverwalk Center Decade Party.

become a pearl sponsor

Customized packages and benefits for corporate sponsors also available. 

Have questions about becoming a sponsor? Please contact Karlie McLaughlin • karlie@breckcreate.org • 903 821 3422

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Your ticket to A Creative + Culinary Affair includes admission to The Decade Party. 

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Jul 20, 2024 8:00pm, Saturday
Doors @ 7:30pm

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors




Thank you to our Individual SPONSORS


Sue and Martin Carter

Laura and Jerry Dziedzic

Martin Inglis

MJ and Hans Wurster


Geri and Louis Gasperut

Kimberly and David Salmon


Debra and Jim Anderson

Jo Marie and George Dancik

Louise and Larry Glenn

Linda and Brian Hall 

Shelley Harris

Jill and David Hughes

Joann Johnson and John Paul

Margaret and Tim O’Neal

Louise and Steve Slater

Marilyn and Bill Taylor

Tamara Valdez

Karen and Jim Warrick