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Oaxacan Lamb Barbacoa, Mezcal Salsa Borracha, Navajo Fry Bread, and Watercress.

Sweet Basil Takes Home Top Honors at the 14th Annual American Lamb Cook-Off at Taste of Vail

April 06, 2018 Industry News

Chef/Partner Paul Anders of Sweet Basil took home top honors at the 14th Annual American Lamb Cook-Off at Taste of Vail for his Oaxacan Lamb Barbacoa, Mezcal Salsa Borracha, Navajo Fry Bread and Watercress. Second place went to Beano’s Cabin and third place went to Revolution/Hooked. Beano’s Cabin was also awarded the People’s Choice award. 

The lamb cook-off, sponsored by the American Lamb Board and held throughout the streets of Vail Village, showcased 22 of the area’s finest chefs preparing diverse dishes featuring Superior Farms Colorado leg of lamb. The lamb bites were complimented by samples from participating wineries.

“The barbacoa was traditional, made with banana leaves, adobo and Mexican spices,” says Anders. “We topped it with mezcal salsa and served it on Navajo fry bread. I love tortillas but I wanted to serve something more original. What is cool about the fry bread is that it is airy and light.”

"We are always amazed how the Vail Valley chefs showcase leg of lamb in diverse and innovative dishes," said Megan Wortman, executive director of the Denver-based American Lamb Board. “Many of this year’s dishes highlighted global flavors and trends—from Chargrilled Lamb Rogan Josh to Roasted Lamb Banh Mi to Smokey Lamb Ramen Bowl.”

Additional restaurants that participated in the 14th Annual American Lamb Cook-Off include:

  • Bistro 14
  • bol
  • Elway’s
  • Flame
  • Frost Creek
  • Game Creek Restaurant
  • La Tour Restaurant
  • Leonora
  • Mid Vail
  • Mountain Standard
  • Sauce on the Creek
  • Terra Bistro
  • The 10th
  • Toscanini
  • Two Elk
  • Vin 48
  • Vintage
  • White Bison
  • Wildwood Smokehouse
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