What’s better than pairing international wines with gourmet cuisine? Doing it for a great cause.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., the Blue River Bistro hosts a World Cuisine Wine Dinner to benefit the National Repertory Orchestra.

The Blue River Bistro”s wine pairing dinner benefits young musicians like these, from the National Repertory Orchestra.

Every summer, the National Repertory Orchestra takes audiences on acoustic journeys as it performs an entire orchestral season in about two months.

The nonprofit prepares some of the nation’s most talented young musicians for professional careers. Every year, more than 800 musicians, ages 18-28, audition, and only 89 make it into the orchestra.

Jay Beckerman, owner of Blue River Bistro, wanted to help raise funds for the nonprofit, so now, once a year, he takes diners on a flavorful tour of worldwide cuisine and wine.

Throughout the four-course dinner, chef Brandon Farr “will be displaying how one varietal can take on drastically different characteristics based on the appellation,” Beckerman said. Guests will enjoy pinot noirs from New Zealand, California, France and Argentina.

“Events such as this help us to provide the community with an amazing summer music festival and year-round enriching cultural experiences,” said CEO Doug Adams. “Last time the Blue River Bistro did a dinner for the NRO, it was one of the best meals I have ever had in Breckenridge, and I expect this dinner to be the same!”

The World Cuisine Wine Dinner is $75 and includes tax and gratuity. To buy tickets, call (970) 453-5825 or visit www.nromusic.com.

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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