Event supports historic opera house

Of all the culinary events that can happen in a town of 2,600 people, it’s certainly noteworthy when three of the best chefs in town join forces with a topnotch craft distillery to create a meal to benefit the city of Leadville’s historic opera house. This notable event is set for Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with cocktails from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Silver Dollar Saloon, 315 Harrison Ave. in Leadville.

Lenny and Amy Eckstein, co-owners of Deerhammer Distilling Co., have expanded the offerings of their small-batch operation in Buena Vista for the last few years. Deerhammer’s original product line, American Single Malt Whiskey, has expanded to include gin, limited runs of brandy, a port-cask-finished whiskey and a hickory-smoked corn whiskey. Eckstein is an innovator in flavor profiles, making him an obvious choice for conjuring up the beverage pairings for the meal.

Supplying the inspiration for Eckstein’s libations menu are Leadville chefs Eric Wupperman of Treeline Kitchen, Eric Johns of The Silver Dollar Saloon and Eric Laslow of the Melt! food truck.

Wupperman has over 25 years of professional experience preparing multicultural menus in locales ranging from his native Caribbean to New York, London and Maine. Treeline Kitchen has made its mark with comfort food accented by a touch of fine-dining flair and an eye for presentation. Wupperman and his partner Christine Street both excel in dish and menu composition. The partners have made thoughtful accents, pairings and sides a Treeline signature that will tantalize diners during the 5-course meal planned for this event.

The historic Silver Dollar Saloon will host the event. Famous for its guests of yesteryear ‒ Doc Holiday, Molly Brown, Oscar Wilde ‒ The Silver Dollar has preserved much of its historic character, and the menu reflects that character. Items like smoked salmon cigarillos and Wyatt’s chili bowl combine saloon ambiance with great tastes. Chef Johns serves substantial, traditional bar and grill fare, including chili, burgers, poutine, sandwiches and salads. Johns took over the saloon from his Uncle Tony, following a distinguished career in Maryland.

Chef Laslow brings a wealth of culinary experience to the table with a resume that includes top-rated restaurants in Portland, Denver, Boulder and Taos. Laslow has been on the board of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and earned Mobil’s four-star rating as a chef at age 19. His Melt! food truck has featured offerings like fresh pasta and gourmet sandwiches. When he first arrived in Leadville, Laslow worked closely with Periodic Brewery, which will also contribute to the event. Periodic’s brewery and oxygen bar project benefited from Laslow’s input, which will be welcome at this Father’s Day feast.

With proceeds from the $75 event to benefit the continued revival of the Tabor Opera House, this meal should give some lucky dads a memorable gift while supporting a worthy cause. Eighty seats are available through SavorTheTabor.BrownPaperTickets.com.