Travel to Italy through your taste buds as you learn the secrets of this romantic old-world culinary art form in a boisterous and educational cooking demonstration culminating in a divine meal. 

Chef: Michael Busse, Garlic Mike’s (Gunnison, CO) 

Hosts: Julie & David Winn 

Location: Ohio Creek 


Date: Tuesday, July 30 

Time: 6:00 p.m.   

Cost: $175 


Chef Michael Busse: Garlic Mike’s 

Michael Busse, chef and owner of Garlic Mike’s, is one of Tour de Forks’ most sought-after veterans. It might be his gregarious personality and ear-to-ear grin. But it might also be his ability to prepare succulent Osso Buco Milanese and indulgent Oysters Rockefeller with an old-world instinct inherited from his mother, mixed with new inspiration from recent voyages to Bologna and Sicily, and backed by formal training at the Academy of Culinary Arts. Through over 20 years of showcasing his Italian cuisine at Garlic Mike’s, he has earned the Gunnison People’s Choice Awards for “Best Chef” and “Best Restaurant” for many years, and was the 2009 Chefs on the Edge Champion. Michael has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” and “Spotlight America,” a national travel program, as well as programming in Grand Junction and Denver. 


The views from the modern Western home of Julie and David Winn spread out lazily across open meadows to the dramatic backdrop of the Anthracites and Mill Creek Cliffs. The aura of the house, lying across a sagebrush hill, is peaceful, welcoming and isolated, yet it is only five miles up Ohio Creek Road and just ten minutes from town. Maximizing the potential of this setting, the wide decks allow you to take it all in. Remarkable large stone walls cover the kitchen and fireplace, with unusual shapes, arrangements and colors. The great room features floor-to-ceiling windows, so that the view from the inside is just as good as from the outside. The Winns are a family of readers; walls of bookshelves, reading nooks and a sumptuous blue reading room assure cozy and homey spaces in the 4,000 square foot house. After living in Paris for 25 years, the Winns now reside in Gunnison full time, and their style is an inviting mixture of homey mountain rustic, colorful modern European design and classic oil paintings reminiscent of Renaissance Italy.