Lifestyle TV celebrity Steve Spitz at Telluride AIDS Benefit

[Click "Play" button to hear Susan's interview with Steve Spitz]

Steve Spitz  cooking up something special for Telluride

Steve's 2009 Publicity Shots 027 In the Obama age, when the issue on the table is HIV/AIDS, prevention education should be back on the agenda, trumping the Bushies' abstinence only stance that has been proven not to work, especially with young people.

But forget abstinence altogether when lifestyle TV personality Steve Spitz returns to Telluride for the fourth year in a row. On Tuesday, February 24, 6 p.m., in support of the Telluride AIDS Benefit's big week, Steve is once again producing a not-to-be-missed wine and tapas pairing at a private home in town.

Steve was drawn to TAB's cause because of an altogether different kind of pairing: HIV and kids; six or seven years ago, AIDS killed a first cousin. Also several friends in the gay community were lost to the pandemic. A chance meeting years ago with former TAB director Betsy Adler at the Santa Fe Wine and Chili Fiesta convinced Steve to throw his considerable weight and imagination behind the nonprofit.

Steve was always a force of nature. Now he appears unstoppable: his TV program, "Live with Steve Spitz,"  a celebration of food, wine, gardening, landscape design, arts, literature and travel, will soon be airing nationally on a major network.

Steve was also one of the featured chefs at the National Association of Television Program Executives in Las Vegas in late January and the only one invited to do two cooking demonstrations.

To learn more about Steve and what he has planned for the TAB event, click the "play" button on his podcast.

To purchase a ticket, call 970-728-0869

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