VAIL - Whether you're a grown-up aficionado of spectacular cooking and dining, or a little one, the next week Vail Restaurant Month presents unforgettable experiences for food lovers of every age during "Family Week."
"This year the event calendar on vailrestaurantmonth.com is really an amazing adventure of delicious events and unforgettable activities during Family Week," said Vail Restaurant Month co-founder Greg Hittelman. "And our Vail Restaurant Month Facebook page is filled with smiling faces of the many kids and parents who tell us it's a special week they eagerly look forward to each fall."
The "Family Week" schedule, running Monday through Oct. 7, and coinciding with the Columbus holiday weekend, is highlighted by the popular "Little Foodies in the Kitchen" programs for kids. Events include fun cooking classes with Vail's master chefs, a pizza-tossing party at Blue Moose Vail, a table etiquette tea party at La Tour, family menus in Vail's most legendary restaurants from Ore House to Campo de Fiori, pastry- and cookie-making and tasting at Larkspur and Alpenrose, and chef-lead journeys exploring behind-the-scenes action in world-class professional kitchens like Tavern on the Square at the Arrabelle, 7one5 at the Vail Marriott, and Flame at the Four Seasons.
"Family Week" also continues all-week-long Vail Restaurant Month themed dining, menus, happy hours and wine tasting for adults.
"Many of the events for kids are timed so that parents can enjoy a special private meal or tasting together or with their friends while the kids are off on 'Little Foodies' adventures," said Ilene Rapkin, president of I Openers and co-founder of Vail Restaurant Month, who along with Hittelman also created the "Little Foodies" program.
I Openers' "Little Foodies in the Kitchen" program was launched in Vail three years ago with an annual county-wide recipe contest and an afterschool enrichment program in partnership with Eagle County Schools.
"We created 'Little Foodies in the Kitchen' to inspire kids about healthy, nutritious food that's also delicious and fun to make," Rapkin said. "The real thrill has been seeing this program grow each year with the participation of so many kids, their families, teachers, neighbors, our wonderful new sponsors Organic Valley and FamilyFun Magazine, and of course the incredible creativity and enthusiasm of our hotel and restaurant community partners and the greatest chefs of Vail."
This year's "Little Foodies" school program is sponsored by Vail Resorts Hospitality, RockResorts, the Arrabelle at Vail Square, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, Organic Valley, and FamilyFun.
Next week, Vail Restaurant Month comes to its grand finale with "LoveFest Week," Oct. 8-14, featuring memory-making themed dinners, multi-course winemaker feasts, wine and bubbly tastings, charity receptions, and spa and resort offers for couples, singles, friends and family.
For all Vail Restaurant Month event details, schedules, contests, offers, reservation information, and special lodging packages, visit www.VailRestaurantMonth.com.