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October 2, 2012
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Valley tastings: Food for Youth event returns to Edwards

Top Vail Valley restaurants are preparing their best dishes for the sixth annual Valley Tastings: Food for Youth, a benefit for Eagle River Youth Coalition's (ERYC) collaborative youth and family services. The event takes place Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center and will include samplings of appetizers, entrees, desserts, wine and local beer.

This year's participating restaurants include: The Gore Range Brewery, Dish!, Main Street Grill, Marko's, Ristorante Ti Amo, Batter Cupcakes, The Met, Home Chefs of Vail, Old Kentucky Tavern, Ripe and Fiesta's. Crazy Mountain Brewery and Avon Liquors will showcase beverages.

"Enjoy tastings from renowned local chefs while supporting critical local youth and family services," said Michelle Stecher, the executive director. "Live entertainment by local favorite Pat Hamilton, an exceptional silent auction, and youth leadership awards will round out the evenings' events."

What's on the menu

Chef Jordan of Home Chefs of Vail will serve braised confit short ribs with kabocha squash puree, bacon, wild mushrooms and brussels sprouts with a red wine demi glaze. Dish! will serve laughing bird shrimp tacos with jicama slaw. Batter Cupcakes will provide dessert.

To try these delectable selections, and to see which items the other restaurant partners will present at this event, purchase your tickets to Valley Tastings: Food for Youth. Tickets are $50 (discounts for multi-packs available), and get you unlimited tastings from all the restaurants and two beverages.

The Eagle River Youth Coalition's mission is to collaborate with Eagle River youth-serving organizations to assess prevention needs and build capacity through strategic plans, programs, and policies around the issues facing young people. Striving to make youth a community priority, current issues include youth substance abuse prevention, parent education and prevention-based health promotion. Visit www.eagleyouth.org.

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