AIL -La Tour Restaurant in Vail Village hosts Colorado-based cheese guru Laurel Miller on Saturday for a signing of her new book "Cheese for Dummies." Miller will be at La Tour Restaurant during lunch on Saturday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. for a reading, a short Q&A and to sign copies of her book. Complimentary cheeses will be offered from Haystack Mountain, Avalanche Cheese Company and Fruition Farms during the signing.Available for sale at La Tour during the signing, "Cheese for Dummies" will turn any cheese lover into a true connoisseur. Miller is a columnist for Culture: the word on cheese and keeps her book current and fresh, with lots to offer whether you're a chef, scholar or regular enthusiast. Miller included her secrets to assembling a beautiful cheese plate, guides on paring cheese with other foods or beverages, tips on how best to cook with different kinds of cheeses and even a how-to guide to making mozzerella, chevre and ricotta. The recent release of Miller's book in April 2012 comes right the middle of a revitalized interest in the Colorado culinary scene, which is thriving in areas like Denver, Boulder and the ski towns of the Rockies. Scores of new restaurants with inspired chefs have been focusing on using local, fresh ingredients and creating a new demand for more Colorado farms and ranches. To meet this demand, world-class cheese farms have been cropping up all over Colorado, including the award-winning Haystack Mountain Dairy and MouCo Cheese Company. Living among such great cheese producers, Miller has used her expertise to help build the reputation of Colorado as a leader among the culinary world of today."We are really excited to help celebrate Laurel's new book, as her passion for the culinary arts and cheese in particular is really inspiring," said Chef Paul Ferzacca, chef/proprietor at La Tour Restaurant, and former teacher and mentor to Miller. "Her passion for cheese reassures me that Colorado and the U.S. has a younger generation of really talented, knowledgeable culinary artists, and as far as we've come, people like Laurel will only take us further."La Tour will offer its apres ski lunch menu during the signing, as well as 20 percent off food before 3:30 p.m.
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