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Vail Mountain Coffee and tea opens new Beaver Creek location

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company has a 7,150-square-foot facility along with a cafe in Minturn. Its new location is housed in the old Starbucks in Beaver Creek Village near the Beaver Creek lift ticket office and Coyote Cafe. (Special to the Daily)

If you’re looking for a cup of Joe on your way to the lifts at Beaver Creek, stop by Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s new shop in the village. The old Starbucks location now houses the local coffee roaster, which is based out of Minturn.

Founders Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau started Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in 1989 with the Daily Grind on Bridge Street. They built up a successful wholesale business and now have a 7,150-square-foot facility in Minturn. They added a cafe a couple of years ago to that location.

“Our goal with the cafe in Minturn was to create an authentic coffee experience inviting our customers inside our roastery and sharing our story and passion for coffee and tea,” Chantler said. “The cafe caught the eye of Vail Resorts as a potential coffee partner at Beaver Creek. I think Beaver Creek is trying build on the guest experience by offering a unique local coffee concept.”

The teams at Arrigoni Woods and European Wood Concepts offered their design experience to create the new look and feel of the Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Company in Beaver Creek Village. (Special to the Daily)

Things moved fast, even during a pandemic, and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company and Vail Resorts inked the deal in mid-September and the remodel started on Oct. 2. They opened for business on Nov. 13.

“A rather stressful six weeks for sure,” Chantler said. “We are so grateful to the team at Arrigoni Woods and European Wood Concepts for their design experience and the professional way they executed the remodel. Timing is everything and we are very excited to join the Beaver Creek community.”

At the new location, look for drinks that are more European in style.

“Craig and I have always wanted to showcase the coffee in our espresso drinks and not mask the flavor with various sweet flavorings and copious volumes of steamed milk,” Chantler said.

The cappuccinos will be more of European size made with a double shot and just 5 ounces of velvety milk foam layered on top. The Cortado and Flat White drinks on the menu will be served with the same philosophy. Mochas and traditional lattes will be offered in traditional sizes with the opportunity to flavor with both regular syrups and sugar free options.

For tea lovers, the shop sells 55 different loose leaf teas at the Minturn location. In Beaver Creek, they have edited the list to 12 of their top selling teas. Pair any of these drinks with fresh sweet and savory items baked on-site for breakfast, lunch and grab-and-go snacks throughout the day.

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company will serve European-style coffees and various flavors of teas along with fresh-baked sweet and savory items. Look for hot craft cocktails coming in December. (Special to the Daily)

In addition to coffee in the morning, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company is planning on serving hot drinks with alcohol once they receive their liquor license in a few weeks. Chantler says they also plan to offer a weekly cocktail on tap, micro beers and wine. The hot craft cocktails will feature spirits from local distilleries paired with their coffee, teas and Ghirardelli hot chocolate. Some of the creative cocktails include:

  • The Ullr Hot Chocolate — Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate with Ullr Peppermint Cinnamon Schnapps — guaranteed to create a few snow angles at après ski
  • The Grind Irish Coffee — Rock & Rye whisky, Irish cream, coffee with a hint of vanilla
  • Rock n’ Chai — Rye whiskey, Kummel steamed with Sherpa Chai
  • London Calling — Earl Grey tea with Fernet, dry Curcao honey syrup and oat milk.

The new Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in Beaver Creek plans to be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. this winter. For more information, visit vailcoffee.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Warren Miller movie premiere, restaurant deals, art programs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/13/20

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is Nov. 15 and Eagle County wants to help you understand the best ways to recycle every day of the year. According to the lovevail.org website, the current national recycling rate is 35% while the state of Colorado’s rate is 16%. The town of Vail recycling rate is 27%, just shy of the Eagle County rate of 28%.

Are you confused about what can and can’t be recycled? If the answer is yes, download the free Eagle County Waste Wizard app. The Recycling Guide will give you and your family the answers to all your recycling questions at your fingertips.

Walking Mountains Science Center has been counting down to America Recycles Day by offering tips and tricks to help you recycle right and manage your waste more sustainably. New tips are posted daily to its Sustainability Facebook page and Instagram stories (search for @walkingmtns). You can also send in your questions to @walkingmtns or tag #recycleright and the Walking Mountains Zero Waste team will answer your questions.  

If you want to ditch the single-use plastics, head over to Fill & Refill, a store in Edwards that is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling many household items like shampoo and laundry detergent that are unpackaged. Simply bring in your own containers or purchase reusable containers at Fill & Refill and break the cycle of contributing to more plastic waste. More info can be found at fillandrefill.com.

On Friday, the town of Vail had planned to host a recycling event for paper shredding and electronic waste. Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Eagle County, the town of Vail is postponing the event and it will be rescheduled when the COVID-19 case numbers have been lowered.

As an alternative, Eagle County residents can take electronics waste to the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Wolcott. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There is a small charge for electronics and Eagle County residents can deposit up to 20 items of household hazardous waste, such as paint, free of charge per visit.

Second Friday ARTwalk on Broadway

This weekend marks the second anniversary of the Second Friday ARTwalk, a monthly event held in downtown Eagle. The milestone won’t be marked by any grand celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions, but you are still invited to stop by and support local artists and shops on Broadway and beyond on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. by ordering takeout, getting gift cards and doing a quick shopping trip in the shops and galleries.

Founder and event organizer Tara Novak, owner of ARTSPaCE workshop and gallery, has been working hard throughout the pandemic to support local artists and small businesses that are a part of the Eagle community. Novak is currently working on uploading items by local artists for holiday gift ideas on artspaceworkshop.com to provide a resource for those looking to shop local this holiday season.  

The Vail Valley Art Guild will be holding a member exhibit on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors will be allowed to choose two free holiday greetings cards designed by artist Beth Levine. The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Gallery is located at 108 Second Street in Eagle.  

Even though the Broadway Promenade in downtown Eagle won’t be bustling with exhibitor tents and food trucks like it has in the past, browse the art galleries and stop by the restaurants for a quick bite or takeout or buy a gift card and support those places as well:

  • Bonfire Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – new chalk art reveal by Natalia Gray, live music with The Evolution from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Katch of the Day Wine Bar – Frida Kahlo, Picasso, other assorted vintage art and wine specials
  • Owashi Sushi Kitchen – fine art exhibit and dining specials
  • Chics Couture – fall sale, local artisan jewelry
  • Everyday Outfitters – fall sale, home holiday decor and art prints

71st annual Warren Miller Movie Premier

Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, it’s still stoke season and the 71st annual Warren Miller movie, “Future Retro,” is the official flick that kicks it off.

You read that correctly, 71 years of Warren Miller films. These films about winter skiing and snowboarding attract die-hard enthusiasts, aspiring wanna-be pro athletes and even those who may never step foot on the slopes this winter. The footage, music and commentary are that entertaining and iconic. And although you can’t watch this year’s movie on the big screen like in the past, you’ll still see the beautiful scenery, amazing athleticism and hear some of Warren’s famous quotes.

“Future Retro” features a cast of nearly two dozen of today’s most talented skiers and snowboarders that will take you to the slopes of Utah, Vermont, Montana and Alaska. International destinations include Switzerland, Iceland and Antarctica. For those of you missing the Birds of Prey World Cup Races at Beaver Creek this year, there is a segment from last year’s women’s World Cup race in Killington, VT.

Due to the pandemic, “Future Retro” is being premiered in locations across the U.S. over a three-week period via a streaming platform. Last Saturday, the East Coast got to view “Future Retro,” This Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Region can view it at 6 p.m. MST and next Saturday the West Coast will be able to see the film.

A ticket for the movie premiere costs $30 and that will accommodate one to four people on a single device. This ticket gives you and your three guests access to door prizes like ski gear, coupon codes and other swag. Have more than four who want access to the goods? Simply purchase more tickets to accommodate your viewers. You will have access to the event for up to 48 hours in case you can’t watch it Saturday or want to watch it again.

Olympian and long-time Warren Miller films narrator Jonny Moseley reprises his role in this year’s film and will kick it off with a virtual red carpet experience. Get your living room ready for the 71st annual Warren Miller movie with popcorn, “free” drinks from your own fridge and a comfortable couch. To purchase tickets or watch the movie trailer go to warrenmiller.com.

Cupcakes and Clay

Instead of Cupcakes and Canvas, Alpine Arts Center is hosting its Cupcakes and Clay event this Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious cupcakes while creating a lasting piece of functional art. This week, the class will be creating platters for serving or as a decorative piece to display.

During the class, you will be provided with all the art materials to make the platter and the instruction and assistance you’ll need throughout your artistic journey. Start with a ball of clay and shape it into the desired platter you envision. This is the family-friendly version of Cocktails and Canvas, but those over 21 are allowed to purchase beer, wine or champagne from the Alpine Art Center for $6 each.

Go to alpineartscenter.org to make a reservation for the class. Tickets are $35 and include the cupcakes and all the art supplies. You can do the class virtually for $25, which doesn’t include the art materials, but you can buy art class kits online as well.

You may have seen information about the Social Arts Programs that the Alpine Arts Center is doing for the town of Vail this season. These are discounted classes for $20 due to support from the town of Vail, Alpine Bank, Holy Cross Energy and Vail Daily. This Friday’s trail map painting class is already sold out but inquire about a virtual class. More information can be found at alpineartscenter.org.

Off season deals

There are a few restaurants doing deals this time of year. Take advantage of the savings and treat yourself to a nice meal before the ski season starts and support local restaurants:

Northside Coffee & Kitchen:

  • All entrées $20
  • Specialty entrées:
  • Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
  • Lobster shrimp risotto $27
  • Thenorthsidekitchen.com


  • 20% off all appetizers and sushi
  • 20% off all whole fish and wine over $100
  • Available Sunday – Thursday
  • Must mention ad to receive the discount, dine-in only
  • Hookedbc.com

Route 6 Cafe and Bar:

  • Three courses for $21
  • First course: soup, chili, house or Caesar salad
  • Second course: choice of any entrée
  • Third course: chocolate brownie or apple tort a la mode
  • Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Routesixcafe.com

Painting a full moon, a food drive, 10 years of beers and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/6/20

Cocktails and Canvas

If you’re not watching the big Clemson-Notre Dame football game on Saturday night, maybe Cocktails and Canvas is more your thing at Alpine Arts Center. Even if you don’t fancy yourself as an artist, you can still create something and you may even amaze yourself.

This week’s art project lets painters create a moonlit scene with a mountain backdrop. An Alpine Arts Center instructor will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to paint the full moon, stars, evergreen trees and a lake with a reflection on it.

Advance registration is required and you can do this from the comfort of your own home or in the studio. Visit alpineartscenter.org for options on how to register for an in-person class, which is $45 per person, or a virtual class. If you’d like to attend virtually through Zoom please select that option for $25. It excludes materials but class kits available for purchase online.

Saturday’s class starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes for about two hours. Beer and wine are available at Alpine Arts Center’s bar for $6. Soft drinks are available for purchase, too.

Congratulations to Alpine Arts Center for earning the gold medal for Best Art Gallery in the Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley contest for 2020. View the entire list of top spots here.

Bonfire Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Party

Bonfire Brewing in Eagle turns 10 years old this weekend! To celebrate, this popular brewery is hosting a weeklong celebration with retro beer styles re-released to the public along with a commemorative pint glass, brewery tours, live music and more.

Stop by on Sunday to get your hands on a limited-edition pint glass that Bonfire Brewing is deeming a “Decade of Pints.” The artwork depicts the exterior of Bonfire Brewing’s location on Second Street in Eagle and shows the number of pints sold throughout the past decade.

Bonfire Brewing will be conducting tours of its production facility on November 12. Pre-register for the tours in advance as space is limited to four to 10 people per tour due to social distancing guidelines. Tours are free and are 45 minutes long.

Congratulations to Bonfire Brewing for earning the silver medal in the “Best Happy Hour” and “Best Brewery” categories as well as bronze in the “Best Patio” category in the Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley contest for 2020.

Bonfire Brewing has decided to celebrate the occasion with a week full of events:

  • Sunday – Commemorative Glass Release, Chalkboard Art Revealed
  • Monday – Throwback Beer Release #1
  • Tuesday – Guess Your Flight Night and Throwback Beer Release #2
  • Wednesday – Specialty Slush Release #1
  • Thursday – Chambers Brew Tours and Throwback Beer Release #3 and Live Music: Lance Boyle and the Red Bottom Boys 6-9 p.m.
  • Friday – Throwback Beer Release #4, Specialty Slush Release #2 and Live Music: The Evolution from 6-9 p.m.
  • Saturday – Final Hurrah – Mug Club Auction, Prize Drawing, No. 10 Bottle Release and Live Music: Hardscrabble from 6-9 p.m.

For more information visit Bonfire Brewing’s website at bonfirebrewing.com and follow its social media accounts.

Giving with the Grooms Food Drive

In a few weeks, many families will be feasting on turkey and all the fixings during the Thanksgiving meal. But while many don’t feel the strife of food insecurity, it is a problem in the Vail Valley. To help get food into the hands of those in need, rock band The Runaway Grooms have stepped up to host a food drive.

Throughout the month of November, The Runaway Grooms is hosting “Giving with the Grooms” at various locations up and down the valley. Donate non-perishable goods or City Market gift cards at any of the drop-off sites. All donations will benefit the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The Vail Valley Food Pantry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many more households needing assistance. According to the Vail Valley Salvation Army’s website, non-perishable food and hygiene items are needed. Non-perishable food items include canned soups, peanut butter, pasta and rice, canned vegetables, dried fruit, nuts and cereal. Hygiene items include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion and toilet paper.

Drop off locations:

  • Bonfire Brewing
  • Vail Brewing Company – Eagle-Vail
  • Vail Brewing Company – Vail Village
  • Riverwalk Theater
  • Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy

The Runaway Grooms is hosting this food drive until the end of November. For more information, go to therunawaygrooms.com.

Colorado Snowsports Museum

Unlike other ski towns that were mining operations first, Vail was created because of the ski area. Vail started spinning its lifts for the public in December of 1962 and the town was erected around the slopes and was incorporated in 1966. This short yet impressive history is brought to life with the Colorado Snowsports Museum. The museum also houses artifacts and much more about the history of skiing in Colorado. 

Vail’s history has a lot to do with its past. Just south of Vail is Camp Hale. At one point, up to 14,000 soldiers were stationed there training with the 10th Mountain Division, the winter warfare unit of the U. S. Army during World War II. The Colorado Snowsports Museum has a full exhibit dedicated to the stories of the men of the 10th, complete with a movie called “Climb to Glory” that shares stories from that era, vintage footage from Camp Hale and the battles in Europe.

When the men of the 10th returned home after the war, many of them went into the fledgling outdoor ski industry as we know it today. One of the founders of Vail, Pete Seibert, was in the 10th Mountain Division.

In addition to information about the 10th Mountain Division, the Colorado Snowsports Museum houses Olympic memorabilia, the evolution of ski equipment, lost ski areas, the history of snowboarding and the Hall of Fame.

The Colorado Ski Museum’s Snowsports Hall of Fame includes an interactive touchscreen monitor display of information on the movers and shakers in the winter sports industry of Colorado. Each year, Hall of Fame candidates are nominated under the established criteria of Athlete, Sport Builder, Inspirational or Pioneer categories, with the Hall of Fame Nomination Committee evaluating and confirming the nominees to move onto the final ballot.

Join the Colorado Snowsports Museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a 60-minute Walking Tour in Vail. During the tour, the guide will relay how Vail became the town and resort it is today. The tour information dates back to when Vail was a remote area, accessed only by the Ute American Indians as a summer residence. The land around Vail was part of the Gold Rush and became home to ranchers and eventually became America’s number one ski resort. Learn the story of Vail and share it with others time and time again after you take this tour.

To join a tour, call (970) 476-1876 to make a reservation. Then, meet at the Colorado Snowsports Museum just before 11 a.m. to start the tour. Masks and proper social distancing are required on tours and in the Museum. Have a larger group? Private tours can be arranged outside of the Museum’s regular schedule. The Colorado Snowsports Museum’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, view the website at snowsportsmuseum.org.

Avalanche dogs, Halloween costume contests, restaurant deals, live music and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/16/20

Live Music

The fall colors are still holding on and so are the nice temperatures. That weather will bode well for the live music offerings this weekend, many of which are outdoors.

Rewind Halloween Costume Party – Edwards – Saturday

Get your 80s costumes ready for an early Halloween show with 80s retro rockers Rewind, a cover band from Eagle County. Rewind will take the stage under the marquee at the Riverwalk Theater on Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Check Rewind’s Facebook page for more details.

Pop-Up Street Music – Vail Village – Saturday

Shakedown Presents has more live music coming your way. This Saturday the stage will be in the Solaris Plaza. Scott Rednor, owner and musician at Shakedown Bar, has been hosting a series of outdoor concerts due to COVID-19 regulations that have kept his bar closed. Rednor has been working with the town of Vail to provide live music for free on the streets of Vail from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit shakedownbarvail.com.

Live music at Bonfire Brewing – Eagle – Friday and Saturday

Listen to the sounds of Motown, rock and folk music by Jen Mack, a long-time local who will play acoustic sets at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Brian Chinn takes the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. Axe Throwing is back with Wood & Steel Axe Company who will be hosting events every weekend in October. Don’t forget, Bonfire’s patio is heated. For more info, check out bonfirebrewing.com.

Kevin Danzig  – Vail – Saturday

Join Kevin Danzig for his eclectic mix of sounds and songs at the King’s Club Lounge at the Sonnenalp Vail. Enjoy the lounge atmosphere of the Bavarian-style hotel while listening to a variety of musical genres from folk to rock and some of Danzig’s originals from 7 to 10 p.m.

Meet Avalanche Dogs at Colorado Snowsports Museum

Dog lovers, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet Vail’s Avalanche Dogs and get some insights into photographer Scott Brockmeier’s latest book, “Skiers’ Best Friends.”

The Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail will host Brockmeier and have a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday. Brockmeier traveled throughout the state of Colorado and got to observe these working dogs in action in his new book. The book will be available for purchase and so will the 2021 Avalanche Rescue Dog calendars.

A portion of the proceeds from the book and calendar sales will be made to the Avalanche Rescue Dog teams. Beer, wine and 10th Mountain Whiskey will be available for purchase during the book signing.

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. For more information, call the museum at 970-476-1876.

“Purple Mountains”  movie at Riverwalk Theater

Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has been enjoying the steepest slopes and deepest snow all around the globe for decades. Now, he’s taking his experience and observations to the slopes and streets to meet the people to discuss climate change. “Purple Mountains” is an hour-long documentary that hopes to build dialogue to help people understand what can be done climate-wise in order to keep enjoying the great outdoors.

The Riverwalk Theater is hosting this documentary on Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are free thanks to the help of a former employee of the Riverwalk Theater and some businesses that stepped up to sponsor this event.

“A former employee of mine (who wanted to remain anonymous) reached out to me and wanted to bring this movie to the theater as a way to support our business and bring this specific message to our community given its subject matter,” said Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards. 

The former employee enlisted the help of Jeremy Lepore of Edward Jones, Alpine Quest Sports store in Edwards, Mid Valley Paint and Hemp Works Colorado, a sustainable wood material made from hemp stalks.

“It means a lot as a business to have groups like this stepping up to show the Riverwalk Theater support and especially for a movie like this that is meant to bring people together. This is 100% in tune with what we are trying to do at the Riverwalk Theater,” said Smith, whose mission is to have the Riverwalk Theater be a place where people can connect with friends and family.

Once again, tickets are free, but reserve yours now by contacting the Riverwalk Theater or by stopping by to reserve tickets. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the maximum capacity is 50 people. Come early and enjoy live music from 6 to 7 p.m. and happy hour specials including $10 chopped brisket sandwiches and $5 Vail Brewing Company Octoberfest lagers.

Back to the movie, expect to see scenic vistas you’d expect from any Jeremy Jones film, but also witness conversations with people on all sides of the issue. To learn more about “Purple Mountains”, view the website and trailer at www.purplemountainsfilm.com. To learn more about the Riverwalk Theater, go to riverwalktheater.com.

Gypsum Fun Fest

Get into the Halloween spirit at the Gypsum Fun Fest this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Costume contests, live music, food and more will be on hand along with a pumpkin weight-guessing contest.

The Gypsum Chamber is hosting this event with The Andrews Team of All Western Mortgage, which will be celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Stop by its new location and register to win a 58-inch flat-screen television that will be given away at 5 p.m. Neighboring Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Colorado Properties is co-sponsoring the event and many of the activities will occur on its lawn on the corner of Green Way and Highway 6 in Gypsum.

Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes. Awards will be given for the best child and adult costume at 4 p.m. Kids will also receive a Halloween goodie bag. Register to win raffle prizes at the Gypsum Chamber’s registration table at the event. Raffle prizes will be given away at 2 and 5 p.m. Raffle prizes include six complimentary Sunny Pop lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort and gift certificates for local businesses. Guessing the correct weight of the large pumpkin on display can earn you a prize, too.

Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and other snacks will be provided at this celebration. Listen to live music by Mysterious Forces and enjoy family games on the lawn and the kids can burn off some energy in the Bounce House.

In case of inclement weather, tents and heaters will be in place and Vail Honeywagon has donated mobile hand-washing and sanitation stations for attendees. For more information go to gypsumchamber.org.

Restaurant and shopping deal cards

If you head down valley for the Gypsum Fun Fest, stick around and have a bite to eat at some of the restaurants that are participating in Gypsum Restaurant Daze. Get a Gypsum Restaurant Daze punch card at Gypsum Town Hall or any participating restaurant. During the month of October, stop by all of the 11 restaurants, get your card punched and once you’ve completed the punch card, drop it off at the dropbox outside the main entrance of Gypsum Town Hall by November 1.

Two winners with completed cards will be randomly selected in early November and each winner will get $300 in gift cards to Costco, Ridley’s and Ace Hardware.

Participating restaurants include Creekside Clubhouse & Grill, Turgeon’s, DJ’s + Dahlias, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, Trigo Food Co., Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Tu Casa Coffee Shop, Spice of Life and Firebox. For more information to go townofgypsum.org

Access Unbound is offering a discount card as well. Access Unbound’s mission is to transform and heal the lives of people with disabilities or disabling conditions who qualify for its adaptive programs.

The Access Unbound Access Card will allow you to save 20% at many valley businesses and restaurants from now until Oct. 23. Buy the card online for $55 by going to au-accesscard.org. Check out the long list of businesses that are participating while you’re on the website, too. There are tons of great deals to be had, but hurry, the offer ends on Oct. 23.

Take advantage of the savings while helping Access Unbound reach their goal of providing funds for adaptive equipment, scholarships, instructor incentive programs and more.

A benefit for firefighters, Oktoberfest, pumpkin patch, pet blessings and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/02/20

Firefighters Tribute Festival

The smoke may have cleared and the fires contained, but the hard work and the dedication that local, regional and national firefighters went through this season got Dave Kraft thinking. Kraft, a valley local since 1981, decided he wanted to throw a benefit in honor of those who fought so hard to protect Colorado’s landscape.

“I drove the Turtle Bus for weddings, but COVID-19 reduced those trips, and then the fires reduced the Turtle Bus tubing trips we’d do on the river, so with that extra time on my hands, I decided to put together a benefit concert and that’s how the Firefighters Tribute Festival was started,” Kraft said of the event taking place Saturday.

Kraft started calling in favors and got the venue, entertainment and raffle prizes in the span of one month with zero budget. Stoneyard Distillery in Dotsero is providing its large venue for the event. They will also be pouring various drinks including daiquiris and pina coladas for $5. Stone oven wood-fired pizzas will be sold for $14 and the Turtle Bus is offering transportation from Vail, Avon, Edwards and Eagle for $30 round-trip.

Firefighters will get two complimentary drinks and a complimentary pizza. Kraft also wants to honor the firefighters with prizes. There is a free drawing for firefighters where they can win a marble fireman sculpture donated by Rex Branson of the Marble Institute in Marble; two nights lodging donated by the Four Seasons Vail; a guided snowmobile trip; and more.

Local musicians donated their talents for performances that will go on all day. Kraft will play with a collection of musicians in what he calls the Fireman Legacy Band, playing a mixture of classic rock, country and originals. Other artists include Primal J and the Neanderthals, Don Watson, John Dunn, the Al Maul Trio and Helmut Fricker will be there wearing lederhosen along with his companions Charlotte Bogert and Rupert Oberlohr. It’s a fantastic lineup of entertainment that appeals to many age ranges and crosses musical genres.  

The event goes from noon until dark, is free, the drinks are affordable and round trip transportation is $30, so take advantage of the beautiful setting for a good cause. If you’d like to contribute any raffle prizes or for more information, call Kraft at 970-977-9649 or email davekraft2018@gmail.com.

Vail Farmers Market & Art Show

This Sunday marks the last day you can buy products in person at the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show. A 20-year tradition, the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show modified its operations to comply with COVID-19 regulations in order to bring this event to the streets of Vail once again this summer.

Come and get your produce, but there’s also so much more at the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show. Housewares, soaps, candles, jellies, coffee and teas, clothing, books as well as art can be found each week. Instead of having 158 vendors as in years past, the market hosted 58 booths. This year, they implemented a virtual market, which will allow you to keep on buying vendor products throughout the offseason.

Although some of the farms’ crops suffered from a frost earlier this year and wildfires and road closures almost prevented them from getting to the markets, the peaches and other produce still eventually made it. 

“The fires and many other non-COVID-related issues made some of our Sundays different, however, we were able to have most of our vendors show up and they drove over five hours to get here from Palisade,” said Angela Mueller, organizer of the event. “We are glad now that we have pumpkins, squash and so many beautiful apples and pears available.” 

This year the market is providing time slots to get guests into the market to help with crowd control. You may still enter the venue without signing up for a time slot, but your wait to enter the venue might be a little longer, so plan ahead and schedule a time. Wear a mask and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer placed throughout the market. The Vail Farmers Market & Art Show goes from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information on reservations or the virtual market, go to vailfarmersmarket.com.

Oktoberfest at Ein Prosit

Last weekend, Beaver Creek hosted Septemberfest, which gave event-goers a taste of Bavarian fare, beer and music. This weekend, Ein Prosit in Avon wants to help you get your oompah on by hosting its own version of Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ein Prosit already carries a variety of authentic German brews on a daily basis, as well as pretzels and traditional and exotic sausages. Try the wild boar with apricots and cranberries or the pheasant mushroom and parmesan sausage. 

This two-day event will have live music as well. They’re not quite the lederhosen guys you’d expect to find at an Oktoberfest celebration, but the Runaway Grooms may throw out a yodel to get the crowd going on Saturday night. On Sunday, Those Austrian Guys will take the stage and with a name like that, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing to the “Chicken Dance” after a few brewskis. Check out Ein Prosit’s Facebook page or go to einprosit.net for more details.

Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Fall is here and along with the autumn colors, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s time to get your pumpkins for the season. Grab one to adorn your doorstep or a dozen for pumpkin decorating with the family.

The Eagle Community Gardens will once again host its annual fundraiser in Eagle Ranch on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Brush Creek Park and Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Eagle Community Gardens is issuing tickets and time slots for parties of up to eight people.

Tickets are available on EventBrite and you will be given time slots to choose from once you are in the reservation and purchasing system. Reservations are from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Walk-ins are welcome from noon until 2 p.m. Don’t worry, word has it that they will still have a good selection of pumpkins past noon, too.

Each reservation per party costs $5.50 and it includes a small “pie” pumpkin. Once you are in the pumpkin patch, pick out your pumpkins, which will cost between $5 and $10 each.

In addition to finding that perfect pumpkin, there will be a pumpkin maze to go through and an area set up for photographs. Bring your own camera and create a memorable memento of the season. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions the usual fair activities won’t be happening this year, but the playground will be open.

Blessing of animals

Does your pet need to be blessed? On St. Francis Day this Sunday you can bring your pet to Edwards to be blessed in honor of this patron saint of animals. In early October, people all over the world will celebrate St. Francis Day, for Saint Francis of Assisi.

Bring your furry friends down to the Freedom Park recreational dog area on the east side of the pond in Edwards. There, Pastor Scott Beebe of Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church will be conducting blessings. It’s not just limited to dogs, all creatures large and small are invited to come with their owners whether by foot, bike or even a drive-by blessing can be conducted.

For more information, call 970-471-3563 or view the website at mountholycross.org.

Vail restaurants, bars planning for winter operations after surprisingly busy summer

Despite COVID-19 restrictions and added protocols, Vail’s summer dining scene was busy. Thanks to abundant patios and expanded outdoor seating, many restaurants are reporting a successful summer. But with winter and ski season quickly approaching, restaurants and bars in both Vail and Beaver Creek are trying to plan how exactly to present their winter offerings with public health at the forefront.

And with the level of uncertainty that has characterized 2020, Vail restaurants are gearing up for a busy winter.

“We had a very good summer, a very good fall, I think it’s going to be a fantastic winter,” said Dimitri Souvorin, chef and restaurateur at El Segundo and Montauk Seafood Grill. “The business model we’ve seen develop in both restaurants is absolutely sustainable through the winter. I think reservations are going to be an absolute must in this town for the wintertime.”

This winter, each restaurant is tasked with creating a plan that works with the idiosyncrasies of their individual establishments.

El Segundo has a large indoor dining room, which will be divided into smaller sections for guest safety.
Dominique Taylor | Special to the Daily

Over the summer, many restaurants were successfully able to adapt their indoor and outdoor seating options to match local and state guidelines. Since they were able to seat fewer guests, and some restaurants decided to remain closed, demand for tables actually increased.

“Not to mention, Vail has been really busy since July. Even right now, we are abnormally busy for this time of year” Souvorin said. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic.”

The same was true at Root & Flower in Vail, which opened its new location during the Burton U.S. Open right before the first COVID-19 case was logged in Vail on March 6. Even without a reservation model, the wine and cocktail bar had a good summer.

“We definitely did not lose money this summer. I feel like a lot of people think that’s what’s happening, but that’s not what’s happening,” said bar co-owner Sam Bisantz.

One factor that contributed to restaurants’ summer success was expanded outdoor seating. The town of Vail allowed certain restaurants to move tables into the streets, where space could still accommodate emergency vehicles and the like.

The town of Vail is continuing to help provide options to Vail Village restaurants. Minutes from a Sept. 15 meeting show the town has already committed $2.7 million worth of reserves to coronavirus economic relief efforts, including rent relief, community relief and music activations.

For winter dining, the Town of Vail plans to implement a cost-sharing tent program in Vail and Lionshead villages. The town will pay for the cost of renting various size tents — it is currently reviewing a proposal from a potential vendor — as well as setup and takedown fees, snow removal and operational costs. The restaurants will pay for costs associated with heating the tent as well as security.

The town estimates that this program could bring in at least $300,000 in additional sales tax, which would help offset costs associated with the tenting program.

While more than 30 restaurants have expressed interest, it’s not a one-size-fits-all program. For some businesses, tents just won’t work. Root & Flower was able to add two outdoor tables per Vail’s increased outdoor seating initiative this summer, but tenting doesn’t make sense for the wintertime.

“It definitely seems like it’s going to be beneficial for some restaurants but not for all,” Bisantz said. “Whereas us, I’m not going to do that, waste all that energy, for two tables.”

Additionally, a tent with vinyl walls enclosing diners with heat blocks Root & Flower’s small curb space and sign, so those who don’t already know where the bar is could easily miss it while walking down Bridge Street.

“I’d rather just staff smarter, make sure our menu’s dialed,” Bisantz said.

Cocktails at Root & Flower, from left: gin & tonic, OG Orleans, Spa Day and Smoking Bird. The bar will stay open through the shoulder season and into winter.
Casey Russell | crussell@vaildaily.com

Most restaurant owners will heat the tents with propane: things like space heaters, flame torches, etc. But there is a local alternative option.

Owned and operated by longtime local Alex Bolla, Avon company InfraHeat Co. embeds a thin, conductive germanium film in rubber floor mats, which they can place outside under a tent. When the film is electrified, it sends therapeutic, far infrared waves up through the floor, heating the space in the same way sunlight evaporates water from a puddle.

“(Propane) is just so inefficient,” said Clay LaGrone, who works with InfraHeat Co. “And we’re burning fossil fuels doing it, as opposed to lighting up an element that’s on the Periodic Chart that produces the same wavelength as the sun. That’s as green as you get.”

Physical therapists use this far infrared technology in therapeutic applications. InfraHeat Co. mainly focused on other industries, like thawing the ground for Colorado aquamarine gemstone miners. But when the coronavirus hit, Bolla saw an immediate connection between his product and the local bar and restaurant scene.

Currently, a demo tent is set up at Bob’s Place in Avon, and InfraHeat Co. is working with restaurants from Vail to Edwards, as well as the towns of Vail and Avon governments. InfraHeat Co. will work with restaurants to offer significant discounts to help preserve Vail’s local businesses.

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But infrared technology won’t work for everyone, either. Both Montauk and El Segundo’s buildings were finished before 1978, and their electrical grids don’t have the capability to power the infrared heating pad. A lot of other buildings are in the same situation, which is why the Town of Vail is moving forward with propane solutions.

But a solution to the winter dining puzzle isn’t just dependent on heating outdoor spaces. El Segundo and Montauk will be relying on indoor seating, though outdoor seating will be available to diners who request it and if possible, but it’s not going to be a focus.

Maximizing space and providing a top-notch guest experience is Souvorin’s main focus. In normal years, many guests waiting for tables to open up will gather around the bar. Souvorin said that last winter, the bar at El Segundo was four people deep seven hours a day. Without that option, he’s hoping guests will wait for their tables in warming tents that the Town of Vail is planning on installing throughout the village.

“It does need to rely on an understanding from people that they simply can’t come in. People are coming from all over the place, and a lot of them have different COVID situations than here,” he said. “I think that’s going to be the real challenge: managing the flow of customers at the door.”

Montauk is located at 549 E. Lionshead Circle in Vail. It will offer a full menu from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily this winter.
Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaildaily.com |

Another solution that both restaurants will be implementing is longer hours with the same menu — no separation between lunch and dinner. Montauk will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and El Segundo is open from noon to the state last call guideline daily, which is currently 11 p.m. in Eagle County. And with the same menus all day, the restaurant is able to accommodate guests for a big lunch, an early dinner or other alternatives to a traditional dinner-at-7 outing.

“We’re really trying to give the customer a lot of room to customize their own style of dining,” Souvorin said.

While focusing on indoor seating, all tables will be appropriately distanced. In El Segundo, which has a large, open plan dining room, there will be more dividers and sectioning to help keep guests more safe.

At the end of the day, though, like so much else about COVID-19, the narrative here in Eagle County is about moving forward, despite obstacles.

“We’re really, really positive. We’re excited about the winter. Yes, there are absolutely challenges. There are absolutely things that we’re going to be doing differently than we’ve ever done. I’ve been in this valley for 23 years running restaurants, and this is new territory for sure,” Souvorin said. “It’s not a negative thing.”

Today is National Lobster Day

Today is National Lobster Day and in honor of this delicacy that was once fed to prisoners and servants, we decided to dive into the history of this coveted crustacean.

According to history.com, when European settlers came to North America, the lobsters were so plentiful along the beaches that they would pile up two feet high along the shoreline. Native Americans used lobster for fertilizer in their fields and as fishing bait. The plentitude of lobster allowed it to be served to prisoners, servants, apprentices and children. It was branded the “poor man’s protein.”

Fast forward a few centuries later and lobster is now a pricey treat on the menu. It is still a good source of protein. Nutrition websites reveal that one cup of cooked lobster (about 145 grams) contains 129 calories, 1.25 grams of fat, 0 carbohydrates and 27.55 grams of protein. That’s until you add the drawn butter, of course.

Vail may be 2,000 miles away from the coast of Maine, where many of the lobsters we dine on come from, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t have our share of great lobster dishes to choose from. Dimitri Souvorin, long-time chef and part-owner of Montauk in Lionshead, said he loves to work with lobster. “It is so versatile, you can serve it so many ways. We’ve done tempura-fried, steamed, served it in pasta dishes and in our risotto,” said Souvorin, referring to the Lobster Arancini on the appetizer menu.

Souvorin prefers cold water versus warm water lobster and sources much of the lobster for Montauk from Maine and Canada. Souvorin said he loves ordering up special items for customers, too. “If you have a special event like an anniversary or a birthday and you want lobster, I can find you the size you are looking for and put a delicious meal together for you at our restaurant,” Souvorin said.

In the Vail Valley, you won’t just find lobster while dining indoors at a restaurant. It has also become popular street fare at the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show. For 15 years, the Left Bank has been serving up its famous lobster roll. “Years ago we started with 50 or 60 rolls each Sunday and it’s increased every year and now we serve 200 at each market,” said Jean-Michel Chelain, chef-owner of The Left Bank in Vail Village.

Due to COVID-19, the lobster roll was offered for take out this spring and the Left Bank started doing lunch this summer and it’s now a popular item for dining in. “But you can order it to-go and we’ll have it on the bar menu all winter,” Chelain said.

Chelain uses finely chopped, rinsed and pressed ingredients in his lobster salad that he puts on the roll. He also uses house-made potato bread. “The potato puree keeps the bread moist and soft,” Chelain said.

Want to make a lobster dish at home? Tracy Miller of Colorful Cooking is a caterer in town. She is from Maine and loves her lobster. “Being a Maine girl, I don’t substitute lobster for anything. Here is a mini appetizer with lobster that is on the cheap and people love it,” Miller said.


2 lobster tails, raw

Fresh tarragon

Frozen Filo Cups

1/3 cup mayo or sour cream  


You have to use some muscle for this: lay the lobster tail on its back, flatten it out with one hand and using a chef knife slice from top to bottom of the tail. Pry open and remove the meat. Chop the meat into small pieces and cook it in a frying pan with butter over medium heat until pink. Place half cooked lobster and mayo in food processor and blend until smooth. Fill each Filo cup with a little mayo mixture, then a piece of lobster and a sprinkle of fresh tarragon. Makes 16.

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Septemberfest at Beaver Creek

It’s not quite the annual Oktoberfest celebration Beaver Creek hosts every fall, but we’ll take it. Septemberfest will offer up Bavarian food, beer, music and fun this Friday and Saturday.

Area restaurants will feature specials on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. No tickets required for entry, a la carte food and beverages will be available for purchase at restaurants in Beaver Creek Village. Here are a few samples of what you’ll see:

The Dusty Boot: Bratwurst and Sauerkraut with chips, cheese beer soup with pretzels

The Golden Eagle Inn: Schnitzel and Kolsch Beer

Coyote Cafe: Beirock and Oktoberfest Lager

The Met Kitchen: Strudel and The Kaiser Lager

Pair those items with your dirndl or lederhosen and enjoy live music performed in the village. For more information, go to beavercreek.com.

Last weekend for gondola rides

The last weekend in September marks that last time you can ride lifts until the winter season fires back up on November 20 on Vail Mountain and November 25 at Beaver Creek Resort. Vail starts the weekend early with lifts starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and will run Gondola One in Vail Village until 4 p.m. Those are the operating hours for Saturday and Sunday as well. Beaver Creek will have the Centennial lift running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you work up an appetite, you can purchase a grab-and-go lunch from Sarge’s Deck on Vail Mountain at Mid Vail or from Spruce Saddle at Beaver Creek. This is prime hiking and biking season because of the fall colors. Have the camera handy so you can snap a few pictures of the golden aspen leaves whether you are hiking or biking up or down the trails.

Beaver Lake is a popular destination this time of year. You can hike up the trail from the base area by starting out on the Five Senses Trail before embarking on the Beaver Lake Trail or take the Centennial lift up to Spruce Saddle and follow the Royal Elk Trail to Beaver Lake.

Bikers can try the Grand Traverse trail for spectacular views of the back bowls or do a lap on Big Mamba and Radio Flyer. 

Keep an eye on the time if you are hoping to download the lifts at the end of the day. The temperature is cooler as you ascent, so pack an extra layer for once you get to the top. For more information visit vail.com or beavercreek.com.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday marks the third annual Vail Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects 5.8 million Americans and 76,000 Coloradoans. Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the walk won’t be held in one central location. Instead, participants are encouraged to walk their families or small groups on neighborhood streets, school tracks and trails in support of a world without Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Registration is still open by going to alz.org/walk. Search for the Vail Valley’s walk and join a team or sign up as an individual. Registration is free, but if you’d like to donate you can do so with or without walking in the event. The goal of the Vail Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s local planning committee is to raise $130,000 by the end of 2020 and at press time over $74,000 had been raised. Here are some stats about Alzheimer’s and why this is such a national concern:

  • 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to reach nearly 14 million by 2050
  • More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, providing an estimated 18.5 billion hours valued at nearly $234 billion
  • There is so prevention, treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Walk with your family and friends at this year’s Vail Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For more information, go to alz.org/walk.

Boneyard Boogie Trail Run

This Saturday marks the final race in the Dynafit 2020 Vail Trail Running Series. The Boneyard Boogie is presented by and held in the town of Eagle. This race typically takes place in the spring, but due to COVID-19 cancellations and postponements, this race was pushed to the fall. The benefit will be the wonderful fall colors that racers will get to see by having it held in September versus May.

The Boneyard Boogie is a 13k race that starts and ends at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. The terrain is mostly dirt single track with a small percentage of double track that winds through pinyon groves and juniper shrubs. The race includes about 1,400 feet of climbing.

The race is capped at 175 runners and there is no day-of registration. Racers can pick up their race numbers or register ahead of time in person (space available) on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Peak Performance in Edwards.

As with all the other races, there is a race t-shirt and Northside Coffee and Kitchen will be serving up donuts. You can grab both after you finish and head home. Due to COVID-19, the series champion and raffle winner prizes will be given out by staff at the race area as racers finish. Boneyard Boogie overall men’s and women’s finisher prizes will be mailed. Go to vailrec.org for more information.

“I Love Lucy” Wine Crush

If you’ve ever followed the “I Love Lucy” show, the classic comedy that starred Lucille Ball, you may have seen the episode where Lucy stomps grapes with her feet. Each year during harvest time, Vines at Vail allows those who dare put their feet in the vat to stomp grapes and don a costume similar to the outfit Lucy wore in that famous episode. The best costume and look alike winner will receive a $150 credit toward Vines at Vail wine.

All fun and games aside, it’s a busy time at Vines at Vail with the crush and press going on this fall with harvest in full swing. This boutique mountain winery has been sharing the experience with guests for decades. The grapes are from Lodi, Amador and Stockton, CA.

After the grape stomp and costume contest, stick around and taste some wines that have already been bottled. The event goes until 5 p.m. Vines at Vail offers Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Petit Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, just to name a few.

For more information about tickets to this event and to learn about how you can get your own barrel or host an event out there with your friends – Vines at Vail is located at 4 Eagle Ranch – visit vinesatvailwinery.com. If you can’t get there on Saturday, Vines at Vail is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 15 and open Fridays and Saturdays through November.

Meet Sonnenalp’s new Executive Chef Joshua Marshall, who hopes to fine-tune hotel’s dining options

As the Sonnenalp Hotel’s new executive chef of culinary operations, Joshua Marshall hopes to streamline menus in an effort to provide locals and visitors with regionally-focused dining options. Swiss Chalet will remain Swiss-focused: he’s not touching the classics. But at Ludwig’s and Bully Ranch, Marshall will gradually introduce changes that reflect what he hopes to provide guests: healthy-ish, Rocky Mountain-forward menus with influences from his experiences cooking American Southwest and Asian food.

Having lived in Vail for two months, Marshall has noticed how respected the Sonnenalp is within the community.

“I don’t want to come into a place and just change everything off the bat,” he said. “The one thing I’ve noticed about this hotel is that people just come. The reputation, the quality, the service, the ownership … it’s great that they have that.”

Joshua Marshall has worked in some of the best corporate hotels in the U.S. and in China, but he’s excited to get to know the family-owned Sonnenalp Hotel.
Jeffrey Hulse | Special to the Daily

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, Marshall started his career at the Four Seasons. Over the course of his 15-year career, working in corporate hotels allowed him to move all around the United States: Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and later Denver; Naples, Florida; and Southern California, where he’s from. He’s spent the past five years living overseas with his family, serving in executive chef positions in Taiwan and Guangzhou, China.

He was in Guangzhou when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit China. He was incredibly busy through Chinese New Year in late January, and suddenly, his hotel’s occupancy dropped to zero. Wuhan is in the Hubei Province, 11 hours north of Guangzhou.

Marshall said Guangzhou is a “mega city” with nearby Hong Kong and Shenzen. Guangzhou wasn’t shut down to the same extent that Wuhan was, but the city suspended all food and beverage operations for two weeks. For Marshall, that meant room service and takeout only at the hotel.

“It was extreme. Everywhere you went, you had your temperature taken. You had to wear masks. It’s definitely on a different level than it is here, but the people and culture is completely different,” he said.

He was moving back to America to establish roots with his family anyway. After so many moves, Vail was the right place for them to find stability.

At Ludwig’s, Marshall hopes to continue providing accessible fine dining. One of the menu items he hopes to add is a tuna tartare, with a Chinese-style steamed egg white, shiso leaves and crispy salmon skin.

“I want people to be able to read a menu and say, ‘Oh, I know exactly what I’m going to eat,’” he said.

For breakfast, Marshall has added lighter options like a peanut butter acai bowl and avocado toast. For banquet menus, Marshall will have more creativity to insert Asian influences while staying true to the hotel’s European charm.

At Bully Ranch, Marshall is going to retouch the menu so that each offering reflects a common culinary theme: a regional, healthier-type menu that still captures all those indulgent favorites in mountain and Southwest cuisine.

Many of the signature items will stay in some form — the ribs, the fish tacos and the nachos, for example — and some will get a dialed-in, healthy update. Of course, salads are on that list. Marshall will add a kale and quinoa salad, a baby iceberg with house-made green goddess dressing and a beetroot salad, and he will keep the Caesar and Cobb salads.

“We’re definitely trying to go into more healthy options but still keeping it Bully Ranch,” he said.

The big thing Marshall has noticed at Bully Ranch is the amount of food waste produced by large portions. He hopes to slightly reduce portion sizes so less waste comes back to the kitchen. While he was in Taiwan, Marshall became more attuned to food waste and sustainability. Taiwan is a global epicenter for sustainability and recycling.

That’s why he’s trying to reduce the Sonnenalp’s impact and why he bikes home from work. That’s also why he’s working to use regional and sustainable foods in the hotel’s culinary operations, particularly in Ludwig’s. He’s serving Rocky Mountain trout and Colorado beef, and he wants to know where it comes from and that the fishermen and ranchers are doing their due diligence to the environment. He wants guests to feel a sense of place when they dine at the hotel.

Swiss Chalet will maintain its classic German menu.
Todd Winslow Pierce | Special to the Daily

For Marshall, working at the Sonnenalp was appealing on several levels. From a personal standpoint, he and his wife, who’s working in Vail as a family prep chef, are raising two daughters, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old. They were looking for a place to settle down with the family and establish some roots, after moving so much in their kids’ early years.

But also, Marshall got tired of the corporate world. He is grateful for the experience working for multi-billion-dollar international corporations gave him: their resources are partially what allowed him to live in so many different places. But he’s thankful to be in one place now.

“I want to try it out once,” he said. “So far, I love it here.”

He hopes to get his oldest on skis while he dusts off his like-new snowboard he bought 10 years ago in Denver.

While he’s excited for his family life, he’s also excited for the new workplace environment. After so many years in corporate hotels, he craved a sense of community. With Sonnenalp’s status as a family-owned-and-operated business, he knows he has employers who are just as invested in him as a person as they are in the work and the bottom line.

“Mr. (Johannes) Faessler’s office is 20 feet away. I think what he’s built here, the benefits for employees, and how long people have worked here … it’s incredible,” Marshall said. “I wanted to work in a place like this, where people actually care about me.”

Vail Resorts ‘committed to opening all on-mountain restaurants’ this winter

With questions remaining about the protocols for the upcoming ski season, skiers and snowboarders this year can look forward to on-mountain dining this winter, with added safety measures in place.

In an emailed statement, Vail Resorts said it was committed to opening all on-mountain restaurants this winter, while following local public health guidelines.

“We have reimagined many of our operations this season for the safety of our guests and employees,” wrote Hannah Dixon, senior communications specialist for Vail and Beaver Creek. “For our dining operations, we are committed to opening all of our on-mountain restaurants. To allow for physical distancing, we will be managing the number of people in our restaurants in accordance with public health requirements, and spacing out seating both indoors and outdoors. Some locations, such as full-service bars, will not operate this season. Packaged beer and wine will be available at most locations.”

Vail Resorts is still working on finalizing a full plan and will share more details in the coming weeks. Vail’s Opening Day is set for Friday, Nov. 20 and Beaver Creek’s is Wednesday, Nov. 25.

For more information, visit vailresorts.com.