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Après like a pro: Here’s where to go after a perfect day on the hill

If you’re in Vail Village at 3 p.m. this ski season, listen for après bells ringing all over town. It’s the perfect time to pull off your boots, raise a glass and catch up with friends and family to celebrate a great day.

Après is not necessarily about happy hour and discounted drinks, but it’s always about the social gathering scene at a fun bar, restaurant or outdoor patio. And anyone who has ever been to a ski town knows that no day is complete with a little après.

Après in Vail

For a classic apres

Known for its family dining, local menu, happy hour, live music and outdoor patio, the ski-inspired Fitz Bar & Restaurant (located in Manor Vail Lodge) serves creative craft cocktails and local Colorado drafts. Happy hour is from 4 to 5 p.m. and includes $4 drafts, $7 house wine and $9 Old Fashioned.

For feeling like a local

Like those secret stashes on the mountain, Vail Valley locals always know where to go. With all the great options around, these are the spots that will always offer you a bar stool, or at the very least, a shot and a beer. Bart & Yeti’s in Lionshead is that pub you can’t stay away from, with daily food and drink specials to keep you topped up. Garfinkel’s is also in Lionshead and offers tasty bar food and a lively atmosphere, along with an awesome mountain-facing patio on sunny afternoons. In Vail Village, Vendetta’s on Bridge Streethas a $10.95 lunch special until 3 p.m. every day. Stop in for a slice of pizza and you’ll be sure to rub elbows with some ski patrollers.

Quench a beer craving at Vail Brewing Company in the Solaris. Monday through Friday this locals’ spot offers $1 off all beers from 3 to 5 p.m.

For the days when you’re feeling like Mexican

Located on Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village, El Segundo is a new restaurant that’s in a prime location for off-the-mountain après ski and lively meals with friends and family. Happy hour is from 3 to 5 p.m. and includes drink specials and select $5 tacos.

Looking for a little slopeside fiesta? El Sabor in Lionshead is awesome for watching the base area while getting that margarita fix. Enjoy happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with $3 draft beer, $6 house margs and two tacos for $5.

For when you’re feeling fancy

Mussels and calamari from Larkspur in Vail.
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From 3:30 to 5 p.m. daily, Mountain Standard and Sweet Basil each offer a special après menu and drink specials.

And for that afternoon fancy fix, Terra Bistro has a well-known happy hour that runs from 5 to 6 p.m. every day with deals on small plates and drinks. There are tasty options for those with dietary restrictions, including gluten-free and vegan dishes.

Come off the slopes and into your seat at Larkspur, featuring an après menu from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with delectable food offerings and drink specials, including $8 La Marca prosecco and Vail Ice Tea for $7.

For coffee lovers

At Two Arrows, grab a Green Hot (hot chocolate with Genepy) or American Pie (spiked cider), and the chips and housemade French onion dip is a delicious snack to accompany any drink. They also serve coffee all day, if you need a pick me up after all that hard work on the slopes.

For music lovers

Music seems like a must after a great day on the hill, so stop by Pepi’s Bar and The Red Lion for tunes from local musicians while you raise a glass or a few.

Après in Beaver Creek

For seafood lovers

Seafood is king at Hooked, with discounted food specials that include oysters, ceviche, sushi rolls and poke bowls for happy hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Tiki bar food and drink service is available on the patio from the counter from 4 to 5 p.m.

For feeling like a local

Select food and drinks are discounted at Coyote Cafe daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy open-air seating on the outdoor heated patio — the ideal spot to share a pitcher of beer and plate of nachos.

For classic apres

Head to another local watering hole, the Dusty Boot Roadhouse, for their happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. in the bar. For $9 you can get a snack with a draft beer or glass of house wine. Right below the Dusty Boot, The Met Kitchen offers a special drinks, snacks and apps menu from 3 to 5 p.m. every day.

For when you’re feeling fancy

The Bachelors Lounge is located inside The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, at Beaver Creek. It is open daily through April 15.
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Get ritzy at The Ritz. Hop off the mountain from Bachelor Gulch Express and you are immediately on The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch mountainside terrace. Everyone can gather around the fire pit for a true Colorado experience with live music daily from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Alpine & Antlers offers American classics with an artful twist

The new Alpine & Antlers restaurant in the Beaver Creek Lodge can take care of all your dining and drinking needs. Serving morning, noon and night, this eatery offers American classics with an artful twist.

Executive chef Sammy Shipman said their goal at Alpine & Antlers is to create a fun place where the menu is approachable, comfortable and shareable. “It’s kind of the opposite of what many of the restaurants at Beaver Creek have. At many places, there is a large tasting menu where you commit to several courses. We have a variety of shareable plates and entrees so you can order for what your needs are at the time,” Shipman said.

Alpine & Antlers has been in the making since July and Shipman, who’s been a chef in the valley for over 10 years, said it’s been fun to start a restaurant from scratch. “Many times you come into a restaurant where the menu is already established and you can’t change a lot of the dishes. Here, we had to develop every single part of everything, right down to which type of oil to use,” Shipman said.

We tried one of the seasonal favorites on the menu, the flaming saganaki, which is kasseri Greek cheese, brandy and lemon served with a sliced baguette. They light up the skillet right at the table, so have your camera ready. We also had the wood-roasted mussels. “We’re doing everything we can in our wood-fired oven or the wood-fired grill because you can pick up so much good flavor in there,” Shipman said.

Alpine & Antlers also has a drink menu featuring alpine-infused cocktails like the apple pie, which is a festive rye-based cocktail with allspice liqueur with a house-made apple shrub and a crushed graham cracker and gingersnap rim, which is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

The breakfast menu is super-charged with power bowls and protein-packed classics like an egg white frittata and a whole grain rice bowl that’ll energize you for a day of skiing and snowboarding. Happy hour runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and they have live music Wednesdays through Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. Check in with them about their New Year’s Eve party featuring Austin’s Rose.

Feed your curiosity at this funky new place to dine in Beaver Creek. Follow Alpine & Antlers on social media for more information and specials.

Restaurant deals, concert deals, gear deals and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 10/4/19

Underground Sound Concert Series

It’s deal season this time of year and the discounts aren’t just reserved for restaurants, spa treatments and hotel stays. Add concerts at the Vilar Performing Arts Center to that list of off-season specials.

The Underground Sound Concert Series returns to Beaver Creek this weekend and lasts until Nov. 11. This annual fall event has been dubbed “love for the locals” and is a way for the Vilar Performing Arts Center to provide some great acts at an affordable price this time of year.

For 10 years, the Vilar has been hosting a variety of musical genres ranging from bluegrass to funk, blues, indie folk rock, soul and country. Past performers have included Brandi Carlile, Jerry Douglas, Elephant Revival, Lukas Nelson, Gregory Alan Isakov and Chris Thile.

Concert tickets are affordably priced between $28 and $38 for individual shows, but the real deal is in the Underground Sound Pass. For $125 you get seven shows, a drink at each show and it’s transferable, so you can share it with co-workers, friends or neighbors. Maybe trade out baby-sitting with your neighbors and enjoy a few shows this autumn.

Dates of the concerts range from weekends to weeknights so you can enjoy a concert experience as a date night to celebrate the end of the week or take a break from the daily grind and squeeze in a show during the workweek.

Discover new music this weekend. Ranky Tanky will kick off the season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Ranky Tanky hails out of Charleston, SC and is known for its jazz, funk, gospel and R&B sounds. For information on all of the artists, the Underground Sound Pass or individual tickets, go to www.vilarpac.org.

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week continues through Sunday. Take advantage of the $20.19 specials at over 40 restaurants in Vail and Beaver Creek along with deals on hotels and spa treatments.

Last week, I had an opportunity to try the four-course meal at Tavern on the Square at the Arrabelle. It was a delicious deal that started out with an Italian white bean soup, followed by a baked burrata with Pomodoro sauce. For the third course, I got to choose my entrée. It was hard to pick between seafood cacciatore, lamb T-bone or beef bourguignon, so the chef let me try all three. For dessert, I saved room for autumn spice churros and the sugary spice and texture were a great way to complete the meal.

The menu changes nightly, so see what they are cooking up at the Tavern. The chefs have been having a lot of fun trying out new dishes and some of them may remain on the menu for the winter.

I also stopped into La Nonna Ristorante, which is offering its house-made pasta dishes for $20.19. Chef-owner Simone Reatti and his staff have been busy cranking out the same wonderful menu at discount prices as a thank you to the locals and visitors who have supported them since they opened La Nonna last winter.

I tried a few dishes on the menu, including spaghettini crostacei, ravioli tre funghi, and malfatti di ricotta. They’re so tasty, you may want to order two.

I can’t eat at all the restaurants during Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, so I enlisted the help of Casey Russell, our arts and entertainment editor at the Vail Daily. Casey dined at Gessner at the new Grand Hyatt Vail (formerly Hotel Talisa) and tried sourdough toast with charred peppers, local honeycomb and local goat cheese-which used milk taken in both the morning and the afternoon for two different flavor profiles.

Casey loved the vegan butternut squash soup and the tomato and foraged mushroom tagliatelle with basil cream sauce, which in the winter, becomes a truffle sauce.

For an indulgent dessert, Casey said to try the peaches and cream cake with pistachio crust and mousse at Gessner. Its sweet flavor and light texture pairs well with fresh Palisade peaches and meringue kisses that decorate the slice.

Wherever you decide to dine, call for reservations in advance. These deals are very popular and you don’t want to be turned away if the restaurants can’t fit you in. For a full list of specials, go to www.diningwithaltitude.com.

Gear sales and swaps

Did you lose your gloves last year? Are you due for a new snowboard? Have your kids outgrown their snow pants? If you answered affirmatively to any of those questions now is the time to buy while area sports stores are having gear sales and swaps. Here are a few going on this weekend:

Sun & Ski Sports

Get the best deals of the year during the 3rd annual First Tracks Ski and Snowboard Blowout Sale. Ski and snowboard equipment and apparel will be discounted up to 50% off throughout the store through this Sunday. Make sure you ask them about how you can win a pair of Liberty Skis this weekend, too.

The junior ski and snowboard seasonal lease program is going on as well. You can lease skis, boots and poles or a snowboard, bindings and boots for $99. That price goes up to $119 after Nov. 29. Visit www.sunandski.com/avon-co for more information.

Charter Sports

The Empty the Warehouse Sale will be held at Charter Sports at the Christie Lodge location in Avon. They will be selling a lot of gear and that additional merchandise will spill out of the store and into the parking lot of the Christie Lodge, so be prepared to shop around to find everything you need.

Discounts start at 50% off on winter gear, outerwear and accessories. The discounts will increase as the weekend goes on, but keep in mind that sizes and brands and models of gear may be picked over. The event kicks off on Friday and runs through Sunday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Alpine Quest Sports

Thinking about getting into a new sport or upgrading your equipment? Now is the time to buy and sell new and used AT, Tele and Splitboard skis, boots and bindings. 

The Alpine Touring, Telemark and Splitboard Swap is this weekend at Alpine Quest Sports in Edwards. Drop off gear on Friday before 6 p.m. Sell your gear and get 100% of the selling price in store credit or 70% of the selling price in cash.

The annual sale and swap runs until Sunday. Call 970-926-3867 for more details or stop by their store in Edwards.

Oktoberfest in Gypsum

If you are considering buying a dirndl or lederhosen, I am going to encourage you to do so because you’ll have plenty of opportunities to wear the traditional grab. In Eagle County, we have had five, count ‘em, five Oktoberfest celebrations in the last six weeks (and that is not even counting the Oktoberfest celebrations in other mountain towns or in Denver). Things move down valley to Gypsum for this weekend’s Oktoberfest.

The Gypsum Chamber of Commerce, the town of Gypsum and a host of other sponsors are bringing out the traditional Bavarian costumes, games, brats and pastries. There is even a Bonfire Brewing beer named especially for the event: Gyptoberfest.

The Lundgren Theater will play host to the festival, which is free and open to the public on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. There will be music by A Band Called Alexis. Free pumpkins will be available in the pumpkin patch. For more information, visit www.gypsumchamber.com.

If you want to bring a taste of Oktoberfest home with you, stop by West Vail Liquor Mart and take advantage of some seasonal brew sampling. West Vail Liquor Mart will have oompah music, tons of giveaways and plenty of Oktoberfest beers to try on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. German-style pretzels with beer cheese and mustard options will also be served. Learn more at www.westvail.com.

Fire Department Open House

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Vail Fire and Emergency Services is inviting the community to visit the West Vail Station for an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The West Vail Fire House has become quite the attraction for kids. During the open house, kids can view the fire engines and the station up close. There will also be a kid’s obstacle course. Free hot dogs and chips will be served as well.

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, activities will center around fire safety information on smoke alarms, exit drills and carbon monoxide alarms presented by the Fire Prevention Division.

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 through 12 and this year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape – Plan and Practice Your Escape.” This campaign encourages everyone to create a home escape plan and not only come up with the plan but also practice it.

Between the open house at the West Vail Fire Station and school visits, representatives from Vail Fire will educate students on the importance of drawing a map of their home and practicing fire drills with family members. During the sessions, firefighters will be teaching children about closing doors to slow the spread of smoke, flames and heat. Students will also learn about staying outside of a building and not going back inside to retrieve belongings.

Gluten-free folks and vegetarians, rejoice: here’s what you can eat at Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week in the Vail Valley is an undeniably good time. What’s better than eating old favorites and new specials from the best restaurnants Vail and Beaver Creek have to offer? But for those who follow an alternative diet, planning outings like these usually pose a challenge.

Here’s a list of where to get gluten-free and vegetarian options at Fall Restaurant Week $20.19, which runs from now until Oct. 6.


10th Mountain Whiskey: A tasting flight and a bowl of mixed nuts goes for $20.19.

8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill: Lunch options include a kale salad. Though it comes with a draft beer, gluten-free diners could bring a beer nerd friend or ask for a substitution.

Beaver Creek Chophouse / Vail Chophouse: For lunch, grab a house salad with a Mountain Cheeseburger with one topping – ask for their gluten-free bread – and a house dessert for $20.19. For dinner, both restaurants are also serving a Loch Duart Scottish Salmon with summer sweet corn succotash, rock shrimp and roasted corn sauce or a Slow Cooked Pork Shank with green apple mustard, mascarpone polenta and fennel slaw.

Blue Moose: Grab all-day food specials with a Guenoc Chard, Cabernet or Sangria for $2.19.

Bol: This eatery is offering 20.19% off the entire check – pair a sweet discount with poke, wings or gluten-free flatbread.

Buffalo’s @ Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch: The food options – cauliflower masala with a cashew raita and the cast-iron nachos – are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. But each entrée comes with a Colorado draft beer, so try asking for subs or donate your beer to a friend.

Boneyard: The two other menu options are burritos, so gluten-free people should try the low roasted prime rib with garlic mashed potato and asparagus or the short rib platter with garlic mashed and broccolini.

Elway’s Steakhouse: Try the USDA prime New York Strip, Prime Rib, Vancouver Island salmon or half a roasted chicken for $20.19.

Fall Line: This restaurant is also offering $20.19 entrees, or grab 2 cocktails for $20.19. The steak frites, the shrimp pad thai and the Vietnamese noodle bowl are all gluten-free, and so are most of the starters.

Garfinkel’s: Go classic with a rib eye, salad, baked potato and a vegetable. It comes with either a draft beer or a soda, so naturally, gluten-free people will want to go for the soda.

Gessner: Sip on $20.19 select bottles of wine, and pair that with two-for-one entrées when you order an appetizer. Stick around for fall spa specials if you’re stopping in after a busy day of hiking, climbing or other activity.

Golden Eagle Inn: With select entrées at $20.19, and a menu that contains several gluten-free options, diners should head over to check out what’s on tap.

Grill on the Gore: Take 20.19% off the entire bill, but the discount is only valid from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and diners must mention restaurant week to receive the discount.         

La Bottega: Take $20.19 off select pastas and entrees, and most pasta dishes can be made gluten-free.

La Tour: Start with two cocktails for $20.19, and pair it with select $20.19 entrees. Go traditional with a chicken Paillard, or warm up with the roasted maitake mushroom and lettuce curry.

Leonora: Choose three items off the small plates menu for $20.19. All menu items are labeled, and bonus, many of them are also nut-free and dairy-free. Keep in mind that the deal did not apply on Friday, but will continue until Oct. 6.

Matsuhisa: Pair a miso soup with a three-compartment bento box for $20.19. Get creative with some sushi and sashimi.

Mirabelle: Chef Daniel Joly’s Colorado lamb meat bowl with local mushrooms and potato gratin is sure to bring an aire of luxe to your dining plans.

Moe’s Original BBQ: Share a Double Wide Family Pack with three to four people. The whole spread includes one pound of pork, chicken or turkey, two pint-size sides and choice of four buns or cornbread. Skip or share the bread it for a gluten-free meal.

Montauk Seafood Grill: Take 40.38% off full-size entrees for double the savings. Menu highlights include shrimp and scallop fra diavolo and steamed Alaskan crab.

Pepi’s: For a $20.19 lunch, choose any two items off the “Sandwiches” or “European Specialty” menus: gluten-free folks can eat veal, pork or smoked buffalo brats or leberkäse, a mashed potato dish with spinach and a fried egg. Moving into the evening, then gluten-free entree option for $20.19 include is the double veal or pork bratwurst.

Root & Flower: Toast to your small bowl of olives with a glass of Italian bubbly: the bar is offering a bottle of prosecco and olives for $20.19.

Russell’s: Take 20.19% off of the entire check, but leave the King Crab off the table, because it’s not included in the deal.

Splendido: Wine lovers can snag bottles of Naonis or Prosecco for $20.19.

Sweet Basil: Pair a small plate and a drink for $20.19. Gluten-free options include a half-dozen oysters with a glass of sparkling wine or the Salmon Tataki and their special Perfect Margarita.

Swiss Chalet: The restaurant at the Sonnenalp Hotel is offering assorted entrées for $20.19.

Tavern on the Square: The restaurant is offering a four-course chef’s tasting menu that changes nightly, so there’s a chance that items could fit dietary needs. Call ahead to confirm.

Terra Bistro: Try a buy-one, get-one-for-$20.19 deal on house entrees, many of which are gluten-free.

The George: All entrees are $20.19, including the king crab and the surf-and-turf. Both are gluten-free, and would pair nicely with happy hour drink specials.

The Met Kitchen: This restaurant leaves it open for creative menu selections with signature cocktails for $20.19 and 20.19% off the total bill. There are plenty of options, including the lobster tacos on a corn tortilla.

Toscanini Ristorante: All entrees are $20.19 – and they have a whole gluten-free menu. Check it out on their website.

Up the Creek: Entrees are $20.19. For gluten-free options, try the pan-seared scallops with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, grilled sweet corn, basil, balsamic and buffalo mozzarella.

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week kicks off Friday, Sept. 27, and spans 10 days.
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10th Mountain Whiskey: A tasting flight and a bowl of mixed nuts goes for $20.19.

8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill: Lunch options include a kale salad, and it comes with a draft beer.

Big Bear Bistro: Pair two crepes with a bottle of wine for $20.19, or do two smothered burritos – plant-based options available – with two coffees for the same price.

Blue Moose: Pizza and beer is the perfect pairing, and get any 3-topping slice and a Colorado draft beer for $2.19 each.

Bol: Take 20.19% off the entire check – try the sweet pea ravioli for a full meal, or pick and choose from the extensive list of snacks and shareables, many of which are plant-based.

Buffalo’s @ Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch: The food options – cauliflower masala with a cashew raita and the cast-iron nachos – are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. But each entrée comes with a Colorado draft beer, so try asking for subs or donate your beer to a friend.

Boneyard: Chow down on some enchiladas with black beans, lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo with a guajillo red sauce. There is also a special on the classic Boot Burrito. Both are served with meat, chicken and pulled pork respectively, but diners could ask to omit those ingredients.

Fall Line: This restaurant is also offering $20.19 entrees, or grab 2 cocktails for $20.19. The noodle bowl is vegetarian, but that’s it for the entrees.

Gessner: Sip on $20.19 select bottles of wine, and pair that with two-for-one entrées when you order an appetizer. Stick around for fall spa specials if you’re stopping in after a busy day of hiking, climbing or other activity.

Golden Eagle Inn: Plant-based eaters of all varieties can get the vegan zucchini sautée, normally $30, for $20.19. It’s also gluten-free, too.

Grill on the Gore: Take 20.19% off the entire bill, but the discount is only valid from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and diners must mention restaurant week to receive the discount.          The menu is fairly traditional, and most of the vegetarian options are salads and appetizers.

La Bottega: Take $20.19 off select pastas and entrees. Vegetarians should try the the spinach and ricotta cannelloni, the fettuccine puttanesca with Kalamata olives in red sauce or the truffle gnocchi.

La Nonna: All pastas are $20.19, and half of them are vegetarian. Try the spaghetti crudaiola with fresh tomato, arugula, garlic and extra virgin olive oil for a lighter meal, or go all-in with the malfatti de ricotta: spinach ricotta dumplings, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and straciatella cheese.

Leonora: Choose three items off the small plates menu for $20.19. All menu items are labeled with dietary preferences. The summer farro risotto and watermelon and heirloom tomato salad will satisfy everyone, including vegetarians. Keep in mind that the deal did not apply on Friday, but will continue until Oct. 6.

Matsuhisa: Pair a miso soup with a three-compartment bento box for $20.19. Get creative with some sushi and sashimi.

The Met Kitchen: Get two signature cocktails for $20.19 and 20.19% off the total bill. There are plenty of options, including the vegan plate of the day.

Mountain Standard: Pair green hatch chile pimento cheese and any two draft beers for $20.19.

Pivot 62: Select any pizza with a glass of house red or white wine or a draft beer for $20.19. Veggie pizzas include a mushroom pizza topped with a generous pile of arugula.        

Root & Flower: Toast to your small bowl of olives with a glass of Italian bubbly: the bar is offering a bottle of prosecco and olives for $20.19.

Splendido: Wine lovers can snag bottles of Naonis or Prosecco for $20.19.

Sweet Basil: Pair a small plate and a drink for $20.19. The only vegetarian option is fried cheese sticks with a Pinkus beer.

Swiss Chalet: The restaurant at the Sonnenalp Hotel is offering assorted entrées for $20.19.

Tavern on the Square: The restaurant is offering a four-course chef’s tasting menu that changes nightly, so there’s a chance that items could fit dietary needs. Call ahead to confirm.

Terra Bistro: Try a buy-one, get-one-for-$20.19 deal on house entrees, many of which are plant-based and vegetarian.

Two Arrows: Start the morning right with two avocado toasts and two 12 oz. drip coffees for $20.19.

Toscanini Ristorante: All entrees are $20.19. Go nuts on some meat-free ravioli, capellini and bucatini – all fun shapes of pasta.

Up the Creek: Entrees are $20.19. For vegetarians, the option is caprese gnocchi.

Gourmet food, wine, biking and a yoga pants party: Tricia’s weekend picks 9/20/19

Taste of Vail Fall Wine & Food Classic

The Taste of Vail, which is a long-standing springtime fete, has added the Fall Wine & Food Classic to its schedule to take advantage of not only the bountiful harvest but also the beauty that surrounds Vail this time of year.

The Fall Wine & Food Classic blends the best of both worlds with great activities like fly-fishing, hiking, yoga and salsa dancing along with venues that provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy fabulous food and great wine.

After some of the morning excursions, head to brunch at Matsuhisa, Vintage or Remedy at the Four Seasons Vail. Lunch is also an option at Sweet Basil where they will be pairing cheddar cheese with wine.

On Saturday evening, Vail Valley restaurants come together with Southern Hemisphere wines at the Grand Tasting event at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Guests will enjoy a picnic-style event with south of the equator music while taking in the gorgeous Vail scenery. The Grand Tasting features more than 50 wineries and 13 restaurants. For more information, tickets and a full schedule go to www.tasteofvail.com.

Hike, Wine & Dine benefit

The 11th annual Hike, Wine & Dine fundraiser returns to Beaver Creek this Sunday. Get there early to enjoy a light breakfast consisting of breakfast burritos, coffee, orange juice and mimosas. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the base of Beaver Creek’s Centennial Lift. This is a moderate five-mile hike and kids and teens are allowed and there are tickets priced specifically for that age group. 

Leave the energy bar and trail mix at home, along the way there will be several places to stop and enjoy small gourmet bites from the following restaurants:

  • 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill – veggie or meat breakfast burritos
  • Beaver Creek Chophouse – braised beef short rib tacos
  • Colorado Tasting Room – ahi tuna nachos
  • Dusty Boot – shrimp and octopus cocktail
  • Pavalici’s Croatian Pizza – assorted gourmet pizzas
  • The Osprey at Beaver Creek – smoked pork pozole
  • Rocky Mountain Raclette – Swiss raclette cheese, toast and fig
  • Rimini – peach yogurt and toppings
  • Splendido at the Chateau – peach cobbler
  • Vail Brewing Company – Hot Mess Blonde Ale and Gore Creek IPA

Hikers will travel through a special section of aspen trees where around 40 yellow ribbons adorn the trees in honor of those affected by cancer. Plan to spend a little time there and reflect. It’s just magical to see the forest transformed into a subtle memorial.

This annual autumn excursion benefits the Shaw Cancer Center and Jack’s Place, a 12-room cancer caring house for patients of Shaw Cancer Center and their caregivers. Funds go toward the operating costs to allow patients and their caregivers to stay for free during treatment at Shaw. It also supports programs like yoga, nutrition and wellness classes, massages and more. Visit www.hikewinedine.com to purchase tickets or make a donation.

Casual Classic

If the name is any indication, the Casual Classic bike ride isn’t a race, but more of a way to enjoy the views from the bike path from Breckenridge to Vail. Yes, you heard right, from Breckenridge to Vail, meaning it’s a 38-mile trip and the last 16 miles are downhill (almost).

The Casual Classic has been a fall tradition for 34 years and benefits the Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation. The Foundation creates family-friendly charitable endeavors and proceeds are directed toward medical, educational and human services. The Casual Classic has donated over $150,000 to ECO Trails, Eagle County’s bike path system, which requires annual improvement, upkeep and maintenance.

On Saturday, riders will take part in a casual ride beginning in Breckenridge and will follow the recreational path to Frisco. Next, they enjoy a gradual climb along Tenmile Creek to Copper Mountain followed by a more challenging climb to the summit of Vail Pass. Finally, riders coast predominantly downhill to the Bully Ranch at the Sonnenalp Hotel Vail for the after-party.

The fee is $145 for adults and $45 for children under 15 years of age. The price includes breakfast, transportation, snacks, gift bags, door prizes, Bully Ranch buffet, dessert, drinks and live entertainment.

If you’re feeling the need to ride more, take on the 76-miles from the Sonnenalp to Breckenridge and back again to really earn that fabulous buffet. All details for start times and shuttles, including a shuttle back to Breckenridge in case you are starting from that point and need a ride east are provided at www.sonnenalpfoundation.com/casual-classic.

The Community Market fundraiser

You’re invited to have some great food and fun while learning about The Community Market, a program of the Eagle Valley Community Foundation. The launch party is set for Saturday at The Community Market warehouse in Gypsum from 5 to 8 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person.

This event not only aims to spread awareness about food solutions in Eagle County, but it also wants to welcome Kelly Liken to the team.

Kelly Liken was the chef and owner of the famed Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail for many years. She also appeared as a contestant on such shows as Top Chef and Iron Chef America. Beyond her vast cooking skills, Liken is striving to find food solutions in Eagle County.

According to Feeding America, 8,700 Eagle County residents struggle to put food on the table. The Community Market is reaching more than 800 people every week. In June, the Community Foundation and The Community Market paid off the lunchroom debt across the Eagle County School District for a second school year. This year, the debt was almost double last year’s tab.

The Community Market over the past year has been recovering more than 25,000 pounds of food each month from local groceries, as well as sourcing produce from local farmers. This assures healthy, wholesome foods to families in need while reducing food waste, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Enjoy food provided by Anthony Mazza of Chef on the Fly and Village Bagel. Complimentary beer, wine and a special Kelly Liken cocktail for purchase will round out the drinks. The Evolution and the Altitones will provide live music. They will be selling chances to win a private dinner hosted by Liken and The Community Market team. To learn more go to www.eaglevalleycf.org or RSVP by calling 970-977-1093.

Fitness happenings

Crosstraining Fitness of Vail provides a free class for the community on Saturday mornings where anybody can attend. If you want to commit more time, explore the facility for free. Starting on Monday and going through Saturday, Crosstraining Fitness of Vail is hosting a free week of classes as a Local’s Appreciation Event.  Anyone who signs up after giving it a try will get 50% off the first month’s membership.  

If you want to take your yoga to the next level, Vail’s first 300-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School begins this weekend. Led by Amy Baker, Keri Bergeron and R.R Shakti, this 300-hour advanced yoga education workshop series guides you to a uniquely rich and powerful dimension of yoga experience to amplify the practice for dedicated yogis.

The Living in Alignment 300-hour Advanced Yoga Education program is comprised of a series of weekends and workshops designed for maximum accessibility in Vail. Hosted by Inner Power Yoga and the Lodge at Vail, this flexible program provides a comprehensive certification course for yoga teachers and an empowerment education program for yoga scholars. Enroll now at www.livinginalignment.yoga or call 970-331-4493.

If you just like to wear yoga pants, don’t miss the 7th annual Yoga Pants Party hosted by Yoga Off Broadway and Bonfire Brewing in Eagle on Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. Bring out the stretchy pants and drink beer while enjoying live music with the Runaway Grooms from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by DJ One from 9 p.m. until close.

There are prizes for the best-dressed men and women in yoga pants. If you don’t have a pair of yoga pants, buy a pair and get a beer for just $10. For more information, visit Bonfire Brewing or Yoga Off Broadway’s Facebook page.

Avalanche Alumni hockey, Vail Oktoberfest, trail running races and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 9/13/19

Oktoberfest in Vail Village

Oktoberfest returns for its third weekend in the valley with festivities moving to Vail Village, where the Gore Range and the Bavarian-style architecture on Gore Creek Drive provide the perfect backdrop for this annual German holiday. By now you should know the drill: wear lederhosen or a dirndl if you have one, learn the words to “Roll Out the Barrel” and keep moving to the beat as the pace quickens during the chicken dance.

Vail may be miles away from the home of Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany – but the traditions are well represented at the local event.

The traditional blue and white checkered table cloths and flags line the streets and stage and authentic steins are shipped in along with authentic beer. Vail Oktoberfest will be proudly serving Spaten, one of the six breweries allowed to serve during festivities in Munich. Festival guests will enjoy classic Bavarian fare including brats, schnitzel sandwiches, spaetzle, pretzels and more.

The food and drink aren’t the only things that are authentic, the music is as well. Helmut Fricker and the Rhinelanders Band will play several sets throughout the weekend along with the Bavarian Schuhplatters. After the oompah music, Blu Krewe takes the stage on Friday and Boogie Machine will help you dance the night away on Saturday. Both bands play the late set from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of fun and games at Vail Oktoberfest. Enter the brat eating or stein lifting competitions, try keg bowling or see if your outfit is authentic enough to win top honors in the costume contest. Bring the kids to the Bavarian Kinder Club for games and crafts from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For the full schedule of events, please visit www.vailoktoberfest.com.

Avalanche Alumni vs. Vail Yeti Hockey

If you love hockey, casino games and helping out youth sports programs, you’re going to love this weekend. Those three elements could be described as the hat trick that happens off the ice as the Colorado Avalanche Alumni come to town to help raise money for the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club.

Throughout the weekend, Hockey greats such as Stephane Yelle, Peter Budaj, Cody McLeod, Pierre Turgeon, John-Michael Liles, Rick Barry, even Bernie, the team mascot will be around for meet and greet events, skills clinics, a Casino Night and the Avalanche Alumni will play the Vail Yeti Hockey team. Oh, and did we mention Joe Sakic? Yep, he will be here, too.

Dobson Ice Arena will be transformed into a casino setting for the Top Shelf Casino Night on Friday featuring a DJ, casino tables and a silent auction. Some of the auction items include VIP tickets to “The Voice”; tickets for the “The Bachelorette After the Final Rose” and “Women Tell All”; a VIP experience at Pepsi Center with Jake Schroeder, frequent national anthem singer at Avs games; lots of Avs memorabilia; gift cards to local businesses and more.

On Saturday, youth hockey clinics will be held with some of the Avalanche Alumni between noon and 3 p.m. There will also be a meet and greet with Avalanche Alumni from noon to 2 p.m. at Grey Salt. Grey Salt is a men’s clothing store in Solaris in Vail Village and 20% of proceeds from Grey Salt purchases on Saturday and Sunday will go to the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. when the Avalanche Alumni take on the Vail Yeti hockey team at Dobson Ice Arena on Saturday night.

It’s going to be an exciting weekend for hockey fans and it’s all for a good cause as the money raised from this event will help the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club offset about 40% of the fees each year to make the sport accessible to local youth. For more information on the weekend’s schedule and tickets, visit www.vailmountaineers.com

Zusammen Communal Dining

Gather around the table with friends and family in a celebration of food and community at Beaver Creek’s Zusammen celebration on Saturday night. Dine and drink at communal tables on the Plaza at Beaver Creek while enjoying free live music from Spinphony.

Restaurants and small plates include:

  • Golden Eagle Inn: Filet mignon slider with roasted tomato and poblano aioli, chocolate brownie with chilled berry compote.
  • Hooked: Colorado lamb chops with R Farms squash capponata, organic chicken miniature pot pie, zucchini bread with five-spice mascarpone frosting.
  • 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill: Buttermilk-cornmeal battered Rocky Mountain oyster tacos, crunchy slaw, and salsa de chicharron and chicken tinga tacos with crunchy slaw and salsa de chicharron.

Drinks will be available a la carte from the bar on the Plaza level near the ice rink. Guests over 21 years of age can also enjoy a complimentary pour of prosecco in a Beaver Creek-branded flute.

Spinphony is an all-female string quartet band based out of Denver. This group has been wowing fans with its unique arrangements of classical, rock and pop tunes and they absolutely rock. Spinphony has played venues throughout Colorado including Lindsey Vonn’s annual fundraiser at the Four Seasons Vail. They also played on the streets of Vail over Labor Day weekend at the Gourmet on Gore Food Trucks al Fresco event in Vail Village.

Zusammen features open-air seating from 4 to 8 p.m. The pay-as-you-go system allows you to try the different small plates from the restaurants featured. Don’t forget, there is ice skating in the evenings and shopping surrounding the plaza level of Beaver Creek, so make a night of it. For more information, go to www.beavercreek.com.

Habitat for Humanity Diva Build Day

Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley and Thrivent Financial are seeking volunteers for two special Diva Day build events on Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Habitat’s new Grace Avenue construction site in Gypsum.

Participants may volunteer on either or both of the build days and will be treated to snacks, beverages and a commemorative t-shirt. Suggested build day apparel is pants, hard-soled or closed-toes shoes and layers. No prior construction or home improvement experience is necessary.

On the build days, there will be plenty of ladies clad in pink t-shirts swinging hammers or operating the buzz saw alongside folks from Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley who will be guiding them on how to do all the tasks needed on the job site that day. The volunteers will also be working alongside the family members who will be moving into the house. Habitat requires 250 hours of sweat equity per adult family member. Sweat equity is a central principle in Habitat’s mission of building community and partnering with families to provide a hand up, not a handout.

In addition to the two build days, a Diva Days VIP reception will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hovey & Harrison in Edwards. Complimentary food and beverages will be served and happy hour pricing will be available throughout the event. Habitat will be collecting donations at the door to help fund its local homebuilding program.

To volunteer call Nick Mejia at 970-748-6718 ext. 127 or email volunteer@habitatvailvalley.org. For more information, visit www.habitatvailvalley.org.

MeadowGold 5k and 10k

Now is your chance to participate in the last race of the summer in the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series. The Meadowgold 5k and 10k races will be this Saturday.

So far, the races have been held in Eagle, Beaver Creek, Camp Hale and on Vail Mountain. This race takes place just outside of Minturn on Meadow Mountain. Runners will ascend technical single track on the beautiful West Grouse Trail. At the high point and nearly halfway through the 10k race, runners will begin the descent to the finish on double track with open views of Vail Mountain and the Gore Range.

The series wraps up with an awards ceremony following the finish of the MeadowGold races at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in Minturn. All registered racers get a custom tech t-shirt. Word has it that this shirt contains some pretty cool artwork featuring a llama, so that alone might be reason enough to do this race. For more information please visit www.vailrec.com.

Revolution in Beaver Creek serves bright and bold fare with enthusiasm

There are few things that might excite a chef more than top quality ingredients and exploring the perfect way to prepare them. This summer, enthusiasm and passion are shining through Chef Brandon Woodhall and Chef de Cuisine Isaiah Bonillas at Revolution in Beaver Creek.

Created by Chef-Owner Riley Romanin, the restaurant was named for its revolutionary approach to preparing food, but equally for the revolving action, or revolutions, that take place with the rotisserie.

“We’re a local steakhouse that utilizes the highest quality Colorado ingredients,” Woodhall says. “We offer really bright and bold flavors that aren’t over-complicated but are really true to the food that we’re preparing because we are sourcing such beautiful ingredients.”

The team is now showcasing beef and microgreens from the restaurant’s very own farm in Eagle. Romanin, who is also the owner of Hooked and Trax in Beaver Creek, has cultivated a way to source local products from his 18-acre farm to his tables.

Start the evening at Revolution with a homemade cocktail like the Tequila Mockingbird, a nicely balanced blend of house-infused serrano tequila, mango puree, agave and lemon.

Bread service goes above and beyond here, with homemade naan bread and tortillas served with a selection of Revolution’s signature sauces. Once your taste buds are warmed up, a cup of chicken-and-wild rice soup is a comforting start, or spice it up a bit with the shrimp and avocado salad, served with serrano aioli and red pepper threads.

Sommelier and Wine Director Jay Lavis can provide fun pairings throughout your meal, offering unique pours like a dry and crisp French pear cider, or more traditional tastes of Italian pinot grigio or California pinot noir.

Revolution’s signature dinners are a primary focus this summer. One dinner will be showcased every day of the week, with options like Pork Dinner with porchetta, potato gratin, brobrucau and mustard yogurt, and Spaghetti Dinner with meatballs and marinara.

The restaurant will also stick to its roots as a rotisserie steakhouse. Bonillas says “connoisseur meat” is the star of the show here, and homemade sauces the ensemble. Order an 8-ounce Wagyu filet mignon or 8-ounce NY Strip with red wine demi or béarnaise, and choose your own side of hash gratin, rotisserie portobello mushrooms, brobrucau or rice pilaf. Lavis will pair the meat right with something special like a 2012 Rioja. For the final course, enjoy a petite dessert of bite-sized Key lime pie or a red velvet macaroon, and wash it all down with sweet sips of Tokaj.  

8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill is the epitome of hospitality in Beaver Creek

The Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek knows how to welcome guests from the around the world and its signature restaurant, 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill, is the epitome of hospitality. With its extensive menu curated with locally sourced foods (think elk, beef or trout) and sumptuous summer-worthy cocktails, huge windows that bring the outdoors in — it’s easy to spend an evening as the sun drops behind the mighty mountains. It’s often cool enough here even in the middle of summer to enjoy a break in front of the roaring dual-sided fireplace. The warm smokiness permeates… but more on that later.

The restaurant faces the mountain, so as you settle in for drink, you’ll see bikers wending their way down the singletrack and hikers amidst the flowers. Sit back with a craft brew from anywhere in our great state: Durango, Fort Collins, Boulder, Golden. Tour the state via hops and malt. You’ll know your favorite when you sip upon it. More of a fan of wine? You’re in luck with the long wine menu: juicy reds, clean whites, fruity rosés.

Settle back with your cocktail of choice and dive into the creative menu, which proves that delicious doesn’t mean stuffy or overdone. The Summer Bruschetta is bright with color and bold with flavor: hummus, juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes on focaccia and a balsamic reduction. It’s big enough to share but you may not want to. Or go for something heartier with the Katahidin lamb sausage starter: the sausage is a bit spicy and satisfying while the smoked lemon yogurt is a cool accompaniment and palate pleaser.

The grill is the true centerpiece of the open kitchen. Mouths will water as the aromas spill forth from the wood-fired grill in the kitchen that blesses everything with its smokiness. This, ultimately, only makes the choices a little more difficult. Dry-aged, prime-grade steaks are the highlight, but the seafood, too, lets you get a sense of the grill’s smoky goodness. Any of the pristine fish take on the grill’s essence.

Veggie lovers might opt for the cauliflower steak, hearty and so tasty with Marcona almond romesco, garlicky chickpeas and house-made chimichurri. Or opt for the 28 Day Dry Aged Bone-in New York with Lyonnaise potato, bacon lardon, classic grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions and truffles. Already a top cut of meat, the dry aging concentrates the flavor, making a great steak even better. That’s what dining at 8100 is all about, says Executive Chef Wade Eybel: “Really, really simple cooking techniques, straightforward ingredients, elements of smoke and fire, family-style and shareable.” 

Toscanini Ristorante features innovative Italian cuisine in chic atmosphere

At Toscanini Ristorante, innovative Italian cuisine complements its chic Beaver Creek Village atmosphere. Outside, Toscanini provides casual outdoor dining under large umbrella tables sitting adjacent to the ice rink. Inside, colorful artwork, soft amber lights, rich wood tables, walls of wine bottles and huge windows offer a sophisticated alcove amid village activity.

Chef John Zavoral creates unique and savory appetizers and entrées, ensuring each flavor melds with, and elevates, each ingredient. Growing up on a farm in Minnesota has inspired him to select high-quality, local products and make as much in-house as possible.

“It’s all about balance,” Zavoral says. “We use local food when quality is there, but still use amazing products if something just can’t be found locally. It’s important to find something that enhances the dish visually, while also enhancing the dish’s taste.”

He keeps his summer menu fresh and light and makes the majority of his pastas in house, including ravioli, tagliatelle, cavatelle and gnocchi.

“Caprese salad and the Capellini pasta are great examples of summer menu items with fresh local tomatoes and basil, and these are very traditional Italian dishes,” he says.

Just like the dinner menu, Toscanini’s cocktail menu embraces lighter options. Fresh fruit and herb drinks stand out with ingredients such as strawberries, peaches, oranges, basil and mint combined with house-made infusions. About half of the cocktail menu features Italian-inspired cocktails, as Italians love refreshing prosecco and gin mixes, Zavoral says. The rest of the cocktail list involves fun twists on classics named after Beaver Creek Ski Resort’s trails.

Toscanini acts as an all-inclusive meeting place.

“Our location naturally lends itself to a family-friendly restaurant,” says Courtney Southern, general manager of Toscanini. “Our patio is welcoming and inviting, and a great home base for time spent in the village.”

In addition to its gluten-free options, Toscanini offers an extensive kids’

menu and hands out coloring books

for younger kids.

“Whether it’s a family’s first day in Beaver Creek and they stumble upon Toscanini with very hungry kids, or they have been coming here for years…we celebrate it all, from parents that need to unwind on the patio with a glass of Italian wine while their kids ice skate, or a recently engaged couple enjoying a night out — we are happy to be a part of everyone’s experience,” Southern says. “We love to be the place where parents feel comfortable bringing their kids or where they get a babysitter and enjoy an adults-only meal.”

Toscanini also prides itself on the connections employees make with guests. “Toscanini is where guests are treated like family as they gather rink-side for timeless Italian cuisine and our award-winning all-Italian wine list,” Southern says. “Italian food is comfort food, and we do comfort food well!”

Vail Film Festival, soups for charity, a circus and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 8/16/19

Vail Film Festival

The Vail Film Festival returns for its 16th year and you may be thinking, “Isn’t that event held during the springtime?” Yes, this is the same festival, but this year it is scheduled during the summer. The Vail Film Festival kicked off on Thursday and runs through Sunday and promises to have a bevy of films that will appeal to filmgoers.

From narrative to student films, feature-length to shot films, you won’t want to miss the creativity and storytelling going on at Cinebistro, where all films will be shown, except for the opening and closing night films. Those will be shown at the Vail Mountain School. This year’s festival will showcase women filmmakers. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with those in the industry by attending workshops, panel discussions and the opening and closing night films and parties.

Some highlights include a world premiere of Lisa Raven’s narrative feature, “Snaeland”, “Stand Up, Falling Down” with Billy Crystal and “Poisoning Paradise” which is directed by Keely Brosnan and executive produced by Pierce Brosnan.

The Vail Film Festival will also feature a film by Vail Valley local and Battle Mountain High School graduate, Meredith Kirkman. Many know her parents, Gaye and Rob Steinke and Meredith’s many performances on stage for the Vail Performing Arts Academy and the Star Dancing Gala.

Kirkman, along with production partner Andrew Tamarkin, will debut their first film, “The Promise of the Butterfly” at 11:15 a.m. on Friday at Cinebistro in Vail Village. This film tells a coming-of-age story about the millennial artist. Set in Chicago, we meet Doran, part-time flower delivery boy and avid journal keeper, who spends the day pondering life by bike. Caught between pressures from his mother and his undecided future, he encounters a mute dancer who takes him on an unexpected journey into himself.

The Vail Film Festival is a must for avid moviegoers, but even if you don’t keep up with the latest list of flicks, there is still something for everyone. It’s a packed schedule, so for more information, visit www.vailfilmfestival.com and you can view the entire schedule of films and events.

Circus Bella presents Kaleidoscope

Get a taste of real circus action in Avon’s Nottingham Park this weekend when Circus Bella returns and presents Kaleidoscope. Circus Bella defines itself as being a “classic circus for a modern world” and will be showcasing new works never seen before in Colorado.

This San Francisco-based company was started in 2008 and represents talents from all over the world and will showcase aerialists, acrobatics, foot jugglers, clowns, wire walkers and more family-friendly entertainment. The backdrop for these amazing feats will include props and set dressing from LA Circus, whose work dazzled audiences in the motion picture “Water for Elephants,” “The Greatest Showman” and more.

Accompanying the performers will be a live six-piece band playing original music written by San Francisco music legend Rob Reich.

There will be seven shows under the Big Top Friday through Sunday and although there are 600 seats in the tent, it’s best to get your tickets in advance. Free lap passes for kids two years old and under. Discount pricing for families and groups available online and in this week’s Everything Vail Valley magazine in newsstands next to the Vail Daily. Purchase in advance at www.circuscolorado.com.

Heart and Sole event for Starting Hearts

The Heart and Sole event returns to Vail’s Ford Park to help raise awareness about cardiac health and bring together families for some fun before school starts. A one-mile fun run, a 5k lead by XTERRA world champion triathlete Josiah Middaugh and a scavenger hunt will be held. Starting Hearts will also be providing EKG readings throughout the day, sign up in advance as spaces are limited. 

Other activities include live music, free CPR classes, face painting, a bounce house, heart-healthy snacks, health and wellness vendors and more. The scavenger hunt will earn one lucky team an automated external defibrillator (AED) for their home, office or neighborhood. The goal of the hunt is to be the first team to locate all 17 defibrillators in the Town of Vail, take a team selfie with each device on a single phone, and post to Instagram at #Startinghearts. Teams will have 90 minutes to find all 17 AED devices throughout the town of Vail. 

All proceeds go to Starting Hearts’ mission to save precious lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims through education and CPR training and adding Automated External Defibrillators in key locations throughout Eagle County.

Heart and Sole will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and scavenger hunt rules, please visit www.startinghearts.org.

Empty Bowls Benefit for Salvation Army Vail

In an area as affluent as the Vail Valley it’s hard to believe that hunger exists. Surprisingly, nearly 500 households utilize the Vail Valley Salvation Army’s food pantry every month. Empty Bowls, an annual fundraiser held Friday at the Battle Mountain High School from noon to 1:30 p.m., strives to fill the void on the food bank’s shelves.

Empty Bowls was started over ten years ago to help supplement the cost of replenishing the shelves at the food bank. The Battle Mountain high school cafeteria is set up like a soup kitchen and features some of the valley’s favorite restaurants serving up not only soups but also homemade bread and delicious desserts. Some of the flavors in the past have included lobster bisque, vegetable barely and a seasonal gazpacho.  

Along with the meal, there are beautiful pottery bowls for each participant to take home. Handcrafted by local and regional potters, these empty bowls signify hunger in our valley.   

The community pitches in and 100 percent of the ticket price goes to the food pantry. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased the day of the event. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyvail.org.

Zusammen at Beaver Creek

Gather around the table with friends and family in a celebration of food and community at Beaver Creek’s Zusammen celebration on Saturday night. Dine and drink at communal tables on the Plaza at Beaver Creek while enjoying free live music from Cloud Nine Strings.

Area restaurants will offer small plates to guests who want to try a variety of flavors throughout the evening. The food vendors this Saturday include Hooked, Golden Eagle Inn, Rocky Mountain Raclette and Ekahi. The event features open-air seating from 4 to 8 p.m. Don’t forget there is ice skating in the evenings and shopping surrounding the plaza level of Beaver Creek.

Cloud 9 Strings is based out of Denver and they have played with big names like Earth, Wind and Fire, Andrea Bocelli and the Moody Blues. Their sound spans from classical to swing, jazz to rock, so expect to be entertained by the band. They even take requests.

Pay as you go trying the different tastes from the restaurants featured and get drinks along the way as well. For more information, go to www.beavercreek.com.