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Shuck Brothers bring oysters to the high country

The Rocky Mountains may be thousands of miles away from either coast, but oysters have been popping up in the land-locked state of Colorado thanks to the Shuck Brothers Events Raw Oyster Bar. Celebrate ‘Merica with the Shuck Brothers as they serve up their oysters during the Salute to the USA event in Avon.

Who are the Shuck brothers? Well, they aren’t actually brothers, but Riley Campbell and Jesse Migchelbrink do share a kinship in their desire to bring you the best oysters possible. The two met at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Denver. Migchelbrink taught Campbell how to shuck oysters and after years in the industry, they decided to take the show on the road and bring oysters to various events in the high country.

Be it a wedding, a birthday or other special occasion, the Shuck Brothers delight in bringing the oysters and all the fixings to the party. The mobile operation sets up easily and adds that extra panache to any gathering.

The first thing you notice, besides oysters being served fresh at altitude with mountains in the background, is their set up. Though it’s mobile, the Shuck Brothers take great care in making sure their presentation is top notch.

“It’s important that the first impression be a strong one,” said Campbell, who credits Migchelbrink with the aesthetics of the display table with the wooden table toppers, fresh flowers and logo prominently displayed. “It definitely catches the eye and makes people think, ‘hey, these guys have taken the care to make this look nice, so they must be taking the care of the product as well,’ so presentation is key.”

The day we interviewed, they were serving up Chunu and Pencove oysters and lobster rolls. In addition to raw oysters, they sometimes serve cooked oysters.

“We do a Rockefeller, we do a charred oyster, it just kind of depends on what we are trying to offer and where,” Campbell said. “For example, we did a BBQ-style oyster at the Frisco BBQ Challenge and they were really well-received.”

One thing Campbell and Migchelbrink love to do is to serve oysters to someone for the first time or guiding an oyster lover to a new type of oyster.

“With all of our experience serving oysters, we love helping people navigate which oyster they want to choose next,” Campbell said. “Sometimes people will say, ‘I like oysters, but I don’t really know what type”, so we will ask them where they were when they had them and if they say, ‘I was in Washington, I really liked them’ then we recommend something from that region or taste profile,” Campbell said.

“We just sell them as single oysters, so I will suggest they try one of each, or two of each an then they get to explore the difference on their own,” Campbell said.

Campbell and Migchelbrink have long-standing relationships with suppliers in Denver and always order the freshest oysters available at the time. “Northeast Seafood is our purveyor where we set up a house account and that’s where we source from and we kind of get our pick of the litter. We’re their new favorite account for sure, we sold 10,000 oysters in May.”

The Shuck Brothers Events Raw Oyster Bar will be at the Salute to the USA event in Avon on Wednesday, so stop by and say hello and try your favorite oyster or seek out something new with their guidance. Learn more by going to www.shuckbrothers.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they are popping up next.

Eagle’s Color Coffee has a growing base and a glowing reputation

EAGLE — Three years ago, Charlie Gundlach took over the former 7 Hermits Brewing location in Eagle Ranch to chase his dream of offering downvalley residents a truly remarkable coffee-drinking experience.

More than 1,000 days later, his Color Coffee shop has become a bustling hangout with a national reputation.

“It’s been a ton of work, and certainly not everything panned out exactly, but by and large we are very happy about where we are right now,” said Gundlach. “There is a great energy here in Eagle and we are happy to bolster the community.”

Like the community it serves, Color Coffee is poised to grow in the coming months with a new partnership in the works and building national buzz about the business.

Moxie Bread

A truly great cup of coffee deserves an equally delectable pastry compliment. Beginning this summer, those treats will be on the menu at Color Coffee.

Moxie Bread, a renowned bakery based in Louisville, is partnering with Color Coffee.

“We are going to build a bakery (at the Color Coffee shop in Eagle Ranch) and begin offering heirloom wheat baked goods,” Gundlach said. “It took us a while to decide how to approach it, but we are looking to have the bakery up and running by mid-July.”

Gundlach said Moxie specializes in French-style bread. Look for country-style sourdough bread, baguettes, croissants and more at the shop.

“We felt there was a lack of fresh baked goods options downvalley and we wanted to be in control of freshness,” said Gundlach.

National buzz

Three years into operation, Color crews roast almost 1,000 pounds of coffee a week and serve 40 wholesale accounts. Their work has drawn some national attention.

Coffee aficionados nationwide listen to James Harper’s podcast called “Filter Stores,” an episode of which helped them discover Color Coffee.

“James is a great guy, and what he wants to do is share some of the untold stories of the coffee industry,” said Gundlach. “He was a start-up entrepreneur who needed money to travel. Now he has done six to eight podcasts.”

The podcast with a Color Coffee tie delved into the story of a farm in Costa Rica, which has weathered political unrest to grow its unique beans. Filter Stories wanted to offer some of the farm’s product to its listeners and Color Coffee stepped in to help.

“The idea was to have some of the coffee air-dropped, and we roasted it here,” Gundlach said. “It was not cheap to get 60 kilos of coffee shipped from Costa Rica, and we roasted it all in one day. Then we sent coffee to 20 different countries.”

“It was the first podcast of its kind where you could hear the story and taste the story,” Gundlach continued. “Essentially this story captivated James’s listener base to the level where he can fund his travels, and he recently received a notice from Apple UK that they had put his show on their main page of podcasts to listen to.”

Meanwhile back at the ranch

If opening a bakery and helping a national podcast wasn’t enough to keep things fresh at Color Coffee, Gundlach said his shop has also begun working with a new coffee delivery service and signed up to be a specialty retailer for Breville, the Australian manufacturer of quality home brewing coffee machines.

Color Coffee is now a roasting partner for Pearl Coffee Box, a Blue Apron-like service that sends subscribers various coffees each month.

“We are getting our coffee out to a bunch of new drinkers,” Gundlach said.

The Breville retail agreement involves partnering with the company at trade shows and new product launches and providing training to its customers across the region. Color Coffee one of its 10 USA specialty coffee roaster/brand ambassadors working with Breville.

Gundlach noted that previously, Breville home brewing products were only available from certain retailers, including Williams Sonoma, so selling the company’s home espresso machine will be a coup for Color.

“We don’t usually recommend a home espresso machine, because what you get at the café is so much better than what you can make at home,” said Gundlach. “But this product, priced under $1,000, is a game changer for the home espresso enthusiast.”

He added the Ritz Carlton at Vail will be placing Breville machines in its rooms and Color will work with the hotel to supply the coffee and offer brewing profile recommendations.

To learn more about Color Coffee, visit the business website at colorroasters.com or the café at 717 Sylvan Lake Road.

Craft beers, chamber orchestras, diving dogs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 6/21/19

Vail Craft Beer Festival

Elevate your craft beer experience by pairing it with a little education and adventure. That’s the idea behind the third annual Vail Craft Beer Classic, happening now through Sunday.

Colorado is known for its legacy of microbreweries throughout the state. The Vail Craft Beer Classic will showcase some of those pioneer breweries like New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing Company, which have been around for decades, as well as local establishments like Bonfire Brewing and 7 Hermits Brewing Company. There will be over 300 beer, wine and spirits samples to try throughout the festival.

For those looking to learn, there are various opportunities to geek out with the experts in the industry. Hear about current trends and practices as well as cooking techniques with beer. If being active is more your style, hike, bike or go fly fishing with beer experts while enjoying the Colorado scenery and, of course, beer. This event really blends the best of Colorado, letting you enjoy the outdoors while being inspired by some of the craft brewers’ stories and insights and rewarding yourself with a brew afterward.

The biggest events of the weekend will be the Sip at the Summit on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Toast of Vail on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The Sip at the Summit takes beer enthusiasts on a trip up the gondola, which sits at 10,350 feet above sea level, for gorgeous views and a barbecue dinner. Craft beers from members of the Colorado Brewers Guild will be served. The Toast of Vail brings everyone to the heart of Vail Village to sample over 50 breweries and live bluegrass music.

This is a ticketed event and many of the seminars and other offerings sell out quickly, so take a look at the website and plan your weekend around the Vail Craft Beer Classic. For details visit www.vailcraftbeerclassic.com.

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge

If you missed all the high-flying canine action during the Dock Dogs events at the GoPro Mountain Games, don’t worry, you have another chance to see some talented pooches this weekend. The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge (PPPIDC) returns to Nottingham Park in Avon with competitions held on Friday and Saturday.

The PPPIDC may sound familiar to you because it is a nationally televised series that showcases some of the strongest, fastest and most agile dogs who complete some amazing feats. Nottingham Park and Nottingham Lake provide the perfect backdrop for the obstacle course utilizing the lawn, sand and lake. There will also be diving competitions utilizing Nottingham Lake. The Freestyle Flying Disc competition will showcase the skills of both the dog and the handler with a bit of choreography added to the tossing of the discs.

Although the PPPIDC is open to all breeds of dogs, there is one event that is specific to the Jack Russell terrier breed: Hurdle Racing. Watch as those small terriers chase a lure while jumping over obstacles and going through tunnels in this timed competition.

This event is free and spectator friendly with bleacher seating set up to provide more areas to view the events. For a full list of competitions and practice schedules, visit www.proplan.com/dogs/incredible-dog-challenge.   

Bravo! Vail Music Festival

The Bravo! Vail Music Festival brings a world of music to the Vail Valley this summer. Renown musicians will delight the ears of the seasoned classical music lover to the novice.

Bravo! Vail kicks off its 32nd season this week and will bring in long-standing favorites like the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, but before they do, Bravo! Vail has a special treat. Making its North American debut will be Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. The leading players from the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics come together to perform Mozart and Haydn on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Joining the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin throughout the weekend’s performances will be award-winning violinists Paul Huang and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Even though the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin has been collaborating for over a decade, they both are still known for the distinctive sounds they bring to the stage. The smooth Viennese elegance and the passion of the Berliners will be evident on stage.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the shows regularly start at 6 p.m. Take advantage of the free pre-concert talks that happen throughout the festival. On Saturday, the pre-concert talk, which starts at 5 p.m., will give you insights about the selections of Mozart’s music that will be played that evening and more details about the performers. That added detail is sure to move you to have more affinity for this type of music.

Tickets to Bravo! Vail start at $29 for lawn seats (kids 12 and under get lawn seats for $12) and go up in price from there depending on where you want to sit. For more information, go to www.bravovail.org.

Vail Arts Festival

The 35th annual Vail Arts Festival returns to Lionshead Village this weekend. This three-day event draws over 60 artists covering diverse mediums such as glass, metal works, wood, mixed media, paintings, drawing, fiber, digital art, graphics, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry and more.

Although some artists will be local, many artists will be coming from 22 other states. There will also be emerging artists present who have earned their opportunity to show their creations at the Vail Arts Festival. Have an emerging artist of your own? The Kids Creative Kingdom returns once again to help foster creativity in the youngsters at the kids’ activity area.

This free event happens rain or shine and opens each day at 9:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday and ends at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and goes until 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, go to www.vailartsfestival.com.

Solstice Trail Run

The longest day of the year is June 21st and to celebrate, the Vail Recreation District is once again hosting its Dynafit Summer Solstice 10k, 5k, and Kids Fun Run at Beaver Creek on Saturday.

John Muir once said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Follow this environmental philosopher’s advice and hit the trails on Saturday morning, rain or shine. The course will take runners (you can walk it if you need to) up through aspen groves and across the front side of Beaver Creek Mountain before the descent.

Reward yourself with an after-party complete with food, entertainment and prizes for the top finishers at Creekside Park, which also serves at the start and finish area for the race.

Saturday’s run is part of the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series put on by the Vail Rec District each summer. The series showcases some of Colorado’s most iconic trail runs. The Kids Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 10k at 9 a.m. and the 5k at 9:15 a.m. Register online or in person. Entry prices vary, but proceeds from this event go to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which supports Eagle Valley residents in medical crisis. For more information, go to www.vailrec.com.

Traffic in Minturn may be unfortunate, but new Traffic Tokens aim to alleviate headaches

Even though Minturn’s main street under construction this summer, the town’s main street businesses want locals, commuters and guests alike to get “paid back” for any time they may spend waiting in traffic on the road.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on freshly paved roads, adding sidewalks and eliminating potholes, which will be great come October when work is complete and driving is smooth and delay-free. But until then, drivers passing on Highway 24 should expect delays in both directions.

To help with any ensuing headaches from Minturn’s summer traffic problem, town businesses are offering guests rewards with “Traffic Tokens.” Guests can collect the coins at participating businesses and redeem them for food, drinks and discounts at restaurants around town.

Tokens can be collected at the Town Hall offices at 302 Pine St., as well as at participating restaurants, Minturn retailers, and at Minturn special events such as the Saturday Market – which runs each Saturday through Sept. 7 – and the Thursday-night Summer Concert Series, starting July 11.  Tokens can then be spent around town at local restaurants, as well as at local businesses.

Offerings and participating business, will be updated throughout the summer, giving locals and returning guests new reasons to #Makeit2Minturn. Updates, reminders, and reward details will be shared via the Town of Minturn’s social media channels, with the handle @GoMinturn.

Extreme Couponing

Here’s a list of deals presenting Traffic Tokens will get at local Minturn businesses:

The Minturn Saloon

Presenting the coin gets guests an appetizer and a 1/2 liter of house margaritas free with the order of 2 entrees.

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea

The coffeeshop is offering two for one beverages when guests present the tokens.

Thai Kitchen

The restaurant is offering a range of rewards including $3 beers, $5 wine and sake, as well as a free order of spring rolls or pork dumplings with checks totaling $50 or more.

Kirby Cosmo’s

The BBQ bar will give anyone with a token a locals discount on anything across the menu.   

BC Backcountry Wings

Minturn’s wing joint will honor its happy hour prices for a 10pc one-flavor bone-in wing basket and a draft beer any time when presented with a Traffic Token.

Magustos

With an order of a large specialty pizza, token holders will get a free appetizer.

Monkshood Cellars 

Available only during the Saturday Minturn Markets, the wine and cider maker will have a buy 3, get 1 free offer on their products.

Anahata Yoga

Minturn’s newest yoga studio is offering guests and locals a special experience in exchange for the Traffic Token. To any new client with a coin, Anahata is offering an $80 introductory 5 punch pass when they sign up in June. With the punch pass, wellness enthusiasts enjoy $16 classes, a reduction from the standard $20 drop-in fee. Additionally, Anahata is offering, to all students (new and old), 10% off private yoga sessions in exchange for a token.

Equilibrium

Located inside Anahata, the physical therapy studio is offering two sessions for $120. The sessions include a physical therapy evaluation and a follow-up visit that focuses on manual therapy, dry needling, and/or neuromuscular training.

Revival Photographic

Tintype photographer Kevin Banker will be offering 20% off portrait sessions to token holders.

Dine and Drink: Prosciutto for picnicking

With the outdoor music scene heating up, here are a few appetizer ideas you can bring for a picnic at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater or the Pavilion at Nottingham Park. In no time at all, you can whip up prosciutto in three different ways with these simple recipes from Ally Stephens, chef and owner of Season to Taste.

Prosciutto is an Italian dry-cured ham from the hind leg of a pig and Stephens recommends purchasing authentic Prosciutto di Parma or Prosciutto di San Daniele.

“Parma ham offers a delicate and sweet flavor and will be easier to come by in the U.S. as it’s produced in higher quantities than San Daniele ham,” Stephens said. Both are held to the highest standards from the selected pigs all the way through production, which means it’s a Protected Destination of Origin (PDO) product. Products that are PDO must be produced, processed and prepared in a specific region using traditional production methods.

“Prosciutto isn’t something we typically get to enjoy every day, so make sure you’re not buying a fake product or one with additives. All that’s needed for to make prosciutto is salt and pork,” Stephens said.

Here are just a few ideas on how to serve prosciutto this summer:

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

“Preheat oven to 375 degrees, blanch asparagus, pat dry and wrap prosciutto around each asparagus stalk. Drizzle with olive oil, season to taste with salt and pepper, and roast for 10-15 minutes,” Stephens said. Why blanch? “Blanching veggies before cooking makes them a beautiful bright green color, locks in the nutrients and gives them that crisp-tender texture,” Stephens said.

Pears topped with Prosciutto

“Thinly slice the pear into rounds. Place prosciutto on each round, top with blue cheese crumbles. Drizzle with local honey and fresh cracked pepper,” Stephens said.

Stuffed dates with prosciutto

“Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice dates lengthwise being careful not to cut in half. Remove pit if not already purchased that way. Spoon in goat cheese. Wrap in prosciutto and bake for 10-15 minutes,” Stephens said.

Enjoy picnicking and impressing your friends with these easy recipes. Watch today’s video with Ally Stephens to see these delicious creations come to life.

The first annual Rocky Mountain Burger Battle will serve the best beefy creations in the valley

The inaugural Rocky Mountain Burger Battle, set for Thursday, June 20, will feature the valley’s best burgers. The event is a kickoff event for the Vail Craft Beer Classic this weekend – because after all, the second-best pairing to pizza and beer is burgers and beers.

“We’re hoping that this first year gets a lot of exposure and we can show what the event’s about,” said Ryan Slater. “We’d love to see it grow and have everybody be into it so much that we can make it a standalone weekend event.”

Slater, who coordinated the event with Team Player Productions, has been organizing the Denver Burger Battle for 10 years, and thought it would be a great idea to expand the festival into the Rockies after last year’s Vail Craft Beer Classic. He envisioned it as a sister festival to Denver’s burger battle, and has been planning it since.

The Burger Battle will serve as a Thursday night kickoff event to the Vail Craft Beer Classic this weekend.
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He asked around in Vail which restaurants would be the best competitors, and after reaching out to those establishments and gaining traction for the event, he started receiving applications from other places as well. He encouraged contenders to make creations that festival-goers could also order in the restaurant, but the menu will feature new concoctions and current favorites.

Vail Brewing Co. and Bonfire Brewing Co. will be serving a new collab beer – a hazy pale ale – as well as pouring their own suds. VBC is also hosting an after-party, and burger battle wristbands get wearers $1-off beers.

“We’re happy that the first year – trying to convince people is a little tough – but we’re happy with the lineup. We got a good array of what eagle county has to offer,” Slater said.

Slater said a couple hundred people have already purchased tickets to try the valley’s best burgers. Tickets are still available for online purchase, and can also be bought at the door day-of. For entry into the event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m., patrons pay $45 plus fees. There are also several packages available, but those close online on Thursday.

The Double Double package grants admission to the Rocky Mountain Burger Battle and the Denver Burger Battle on Aug. 1 for $125. The VIP Double Deluxe package grants the same as the Double Double, but with VIP entry in Denver. There’s also a Vail Craft Beer Classic package. For $170, the Beer & Burger Weekender Package holders get entry into the burger battle, and two Craft Beer Classic events: Sip at the Summit and VIP Toast of Vail.

Some competitors are serving their version of a classic burger, and others are going with less traditional flavors.
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Burgermeister

Here’s a list of the competitors, and what they’ll be serving, per the Rocky Mountain Burger Battle website:

Backcountry Wings | Minturn
The Backcountry Burger

The Backcountry Burger consists of hand-pressed locally sourced certified Black Angus Colorado beef topped with bacon-onion jam, distinctive Tillamook white cheddar cheese and Back Country’s own sauce. With a finishing touch of sliced pickles and served on a buttery brioche bun, this burger is an experience not to be missed.

White Bison | Vail
White Bison Burger

Hailing from the heart Vail Village, the hearty bison burger from White Bison is topped with delicious caramelized onion, cheddar, and house pickles. All of this comes together with smoked tomato aioli on an English muffin. 

Illegal Burger | Multiple locations, flagship in Denver
Off the Record

The Off the Record burger is served with a legitimate all-natural Never Ever Beef patty, pepper jack cheese, lettuce and tomato topped with Daikon sprouts and our creamy delicious avocado jalapeño aioli all served on a butter toasted brioche bun.

Craftsman | Edwards
Schmidt Mac

The Schmidt Mac is made up of grass-fed Colorado beef from Colorado Meat Co., garnished with Nueske’s bacon, American cheese and shrettuce – short for shredded lettuce. It’s topped off with special sauce, thyme onions, and spicy dill pickles, all on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Hotel Talisa restaurant | Vail
Talisa Grass Fed Beef Burger

The Talisa Grass Fed Beef Burger prides itself on being 100% local grass fed beef raised Eagle, Colorado. Topped with shallot marmalade, onions, pickle chips, sharp cheddar, and lemon aioli, this juicy burger is sure to make your mouth water.

Bully Ranch, Sonnenalp Hotel | Vail
South of the Border Burger

The Bully Ranch South of the Border Burger takes beefy goodness to the next level with seven times the beef, smoked gouda cheese and tasty smoked bacon. Topped with traditional lettuce, onions and tomatoes, it gets a modern twist with addedhomemade guacamole, pickled onions and a little kick of pickled jalapeño.

Bol | Vail
Eaton Ranch Bol Burger

The Eaton Ranch Bol Burger is created with an Eaton Ranch – located in Edwards – beef patty and Haystack Mountain – located in Fort Collins – goat Monterey Jack cheese. It’s topped with poached egg, crispy shoestring potatoes, arugula and served on a house-made English muffin. Tender belly bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, L.T.O. and mayo on a brioche bun.

Father’s Day events, farmers markets, fun runs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 6/14/19

Father’s Day ideas

After celebrating Mother’s Day last month, it’s time to high-five good ol’ dad on Father’s Day this Sunday. According to www.history.com, Father’s Day was inspired by Mother’s Day back in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until many decades later when President Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972. Rather than getting dad another tie for Father’s Day, check out these different experiences and treat dad this weekend.

Good Eats

  • Maya Mexican Restaurant – On Saturday, bring dad to Maya to taste samplings of brisket, pork shoulder and chicken from their house smoker. Tasty sides will be available as well. Wash it down with free beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery or a 10th Mountain Whiskey Mule for $5. The price is $40 per person with advanced reservations or $50 on the day of the event. Kids age under 12 eat free. Reservations can be made by calling 970-690-5500 or going to www.richardsandoval.com/maya-bc.
  • Game Creek Club – On Sunday morning, bring dad up to 10,000 feet above sea level for brunch. The price is $48 for adults and $28 for kids and that includes the scenic ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola, complimentary shuttle (or you can hike to and from the location) and a gourmet brunch buffet. Reservations are required. Go to www.gamecreekclub.com for information.
  • Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Vail – Have an “Old Fashioned” Father’s Day celebration complete with bourbon-molasses glazed pork ribs with sides. Remedy suggests you pair that with a Remedy barrel-select bourbon Old Fashioned cocktail. Available at the Remedy Bar June 14-16.

Daddy’s Girl Tutu 2k

Take dad for a run around Nottingham Lake in Avon on Sunday during the Daddy’s Girl Tutu 2k, a fun run that takes participants around the lake for two laps before coming back to enjoy some snacks. Tutus are mandatory for dads, but dress up the whole family and get some exercise to kick off Father’s Day.

Registration is at the Nottingham Cabin at 9:30 a.m. and the two-kilometer run will begin at 10 a.m. Register in advance through the Avon Recreation Center and pay $5 or day-of registration is available for $10. Tutus will be available for purchase for $20 or make or bring your own. For more information and to register, visit www.avon.org/163/recreation-Center.

Ride the lift

The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead opened last week and the Centennial Lift at Beaver Creek opens up this Saturday and Sunday and daily operations start on June 21. Some trail closures are still in effect and you may be surprised how much snow is still holding on in the higher elevations. Don’t forget, if you already purchased your Epic Pass for the 2019-2020 ski and snowboard season, you get to ride the lifts this summer for free. For more information, go to www.vail.com and www.beavercreek.com.

Farmers’ Markets

The markets are back in the valley with fresh produce, live music, art and more. The Minturn Market kicks off its 21st season from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 7, while Vail hosts its Farmers Market and Art Show from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 6.

The Minturn Market is the valley’s original market, and some of the vendors have been showcasing goods there for the past two decades. Minturn is a quaint old railroad town that has its own draw, but really comes alive on Saturdays during the market. The Minturn Market still holds true to its roots and offers plenty of seasonal fresh produce, but has also become more of an artisans’ market. Over 85 vendors offer anything from local wines, clothing to handcrafted toys and wedding gifts.

The kids will love the goat petting zoo and a “build-a-bear” station. Everyone can enjoy live music and vendors serving up breakfast and lunch throughout the event. For more information, visit www.minturnmarket.org.

What started out 18 years ago as a small market with a few tents on East Meadow Drive, the Vail Market and Art Show has grown into the largest farmers market in the Vail Valley. The Vail Farmers Market and Art Show now has over 135 vendor tents showcasing products from Colorado and beyond. Find fabulous fresh produce from around the region, but also check out everything from USDA-certified meats to photography to housewares.

You can buy everything you need to have a fresh dining experience at home, or you can let the professionals take care of the details at the Farm to Table dinners held throughout the summer. These dinners will be held rain or shine and you are seated right on East Meadow Drive. Each dinner will be paired with a wine and beer partner from the Taste of Vail.

The Vail Market and Art Show also almost acts as a second home for the Vail Jazz Festival. The Vail Jazz Festival hosts musicians from noon to 3 p.m. June 30 through Aug. 25. For more information about the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show, go to www.vailfarmersmarket.com.

King of the Mountain Volleyball tournament

You may not think Vail and beach volleyball go together, but for 47 years, the King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament has been offering divisions of play for junior boys and girls, masters/seniors divisions and co-ed divisions.

The tournament has become a Father’s Day tradition since it has been held over Father’s Day weekend for the last 19 years. Each year they host special father/son and father/daughter divisions on Father’s Day.

In addition to the division play, there is also a free juniors’ beach volleyball clinic on Friday. One of USA Volleyball’s greatest coaches and mentors, John Kessel, will be directing the clinic. Kessel was recently inducted into the USAV Hall of Fame and was the recipient of USAV’s highest award, the Frier Award, earlier this spring.

One of the country’s oldest volleyball events returns to Vail Friday-Sunday. Watch the best players in the region compete or take part in the event. For more information, please visit www.kingofthemountainvolleyball.com.

Tabor Opera House shows

2018 was a very successful year for the Tabor Opera House in Leadville. Once known as the “finest opera house west of the Mississippi,” the structure was about to face extinction. The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation has worked hard to secure funds to help preserve this historic landmark, which was built by Horace Tabor, one of the most well known silver mining kings in the West, in 1879.

Oscar Wilde, Harry Houdini, John Philip Sousa, and Buffalo Bill were among the famous entertainers and speakers who performed at the Tabor Opera House back in its heyday. The opera house has been used continuously since it was built in 1879.

This weekend kicks off the calendar of summer events with bluegrass quartet, Chatham County Line and American singer-songwriter and storyteller, John Craigie on Friday night. The Central City Opera performs “En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words” on Saturday night.

Chatham County Line describes themselves as “an Americana band without drums, or a rock and roll band that doesn’t plug anything in.” Be prepared for three- and four-part harmonies along with banjo, mandolin, fiddle, piano, steel pedal and bass.

John Craigie is known for his humorous storytelling and serious folk music. The Portland, Oregon native has recently collaborated with Gregory Alan Isakov on his fifth album, “No Rain, No Roses” and was asked by Jack Johnson to be a part of his summer 2017 tour.

An original one-act opera, “En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words” follows the universal theme of adolescents trying to find their own voice and learning who they are amid parental expectations and peer influences.

Help support a historical landmark by attending these shows. For more information, visit www.taboroperahouse.net.

Bindu Memorial Run

On Saturday morning in Minturn, the inaugural Bindu Memorial Run will be held to honor a beloved teacher, Bindu Sky Pomeroy, who died in a backcountry snowboarding accident this past winter. The Bindu Memorial Run offers a 5k run as well as a 5k walk and is the senior project of recent graduate, Caroline Jones.

Jones had taken a few history classes from Pomeroy throughout the years at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA). She also took mindfulness classes where Pomeroy would teach meditation, yoga and rock stacking on the river.  

“He taught me to find inner peace with myself as well as something called ‘Live Aloha’,” Jones said. “’Live Aloha’ isn’t just a greeting in Hawaii, it means that by having kind, patient, sympathetic, loving actions we can individually and collectively improve our community.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Bindu Sky Memorial Fund, which will help fund future mindfulness classes at VSSA, help build a memorial in his honor and help fund the Bindu Spirit Award and scholarship, which will be awarded to an athlete who shares Bindu’s spirit.

“He was full of passion and love for the mountains, snowboarding, mindfulness, and especially his students,” Jones said. “Bindu touched the lives of each person he came across and will be forever missed.”

The cost is $26 for adults and $16 for students. The cost will increase by $10 on the day of the event. Online registration closes at midnight on Friday. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the 5k run at starting 10:30 a.m. and the walk at 10:35 a.m. For more details, go to www.bspmemorial.com/bindumemorialrun.

EagleVail’s Hygge Life store just got a caffeinated upgrade

The Vail Valley’s most hygge couple opened a quaint cafe in EagleVail. Alexandra Gove and her husband, Koen van Renswoude, owner of the home goods shop Hygge Life, just expanded the store’s footprint to include a cafe. Hygge Life has a grand opening event for the cafe on Saturday, June 15. Guests can stop in to sip on a $1 cup of coffee or munch on a pastry any time of day.

Hygge Life started out of a van, the Hygge Bus, while Gove and van Renswoude traveled Europe in their early days as a couple. Almost 10 years later, they’ve since launched an extensive online store, hosted their own hygge-inspired wedding up at Tigiwon Community House, opened up a brick and mortar shop and now will offer the community a little more of the ultimate meaning behind their brand.

Hygge (pronounced HOO – gah) is the Danish word for cozy, and now there’s a perfect place to experience it without having to leave the mountains.

“Hygge is a verb in Danish,” van Renswoude, who is from Amsterdam, said. “So you can say ‘let’s hygge.’ Now you can practice it here.”

the inside of the hygge life cafe/store in eaglevail
The Hygge Life store opened in August 2017, but the couple is now expanding on their idea by adding a cafe for guests to sit and enjoy a beverage, chat with friends or just read the newspaper.
Dominique Taylor | Special to the Daily

The space has become a welcoming corner of the Hygge Life shop, and it isn’t designed for guests to hold business meetings or sit for hours on their laptop. In fact, the tables are purposely too low for working on a computer, so guests are invited to sit and chat with friends or spend some quiet time reading the newspaper.

“We were recently back in Copenhagen and Amsterdam and you just see that the culture there is so much more present around a cup of coffee,” Gove said. “They sit and chat and just enjoy the time.”

She also noticed on their recent trip overseas that the cafes use candles all day, every day, year-round.

“Even if the sun is glaring into the windows, the candles are still lit,” Gove said. “It really makes for this warm, comfortable atmosphere. And that is what we are going to do here — we are always going to have candles lit, in the summer and the winter. It’s coffee by candlelight.”

They have also created a south-facing patio to complement the cafe. Sheepskin-covered furniture sets the open-air scene, complete with a window into the cafe for ordering.

“We are sprucing up the patio this summer so that will be a really nice place to hang out and have a coffee. Even if you’re just biking though and you want to stop and get a drink, that’s perfect,” Gove said.

Van Renswoude said they will likely apply for a beer and wine license in the future and they are planning on offering events throughout the year.

Coffee drinks and tea will be served, along with fresh pastries from The Rose in Edwards, including their apple tart and shortbread. The cafe also has a kids’ specialty: the babyccino, a cup of steamed milk. Gove and van Renswoude sourced their beans from Huckleberry Roasters out of Denver, which they’ll pair with a rotating variety of some of their favorite European roasts.

“We have people who come in to the shop just to say hello and hang out for a bit. We really like that and we want people to feel like they can do that more often,” said Gove. “Our bigger dream is to have a hotel and a cafe and shop somewhere. That is the distant dream, so this is like another little stepping stone in that direction.”

If you go …

  • What: Hygge Life Cafe Grand Opening party.
  • Where: Hygge Life, EagleVail.
  • When: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: As little as $1 for a coffee.
  • More information: Visit hyggelife.com/pages/events.

S’mores ice cream?

Nothing says summertime like camping and you can’t have a campfire without s’mores. Sundae Homemade Ice Cream decided to take that summer staple and create a flavor around it.

“We set out to combine all of the iconic ingredients of a traditional s’more into a unique ice cream flavor, right down to the toasted marshmallow,” said Ashlyn Streetz, general manager at Sundae.  “We started by making a graham cracker ice cream, then folded in mini marshmallows we roasted ourselves and finished it with the dark chocolate chips our customers know and love.”

Sundae’s unique and creative flavors of the month inspire many of its customers to share what flavors they’d like to see next. “Sometimes it’s a customer suggestion we find intriguing or sometimes its something we’ve been dreaming up ourselves,” said Streetz, who is a pastry chef by trade. “We featured a chocolate raspberry sriracha ice cream this winter, and recently featured a cucumber melon sorbet.”

Sundae prides itself on offering quality ice cream that starts with quality ingredients. “We’re not looking to cut corners or do what’s easy, real homemade ice cream takes time and tons of effort,” Streetz said.  “We’re always looking to create the best ice cream possible for our customers and for ourselves.”

Sundae’s mission is to simply spread joy, one scoop at a time. Sundae is expanding its reach this summer and besides the Edwards Corner and Bridge Street ice cream parlors, expect to find scoops of deliciousness at other places as well.

“We’ve added an ice cream cart to our team this summer.  We’ll be spreading our wings in Garfield and Summit Counties this summer scooping up joy at farmers markets,” Streetz said.

Sundae has also honored requests to have its homemade ice cream at special events and now offers catering services for weddings, backyard parties and other gatherings.June is flying by, so stop by Sundae to try the s’mores ice cream flavor before it’s gone. To learn more about Sundae Homemade Ice Cream, visit www.sundaeicecream.com.

National Rosè Day this Saturday

After a long and chilly spring, the temperatures are on the rise, prompting our palettes to switch from the heavy red wines and buttery chardonnays to lighter and brighter wine varietals. This switch is just in time for National Rosè Day, which is held on the second Saturday of June. 

National Rosè Day was submitted to and approved by the registrar of National Day Calendar in October of 2014 and first celebrated in June of 2015 by Bodvar House of Rosès, a winery specializing in rosè wines that hopes to raise awareness and give rosè lovers a day to unite together and celebrate.

Rosè may be one of the oldest types of wine known but it’s been gaining popularity recently, even becoming a mixer for use in other cocktails, rather than just being consumed as a straight wine.

To celebrate National Rosè Day on June 8, area bars are trying various ways to serve it up. White Bison serves a rosè frozè, which is reminiscent of those frozen flavored slushy drinks you enjoyed as a kid.

They start with rosè wine then add Domaine de Canton, which is a cognac-based ginger liqueur. Then they add some sugar, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice to add the pink color back into it. Oddly enough, when you put the rosè wine into a frozen slushy machine, the color fades. It’s garnished with plenty of mint to add another element of flavor and a little color to the pale pink drink.

These drinks are great summer sippers on the White Bison deck, which was voted “Best Deck” in the Vail Daily Reader’s Poll last year. If you have a large group, ask if you can get the “golden swan” which is basically a copper punch bowl shaped like a large swan, allowing you to keep everyone’s glasses full right at your table.