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Breakfast, lunch and dinner, area restaurants are here for you: Tricia’s weekend picks 3/27/2020

Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily has been publishing an updated list of open restaurants each day online and in print. If you don’t see your favorite restaurant listed there, call ahead to see if they are open and what their options are and encourage them to get on our list by emailing details to Kaylee Porter at kporter@vaildaily.com.

Currently, restaurants in the Vail Valley are able to be open and doing takeout, delivery or a combination of both during these trying coronavirus times. Some staffers at the Vail Daily had a chance to dine in while eating food someone else had made for them. Here’s a round-up of what they ordered. (Warning: Reading this article may make you hungry!)

Pam Boyd – Vail Daily reporter and editor of the Eagle Valley Enterprise

Which restaurant?

Grand Avenue Grill in Eagle

What did you order?

Asiago Crusted Chicken Club Sandwich and a Castle Peak Burger

Was it takeout or was it delivered to your home?

Takeout, super convenient from their ice cream window.

Was there a good variety of items on the menu?

These two items are my favorite (club sandwich) and my husband’s favorite (burger) and it is our standing order at Grand Avenue Grill. We were thrilled we could get them.

How did it taste? 

Terrific. Like always. The Grand Avenue Grill has had outstanding quality for nearly two decades.

Any other notes about the experience or any comments from the restaurant you’d like to share?

In the middle of these weird days, it was a great break to treat ourselves to our favorite lunch.

Morgan Allman – Digital content manager for Everything Vail Valley

Which restaurant?

Thai Kitchen in Minturn

What did you order?

I went for the classics and ordered pad Thai and Thai tea from Thai Kitchen in Minturn

Was it takeout was or was it delivered to your home?

Takeout- called in my order, and when I went to pick it up there were sanitizing wipes by the door (which I used to wipe down my hands as well as my card before I handed it over). I was greeted at the door and asked for my name.  I was given my receipt, I gave her my card, she ran it and brought me the to-go bag.  She was also wearing a precautionary mask and gloves.

Was there a variety of items on the menu?

The full menu is available for takeout.

How did it taste?

Delicious. I spent a summer backpacking through Southeast Asia and both the pad Thai and Thai tea tasted exactly as I remember.

Any other notes about the experience or any comments from the restaurant you’d like to share? 

The woman who helped me was very nice and my food was ready by the time I got to the restaurant, in about 10 minutes.

Emily Peterson – Vail Daily account manager

Which Restaurant?

Red Canyon Cafe in Eagle

What did you order?

We got delicious iced coffees and breakfast sandwiches along with amazing cinnamon rolls.

Was it takeout was or was it delivered to your home?

You can call in or go in with your order and you can do takeout or pick up your order curbside.

Was there a variety of items on the menu?

Looks like they have their regular breakfast menu featuring bagels, pastries and burritos. They have a wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch. Coffee and espresso drinks.

How did it taste?

It was awesome! We think they also have the best lunch sandwiches and the best coffee.

Any other notes about the experience or any comments from the restaurant you’d like to share?

Ryan, the owner, is always there taking care of guests with a big smile and this time was no different. It was also obvious that he was taking all the precautions from having hand sanitizer available to guests, wearing gloves, etc.

Tyler Buscemi – Digital content manager for Everything Vail Valley

Which restaurant?

Asian Fusion in Gypsum

What did you order?

We ordered a few of their lunch specials: General Tso’s chicken and kung pao chicken with egg drop soup and crab rangoon

Was it takeout or was it delivered to your home?

Takeout

Was there a good variety on the menu or were there only a few items available?

The full menu is available

How did it taste? 

This is our favorite Asian restaurant in the Valley. Great service, fast, dependable.

Any other notes about the experience or any comments from the restaurant you’d like to share?

When mentioning a “birthday lunch” for my wife, Brooke she didn’t hesitate to say that she wanted Asian Fusion.

Tricia Swenson, Vail Daily reporter

Which restaurant?

Zino Ristorante in Edwards

What did you order?

I took advantage of Zino’s deal going on that day which was 50% off appetizers. I ordered the melanzane – roasted eggplant parmigiana, mozzarella, marinara and dried basil pesto; cavolini – Brussels sprouts with house-made pancetta and frito misto – crispy calamari, shrimp, catch of the day, shishito peppers and harissa aioli.

Was it takeout was or was it delivered to your home?

I went online and ordered off the menu on their website. I called and gave my credit card information over the phone. The to-go bag and credit card receipt was on a table in the entryway at Zino, so, in its own little room. I waved at Giuseppe through the glass of the door between us. 

Was there a variety of items on the menu?

It looked pretty much like their regular menu with appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas, entrées and even desserts. Don’t forget the deals on bottles of wine, too!

How did it taste?

It was delicious and a nice break from the humble meals we’ve had at home. The frito misto was a treat since I don’t make fried calamari at home. Since I ordered three appetizers I had leftovers for lunch the next day.

Any other notes about the experience or any comments from the restaurant you’d like to share? 

When I called Zino, owner Giuseppe Bosco answered the phone in his enthusiastic Italian accent. It was good to hear his voice and he said he’s so grateful for the community’s outreach and thanks everyone who is supporting them during this trying time.

Updates on Vail Valley restaurant hours, takeout and delivery options


This list reflects only restaurants that have made it known, in the wake of COVID-19, that they will accept takeout and delivery orders. This list will be updated as new entries are submitted. Call ahead to ensure that this information is up to date.

Vail

Bart & Yeti’s
Takeout only on Normie Wings, cheeseburgers, french fries and drinks, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
bartnyetis.com
970-476-2754

Big Bear Bistro
Takeout and delivery, normal hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
bigbearbistro.com
970-445-1007

Bully Ranch
Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, 25% off all orders, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
sonnenalp.com
970-479-5460

Chicago Pizza
Takeout and delivery, Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
970-476-7000

Delizioso
Takeout and curbside pickup, noon to 6 p.m. daily, offering La Bottega menu items, beer, wine and cocktails; meals for four can be ordered from 10 a.m. to noon and picked up from 4-6 p.m.
deliziosovail.com
970-476-7925

Garfinkel’s Takeout, 30% off, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Facebook.com/garfsvail 970-476-3789

La Cantina
Takeout, 11: 30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Website
970-476-7661

Local Joe’s Pizza and Delivery
Takeout and delivery, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
localjoespizza.com
970-476-2222

May Palace
Takeout and delivery, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
maypalacetogo.com
970-476-1657

McDonald’s
Drive-thru only, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
mcdonalds.com
970-476-1966

Northside Grab & Go
Takeout, delivery, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
thenorthsidekitchen.com
970-688-5676

Pazzo’s Pizzeria
Takeout 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., free delivery starting at 5 p.m., 20% discount on take-out orders. “Now selling booze to-go per the governor’s orders. Drink specials vary by location,” Pazzo’s said in an email.
pazzospizza.com/menu.php
970-476-9206

Qdoba
Takeout, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., curbside pickup ends at 6:30 p.m., download Qdoba app.
qdoba.com/menu, 970-476-7539

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Takeout, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
rmcf.com
970-476-7623

Root & Flower
Delivery, selling gift cards online, 2 p.m. to midnight.
rootandflowervail.com
858-349-5024

Starbucks (City Market)
Takeout, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
starbucks.com
970-476-1017

Starbucks (Safeway)
Takeout, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
starbucks.com
970-476-3561

Subway
Takeout only, please use the Subway app for ordering and payment, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
subway.com
970-476-3827

Sundae
Takeout only, normal hours 1-8 p.m.
sundaeicecream.com
970-479-1705

Yellowbelly
Takeout, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
yellowbellychicken.com
970-343-4340

Yummy Seafood
Takeout, noon to 9 p.m.
facebook.com/yummyseafoodvail
970-476-7280

Avon, EagleVail, Beaver Creek

Avon Bakery & Deli
Takeout only, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
avonbakerydeli.com
970-949-3354

Blue Plate
Takeout Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4-7 p.m., call anytime after noon to place order and schedule curbside pickup, rotating seasonal menu.
blueplateavon.com
970-845-2252

Domino’s Pizza
Takeout and delivery, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
dominos.com
970-949-3230

Ein Prosit
Takeout for deli items, cooked sausage, Bavarian pretzels, sandwiches, bottled beer and wine. Bring in a growler and they will sanitize and fill it.
einprosit.net
970-949-7730

Ekahi Grill To Go 
Takeout, delivery through Mozorun app, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
ekahigrill.com
970-393-5462

Foods of Vail
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays-Fridays. Offering curbside and free delivery.
foodsofvail.com
970-949-0282

Gondola Pizza
Takeout, delivery at dinner time, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
gondolapizzaavon.com
970-845-6000

Loaded Joe’s
Takeout only, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., coffee and breakfast sandwiches.
loadedjoes.com
970-748-1480

Nozawa Sushi
Takeout only, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.
nozawas.com
970-949-0330

Northside Kitchen
Takeout and delivery, normal hours 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
thenorthsidekitchen.com
970-949-1423

Pavalici’s Pizza
Take-out, delivery, normal hours 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
thenorthsidekitchen.com/pavalicis-pizza-avon-full-menu/
970-393-5646

Pazzo’s Pizzeria
Takeout 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and delivery from 5 to 8 p.m., 20% discount on takeout orders. “Now selling booze to-go per the governor’s orders. Drink specials vary by location,” Pazzo’s said in an email.
pazzospizza.com/menu.php
970-949-9900
Call 970-949-4000 for delivery.

Pizza One
Takeout and delivery, 4 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.
pizzaoneavon.com
970-949-6000

Pho20
Takeout only, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
pho20avon.com
970-748-3007

Ristorante Ti Amo
Takeout and delivery for food and wine. May close.
tiamovail.com
970-845-8153

Rocky Mountain Taco
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Avon center and Vail Brewing Co. locations.
rockymountaintaco.com, 970-401-5125

Sauce on the Creek
Takeout only, 3-7:30 p.m.
sauceonthecreek.com
970-949-3291

Southside Benderz
Takeout and delivery, normal hours 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
southsidebenderz.com
970-470-4730

Splendido at the Chateau
Takeout only, check website for latest offerings, order from noon to 4:30 p.m. daily, pick up 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
splendidorestaurant.com
970-845-8808

Vail Brewing Co.
Grab-n-go six-packs and bottles only, 2-6 p.m.
vailbrewingco.com
970-470-4351

Minturn

Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar
Takeout and delivery with a fee, curbside pickup. Call in with a credit card, 4-8 p.m.
kirbycosmos.com
970-827-9027

Magusto’s
Takeout and delivery, 11 a.m. to midnight daily.
magustos.com
970-827-5450

Thai Kitchen
Takeout only, 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Website
970-445-7499

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea
Takeout and online orders only, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
vailcoffee.com
970-827-4008

Edwards

Belmont Deli
Takeout 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 20% off gift cards
belmontdeliedwards.com
970-926-1796

Boardroom Market and Deli
Takeout, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
boardroomdeli.com
970-855-0065

Bookworm of Edwards
Still offering take-out soup subscription, now offering bulk groceries like oat milk and coffee beans, pick up on Wednesday.
bookwormofedwards.com
970-926-7323

Craftsman
Takeout, curbside pickup, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
craftsmanvail.com
970-926-5833

Cut Artisan Meats & Seafood
“Ramped up” carry-out proteins for home cooking, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
“We are allowing only two people in-store at a time to give distance and our shop is sanitized multiple times a day,” said Casey Glowacki in an email to the Vail Daily.
cutvail.com
970-926-3007

Fiesta’s Cafe & Cantina
Takeout only, call ahead.
fiestascafe.com
970-926-2121

The Gashouse
Takeout, curbside pickup, 4-8:30 p.m. daily.
gashouse-restaurant.com
970-926-3613

Henry’s Chinese Cafe
Takeout only, 3 to 8 p.m.
henryschinesecafe.com
970-926-3050

Main St. Grill
Takeout, noon to 7 p.m., delivery, 5-7 p.m., visit orderfoodvail.com.
mainstreetgrilledwards.com
970-926-2729

Marko’s Pizza
Open 11 a.m. to close for take-out and delivery. 
https://markospizza.com/
970-926-7003

Smiling Moose
Takeout, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free cookie with app orders. Delivery in Edwards from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Delivery is free for orders over $20.
smilingmoosedeli.com
970-926-2400

Subway
Takeout only, please use the Subway app for ordering and payment, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
subway.com
970-926-7010

Sundae
Takeout only, normal hours 1-8 p.m.
sundaeicecream.com
970-766-7522

Village Bagel
Takeout only, normal hours, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Payment over the phone or online.
villagebagel.co
970-855-2940

Woody’s Bar & Grill
Takeout only, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
970-926-2756

Zino Ristorante
Takeout only, 4-8 p.m. daily. Menu will be updated online.
zinoristorante.com
970-926-0777

Eagle

Boneyard
Takeout only, call ahead.
boneyardeagle.com
970-328-7002

Bonfire Brewing Delivery and curbside pickup, 4-7 p.m., online ordering, offering to-go beer and merchandise.
https://bonfirebrewing.square.site/ 970-306-7113

Brush Creek Saloon
Takeout only, normal hours 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
facebook.com/brushcreeksaloon
970-328-5279

Casa Mexico
Take-out only, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
970-328-4433

Color Coffee Roasters
Takeout and curbside pickup of coffee, breakfast burritos and limited pastries, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free delivery of whole bean coffee and home coffee brewing equipment in Eagle and Gypsum.
colorroasters.com
Call or text: 970-390-0437

Eagle Diner
Takeout only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Must call ahead. 
970-328-1919

Gardunos
Takeout only, normal hours 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
gardunos-mexican-food-restaurant.negocio.site
970-328-0339

Grand Ave. Grill
Takeout at the Chill ice cream window, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
grandavegrill.com
970-328-4043

Katch of the Day
Online sales available for anything non-alcoholic, free delivery coming soon, brick and mortar shop closed until further notice.
katchoftheday.com
970-328-9281

Moe’s Original BBQ
Eagle location open daily from 11-7 for online, curbside pick-up only
https://togoorder.com/web/3414#/

Owashi Sushi & Kitchen
Takeout only, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
owashisushi.com
970-328-3836

Pazzo’s Pizzeria
Takeout 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., delivery starting at 5 p.m., 20% discount on take-out orders. “Now selling booze to-go per the governor’s orders. Drink specials vary by location,” Pazzo’s said in an email.
pazzospizza.com/menu.php
970-337-9900

Pickup’s Pizza Co.
Takeout, 4-9 p.m., 20% off gift cards, order online and pick up at to-go window.
pickupspizza.com
970-328-3388

Pastatively Italian Cuisine
Take-out only, 5 to 8 p.m., 20 % off orders.
pastativelyitalian.com
970-328-7324

Loncheria Primavera
Takeout only, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
970-328-0454

Real Jalisco 
Takeout, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
970-328-9300

Red Canyon Cafe
Takeout and curbside pickup, normal hours 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
redcanyoncafe.com
970-328-2232

Stout House Coffee & Kitchen
Takeout only, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays.
stouthousecoffeekitchen.com
970-328-9696

Subway
Takeout only, please use the Subway app for ordering and payment, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
subway.com
970-328-0484

Taco Bell
Takeout only via the drive-thru window, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
tacobell.com
970-328-6877

Gypsum

Domino’s
Takeout and delivery, 10:30 a.m. to midnight.
dominos.com
970-777-0330

Ekahi Grill
Takeout, delivery through Mozorun app, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
ekahigrill.com
970-524-4745

Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli
Takeout only, normal hours 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
heidisbrooklyndeli.com
970-777-3663

Subway
Takeout 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Delivery in Gypsum and Dotsero 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
subway.com, 970-424-7857

Tu Casa Mexican Restaurant
Takeout only, normal hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
tucasamexicanrestaurant.com
970-524-1660

Liquor stores and other

Alpine Wine & Spirits (Vail)
Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
970-479-8116
www.alpinewinevail.com

West Vail Liquor Mart
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
westvail.com
970-476-2420

Lionshead Liquors (Vail)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
lionsheadliquors.com
970-476-3434

Joe’s Liquor (Avon)
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
970-845-7333

Beaver Liquors (Avon)
Normal hours, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
beaverliquors.com
970-949-5040

Avon Liquor
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Delivery available.
avon-liquor.com
970-949-4384

Village Warehouse Wines
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
villagewarehousewineandspirits.com
970-949-5999

Riverwalk Wine & Spirits (Edwards)
Open daily, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
https://riverwalkwineandspirits.com
970-926-8111

Boone’s Wine & Spirits (Eagle)
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
booneswineandspirits.com
970-328-9463

Sweetwater Liquors (Eagle)
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
970-328-1608

Fondue At Home
Offering delivery for fondue at home, 20% off for parties 10 or fewer with code: Corona20.
www.fondueathome.com
844-436-6383

Gourmet Cowboy Catering & Events
Takeout and delivery, can help with meal prep to take home.
970-748-6898
gourmet-cowboy.com

Red Maple Catering
Offering delivery services, call ahead.
redmaplecatering.com
970-445-3102

Season To Taste
Offering delivery services, call ahead.
seasontotasteco.com
303-523-5539

MozoRun
Food delivery app, temporarily offering free delivery, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, restaurant partners for up valley customers include Yellowbelly, May Palace, Subway, Ekahi Grill, Magustos, Pazzo’s Pizzeria, Pho 20, Fiesta Jalisco, Nozawa, Marko’s Pizza and Wendy’s. For those in Eagle, Gypsum and Dotsero options include Ekahi Grill, Subway, Carniceria Cuauhtemoc, Pazzo’s Pizzeria, Loncheria Primavera and Wendy’s.
mozorun.com/en/

Orderfood
Food delivery app, visit orderoodvail.com or call 970-949-4000.
orderfoodvail.com/public/web/home

To be included in this list or update your listing, email Kaylee Porter at kporter@vaildaily.com.

EAT: WYLD holds true to its name with inventive takes on proteins, vegetarian and vegan options

Editor’s note: This story first appeared as a paid feature in EAT magazine, highlighting restaurants across the valley.

As you enter the gates to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and make your way to the resort, you’re heading toward the “edge of wild,” a destination that promises a creative culinary journey that starts with the stroll to the table and ends when the last of the wine has been sipped, the dessert plate has been scraped clean and every member of the party has sighed in satiation. This is WYLD, a place where ingredients are elevated and transformed at the whims of master culinary magicians who, above all, want it to be fun.

Since his arrival at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Chef Jasper Schneider has been leading guests on a merry dance of flavors, textures and unique combinations using fresh and local ingredients. From his introduction of oatmeal as a dinner item to his delight in shaving truffles on almost anything, Schneider has created a culinary experience that is constantly changing based on what’s in season and spectacular.

WYLD’s menu offers options for a variety of palates. Yes, there is the wild game that the name implies, such as the signature venison loin with parsnips, caramelized onion and juniper jus; duck, squab and Colorado lamb are also on offer, all beautifully prepared and succulent. But the “wild” is also present in the fresh seafood such as the ahi tuna with piquillo peppers, Marcona almond and Iberico sauce or the Maine diver scallops. Schneider also creates vegetarian and vegan dishes that would make even carnivores salivate.

The pumpkin farro is vegan and comes with an optional white truffle shaving.
Dominique Taylor | Special to the Daily

Consider a whole-roasted curry pumpkin that incorporates three different types of roasted pumpkins with farro, roasted apples, an apple puree and house-made macadamia nut butter; this vegan dish can be supplemented with shaved white truffles for a an earthy decadence. The roasted cauliflower, which was an unexpected favorite, is getting a makeover this winter with a new jalapeño chimichurri and silky tofu, creating another vegan dish.

“I think we finally now, after being here over a year, myself and my chef de cuisine Manuel Gutierrez are starting to come into our own of what our clients want and what we can do on the menu,” Schneider said. “We’ve taken our time to do certain techniques, to develop flavor. It was thought about; it wasn’t rushed. When you taste it, you understand. We’re having fun with it.”

WYLD

Price

Table snacks from $19-$34

Entrees: $23-$155

Ambiance

Elevated dining experience in an upscale, mountain modern atmosphere

Signature Dish

Wild salmon with asparagus, chanterelle mushrooms and winter truffle vinaigrette; venison loin with parsnips, sausage, caramelized onion and juniper jus

Vendetta’s is more than pizza

Have you tried the cioppino at Vendetta’s, complete with sautéed calamari, mussels, shrimp, pan-seared scallops, two crab legs and lobster claws? How about the slowly braised veal shank osso buco? Or the famous pork chop with smoked Gouda sauce?

If you are wondering if I am talking about the wrong Vendetta’s or thinking, “Tricia, don’t you mean the Snow Pig or Willie’s White Room pizza slices at Vendetta’s? They don’t serve pork chops,” then you haven’t spent time in the original Vendetta’s, which has been around since 1983.

Many people don’t realize that just underneath the pizza bar there is a large dining room that people have been coming to for decades. “I grew up here and I can’t tell you how many times we get people who have said that they’ve lived here for years and didn’t know that Vendetta’s had a full-service restaurant downstairs,” said Jennifer Riddle, general manager and events coordinator of Vendetta’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar.

But, once they find out about it, they keep coming back again and again.

“I see the same people every year, a couple of times a year, from all over the country and the world. They make sure they make Vendetta’s Restaurant a part of their vacation experience every time,” said general manager Shawn Meineke.

Not only do the patrons look familiar, but that staff does as well. Longtime local John “Popeye” Brennen started Vendetta’s.

“Many people don’t even know Popeye’s real name,” said Riddle, who is Popeye’s daughter. And how about the mayor of Vail, Dave Chapin (also known as “Bone” — they love nicknames at Vendetta’s), he’s a part-owner as well.

Good people and good food are what Vendetta’s is all about. Although the menu contains Italian fare, sous chef Joe Fellenz (simply known as Chef Joe) likes to get creative with the dishes. 

After traveling to Costa Rica, where Chef Joe tried a breakfast crepe with smoked Gouda on it, he tried figuring out ways to incorporate the cheese into the pork chop entree.

“I started adding whiskey, bacon and honey and the dry rub I use has about 15 ingredients. It meshes well with the sweetness and the savory side of the dish,” Fellenz said.

Add a deep-fried, roasted garlic mashed potato and a little salad on the side and you have what the wait staff and longtime patrons will tell you is the best dish on the menu.

“You can’t find pork chops like this in our valley,” Fellenz said.

Vendetta’s Restaurant recently renovated its downstairs. It still can hold the same number of people (you won’t believe how much space is downstairs: It’s great for hosting a big gathering like a rehearsal dinner or corporate event.) Look for new tables and chairs with a modern feel, new artwork on the walls and a new hue to brighten things up.

So, if you are looking for a slice of pizza, yes, Vendetta’s can handle that upstairs, but if you want to experience the fine dining side of this local landmark, head downstairs to the spacious and delicious restaurant below the bar. For more information, visit www.vendettasvail.com.

Bloody marys filled with everything but the kitchen sink

January 1 is known worldwide as New Years Day, but according to National Day Calendar (www.nationaldaycalendar.com), it’s also known as National Bloody Mary Day.

For decades, the bloody mary cocktail has been the go-to remedy for a hangover. Speaking of remedies, we stopped by Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail to ask beverage director, Steven Teaver about some of his tips on making a great bloody mary.

“It can be a kitchen sink type of thing, you can add any spices, vegetables, you can change the base spirit from vodka to tequila to whiskey to whatever you’d like,” Teaver said.

Teaver sticks to a more neutral spirit like vodka, Breckenridge Vodka to be exact. “You want something that has been distilled properly and doesn’t have a lot of long-chain alcohols that take your liver a while to break down. You want a quality spirit for sure,” Teaver said.

Flavored and infused vodkas can be used as the base spirit as well and Teaver suggests you try making your own – with bacon. It’s a process called fat washing where you take bacon fat and place it into a two-inch deep baking tray or cake pan. Pour the vodka in there, cover it and let it sit at room temperature for several hours. Put it in the freezer, the fat will congeal and you strain that off. “I think bacon-flavored vodka works well with the savory aspect of the bloody mary,” Teaver said.

Next, add tomato juice, V-8 or a pre-made mix. Teaver likes to add fresh carrot juice or tomato water to really thin it out. “Take some tomatoes, preferably an heirloom, you can use baby heirlooms in the winter, puree the tomatoes in a blender and then run it through a very fine mesh sieve. It’s going to pull the solids out and then you have tomato water,” Teaver said.

“Fish sauce is great, too, if you’re a little adventurous and a little bit goes a long way.”

Spice it up with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Angostura bitters, horseradish, lemon, lime and season to taste with powdered garlic, Old Bay seasoning, fennel seed or caraway. What about adding espresso? View today’s video on www.vaildaily.com to learn more about how Teaver adds a jolt of caffeine and what else you can do to customize your bloody mary for National Bloody Mary Day.

Executive chef Marco Fossati welcomes you to Four Seasons Vail

Most hotels have a lobby bar where you can gather before going out to dinner or wait for the rest of your party to come down before heading out and about. But at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, the lobby bar is more of a destination. Even people who aren’t even staying at the hotel flock to enjoy the views, libations and delicious food at The Remedy Bar.

The Remedy Bar, the Four Seasons Vail’s lobby bar, has become a Vail favorite. Its big-screen televisions are a draw for sports enthusiasts looking for the big game. The drinks draw in those looking for a creative concoction and foodies love the diverse items on the menu. And everyone loves the views, including the Four Seasons Vail’s new executive chef, Marco Fossati.

“After spending 10 wonderful years in California, I think it was time to come to the mountains. When you sit in Remedy and that is the view, it’s just fantastic,” Fossati said while gesturing to the large windows that face the ski slopes of Vail Mountain.

Fossati was with the Four Seasons properties in Palo Alto and Santa Barbara, CA and the Four Seasons Hotel Milano in Italy. He also has spent his early years working at various establishments including luxury hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and private clubs. He’s worked at amazing locations such as Tuscany, Milano, Sardinia, Paris, Hamburg and London.

Fossati’s energy is contagious. His warmth, spirit, Italian accent and desire to make you feel welcome give you the feeling that you are in his own home rather than at a restaurant. Fossati likes to share the experience with the guests and Remedy’s new open-air kitchen puts its culinary artistry on display.

He likes to pay attention to the small details as well. The honey drizzled over the signature grilled cheese comes from Knapp Ranch in Edwards. The micro herbs that top off the beetroot hummus are also from Knapp Ranch. Much of the bread that is on the menu comes from Hovey and Harrison in Edwards. “One of the owners at Hovey and Harrison is my neighbor, so sometimes we meet for coffee and chat about products we can use,” Fossati said.

Fossati said he’s excited to change the menu often and get creative by using local and regional ingredients. But first, he wants to hit the slopes. “It’s been over 20 years since I’ve skied, so on my next day off I am going to go up on the hill.”

Vail Mountain opens, bells ring for après-ski, holiday ornament painting and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/15/2019

Vail’s Opening Day & Vail Après ringing of the bells

We’ve been watching ski resorts open over the pass in Summit County and now it’s Eagle County’s turn to start spinning the lifts. Vail will open for its 57th season with approximately 91 acres of terrain, up from the originally announced acreage of 70 acres of terrain accessed via Gondola One in Vail Village starting at 9 a.m. on Friday.

New for this season, Vail will open skiing and riding out of Vail Village, with upload and download access to the Mid-Vail area via Gondola One (1). The resort will offer skiing and riding terrain for all ability levels on trails accessed by Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) out of Mid-Vail including Swingsville, Ramshorn, Slifer Express, Cappuccino, Upper Powerline, Lower Meadows.

Beginner terrain will be available at the base of Golden Peak with Gopher Hill Lift (#12) and Sherry’s Carpet (#33) open. The connector trail between Golden Peak and Vail Village will connect the two base areas.

If you hiked up the Berry Picker trail this summer, you noticed the pipes and trenches as Vail was prepping the mountain for more snowmaking capabilities. That has resulted in nearly 200 acres of new and enhanced snowmaking terrain this season, in addition to the previously existing 431 acres of snowmaking terrain.

Vail will continue to make snow across the mountain at every opportunity as weather and conditions permit, and look to expand open terrain as soon as possible.

As part of the Opening Day festivities, Beth Howard, Vail Mountain’s vice president and chief operating officer, along with snowmaking project leaders will perform a celebratory ribbon cutting on one of Vail’s new state-of-the-art snow guns at the base of Gondola One at 8:30 a.m.

Complimentary breakfast burritos and hot cocoa will be provided in Mountain Plaza at the base of Gondola One for early risers on opening day, while supplies last. If you don’t get there in time for the free burritos, Express Lift Bar will be open in Mountain Plaza as well. For dining options on the mountain, Look Ma at Mid-Vail and Buffalo’s at the top of Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) will be fully operational starting at 9 a.m.

Après-ski bell ringing

The start of the ski season also kicks off après-ski. Après-ski is French for “after ski” and it can be likened to happy hour after work. To take après ski up a notch and pay homage to the European ski areas, Vail will kick off Vail Après at 2:45 p.m. Friday with a ceremonial bell ringing on Pepi’s deck.

Sheika Gramshammer and her family, owners of Gastof Gramshammer and Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant will be joined by dignitaries from the town of Vail and Vail Mountain to kick off the inaugural Vail Après bell ringing and celebrate the start of Vail’s ski season.

To join in the celebration, members of the community are encouraged to gather on Pepi’s deck at 2:45 p.m. on Friday to take part in a ceremony that will launch this new tradition.

Following Friday’s launch, Vail Après will take place daily at 3 p.m. throughout the season with simultaneous bell ringing throughout Vail Village, Lionshead and on Vail Mountain to signify the beginning of après-ski.

For information about opening day in Vail go to www.vail.com. For details on Vail Après or information on custom bell orders, visit www.vail.com/apres.

Tales of the 10th

We just observed and thanked vets on Monday for Veterans Day, but this Friday you can learn quite a bit more about the famed 10th Mountain Division, the winter warfare unit that trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale before fighting battles in Europe during World War II. Acclaimed author and historian Maurice Isserman will give a 90-minute presentation beginning at 3 p.m.

The presentation coincides with the publication of Isserman’s new book, “The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors.” The 10th Mountain Division is known for breaking down the last line of German defenses in the Italian Alps in 1945, which was instrumental in leading the Allies to victory.

Isserman has poured over letters and diaries written during battle. This material has never been published before and Isserman brings the voices of these soldiers to life.

Seating at the Colorado Snowsports Museum is limited, with a maximum capacity of 30 participants. A $5 to $10 donation per person is suggested. Please call 970-476-1876 in advance for availability. To learn more about the Colorado Snowsports Museum visit www.snowsportsmuseum.org.

Cocktails and Canvas: Ornament Painting

Get a jump on holiday decorating by creating your own ornaments at Cocktails and Canvas: Ornament Painting this Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Lionshead. Make a set of round glass ornaments, perfect for holiday decorations and handmade gifts. The Alpine Arts Center provides all materials and step-by-step instructions. Wine and beer can be purchased for those ages 21 and older at the event.

Paint a snowman, a wintery scene or do something more abstract. It’s all up to you and what inspires you at the time. You don’t need to be an artist to do this project, either. It’s all about having fun and getting into the holiday spirit.

This event takes place at the Vail Recreation District community programming room (second floor of Lionshead Parking Garage above the Welcome Center). Parking is free after 3 p.m. The class is being offered at the discounted rate of $20 per person due to sponsorship from the town of Vail and Alpine Bank. To register, go to www.alpineartscenter.org.

Vail Performing Arts Academy presents “Broadway Stars”

Feel like you’ve traveled to New York City with the songs of Broadway filling the stage as the students from the Vail Performing Arts Academy’s present “Broadway Stars”, a revue featuring performances of Broadway hits.

Audiences will be entertained by students ages 8 to 18 who will be singing numbers from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Seussical The Musical,” “Anastasia,” “The Addams Family,” “Hairspray,” “Be More Chill,” “Matilda,” “Billie Elliot,” “Beetlejuice” and more.

Even though these performers are students, the acting, singing, costumes and set design are all top-notch. Annah Scully, executive producer of the Vail Performing Arts Academy, surrounds herself with professionals like Colin Meiring, artistic director; Melinda Carlson, vocal coach; Maria Barry, assistant choreographer and Val Watts, costumer. There are also technicians who help with logistics and countless parents and volunteers who really help each child’s experience live up to the Vail Performing Arts Academy’s slogan: The Most Important Stage in a Child’s Life.

Speaking of stages, the students get to perform on a stage that has seen the likes of B.B. King, Ringo Starr and Jay Leno. “Broadway Stars” will be hosted at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating. Call 970-845-8497 or visit www.vilarpac.org. To learn more about the Vail Performing Arts Academy, visit www.vpaa.org.

Epic Mountain Express Fill the Van food drive

On Saturday, Epic Mountain Express will be hosting the 22nd annual Fill the Van event across our mountain communities. Fill the Van is the largest single food drive across the mountain region, with donated food going directly to local food banks.

Chances are you need to grab some groceries this week, so why not wait and shop on Saturday during the food drive and pick up some extra non-perishable items, put them in a separate bag at checkout and drop them off on your way out of the store. Epic Mountain Express makes it easy for you to help our neighbors in need.

Collection locations will be set up all throughout Eagle County and beyond. Look for the teams next to the colorful Epic Mountain Express vans between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following locations:

Eagle County locations:

  • City Market – Vail
  • City Market – Avon
  • City Market – Eagle
  • Safeway – Vail
  • Wal-Mart – Eagle-Vail
  • Village Market – Edwards        

Summit County locations:

  • Safeway – Frisco 
  • City Market – Dillon
  • City Market – Breckenridge

Roaring Fork Valley locations:

  • City Market – Glenwood
  • City Market – El Jebel

Kevin Clair of Sweet Basil received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association

Kevin Clair, owner of Sweet Basil and its sister restaurants, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association.

Of the several honors that the CRA awards to restauranteurs in the Centennial State, the Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious. Awards were presented at the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors Inaugural Dinner on Oct. 15 at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.

When Clair opened Sweet Basil in 1977, its center-of-Vail location was considered off-the-beaten-path. The restaurant quickly blazed its own trail, raising the caliber of the town’s whole dining industry in the process and today is a fan favorite for fine dining in town.

After graduating from the University of Denver’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Clair spent a year in France as an apprentice cook at two different Michelin three-star restaurants. When he returned to the U.S., he fostered a culture of constant improvement to his own restaurant. Sweet Basil became of the first restaurants in Vail to serve varietal wine by the glass while the norm was to serve boxed wine. He also banned smoking in the dining room.

Kevin Clair (center) with KC Gallagher (left), CRA chairman of the board, and Sonia Riggs (right), CRA president and CEO.
Danielle Lirette | Special to the Daily

Clair’s tenacity is part of the reason Sweet Basil remains a contstant, and since, it’s spawned several siblings. Clair opened Montauk Seafood Grill with partner Gary Boris in 1988, Zino Ristorante in Edwards in 1997, and Mountain Standard with partners Matt Morgan and Paul Anders in 2012. All of the restaurants are still operating successfully.

Outside of his restaurants, Clair was the first president of the Vail Restaurant Association and was a founder of the Taste of Vail. He and his wife Sally spend their free time traveling, biking, and boating.

Others who received the Lifetime Achievement Award this year include Patricia Calhoun of Westword in Denver, Jeff Hermanson of Larimer Square in Denver, Jose Ramirez of Los Dos Potrillos in Centennial. Josh Wolkon of Secret Sauce F&B in Vesta won the Noel & Tammy Cunningham Humanitarian Award, and KC Gallagher of Little Pub Company received the Richard P. Ayers Distinguished Service Award.

Skiing, spa deals, free champagne and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 10/18/19

Skiing and snowboarding available in Colorado

It’s always been a race to see which resort can be the first to usher in the ski and snowboard season each fall. This year, Keystone thought they would be the first resort in North America to spin its lifts and welcome back skiers and riders on Oct. 12, but in a sneaky move, Arapahoe Basin opened to the public from 3:30 to 5:30 on Oct. 11.

Regardless of who was first, there were plenty of happy skiers and snowboarders enjoying some early season conditions with the help of some snowmaking equipment and cooler temperatures provided by Mother Nature.

With Keystone’s new state-of-the-art, automated snowmaking system, the resort was well-positioned to offer guests one of its earliest openings in more than 20 years. Keystone will continue to make snow at every opportunity as weather and conditions permit, and looks to expand terrain as soon as possible.

Keystone will be celebrating the start to the season with a Halloween costume contest, pancake breakfasts, live music, a bags tournament and more in upcoming weeks.

After closing this past Fourth of July, Arapahoe Basin didn’t have much of an off-season. In a surprise announcement at 1:45 p.m. last Friday, The Legend stated that it would be open less than two hours later, at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Excited skiers and riders scrambled to find their gear, get off work or drive the distance to the base area to get in line and hold bragging rights for being present during opening day, well, maybe not a full day, but opening “afternoon.”

A-Basin will also have a few events to kick off the season including a Halloween concert and costume contest, so dress up your friends, family and even the dog in order to win prizes.

Before you go to either resort, check www.keystoneresorts.com and www.arapahoebasin.com for current conditions and terrain updates.

Underground Sound concert series

Save the best for last this weekend with a Sunday night show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The Small Glories take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and will treat the listeners to some bluegrass and folk music. This marks the third concert out of the seven-concert series dubbed “love for the locals” and the Underground Sound pass is still available.

The Small Glories consists of JD Edwards and Cara Luft (Luft was also part of the Wailin’ Jennys). This folk singer-songwriter duo met by accident on the Canadian prairie when they played an anniversary show together at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre.

The wit and banter between Luft and Edwards are all part of the show, and sometimes the duo spends more time setting up the song than it takes to actually play the song. But the crowd loves it and the intimate setting of the Vilar will be a perfect place for the audience to feel like they are a part of the show.

Tickets are available for $28. You can still take advantage of the savings offered in the Underground Sound pass. For $125, the pass gives you entry to Sunday’s show and four more concerts in this series, which goes through Nov. 11. With the pass, you also get a drink at each show and it is transferable. I did the math and you still come out ahead financially if you purchase this pass. For more information, go to www.vilarpac.org.

Spa Deals

The change of seasons is upon us and your body may be craving a change as well. Spas are offering specials this time of year on all sorts of treatments. Take a look at these deals below. If you don’t see your spa of choice, give them a call and see if they are running any specials.

The Spa at the Vail Athletic Club

  • $99 for your choice of 50-minute massage, scrub or facial
  • $189 for your choice of two services: 50-minute massage, scrub or facial
  • 25% off all other services
  • www.vailathleticclub.com

The Sonnenalp Spa

  • 50-minute signature massage or facial for $99
  • 25% off all other treatments
  • Upgrade to an 80-minute treatment for an additional $85
  • www.sonnenalp.com/spa

The Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

  • Signature spa pedicure plus a glass of prosecco for $69
  • 50-minute custom massage or 45-minute rose quartz facial for $105
  • 80- minute custom massage for $149
  • 75-minute oxygen facial for $165
  • www.allegriaspa.com

Simply Massage

Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa

  • $99 for a 50-minute massage or facial
  • $149 for a 75-minute massage or facial
  • $179 for 100-minute massage or facial
  • www.spaanjali.com

The Spa at Four Seasons Vail

  • 20% off massages, facials and body treatments during the month of October
  • Bring your state-issued identification upon check-in for the discount to be valid
  • www.fourseasons.com/vail/spa

The Rock Resorts Spa at the Lodge at Vail

  • $99 for a choice of a 50-minute massage, facial or body treatment
  • $149 for a choice of an 80-minute body treatment (which includes a free gift)
  • Book two treatments in one day and get a glass of champagne
  • 20% off a full-price Float Tank session
  • 20% off of a spray tan
  • www.thevailcollections.com/spa

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many businesses are honoring that with events and deals through the end of the month. The Sonnenalp Breast Center in Edwards reminds you that this is also a good time to schedule your mammogram if you need one. They are even open on Saturdays throughout the month of October to help you fit an appointment into your schedule.

Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon is raffling off two spa prizes with 100% of the proceeds going to the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. The prizes are:

  • One four-hour Alpen Rejuvenation package valued at $370
  • One spa gift basket valued at $500

The raffle is going on between now and the end of the month and raffle tickets are priced at one ticket for $10 and three tickets for $20. Visit Spa Anjali to purchase your tickets and they are asking for cash only. Two winners will randomly be selected on Nov. 1. For more information, go to Spa Anjali’s Facebook page.

Barre Forte in Edwards is also getting into the spirit of giving back and invites you to tuck, hold and burn your way through a day of barre classes to raise money for the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. This Saturday, take one class, two classes or as many as your muscles can handle during the Barre-A-Thon. Barre Forte is asking for a $10 donation for each class. Classes start at 9 a.m. and will continue each hour with 4 p.m. being the last class. Pink drinks will follow to celebrate the sweat and success of this fun fundraiser. Sign up in advance to secure your spot.

Barre Forte will also be donating a portion of all punch cards and pink merchandise sold during the month of October to the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. For more information check out Barre Forte’s Facebook page.

The SKEA clothing line, led by Vail local Diane Boyer, is going to donate 5% of all sales during the month of October to the Shaw Cancer Center at Vail Health in Edwards. Proceeds will directly benefit patients at Shaw through the Spirit of Survival program where they receive free emotional and physical services to help them fight their battle. If you need a cute ski jacket, new snow pants or some of their great base layers or accessories buy them this month and help give back. Learn more at www.skealimited.com.

Celebrate International Champagne Day

Cheers to the off-season! If you need an excuse to make a toast, the new Grand Hyatt Vail is offering a complimentary glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne and specials at the hotel, restaurant and spa all weekend.

The Grand Hyatt Vail has partnered up with Moët & Chandon Champagne and is taking celebrations to a new level. At 6 p.m. on Friday, celebrate International Champagne Day by witnessing a Champagne sabering in the hotel’s Fireside Lounge. Complimentary glasses of Moët Impérial will be served and additional glasses available for $20.19 throughout the evening. Moët & Chandon specialists will be on hand for the event to discuss champagne and make pairing suggestions.

Grand Hyatt Vail will also offer $129 rooms on Friday night. The room rate includes tokens for the state’s only champagne vending machine, located in the lobby, that is filled with Moët & Chandon Champagne.

A Champagne brunch will be served on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Gessner, Grand Hyatt Vail’s signature restaurant for $20.19. The special bubbly brunch menu will include decadent champagne pancakes, live entertainment and $20.19 glasses of Moët Ice with a unique celebratory twist. The Spa at the Grand Hyatt Vail will offer seasonal specials including a choice of a 50-minute classic massage or signature facial for $119 or upgrade to an 80-minute treatment for $190.

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.