Dinner in the Garden, benefitting Transition to Life program, is Aug. 18 | VailDaily.com

Dinner in the Garden, benefitting Transition to Life program, is Aug. 18

The fifth-annual Dinner in the Garden on Aug. 18, featuring a menu from Grouse Mountain Grill, benefits Eagle County Schools' Transition to Life program and the Eagle-Vail Community Garden.
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What: Fifth-annual Dinner in the Garden, featuring a menu from Grouse Mountain Grill, benefitting Transition to Life and Eagle-Vail Community Garden.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

Where: Eagle-Vail Community Garden, Eagle Road, Eagle-Vail.

Cost: $75 per person; the entire amount is donated.

More information: Bring your own beverage to the event; ice, glassware, etc., will be available on site. Advance reservations are required. Call 970-949-0600.

EAGLE-VAIL — Grouse Mountain Grill will host this year’s al fresco dinner in the Eagle-Vail Community Garden on Thursday, Aug. 18, an event which benefits the garden and Eagle County Schools’ Transition to Life program.

The fifth annual meal event, prepared on-site by Grouse Executive Chef David Gutowski, will be served family-style at a long farm table in the middle of the Eagle-Vail Community Garden. The evening begins with a garden stroll, during which students in the Transition to Life program help pass hors d’oeuvres, followed by a feast of salads, vegetables, beef tenderloin and dessert.

The meal incorporates garden produce and is prepared and served by the staff of Grouse Mountain Grill. The Beaver Creek restaurant also maintains two plots in the garden, which provide fresh produce for the restaurant’s nightly menu.

The Transition Program

“Once we worked with the students from the Transition program, who were helping tend the garden, our hearts became totally attached to the mission of the program and to the kids themselves,” Gutowski said.

Eagle County Schools’ Transition to Life program works with high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 21 who have special needs. During those years, these students cannot qualify for state funding or care, so the school district has created a bridge program to assist them until they have access to more support services.

Transition to Life program leader Donna Johnson’s mission of “educating every student for success” is truly valuable in the lives of the students she serves.

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