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Garden to Glass and Farm to Fork support Eagle Valley Land Trust

by Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society

On Thursday, Aug. 16, on a beautiful hillside overlooking the Eagle River Valley, the Eagle Valley Land Trust held the 2018 Garden to Glass event and Farm to Fork dinner in support of forever protecting the lands that we love. The Eagle Valley Land Trust's mission is to preserve our heritage, scenic beauty, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats, as well as to build a permanent legacy for future generations. EVLT is tasked with the important job of protecting Eagle County's most cherished lands and conserving the rural character of our valleys. The evening was about celebrating its many successes and learning about ways to save more land for people and wildlife forever.

Delicious libations

The festive evening began with Garden to Glass, where local mixologists prepared delicious libations which guests voted for to determine the favorite beverage. This year's competitors included 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co., Root & Flower, The Rose, Terra Bistro, Pivot 62 and Vail Catering Concepts — all competing for the traveling trophy, a cash prize and a year's worth of bragging rights. It was a close contest, and everyone was a winner at Garden to Glass, but the high honor went to Pivot 62.

After the cocktail reception, the Farm to Fork dinner was served by chef Eric Berg and the Vail Catering Concepts team who lived up to their tagline of "fine dining in diverse locations." Chef Berg and his crew prepared fine food sourcing from nearby ranches and farms. There were incredible tomato bruschetta, elk meatballs, smoked trout salad and spicy chicken satay for the appetizers. Diners enjoyed a delicious plated salad with greens donated from the Knapp Ranch. The family style buffet boasted grilled buffalo tenderloin, baked salmon, roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed green beans with beets, carrots and herb dressing and a corn, squash and pepper succotash. Dessert was a delicious chocolate mousse with marinated fresh berries and peach compote with baby sorrel, also from the Knapp Ranch.

Eagle Valley Land Trust Executive Director Jim Daus greeted guests and thanked them for their support of conservation.

"I am indebted to all of you who share these values and support our work," Daus said. "EVLT is conserving the lands we love; the natural beauty that drew us here, and, which is also the backbone of our recreation economy.

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Of course, there is always more work to do.

"Together we will continue to conserve those places that make this valley so special," Daus said.

Emcee Josh Lautenberg did a fabulous job of wrangling the crowd in for announcements and recognition of presenting sponsor, the Precourt family, and the generous corporate partners and table sponsors.

Lautenberg had double duty as he emceed and played the drums with the band "Rewind," during the after-dinner dance party. "Rewind" is a classic rock band based in the Vail Valley that has an amazing set list.

For more information on the mission of Eagle Valley Land Trust including offering youth conservation and hiking programs, and ways to support, visit http://www.evlt.org.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.