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‘Approachable Indian food’

Caramie Schnell
Vail CO Colorado

Starting this month, ethnic-food junkies will be able to satiate their hunger for food that’s hard to find in Eagle County. Jody Bergerud, 38, is starting a new business called Wicked Tandoor, and he’ll sell Indian food at the farmer’s markets in Minturn and Eagle, mainly, as well as naan (traditional Indian bread) and some other homemade sauces and prepacked items at local specialty stores.

“We’ll hopefully have an outdoor tandoori oven, and we’ll sell kababs, curries and some nontraditional items, like chicken tikka pizzas and homemade naan made onsite in the tandoori oven,” he said. “I want it to be hipper, casual, more approachable Indian food.”

Most of the items will range from $7 to $11, Bergerud said.

Though Bergerud, who moved to Eagle County from Minneapolis last summer, is a self-proclaimed “white guy” who grew up in Texas, his stepdad is from Bangladesh, and Bergerud will be using family recipes.

“This is the most amazing place I’ve ever lived. The only thing missing is that culinary diversity,” Bergerud said.

Visit http://www.wickedtandoor.com, which should be up and running by the first week of June, for more information.

Just in time for warm summer days, the Bookworm of Edwards is serving up homemade smoothies. Try the Clockwork Orange, a combination of carrot, pineapple, banana and orange juice, or the Skinny B – spinach, pineapple, ginger, banana and apple juice – one of the offerings that was developed and endorsed by Dogma Athletica for “peak performance and nutritional value,” according to the Bookworm’s website, http://www.bookwormofedwards.com.

“(Co-owner) Kristi (Feichtinger) developed the recipes with the help of the Dogma gang to be sure we had some healthy recipes as well as the just plain delicious,” said Besse Lynch, the marketing and events manager.

There are seven smoothie options ranging in price from $5.99 to $7.49. And like the rest of the Bookworm’s food offerings, they all have names that are plays on popular or classic book titles. Take the Eat, Sleep, Ride – a riff on Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love.” With Hammer chocolate whey protein powder, espresso, almond butter, coconut milk, banana and Noosa yogurt, the blend is a mountain biker’s protein dream.

The Bookworm is located in Riverwalk in Edwards. Call 970-926-READ.

Longtime Vail Valley resident Charles Frey is taking over Ticino, the Italian eatery located in the Avon Center. Frey took over this week, and his son, Sacha, will be a partner in the venture, he said.

The restaurant’s name, Ticino, will remain the same. The chef will be Abel Moran.

“He’s worked in the valley for about 15 years in Italian restaurants. He worked at Bagali’s for quite a while,” Frey said.

The menu will be similar to what it was, with Italian specialties such as pizza and pasta.

“There’s this great pizza oven, so it’d be a sin if I didn’t make pizza,” Frey said. “For lunch we’ll do paninis, pizza, pasta and, of course, some desserts. For dinner we’ll take the paninis out and add on antipasti, starters as well as some main courses.”

That includes the appetizer we’re most looking forward to – the Chile Farcite ($6.95), which is prosciutto-wrapped jalapenos stuffed with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil and cream cheese.

All of the lunch items will be less than $10 and most of the dinner options less than $20, Frey said.

The space also will look mostly the same, though Frey plans to take out the pastry case and replace it with a bar.

The Gore Range Brewery has a new owner. Chef Pascal Coudouy, formerly the executive chef at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek’s 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill, is now at the helm of the Edwards eatery. In the next month or so, patrons will see changes ranging from landscaping off the back deck and new patio furniture to a high-definition television in the bar and new glassware and china. For now, the menu remains the same, but there will be around eight specials per day.

“We’re trying things out. If I have a good response, then I will put that on the new menu,” Coudouy said.

“The goal is to keep the price range the way it is and cater to locals. And to have fresher, cleaner ingredients. That’s the goal,” he continued.

The brewery also will host live entertainment on the deck this summer starting today at 4 p.m., Coudouy said.

The Gore Range Brewery is located just off U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and has a casual atmosphere. No reservations are accepted. For more information, call 970-926-BREW.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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