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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ cooking demonstration series returns to Vail Thursday

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Chef Richard Bailey.

VAIL — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens' cooking demonstration series, Chefs in the Gardens, begins today with award-winning chef Richard A. Bailey from Taste 5 Catering. Personality, passion and attention to detail are the qualities Bailey brings to all his culinary endeavors. His career spans the world and he has prepared meals in some of the most prestigious restaurants in California, Germany and Dallas. He takes much of his meal preparation ideas from fresh produce and products available locally. He avoids gluten with most of his dishes.

"I just love to cook and use organic, seasonal ingredients," he said. "I am determined to challenge the way my guests view and savor the taste of good food."

The cost of the cooking demonstration is $5 and includes samples of the dish.

"A morning in the gardens followed by the cooking demonstration is a wonderful way to spend a day in the Vail Valley," said garden member Kimberly Howfeld. "If you come to Vail and miss the gardens, you've missed a lot."

Reserved seats are available for members of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and guests of the Sitzmark Lodge, Manor Vail Lodge and Gasthoff Gramshammer.

To reserve a seat or become a member, call 970-476-0103, ext. 5. All other seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is Eagle County's botanical garden. Free and open to the public, it is located in Vail's Ford Park with more than 100,000 guests visiting each summer. The gardens have been recognized as one of the top 30 public gardens in the United States by Active Times and in 2009 received the award for Garden Excellence by Horticultural Magazine. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 970-476-0103, ext. 5 or visit the website http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org.