Betty Ford Alpine Gardens hosts cooking demo in Vail Friday |

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens hosts cooking demo in Vail Friday

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Chef Nathan McMullen.
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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ popular Chef in the Gardens program continues today at noon, featuring a restaurant new to the program, but not new to valley locals — Paradigms restaurant with chef Nathan McMullen.

McMullen is excited to be part of the program and is presenting a menu of tuna tartare and watermelon salad. He will teach the audience about preparing the dish and share recipes. McMullen’s background includes 12 years at The Wildflower in the Lodge at Vail before opening his restaurant in Eagle.

“We are delighted to welcome our first downvalley chef … and hope it will inspire visitors to take a ride west,” said Nicola Ripley, Gardens director.

Paradigms opened in Eagle five years ago. According to McMullen, “Our dream for Paradigms is that it integrates ‘mind, body and spirit’ into fine dining. We intend to create an experience and environment that people truly value in their lives.”

Located on Capitol Street in a charming log cabin building, Paradigms is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the highest elevation botanical garden in the world. Located in Ford Park, the Gardens is home to the National Alpine Plant Collection of Colorado.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a nonprofit sustained through individual donations and membership. The cost for Chefs in the Gardens is $5 per person. For more information about this or Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ summer programs, call 970-476-0103, ext. 3, or visit the website at

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