Chefs in the Garden series continues Thursday in Vail

Collin Meyer.
Jack Affleck | Special to the Daily |

VAIL — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Chefs in the Gardens series continues Thursday featuring the executive chef from the Game Creek Club and Restaurant, Collin Meyer.

Meyer will prepare Colorado goat cheese burrata with cured heirloom tomato, arugula and an ice wine vinaigrette. The demonstration begins at noon in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater lobby, located in Ford Park, next to the alpine gardens’ main entrance.

The cost of the event is $5 and includes samples of the dish prepared. Reserved seats are available for garden members and guests of Sitzmark Lodge, Manor Vail Lodge and Gasthoff Gramshammer. All other seats are available on a first come, first-served basis. To reserve a seat, call 970-476-0103, ext. 5.


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Meyer has worked at Game Creek Restaurant since 2009, assuming the role of executive chef in June 2013.

He received a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, and he has worked at the DC Ranch Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida, and at Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek.

Fine dining is Meyer’s passion and he has dedicated his life to it, spending personal vacation time traveling to culinary destinations around the globe to experience some of the world’s finest restaurants and prompt new ideas that he can bring back to the kitchen with his own twist.


Located in an old-world chalet nestled within Vail’s Game Creek Bowl, Game Creek Restaurant offers distinctive American cuisine with all-natural and organic products, fresh ingredients and an award-winning wine list.

Throughout the summer season, guests at the restaurant can enjoy late-afternoon drinks and appetizers on the deck or indulge in a complete culinary experience with a three- or four-course gourmet dinner menu, plus an optional chef’s menu beginning at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday. Sunday brunch is also served each week.


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a nonprofit organization and is celebrated as the highest botanical garden in the world. Located in Ford Park and an easy walk from the center of Vail, the alpine gardens are home to approximately 3,000 species of high altitude plants and is the National Alpine Collection of Colorado.

The summer months bring an array of flowers to the Betty Ford Gardens, and the blooms are beautifully displayed among ponds, waterfalls, stone walkways and benches for visitors to sit and enjoy all the gardens have to offer.

The alpine gardens are sustained through individual donations and memberships as well as corporate and government grants. For more information, visit

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