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Chefs in the Gardens series to feature Elway’s restaurant

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VAIL — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens presents Chefs in the Gardens, featuring Elway's Culinary Director Tyler Wiard along with the restaurant's sous chef Adam Brown, beginning at noon on Thursday.

The cost is $5 per person and includes a sample of the meal. The two master chefs will demonstrate how to prepare local heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and drizzled in a reduced balsamic vinegar served with a beef tenderloin. Garden members and guests of the Gardens' lodging partners, The Sitzmark Lodge, Gasthof Gramshammer and Manor Vail, can reserve seats by calling 970-476-0103 ext. 5 or emailing liz@bettyfordalpinegardens.org.

The road to the Elway's kitchen for Wiard began in Boulder, working alongside local chef legends John Platt and David Query on the line at Q's Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado. After a stint at Jax-Boulder, famed Denver restaurateur Cliff Young recruited Wiard as the opening executive chef of his Napa Café, where Wiard imaginative, exciting and superbly balanced food drew raves from critics.

Two separate stints as executive chef at Mel's provided him with the chance to experience the culinary world while doing guest chef work at Aqua with Michael Mina, Citronelle with Michel Richard and Wolfgang Puck's Postrio with David and Stephen Rosenthal. Now culinary director at Elway's, Wiard has garnered numerous accolades, including the opportunity to cook at the prestigious James Beard House. He was also a contestant in Bravo's Top Chef Season 10 Seattle.

For more detailed information, please visit http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org.