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‘Drink Red! Wear Red!’ a red-hot party

Carolyn PopeCherie Paller of the Family Learning Center with Bethany Haerter, Patrick Sheridan, Jon Haerter and event chair Barbara Duncan

The hottest party of the ski season was held Nov. 17 night at Larkspur restaurant in Vail

The color was crimson. And crimson was everywhere. Everyone followed the dress code for the party, “Drink Red! Wear Red!” Even the few that dressed in simple black from head to toe sported (and would show an unabashed glimpse of) a bit of red bra or thong.

It was the second year of the event, which, by my standards, was one of the most fun parties in town that raised money for nonprofits. It was truly the perfect mix of age and background; the price at $85 was a steal with all the evening offered.

Barbara Duncan, who has chaired the event for its two years, worked tirelessly to ensure the surroundings were spot-on, from the fabulous ice sculpture – with its “Fear No Ice” with candles burning within the frozen letters – to the red roses placed strategically around. The room glowed red from spots and light bulbs; the immense wine wall once again had each bottle’s tag red or white, spelling out “RED” in bold letters. The attention to detail was, as far as I could see, red-letter perfect.

Larkspur spread out their best food, from miniature onion soups; a cheese spread that would make even the lactose-intolerant salivate; Larkspur’s famous truffle-enhanced “Lark Burger”; and my favorite, the escargot, served in a spoon with a wild mushroom ragout. The dessert table was decadent with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, which, of course, pairs phenomenally with a hearty red wine.

National Distributing outdid themselves with a selection of over 30 red wines of all spectrums, including the “Zen of Zin,” Icon Pinot, Syrahs, Cabernets and Merlots that were all just a little too tempting.

The Tony Gulizia Trio outdid themselves and had everyone dancing (loved their rendition of “Oye Como Va”). Way to rock, boys!

The charities that received funds raised from ticket sales and the wine auction were the Family Learning Center, providing financial assistance to needs-based families with children through their school in Edwards; the Vail Rotary Clubs which provides college scholarships to exceptional and dedicated Vail Valley Students; Colorado Mountain College providing financial assistance to ensure well-educated students in the dynamic service fields throughout the valley; and the Colorado Restaurant Education Foundation, awarding scholarships throughout Colorado to outstanding students in the culinary and service fields.

Remember next year, this is one not to miss!


HIGH ALTITUDE OOPS: I offended at least one reader with my recent column on “First Descents.” My opening paragraph may have come off as insensitive to those who are touched by cancer. Accept my apology; when I’m writing, I understand my intentions, but always run the risk of being misconstrued. Cancer is a horrible disease no matter what your age, but for those who are young and their family, it is even more of a shock. Again, accept my apologies.

ON THE SOCIAL RADAR: The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek has a special series of events coming up, their “Dancing in the Park,” beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and continuing for three more Tuesdays. If you adore dancing the old fashioned way (that requires touching and romance), this is the place for you!

The first lesson is the Fox Trot, followed the following weeks by the Swing, Salsa and Tango. After your dancing, you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at Bivans. Dancing begins at 6 p.m., and the cost is only $105 per couple. Reservations are required, so call 827-6560 to sign up.

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