Films or food: Which Vail event to choose?
The first week of April will be packed with two outstanding cultural events. It will be tough for Vail Valley residents to decide which event they want to attend, the Taste of Vail or the Vail Film Festival, but with the proper planning, you can do both. Indulge in Taste of VailThe 18th annual Taste of Vail is sure to delight the palates of even the most discerning food critics. This spectacular event takes place April 25. Special guests include: Executive Chef Tony Aiazzi of New York Citys Aureole Restaurant; Fortune 500s nutritional consultant, Dietician/Chef Diane Hendricks; chef Curtis Lincoln of Denvers Brown Palace Hotel and Restaurant; and chef/owner Joseph Manzare of Zuppa Restaurant in San Francisco. Each will present a cooking seminar on how to prepare some of their favorite dishes.Other highlight events include the 4th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-off, a seminar about how different shapes of glass affect wine, a seminar on the influence of climate and soil on wine from the Russian River Valley, Cigar Aficionado Magazines Glenmorangie scotch and cigar pairing discussion, the Mountaintop Picnic, the Bar Chefs Mix Off, a live auction featuring rare wine, culinary, and travel packages run by auctioneer Greg Quiroga and the Grand Tasting Dinner and Dance finale. This years featured restaurants are: Beanos Cabin, Bighorn Bistro, Blus, Blue Moose Pizza Vail, Centre V, Chaps Grill and Chophouse, The French Press, Game Creek Restaurant, Juniper Restaurant, La Tour Restaurant, Ludwigs, Matthews, Ocotillo at Marriott Mountain Lodge & Spa, Restaurant Kelly Liken, Rimini, Sapphire Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Terra Bistro, Toscanini, Two Elk, Up The Creek Bar & Grill, Vail Chophouse, Vail Gourmet Cookie Company, Vail Valley Gourmet Catering,and the Wildflower Restaurant. Fifty different wineries will also participate in the Taste of Vail. Beanos Cabin, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, and the Game Creek Club will each sponsor a five-course winemakers dinner that features top-notch wine pairings to complement each aspect of three decadent meals. Tickets for the events range from $25 to $420. There is more information and tickets are available on line at http://www.tasteofvail.com.Film fest funThe 5th annual Vail Film Festival promises to be an exciting time. Founded in 2004 by the actors, filmmakers, and dedicated enthusiasts of the Vail Film Institute in partnership with the Town of Vail and Vail Resorts, the Vail Film Festival has quickly become a cultural tradition in Vail. This event takes place in Vail Village from April 36. This years festival will showcase feature films, shorts, documentaries, student films, action sports films, Oscar shorts and the Reel Quick film contest. Events include filmmaker reception, film screenings, classes, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, first-tracks skiing and a closing brunch. Spectators want to take the opportunity to judge the winner of the Reel Quick film contest. Fifteen local teams are given the opportunity to compete against each other in a 48-hour race to create the best three- to five-minute film with the Vail Valley as the backdrop. The winning filmmakers will receive $8,000 in prizes and a spot at the 2009 Vail Film Festival.To learn more, go to http://www.vailfilmfestival.org. Lourdes Ferzacca is president of the Vail Chamber & Business Association board of directors.
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