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Four Vail chefs cooking at Cowboy Ball

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Mark Millwood

AVON, Colorado – Four chefs from Vail’s top restaurants will serve up their signature dishes at the second annual Cowboy Ball benefiting Roundup River Ranch on Saturday at the Carrie Fell Fine Art Studio in Parker. Roundup River Ranch is a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. The event features the Seven Falls Indian Dancers, tasting stations by five of Colorado’s top chefs and Nashville country singer Dillon Dixon. In addition, Carrie Fell, the Western artist with contemporary style, will open her studio for an unveiling of new works and sales, with a portion of the proceeds to support Roundup River Ranch.

Four of the five participating chefs are from Vail, including Richard Bailey from Manor Vail Lodge, Justin Kalauhi from The Wildflower, Mark Millwood from 7One5 and Paul Ferzacca from La Tour. Each chef will create a signature dish, served from tasting stations at the event. From Olathe corn to Liberty Farms duck, many chefs have incorporated local ingredients into their dishes.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to do what we love for a great cause,” said Chef Richard Bailey, who is serving as food and beverage coordinator for the event. “It has been a pleasure to work with some of my colleagues, some of the most talented in Vail, to plan a menu for all to enjoy. I know that our efforts will directly affect the lives of so many children from the state of Colorado and I am proud to be a part of this event and the cause.”

In addition to donating their time for the event, the chefs have worked with their distributors and purveyors to receive donations of food products for the event. Chefs Bailey, Ferzacca and Millwood will also be included in the live auction portion of the event; the trio will prepare a private dinner for 10 at the recipient’s home.

This year’s Cowboy Ball marks the second year that Fell has hosted the event to benefit a local non-profit; the event has expanded this year with the support of the chefs.

“This event began as an idea – I hoped to plan an event that incorporated my art with great food and wine to benefit a worthy cause,” Fell said. “As we look forward to the Cowboy Ball, I am thrilled that so many talented individuals from the community will participate by lending their culinary expertise for guests to enjoy. The food has certainly become one of the highlights of the event, and it has been a pleasure to partner with Chef Bailey and the other chefs for the event. I thank them for believing in the event and the mission of Roundup River Ranch.”

Roundup River Ranch is a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, currently under construction on 85 acres along the Colorado River, in Gypsum. The camp is a provisional member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, founded in 1988 by Paul Newman and now the largest family of camps worldwide for children with serious illnesses. At the camp, children from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and beyond will have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of camp, free of charge and with appropriate medical support. The camp will open in Summer 2011.

Tickets to the Cowboy Ball are $75 per person and can be purchased online at, RSVP code “RRRCB.” For information, contact Betsy Seeger of Roundup River Ranch at 970-748-9983, extension 7 or

For information about Carrie Fell’s work, go to

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