Harvest Party returns for 15th year Sept. 9, benefitting Eagle County Charter Academy | VailDaily.com

Harvest Party returns for 15th year Sept. 9, benefitting Eagle County Charter Academy

Eagle County Charter Academy's 15th annual Harvest Party returns Friday. This year's lineup includes LaTour's Chef Paul Ferzacca.
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What: Harvest Party, a benefit for the Eagle County Charter Academy.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

Where: Eagle-Vail Pavilion, 538 Eagle Drive, Eagle-Vail.

Cost: $40. Tickets will not be available at the door. They must be bought and picked up at Beaver Liquors, 110 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. in Avon.

More information: Call Beaver Liquors at 970-949-5040.

EAGLE-VAIL — The 18th annual Harvest Party puts you and a dozen of the area’s top chefs in the same place, but we all know whose side the wine is on:

It’s on your side.

The Harvest Party is an annual benefit for the Eagle County Charter Academy.

David Courtney, with Beaver Liquors, is helping host the event. It features 12 top-tier local restaurants and wine from Courtney’s wide-ranging collection.

“The food will be good because great restaurants are preparing it. I know the wine will be because I’m picking it,” Courtney said.

Not so long ago, the Harvest Party was a fundraiser for a different worthy cause, but then a bunch of life happened in the Courtney household — both literally and metaphorically — and the Courtneys decided that along with their three children, their support should go to the charter academy.

Collaborative effort

Courtney collaborates with the chefs, and Beaver Liquors provides the wines that are paired with each dish. Normally, the chefs provide the food and make suggestions for wines.

The restaurants are preparing wine-friendly dishes to go with more than 40 wines that range in price from $12 to $45 per bottle.

New to this year’s Harvest Party lineup is LaTour Restaurant and chef Paul Ferzacca.

Excellent foods

Throughout the years, the restaurants have turned this into a competition. For example, FOODsmith has prepared braised beef short ribs with sauce made from foraged choke cherries. Castle Peak Grille did mini flatbreads with duck confit, fig jam, spicy walnuts, arugula and pomegranate. Sweet Basil was in with tuna tartare with tahini vinaigrette, whipped honey yogurt, grapes and curry almonds.

“The food is going to be fantastic,” Courtney said. “I always stress to people that you couldn’t go to most of these restaurants and eat for $40, and at the Harvest Party, you get to try 12.”

Tickets sell out every year. Be aware that you cannot buy tickets at the door. In fact, they don’t even have them available at the door. Tickets must be purchased through Beaver Liquors in Avon and picked up there.

The event will also feature a number of gift certificates and other silent auction items.

“It’s a great event. We’ll try to make sure everyone leaves with something,” Courtney said.

Local band Turntable Review will perform.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick @vaildaily.com.

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