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Harvest Party set for Friday

A dozen local restaurants will serve food at Friday evening's Harvest Party. It's at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Beaver Liquors. Tickets are not available at the door.
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What: Harvest Party, a benefit for the Eagle County Charter Academy.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Where: Eagle-Vail Pavilion.

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

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

Restaurants participating

Sweet Basil

Mountain Standard


Gondola Pizza


Mountain Flour

Avon Bakery and Deli

Ti Amo

Route 6 Café


Castle Peak Grille

Moe’s BBQ

EAGLE-VAIL — The annual Harvest Party is one of those events that puts the fun in fundraiser, and everyone knows which side the wine is on — it’s on your side.

“This is the 15th year we have been doing this event, and it has grown into one of the most popular events in the valley,” said David Courtney with Beaver Liquors, which is helping put on the event. “The food will be good because these great restaurants are preparing it. I know the wine will be because I’m picking it.”

Not so long ago, the Harvest Party was a fundraiser for the Eagle Valley Humane Society, but then a bunch of life happened in the Courtney household.

“My wife and I had three children, so we switched from dogs and cats to kids,” Courtney said.

So now it’s a benefit for the Eagle County Charter Academy.

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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. You’re left to come up with your own choice.

Courtney doesn’t think it should be that way, so it isn’t.

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


Over the years, the restaurants have turned this into a competition. For example, FOODsmith is preparing braised beef short ribs with sauce made from foraged choke cherries. Castle Peak Grille is doing mini flatbreads with duck confit, fig jam, spicy walnuts, arugula and pomegranate. Sweet Basil is serving 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 musician Jonny Mogambo will perform.

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

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