Local chefs share recipes
VAIL – If you’re looking for a unique present this year, you might consider a new book in town that reflects our local tastes.”Flavors of Vail” features over twenty recipes from nine local chefs and a few international recipes that might provide you with some new ideas for holiday cooking.The book was the brainstorm of Carolyn Connolly of Peak Properties.”We started from scratch and it took a year to finish,” she said. “We were looking for a gift to give clients and homeowners when they came to town. The book could slip into someone’s suitcase and it’s easy to mail.”
Verbatim Booksellers in Vail area hosted a preview party Nov. 22nd. Five of the chefs in the book served up recipes. The book costs $19.95. Two thousand copies were printed, and close to 500 have sold already, so you’d better grab one fast. Chefs featured in the book are local chefs Rutherford Maule of Chef de Maison, Tracey Van Curan of Foods of Vail Gourmet, Chris Wing of Game Creek Club, Stephen Virion of La Bottega, Paul Ferzacca of La Tour, Thomas Salamunovich of Larkspur, Daniel Joly of Mirabelle, Piney River Ranch and Kevin Nelson of Terra Bistro.Robert Aikens, owner of Verbatim, said he was happy to host the party. “I was part of the original cookbook, ‘The Whisk in the West” when it came out,” he said. “Locals put in recipes and we hosted a cookbook party of local restaurants when it was published.”
Aikens bought Verbatim a little over a year ago, but has been in the business for 15 years. He arrived in the Vail area in 1989 with empty pockets and opened “Reader’s Feast” in 1989. He sold the store in 1991 and moved to Aspen to manage Explorers Bookstore, and then he was off to Laguna Beach as owner of Fahrenheit 451.”The store closed after it flooded a couple of times,” he said. Apparently, the beautiful beachfront property with fabulous sunsets also came with a high price.Laguna Beach’s loss is Vail’s gain. Verbatim Bookstore is a charming place to spend an hour or two perusing his extensive book selection and unique gifts. Verbatim is located behind Campo de Fiori on East Meadow Drive.
“Flavors of Vail” is available at Verbatim Booksellers, The Bookworm in Edwards, The Rucksack, the General Store in Lionshead, To Catch a Cook, The Kitchen and Linen Source, La Tour, Mirabelle, Foods of Vail, and Larkspur.Vail Colorado
Among Vail’s volunteers, we tracked down Bob “Buckwheat” Buckley, Tony White and Brooke Franke Gagnon. They all said it was tough, that they loved it and suggested that if you try it you’ll love it too.