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Nibbles: Drink for a cause at Centre V in Vail

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Communitini served at Centre V at Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado is made with pomegranate vodka, Pomm juice, lemonade and fresh mint.

VAIL, Colorado In early January, Centre V, the restaurant inside Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado, rolled out its Communitini, a martini made with pomegranate vodka, Pomm juice, lemonade and fresh mint. Five dollars from each drink, which cost $12 each, benefits the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a local charity that helps people who live and work in Eagle County who have overwhelming financial needs due to medical crisis. To date the restaurant has raised more than $800 for the charitable fund.Our goal is to raise $2,000 by the end of ski season and would love help from anyone in the area to come out and support us in reaching our goal, said Robert Dorey, food and beverage director at The Arrabelle. It not only tastes fantastic, it goes toward a great cause.Call 970-754-7700 for more information.

Joyce and Rick Woo, the owners of May Palace, are opening a new sushi joint in Vail. The Woos purchased the former Blue Tiger space located at the Cascade Club Resort and plan to open Sushi Oka this week, either today or Thursday depending on a required inspection from the fire department.We are an authentic Japanese restaurant, not just sushi and sashimi but complete Japanese, including hot food from the kitchen as well, Rick said. We are not a mix, were strictly Japanese not fusion, not Chinese, not like Nozawa.The chef, Arther Lee, has 30 years experience cooking Japanese food and owned a Japanese restaurant in Taiwan, Rick said.

After 14 years of slinging sushi, Masato Okamoto, owner of Masatos in Avon, is closing shop and moving to New York City to open a new sushi joint. The restaurants last day is April 12, closing day of Beaver Creek Mountain. Rumor has it Okamoto will be teaching three sushi classes before he leaves town. Well keep you updated on dates/times/cost as we get it. The owners of Nozawa, the sushi restaurant in West Vail, will be taking over the space.

Theres a rumor going around town that Rick & Kellys American Bistro in Edwards is closing up shop. Not to worry, those tempura fried green beans arent going anywhere. Were actually doing really well in light of this economic crisis, Liken said. I think thats because its the best value in Edwards. You can bring the whole family out to dinner and not break the bank.And though Liken said theres always room for a little more business, theyre pleasantly surprised at how well theyre doing. Rick & Kellys is open for dinner seven nights a week from 5 to 11 p.m. Call 970-926-3423 or visit for more information.

Judd Wallenbrock, the winemaker from the Humanitas Wines, will visit Matthews restaurant in Edwards tonight. Matthews first began selling Humanitas Wines last summer, when owners Elena and Matt Jones learned that the wine not only taste good, but the profits benefit local charities.Inspired by companies such as Paul Newmans Own, Wallenbrock decided to start a winery dedicated to making great wines and donating the profits to charity.Specifically, the profits go to fund solutions to three very primary issues hunger, affordable housing and education and weve chosen Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity as our primary charities. However, we try to support whatever charity best addresses these issues community by community, Wallenbrock said.The dinner, which includes pairings like blue crab red pepper ravioli paired with Humanitas Sauvignon Blanc, starts at 6:30 p.m. today. The cost is $58. Reservations can be made online through or by calling 970-926-8646.Have something we should include in our Nibbles column? E-mail High Life Editor Caramie Schnell at

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