Nibbles: Farm dinner returns July 20 |

Nibbles: Farm dinner returns July 20

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EDWARDS – Foodies will have a chance to eat a feast made from locally grown food in a field at Copper Bar Ranch in Edwards once again this July. Outstanding in the Field will return to the ranch on July 20. Chef Jeremy Kittelson of Restaurant Avondale and Chef Armando Navarro of Larkspur Restaurant will team up to prepare the meal. Last year 130 people dined on a long, white-cloth-draped table in the middle of a pasture. Guests were asked to provide their own dinner plate, an Outstanding in the Field tradition that dates back to the first dinner founder and chef Jim Denevan held in California in the late ’90s. During last year’s event, Outstanding in the Field director Leah Scafe climbed on a tree stump and told attendees the history of the dinners, weaving a tale about a chef who was inspired by his farmers’ products and created his menus around whatever they could sell him. From there Denevan hosted the first farm dinner with his brother, an organic pear and apple farmer. Denevan kept expanding within California, and seven years ago he bought a vintage 1953 Flexible bus on, named it Outstanding and took the tour national. “It was evangelistic to start,” Scafe said. “They’d go into a town a week ahead of time and convince people to come and eat in a field.” Last year, farmers and ranchers who contributed to the dinner were sprinkled up and down the long table. During dinner the guests of honor took turns walking around and talking about their life’s work.Tickets are $200 and on sale now at

BEAVER CREEK – Christian Apetz will take over as the new executive chef of 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill beginning June 20. Apetz most recently worked at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston as executive chef. “We are very excited to have Christian join our team as our new executive chef,” said Robert Purdy, general manager of Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.Apetz graduated with a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales in Providence, R.I. His culinary cred includes stints at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, the Hyatt Valencia in California and the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. He most recently worked at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston where he started as the executive sous chef in 2007 and was promoted to executive chef in 2009. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at such a reputable restaurant,” Apetz said. “Beaver Creek is a beautiful place and I can’t wait to make the move. It’s going to be a great fit for my family and me.”For more information on Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill, visit or call 866-471-7658.

EAGLE – As The Smiling Moose Deli prepares to move out of its location at 313 Chambers Ave. in Eagle, Dietrich’s coffee shop cafe is getting ready to move in.Chris Dietrich and his wife, Jodi, are planning to open Dietrich’s on June 18. The business was originally started by Chris’ father in Denver 33 years ago.”In addition to coffee, we’ll serve chocolate, ice cream, traditional and European-style breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, brats and hot dogs,” Chris said.Chris has a coffee-bean roaster ordered to arrive in July. That means the cafe will soon feature fresh-roasted coffee beans.”There was an opportunity and the time was right,” Chris said about his plans to continue the family business.He has lived all over Colorado and has been in Gypsum for 31⁄2 years. Chris has three kids, ages 12, 9 and 4, and looks forward to raising them in an environment he knows well.”I grew up with coffee and chocolate,” he said.- Derek Franz, Eagle Valley EnterpriseHigh Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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