Nibbles: Restaurant happenings in the Vail Valley |

Nibbles: Restaurant happenings in the Vail Valley

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comEagle County CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

May means deck time. It means sipping cocktails with the sun shining overhead. Now if only the weather would cooperate! But a few cloudy days arent stopping the folks over at Rick & Kellys American Bistro where the deck is now officially open. Even better, the restaurant offers two happy hours every day, one from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and one from 9 to 11 p.m. Well drinks and domestic beers are $3, glasses of wine are $4 and appetizers and pizzas are all buy one get one free. Starting in early June, the restaurant will host live music on Fridays on the deck, weather permitting. Call 970-926-3423 for more information.

George Yuan, the owner of Nozawa in West Vail and the Nozawa in Silverthorne is expanding his sushi empire. Yuan will open a third Nozawa location in the old Masatos spot in Avon. A tentative opening date is set for June 1, according to manager Susan Yuan. Right now were remodeling, Susan said. Were painting and fixing some things in the kitchen and making it very clean for the opening.The new Nozawa location will feature the same menu as the West Vail location, as well as similar specials, Susan said. Need a sushi fix now? Nozawa, located in the Holiday Inn building in West Vail, is offering 50 percent off all rolls from 4 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursday, and 25 percent off all day Friday and Saturday. Call 970-476-9355 for more information.

Sweet Basil started a new Love Our Locals (LOL) program this spring, which includes dining etiquette classes on Fridays for local schoolchildren. This Friday, fourth graders from Eagle County Charter Academy will get a lesson in basic manners and dining etiquette. Another phase of the LOL program is a weekly series designed to keep locals entertained on the cheap. Classes with topics like classic cocktails and weeknight meals made easy are held Mondays through June 22.Our staff shares their passion, experience and insiders secrets on everything from making that perfect mojito to roasting a chicken, said owner Jana Morgan. We have interactive demonstrations to teach participants new techniques while stretching their budgets.Each class is $15 or buy four for $40, which covers the cost of the food and beverages, Morgan said. LOL schedule May 11: Weeknight meals made easy. Executive chef Paul Anders teaches some of his secrets to cooking simple weeknight meals on a budget. Make three easy meals from one perfectly roasted chicken. May 18: Mixology Monday: 101. Classic cocktails are back and Sweet Basil bar chef K.J. Williams will teach some basic fundamentals to help people make tasty, fresh cocktails at home. June 1: Summer sippers and picnic pounders. Sample summer wines like whites, ross and more at this informative wine tasting. Mickey Werner from Alpine Wine & Spirits in West Vail will co-host the workshop. June 8: Mixology Monday: Latin libations. This class will focus on a few classic Latin cocktails. Bar chef K.J. Williams will share some basics about rum and cachaca, and techniques to make the perfect fresh-squeezed Mojitos and Caipirinhas. June 15: Grill it! Chef Paul Anders goes over how to select the right cut of meat, grill it to perfection, and maximize flavor with easy rubs and marinades. As an added bonus, Anders shares tips on how to select fruit and vegetables at the farmers markets or at your local supermarket. June 22: Mixology Monday: Tequilas and more. Learn the basics of tequila and how to make three popular tequila cocktails for your next summer soiree. Have restaurant info youd like to see included in an upcoming Nibbles column? E-mail High Life editor Caramie Schnell at

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