Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Leonora restaurant offers cozy to eclectic dishes | VailDaily.com

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Leonora restaurant offers cozy to eclectic dishes

The Sebastian Hotel in Vail has been described as having an eclectic mix of approachable chic and mountain comfort within a cozy, residential atmosphere. That eclectic mix blended with comfort is a good way to describe the menu at Leonora. From ceviche and flatbreads that change regularly to slow roasted short ribs, their bistro, tapas and wine concepts go well with their atmosphere.

Executive chef, Rosa Provoste, draws influences from the mountains of France, Spain, Italy, and the Colorado Rockies. These bistro dishes make you feel content and at home. Their tapas are great for sharing. From gluten free and vegetarian to seafood and something for the meat lovers, there are choices for everyone.

Provoste served under executive chef Sergio Howland when she first came to the property and has since taken the helm. She is one of the only female executive chefs in the area. "I grew up in the kitchen cooking with family, then went to culinary school in Chile, and once I arrived here, it felt like home to me.

The same love that Provoste puts into the dishes can be found in their carefully selected wines.

Each night, food and beverage manager James Carpenter selects the perfect wine to go along with various specials on the menu. Central to the restaurant is a glass wine tower that is climate controlled and houses over 200 wines from around the world. "It's almost a show when I climb the ladder to get a bottle at the top, the whole restaurant watches and claps when I come down, it's a sight to be seen."

Leonora restaurant is named after Leonora Carrington, who was an English-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. Her works are prominently displayed all throughout the property.

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Come in for a bite before a movie, grab a drink and catch up with an old friend or spend the evening dining at Leonora. For more information go to http://www.thesebastianvail.com or make a reservation on http://www.opentable.com.