‘Oktoberfeast’: Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week begins Friday
COFFEE SHOPS AND BAKERIES
Loaded Joe’s — Vail Village
Breakfast 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; lunch until 8 p.m.
Two breakfast burritos and two lattes.
Two sandwiches and two lattes.
Mountain Cupcakes — Vail Village
Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Half-dozen cupcakes (in-store only).
Rimini Gelato — Lionshead, Beaver Creek
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Four, one flavor gelato cups.
SAVORY SMALL PLATES
The Metropolitan — Beaver Creek
Lunch and dinner from 12 p.m. to close.
Any two tapas and a glass of house wine.
Osprey Lounge — Beaver Creek
Happy hour special from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Any three tapas during happy hour.
Moe’s Original BBQ — Lionshead
Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday until 9 p.m.
Double-Wide Family Pack — includes 1 pound of meat of choice, two sides and bread.
Yellowbelly — West Vail
Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A sampling of rotisserie and fried chicken and a side.
El Sabor — Lionshead
Dinner specials 5 p.m. to close
Any appetizer and choice of dinner item.
Blue Moose Pizza — Lionshead, Beaver Creek
Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A 15-inch specialty pizza, four chocolate chip cookies and a pitcher of soda.
A 15-inch specialty pizza and a pitcher of Colorado draft beer or a bottle of Bohemian Highway Pinot Grigio.
Campo de Fiori — Vail Village
Opens nightly at 5:30 p.m.
Elway’s — Vail Village
Dining room opens nightly at 5 p.m.
Mussel appetizer with two beers.
Colorado trout dinner entree.
Kelly Liken — Vail Village
Dinner at 6 p.m.
Two half glasses of bubbly and an Artesian cheese and salumi plate.
Two half glasses of dessert wine (or other selected cordials) and a dessert to share.
Sweet Basil — Vail Village
Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner from 4:30 pm. to 10 p.m.
Three-course chef select lunch menu.
Daily dinner entree selection.
All day: selection of half bottles of wine.
8100 — Beaver Creek
Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m.; dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Natural-beef burger lunch for two.
Wood-grilled half chicken dinner.
Splendido — Beaver Creek
Opens at 5:30 p.m.
Sommelier’s selection 750 ml. of wine.
Steak frites or pan-seared salmon.
Hooked — Beaver Creek
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Five fish tacos.
Black board daily raw bar menu items.
Tax and gratuity not included. Call individual restaurants for more information and to make reservations.
VAIL AND BEAVER CREEK — Fall is the perfect time for every foodie’s “Oktoberfeast.” This year, Vail and Beaver Creek are coming together to serve those in town for the offseason with 10 days of dining delectability.
“When you look around at the number of fabulous restaurant offerings in the two villages, it is clear that an event like this is long overdue,” said Matt Morgan, managing partner of Sweet Basil.
It’s true — the inaugural Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week will start Friday and runs through Oct. 6, with participating restaurants from the two neighboring world-class mountain resorts. The culinary celebration will be an elevated experience, showcasing the incredible and diverse culinary offerings available throughout the Vail and Beaver Creek villages.
The upvalley event will feature a wide variety of prix fixe menus and specials, ranging from drink deals to multi-coursed meal offerings, all set at $20.13. More than 50 establishments and 10 lodges are participating, so there will be plenty of reasons for diners to make their visit to the valley an extended stay.
Lauren Smith, owner of Mountain Cupcakes in Vail Village, said she is looking forward to the event.
“I think it’s really cool that there will be items at lower prices all over the valley,” she said. “You can go to a nice restaurant and get something for less than 30 bucks, and then you’re not breaking the bank.”
Smith said she thinks the area will see a lot of Front Range visitors for the event.
“I think a lot of people might be coming up on the weekends and eating their way through Vail and Beaver Creek,” she said.
It’s the first year that Vail and Beaver Creek have collaborated for this culinary renaissance, combining efforts from the local restaurant community, the town of Vail, Beaver Creek Resort Co., Vail Resorts, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Vail Partnership.
“We are stunned by the overwhelming support and participation we’ve received from the local restaurant and resort community,” said Brian Nolan, local restaurant owner and one of the event producers.
Restaurants will be following their standard reservation policies, so plan accordingly. Also, on Oct. 3, 10 percent of all participating restaurant sales will be donated to the Vail Valley Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership in athletic, cultural, educational and community-based endeavors.
“Not only is it going to be a terrific week, but participants will truly be able to sample the culinary best of both resorts through one event,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “I hope everyone will take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.”