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Old world barbecue returns to Avon Friday

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VAIL CO, Colorado

AVON – If you find yourself unexpectedly drawn by olfactory overload to the center of Avon Friday, you’ll have Chef Adam Roustom of the Blue Plate restaurant to blame. That night the Blue Plate finally makes its move to Avon’s Boat Building in Avon spiritually complete with the long-awaited – and oft requested – return of the restaurant’s old world barbecue.

Since opening the Blue Plate with his wife Elli just over four years ago, Roustom has created a following with his weekly slow-roasted whole pig and lamb.

A multiple award winner for his barbecue and cuisine, Roustom – born on the shores of the Mediterranean – spends the entire day preparing and slow-roasting the whole lamb or pig on his outdoor spit, using traditional methods and spices handed down through generations.

“It’s all in the preparation, the timing and the ability to control the heat,” Roustom said. “The spit I use enables me to control the height from the coals. This allows the meat to cook evenly all the way through. And the special flavor lent by the bone and the spices? … Well the taste is just incredible.”

When it’s cooked completely through, Roustom picks the bones clean, using different parts of the animal for different dishes, so you never know exactly how he’ll serve it up.

The Blue Plate hosts its “Old World Barbecue” every Friday evening throughout the summer, alternating weekly between whole roasted pig and lamb. This Friday Roustom will roast a lamb. For more information or for reservations call 970-845-2252, or visit blueplateavon.com. The Blue Plate is located at 48 East Beaver Creek Boulevard in Avon.

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