Spago Bachelor Gulch to open with charity dinner |

Spago Bachelor Gulch to open with charity dinner

Daily staff report
Vail CO, Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” The grand opening for Spago Bachelor Gulch will kick off today with “Our First Night for First Descents,” a fundraiser benefiting the local non-profit First Descents. Wolfgang Puck will be flying in to host The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints event, making an appearance at the dinner to meet and thank guests and diners for their generous support of First Descents.

“It’s extremely important to our company to give back to the community,” said Chef Puck. “We are excited we are able to celebrate our grand opening with First Descents for this very special event. We’re proud to support this wonderful organization.”

Wolfgang Puck and Spago Bachelor Gulch Executive Chef, Mark Ferguson will create a special four-course menu for the evening with wine pairings donated by Moet Hennessy and Pinnacle Distributing. The ticket price for the evening is $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity with the majority of the funds being donated in cash to First Descents.

“First Descents is the perfect partner for this evening given both our organizations ongoing charitable efforts,” said Steven Holt, director of public relations. “The Ritz-Carlton also will host and underwrite a large portion of the second annual First Descents Ball in March 2008 as part of our local Community Footprints program.”

“We are thrilled to be included in this special evening, the generosity of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch and Spago is truly heartwarming,” said First Descents Executive Director, Allan Goldberg.

The goal of the evening is to raise $15,000 to support First Descents outdoor adventure programs here in the Vail Valley.

“First Descents provides an incredible outdoor experience for young adults with cancer,” said Brad Ludden, founder of First Descents. “Having this kind of support is amazing. We don’t charge for our programs, so every dollar is a big deal and very important to us.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch closed its Remington’s restaurant at the end of last ski season and embarked on a $5 million dollar redesign of the space under the direction of renowned hospitality designer, Tony Chi.

The Spago Bar façade now opens directly into the resort’s great room with a stylish bar. The 120-seat restaurant captures the essence of the surrounding mountain landscape while weaving rustic and modern elements. An exhibition kitchen provides a dynamic staging area for the culinary team,offering guests front-row seats.

For more information about First Descents, please visit the website at

For information on “Our First Night for First Descents” contact Spago reservations at 343-1555.

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