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Taste of Vail announces changes

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – As the Taste of Vail gears up for its 22nd annual food and wine festival in April, the organization is rededicating itself to its original mission statement by not only hosting the iconic event, but creating additional programming and promotional opportunities to help elevate Vail’s image as a world-class food and beverage destination.

“Taste of Vail is an idea, a platform for promoting the community – not just an annual event,” said new board member Greg Moffet. “The annual spring food and wine event will continue to be our cornerstone activity to promote the Vail lifestyle. We are continually looking at more ways to promote the community’s food and beverage assets throughout the year. This may include a Web site focused on the restaurant community, special dinners featuring local chefs, smaller events or promotional opportunities in the Front Range or on a national level.”

When restaurateurs in the community formed the Taste of Vail in 1990, the organization’s original mission statement was to “enhance Vail’s image, positioning and reputation as a world-class international resort with a serious commitment to fine food and to promote recognition of the Vail lifestyle.”

As Vail’s reputation for fine dining continues to evolve with new internationally popular offerings such as Matsuhisa, regional favorite Elway’s and the growing national spotlight that continues to shine on Restaurant Kelly Liken, the organization determined that this is the time to elevate what Taste of Vail stands for.

“We need to walk before we run, but we believe now is the time to extend what Taste of Vail means to the community by giving us a platform to talk about the world-class food and beverage scene,” added new board member Allison Krausen. “Over the next few months we’ll look for additional ways to enliven the Vail lifestyle under Taste of Vail messaging to extend the concept beyond the annual spring food and wine festival. We’re excited to further mobilize the restaurant community to see how we can best do this.”

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The organization, which was incorporated as a chamber of commerce to promote Vail, will utilize funds raised from the food and wine festival in April to support ongoing promotional opportunities.

“There’s always been confusion in the community about the charitable giving side of Taste of Vail,” said board member Doug Wooldrige. “We always like to give back to local charitable organizations but our main focus will be to raise funds to continue to promote the restaurant community on a year-round basis.”

New logo

Taste of Vail also unveiled a new logo and tagline to better illustrate the organization’s mission. The logo depicts forks in the form of a circle, which represents the culinary message of Vail in a sun-like formation giving a nod to the 300-plus days of sunshine the community receives. A shade of Vail’s blue logo was incorporated as well to integrate elements of the overall Vail brand.

A tagline, “Elevate your Palate,” was added to the logo to illustrate how the organization is committed to enhancing the community by promoting the Vail lifestyle through various food and beverage assets.

The 2012 Taste of Vail is scheduled for April 5-7. Tickets to the 22nd annual event are available online at tasteofvail.com.

Hotels or restaurants interested in getting more involved in the 2012 Taste of Vail are encouraged to contact event coordinator Angela Mueller at 970-401-3320.

For more information on the 22nd Annual Taste of Vail, visit tasteofvail.com or call 970-401-3320.

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