Taste of Vail has new administrator, new board member
VAIL, Colorado – After celebrating 20 years of food and wine in the Vail Valley, Taste of Vail is making some changes to usher in its third decade. The organization has a new administrator and a new board member.Angela Mueller has been hired as the new administrator for Taste of Vail. Mueller has worked as the Vail Farmer’s Market executive director the last four years. Vail Resort’s Doug Wooldridge joins the Taste of Vail board of directors. Wooldridge has been with the ski company more than a decade in the food and beverage department and currently manages Two Elk Restaurant. “I’ve seen, first hand, how Taste of Vail can generate excitement for the culinary scene in the Vail Valley,” Wooldridge said. “I wanted to volunteer my time and ideas to see how I can work with the rest of the board to make this event even more successful in its third decade.””We are excited about the new ideas and fresh perspective that both Angela and Doug bring to Taste of Vail as the event enters a new era,” said Paul Ferzacca, Taste of Vail board member and owner of La Tour and Zacca Za! restaurants. “We have always welcomed new board members to our team and we were thrilled that Doug wanted to volunteer his time and resources.”As the board looks to the future of Taste of Vail, they also are making tactical changes to strengthen community involvement in the event, which they believe will help drive more overnight visits to the community during the April 7-9 weekend.One goal is to engage more restaurants and lodging partners and expand the community’s presence in Taste of Vail beyond the events and seminars.Hotels or restaurants interested in getting more involved in the 2011 Taste of Vail are encouraged to contact Mueller at 970-926-5665. The board also welcomes additional community participation in Taste of Vail and suggests that anyone interested in giving of his or her time on the board of directors or as a volunteer contact Mueller as well. Discounted tickets on sale nowPre-sale discounted tickets for the 2011 Taste of Vail are on sale at http://www.tasteofvail.com. Early ticket prices are $100 for the Mountaintop Picnic and $125 for the Grand Tasting, which will sell for $125 and $175 respectively after Dec. 15, 2010. Additional tickets also are currently available on the website. The 2011 Taste of Vail takes place April 7-9 and will feature more than 30 guest chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers, as well as more than 50 wineries. The event kicks off on April 7 at 3 p.m. with the 7th annual Colorado Lamb Cook-off and Aprs Ski Tasting in the heart of Vail Village. Local chefs will serve lamb dishes to the public, while simultaneously competing for prizes in the cook-off. Guest vintners also will serve various wine varietals within the theme “Life Beyond Chardonnay & Cabernet.” The Mountaintop Picnic is set for April 8 from noon to 2:30 p.m. on top Vail Mountain in a hand-built snow arena. Chefs from Vail restaurants will serve up gourmet picnic fare, while guest wineries serve wine. Ticket holders can ski to the event or take the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead to access the picnic. Taste of Vail wraps up on April 9 with the Grand Tasting from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Grand Tasting is the culmination of the three-day event and along with food and wine, includes live music and dancing.Taste of Vail’s food and wine seminars also return for the 21st annual event, past events include “umami: wine and food in balance,” aphrodisiac foods and a “Celebrity Death Cage Match Between Wine, Beer and Cheese.” Numerous restaurants throughout Vail will host winemaker dinners. A complete list of seminars and winemaker dinners along with times and pricing will be available in early 2011. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 21st annual Taste of Vail, visit http://www.tasteofvail.com or call 970-926-5665.
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