Top Shelf Harvest mixes Colorado distilleries with local restaurants |

Top Shelf Harvest mixes Colorado distilleries with local restaurants

Guests enjoy drinks on the patio of Tavern on the Square, which will be among the restaurants participating in the Top Shelf Harvest festival. They will partner with Breckenridge Distillery for the event.
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What: Top Shelf Harvest Festival.

When: 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Lionshead Village, Vail.

Cost: $25 general, $75 VIP. For details on what each price point includes, visit the website.

More information: Visit http://www.topshelfharvest

VAIL — At the first annual Top Shelf Harvest event today in Lionshead Village, top chefs from Vail restaurants will be working with Colorado distilleries to bring an interactive boutique tasting event to life. Guests will be transported back to the age of prohibition to experience a day of gourmet culinary and cocktail pairings, a mixology contest and live entertainment in a fun “speakeasy” style setting.

“What better way to spend a fall weekend than with fabulous cuisine and cocktails with great entertainment in the beauty of Vail?” asked Kevin Nelson, of Terra Bistro. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the event and look forward to sharing our tastes with all the guests.”

A few of the restaurant and distillery pairings include: Terra Bistro and Stranahan’s; Larkspur and 808 Distillery; Vail Chophouse and Woody Creek Distillers; and Tavern on the Square and Breckenridge Distillery. For the full list of participants and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.topshelf

Mixologist Contest

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Top Shelf Harvest will also feature a mixologist contest showcasing craft spirits of Colorado distilleries and talented Vail mixologists. Kevin “Sully” Sullivan, maitre-de of Elway’s Vail and bingo host at The Red Lion, will emcee. The judges include: DC Bollard, former sales consultant at Summit Distribution; Steven Teaver, beverage director at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail; and T.J. Voboril, partner at RKV Law. Guests can vote for their favorite cocktails and mixologist as well as their favorite cuisine.

Some additional highlights from the event include:

• Specialty ice luge cocktails from Breckenridge Distillery and 808 Distillery, helping guests get into the swing of things.

• Lively period-style jazz and blues music by the Gregory Todd Toppers.

• Speakeasy style decor and entertainment featuring flapper couples, “cigarette” girls and a cocktail ice luge provided by the Vail Valley Theatre Company’s production of “Chicago.”

• A speakeasy event at Samana Lounge, hosted by the VVTC group, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight. A secret knock at the door and $10 will allow guests in to enjoy music, cocktails and costumes throughout the night.

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