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Vail Nibbles: Larkspurs new pastry chef hooked on smores

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyKarl Holl is the pastry chef at Larkspur in Vail, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado Vermont native Karl Holl is the new pastry chef at Larkspur in Vail, Colorado. Holl met Armando Navarro, the current chef de cuisine at Larkspur, while both were working at restaurants in Napa Valley. Shortly after Navarro moved to Larkspur in 2008, he offered Holl a line cook job at Larkspur, which Holl accepted in December. Holl took over as pastry chef in January and strives to show his playful side in his whimsical treats. His most recent creation, called smores ($10.50), is a play on the campfire favorite and has been so popular hes tempted to take it off the menu so he can sell some of his other creations, he joked.Its chocolate pan perdue, which is chocolate-soaked brioche, Holl said. I griddle that and then it sits on a bed of chocolate sauce. On top of that is a graham cracker tuile and then a disc of marshmallow ice cream. It gets more graham cracker crumble and then housemade marshmallow fluff a kind of marshmallow cream that gets torched to finish it so its like an over-the-campfire kind of deal.Call Larkspur at 970-479-8050 for more information.

Masato to offer sushi classes in AprilIf youre sick of sitting on the wrong side of the glass, watching in awe as sushi chefs craft beautiful rolls, now is your chance to learn how to roll your own. Masato Okamoto, owner Masatos Sushi & Japanese Bistro, will teach classes at his restaurant in Avon, tentatively scheduled for April 18 and 19.People have been asking me about this for years, Okamoto said. But the day-to-day responsibilities of running the restaurant left little time to accommodate them. With the end of the season, I can finally share some of what Ive learned over the years with others.Okamoto expects to offer three classes geared toward different levels from novice through professional. He has been honing his craft for more than 30 years and, while his innovative dishes have earned him acclaim, he is best known throughout the valley for his dedication to the traditional style of sushi presentation. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 970-949-0330.

Sunset dining at Atwater on Gore CreekAtwater on Gore Creek, the new restaurant at the Vail Cascade, is offering a new dinner special to encourage guests to dine early, mid-week. The Sunset Special is available Sunday through Thursday for guests seated before 6:30 p.m. and features a three-course menu for two people for $80. For the first course, guests may choose from the Atwater salad, tomato bisque, or Haystack Farms Goat Cheese fritters. The second course features slow-cooked beef short ribs, grilled salmon or half-roasted organic chicken. Sweet treats offered are cheesecake or Meyer Lemon crme brulee. Reservations are suggested. Call 970-479-7014 for reservations at Atwater on Gore Creek.

Cupcakes for a causeLarkspur Market in Vail and Market Avondale in Avon are participating in Share Our Strengths Great American Back Sale. During the month of March, stop in for a $2 cupcake. One dollar from each sale will be donated to Share Our Strength. Share Our Strengths mission is to fight childhood hunger in America, which has staggering numbers, and Larkspur likes to get involved with one or more of their fundraising efforts every year, said Sue Barham, the director of marketing for Larkspur and Avondale restaurants. Barham said they hope to raise $500 for the cause. Call 970-754-8055 for more information.

March madness at the RitzDaily through April 6 The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch will transform the lobbys lounge into a game room during the NCAA college basketball games. Over-sized flat-screen TVs will be situated throughout the room and by the fire pit. Select draft beers will be $15. Those who spend $60 or more on food and/or drinks will also receive complimentary valet parking. Call 970-748-6200 for more information. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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