Vail Pop to pair wild game with whiskey |

Vail Pop to pair wild game with whiskey

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The first Vail Pop dinner took place at Walking Mountains Science School in Avon Oct. 6. The second dinner will take place in Vail Nov. 20.
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What: Second Vail POP dinner: “Game To Table + Whiskey Pairings.”

Where: Vail. Exact location to be announced 24 hours prior to dinner.

When: Nov. 20. Seatings at 6 and 9 p.m.

Cost: $75.

More information:, 970-445-0426 or

EDWARDS — The importance of eating locally has been discussed by well-known authors, politicians, next-door neighbors and doctors alike. But high in the Rockies it is not always easy. Working with protein is a great way to incorporate local flavors and nutritional benefits during the colder months. By using sustainably raised meat, fowl and fish as well as the cooler season fruits (apples, pears) and veggies (carrots, potatoes, onions) you can get a well-rounded meal full of flavor and diversity. Produced without destroying the environment or threatening public health, consciously raised meat tastes far superior bringing in notes of local surroundings. Nutritionally, this option is also full of all the good stuff: omega 3’s, vitamin E, beta carotene, iron and more, while all the nasty stuff such as growth hormones, non-therapeutic antibiotics and unsavory feed additives are left out.

Interested in trying some of Colorado’s unique agricultural options? Check out the next event by Vail Pop.

Vail Pop, an underground dinner series where art, food and unique locations fuse, is back for its second event: “Game To Table + Whiskey Pairings.” Focusing on locally and sustainably-raised (this includes wild) animals that are a part of a greater system, co-owner and executive chef at Boxcar in Avon, Hunter Chamness is creating a sensational menu. The event includes whiskey pairings from local craft distillers, 10th Mountain Whiskey.

“Flannel, mustaches, and lots of unique to Colorado wild game will all be a part of this next foodie adventure,” said owner Gretchen Hovey, regarding the upcoming dinner. “We have designed an experience completely inimitable anywhere else.”

Tickets for the Game to Table event are $75 and go on sale Friday at noon. The dinner will be held Nov. 20 and there will be two seating’s: 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Passed appetizers, a three-course meal including whiskey tasting (or beer and wine for those who wish) is included in the price. The location will not be revealed until 24 hours prior, via email and text message, however organizers have divulged this much: Vail. Check out to stay on top of the latest happenings and purchase tickets.

“If you fancy yourself a foodie or if you are simply interested in shaking things up with a group of fascinating people through a shared dynamic dining experience, get online, book your tickets and join us,” Hovey said.

For additional information, contact Hovey at 970-445-0426 or

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