Vail Restaurant Month dishes up four-week foodie adventure
VAIL – This fall, Vail Restaurant Month will serve up a feast of more than 50 events and experiences during its four themed weeks, Sept. 19-Oct. 16.”We’re celebrating Vail’s spectacular fall season with more big events, more restaurants, and more chefs, along with lodging and spa packages, fashion shows, cooking classes for adults, cooking parties for kids, charity receptions, contests and prizes, celebrity guests, picnic kits, themed menus, outdoor adventures, exclusive offers, and premium wine, beer, champagne and spirits tastings,” said Ilene Rapkin, the event’s co-founder.The calendar on VailRestaurantMonth.com is loading up fast with major events, celebrity appearances, and enticing experiences showcasing Vail’s most acclaimed chefs and representing more than 20 premier restaurants in Vail Village and Lionshead. New event hosts include the Four Seasons Resort Vail, the Sebastian, bol and Left Bank. Returning partners include La Tour, Sweet Basil, Kelly Liken, Larkspur, Ludwig’s, Vail Chophouse, Tavern on the Square and Terra Bistro.This year, Vail Restaurant Month presents major events starring celebrity guests such as “RUN•RIDE•REFRESH” presented by Runner’s World and Bicycling Magazine at Vail Chophouse, co-hosted by bicycling coach Chris Carmichael and running icon Ellen Miller. Other event highlights include a cooking school program at Terra Bistro with New York Times food columnist Martha Rose Shulman, a high profile fashion show at the Sonnenalp Resort, and a Belvedere Vodka reception at Masters Gallery supporting the (Red) initiative to fight AIDS. “Vail Restaurant Month is themed to share beloved facets of the Vail-in-fall experience, and every event we create is a driver for hotel occupancy and dining in Vail,” said Rapkin, who brings to the event a significant background in the culinary, travel and event world as former associate publisher of Cond Nast Traveler, Bon Apptit and Food & Wine. “Together with so many partners and allies, this year’s series of events more than ever reflect the DNA of Vail – natural beauty, world-class resort, a treasure of talent, a welcoming spirit, adventurous attitude, vital lifestyle, unforgettable experiences.”For more information, a complete calendar of events, and special lodging packages, visit http://www.VailRestaurantMonth.com. For special offers, invitations, contests, recipes and chef secrets, go to http://www.facebook.com/VailRestaurantMonth and click the “Like” button.