Vail Valley Nibbles: Prom night paparazzi |

Vail Valley Nibbles: Prom night paparazzi

aramie Schnell

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Searching out the perfect dress in Colorado’s Vail Valley? Renting a tux? Hair and makeup and corsages? There’s a lot that goes into prom night and for teenagers, it’s one of the biggest events of the year. That’s why Zacca Za! in Avon decided to go all out Saturday night – prom night for Battle Mountain High School and Eagle Valley High School students.

“Prom is one of the last photo opportunities for high school seniors and their parents. Pretty soon these kids will be out in the world and we wanted to give them a send off that was worthy of all their hard work,” said Amanda Jensen, marketing director for Zacca Za! and La Tour.

A red carpet complete with paparazzi and flashing cameras will be set up outside of the Avon eatery.

“That way the kids can pose and get action shots of each other,” Jensen said.

Professional photographer Mark Ridenour of Prosper Studios will snap shots of prom goers inside the restaurant from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The photos will be available for free download the following day.

In honor of prom, Zacca Za! is offering a three-course meal for two for $40 per couple, including tax and tip, on Saturday night. For more information, call 970-748-4848.

Sushi Oka, located near Cascade Club in Vail, closed last week for the spring/summer season. The restaurant will reopen in a new location at the end of October of beginning of November, said owner Rick Woo.

The new location at Village Inn Plaza next to Solaris will include a sushi bar, a hot Japanese food kitchen and six hibachi tables, which seat 10 people each, Woo said.

“It’s a better location, with much more traffic,” Woo said about the move. “We want to be at the center of all of the activity. Plus we’ll have a bigger space, so we’ll be able to put in hibachi tables, which is what we always wanted to do.”

Woo’s other restaurant, May Palace, is currently offering 30 percent off the entire dinner bill and will remain open during the off season.

Luigi’s Pastahouse, a new Italian eatery in Eagle Ranch, will open May 7. The new restaurant will be across the street from the Capitol Theater.

Luigi’s, owned by Dusty Boot owner John Shipp, will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. seven days a week, and is advertising itself as “moderately priced classic Italian cuisine with family-style service.”

Chef Dan Hoyle, who opened the Keystone Luigi’s in December of 2009, will be the head chef at the restaurant, as well as the executive chef overseeing the two Dusty Boot locations.

Expect classic Italian dishes like spaghetti bolognese, penne a’la vodka and linguini fra diavolo.

The restaurant will also feature “community table” dining, “to bring people together and to offer larger groups a special place,” said Debbie Taagen, director of sales and marketing for the Dusty Boot and Luigi’s Pastahouse.

The restaurant, which was formerly Angelino’s, is currently being remodeled. The decor will be “rustic Tuscan,” Taagen said.

Because it’s owned by the same people who own the Dusty Boot, that restaurant’s “Boot Card” customer loyalty card will also be valid at Luigi’s.

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