Vail’s Larkspur lights up the night on 10-year anniversary |

Vail’s Larkspur lights up the night on 10-year anniversary

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
Vail, CO Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado – Many longtime locals found it hard to believe that Thomas and Nancy Salamunovich’s Larkspur Restaurant in Vail, Colorado is 10 years old.

Where did that time go? many asked themselves. Unbelievable that it was 10 whole years ago when they started serving up some of the valley’s most delicious and elegant meals in a stupendous setting.

Some people watched the crazy Demolition Derby and fireworks on Golden Peak on Thursday evening and wandered over to Larkspur to celebrate, imbibe and taste all things Larkspur.

Others were obviously way to decked out to have withstood the bone chilling temperatures outside and opted for the dress to impress, throw on a warm coat and use Luciana and Santiago Benzi and Deb Warren’s awesome MountainValet Service.

All I can say is during this time of year, I hope people pace themselves because there are many outings and wonderful gatherings of friends and family that can wear a person out.

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Larkspur’s bash certainly exemplified this as one to remember. The decor was beautifully done, simple but smashing. We all loved the enormous balloons festooned on the great room ceiling. The candles above the fireplace mantle were also lovely.

But, of course, as usual it was the revelers who made the evening bright. Sparklier than the fireworks outside, there were lots of sequins and glitter.

Kathy McNeil was a shiny hostess with the mostest, and all the pretty ladies lined up together looking like Christmas tree garland.

Naturally, there were the obligatory mini-Larkburgers and truffle french fries. The enormous cake was staggering to take in visually and mouth watering too.

Many foodies and fans of all things gustatory helped Larkspur ring in a hopeful 10 more years. The restaurant is a favorite of more than a few.

Probably, Thomas and Nancy have amassed such a following in part due to their sweet dispositions, kindness and caring. Certainly, they showed their appreciation for all their loyal customers, now we just have to reciprocate with letting our light shine in on their worthy establishment.

As locals know, this sleepy ski town can blow up into a bubbling mecca of visitors from near and far turning our neighborhood into a feast-or-famine place. For now, there’s going to be a lot of feasting going on. Make your reservations today for Larkspur and enjoy responsibly.

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