Vail’s Sweet Basil shares trade secrets
VAIL – Sweet Basil’s bi-annual weekly cooking and entertaining series ‘Love our Locals’ is back, and set to run on Monday nights from Monday through June 21. “It’s a fun way to take advantage of a quieter time of the year and to share our experience of what we’re truly passionate about,” says Matt Morgan, managing partner. Sweet Basil’s executive chef, bar manager and sommelier are a few of the instructors for the new series of interactive demonstrations and instruction on new techniques for home entertaining. Demonstrations this year include everything from butchering and preparing fish at home to making the most out of your grill. The Grill It event was by far the most popular last spring with Executive Chef Paul Anders teaching attendees how to select the right cut of meat for grilling and more. “I learned how to make my own marinades and rubs, which was really cool,” said local Stacy Reid, who attended three events last spring. A self-proclaimed home entertainer, Reid also went to the Latin Libations cocktail class for new ideas on entertaining over the summer. “The bar manager, KJ, was so passionate about teaching us ways to make fresh cocktails,” she said. “I went with some friends and we had a ball.” Bar Manager KJ Williams will also start off this year’s series this Monday night with a class appropriately named Tres De Mayo. Williams and Chef Paul Anders team up on this night to share their knowledge of food and drink for the big fiesta. Williams will show attendees how to concoct refreshing, thirst quenching tequila cocktails while Anders teaches the secret to fresh guacamole and ceviche. “We’re going to be making the perfect margarita as well as a drink called a Paloma,” Williams said. When asked what a Paloma is, Williams just laughs and says “you’ll have to come on Monday night and see for yourself.”In addition to the cocktails, Williams will do an overview of tequila and dispel the mysteries of the different categories. With over 20 years experience behind him, this portion should prove to be interesting. “We get a broad spectrum of locals from early 20s to 70-year-olds, depending on the event,” Morgan says. “Most events are limited to only 15 people, which keeps the series quaint and informative.” “Another thing I loved about the events was seeing a bunch of locals,” Reid said. “After a long winter season, it was back to the root of Vail and the people who are committed to living here.” For more information about Sweet Basil, or to make reservations visit, http://www.sweetbasil-vail.com or call 970-476-0125.