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Valley Tastings: Food for Youth returns to support kids in Eagle County

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VAIL — The Eagle River Youth Coalition is putting the finishing touches on its ninth-annual fundraiser, Valley Tastings: Food for Youth. The event, which is on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Donovan Pavilion, recognizes ERYC's members, who join forces day in and day out to make youth a priority in our community.

Ten local restaurants will showcase their menus, including Sardinian beef short ribs from Toscanini, buffalo meatloaf from Fork Art Catering, banana bread pudding from Game Creek Club and Batter Cupcakes. Gore Range Brewery, Avon Liquor and Northside Coffee & Kitchen will offer beverages.

"We are very excited to invite the entire community to mingle at our festive Valley Tastings," said Mikayla Curtis, ERYC resource development coordinator. "You don't want to miss our silent auction, with amazing items from local businesses, hotels and restaurants. Event support has been overwhelming, and we are very grateful."

Guests will also hear live music by Joe Bianchi (mandolin, guitar, bass, vocals) and Bob Masters (lead guitar, vocals), and deserving youth and one outstanding parent will be recognized.

"We created the ERYC Outstanding Parent award this year because we realize it takes an involved parent in order for youth to succeed," said Jason Peck, ERYC program director.

The ERYC Youth Awards examine youth development, growth through leadership and community engagement. Recipients work with and for people of diverse backgrounds and have contributed to a local organization or cause to influence positive change.

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The Summiteer Award celebrates youth who have reached a pinnacle: They exemplify community involvement, seek out leadership roles and have track records of contributing to the community. The Legacy Builder supports peers, mentors youth and works hard to encourage future leaders.

To learn more about Valley Tastings, visit http://www.eagleyouth.org.

If you go …

What: Valley Tastings: Food for Youth, a fundraiser to benefit The Eagle River Youth Coalition

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1

Where: Donovan Pavilion, 1600 South Frontage Road W., Vail

Cost: $50 per individual ticket (ERYC members and teachers are $40), or $90 for a two-pack, $175 for a four-pack, $250 for a six-pack or $400 for a 10-pack. After Thursday, Sept. 24, all tickets will be $50 each. All tickets include unlimited tastings from all featured restaurants, plus two beverages.

More information: Call 970-949-9250, stop by the ERYC in Edwards (above the Thrifty Shoppe) or visit http://www.eagleyouth.org.

Participating restaurants

• Ristorante Ti Amo

• Main St. Grill

• Game Creek Club

• Toscanini

• Batter Cupcakes

• Café Milano

• Northside Coffee and Kitchen

• Fork Art Catering

• Pepi’s Restaurant & Bar

• Fiestas Café & Cantina