What’s cooking in Vail’s gardens?
VAIL, Colorado – Vail’s Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, with a growing list of cultural and educational programs, this summer is hosting the first annual Chefs in the Gardens series featuring live cooking demonstrations by some of the Vail Valley’s favorite chefs. The hour-long demonstrations, to feature Colorado cuisine made with locally grown and produced ingredients, are free to the public and will take place in the Children’s Garden, near the Schoolhouse gift shop and museum in Vail’s Ford Park.On Tuesday, from noon to 1 p.m., Thomas Salamunovich, chef and owner of Vail’s Larkspur Restaurant, and his executive chef, Armando Navarro, will demonstrate how they cook with local ingredients.”The concept of eating locally has never been so important,” says Salamunovich, who also opened the first Larkburger restaurant in Edwards in 2005 and Restaurant Avondale, at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, last year. “We strive, at the restaurants, to serve market-driven meals and to make the lowest possible impact on our environment.”Salamunovich and Navarro also will discuss “Colorado Organic: Cooking Seasonally, Eating Locally,” a new cookbook by author/photographer Jennifer Olson, who plans to be attendance.On Aug. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., Executive Chef Richard Bailey of Lord Gore Restaurant, at the Manor Vail Lodge, will prepare a summery menu including a salad of “young organic greens, local strawberries, haystack goat cheese and toasted almonds with a citrus truffle vinaigrette; red beet carpaccio and hamachi tuna salad with lemongrass vinaigrette; and a chilled organic peach salad with warm basil sabayon.””My goal is always to serve the best possible food with only the freshest ingredients,” says Bailey, a Sonoma, Calif., native who earned his culinary chops at the TPC San Francisco Bay and Cordillera golf clubs and Alice’s Restaurant in Nantucket, Mass. “The best way to do that is by using local, sustainable foods. Think global, buy local.”For a complete events schedule or more information, call 970-476-0103, ext. 3, or visit http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org.