Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fundraiser Tonight to Help Local Fire Victims

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It was reported today that an anonymous donor will boost the total from today’s fund-raiser for victims of a Monday fire that destroyed a condominium building in Avon. The donor has pledged to donate and additional $1 for every $2 earned tonight.  The fund-raiser for the fire victims is tonight at the Northside Coffee and Kitchen in Avon starting at 5 p.m. Cost for the spaghetti dinner event is $10 at the door, and people are welcome to donate more. Vail attorney Nancy Adam Thursday sent the Vail Daily an e-mail stating that one of her clients will contribute $1 for every $2 raised this evening, up to a maximum of $5,000. The May 28 fire at the Chambertin condominiums destroyed that complex and badly damaged at least one neighboring building. There were no serious injuries, but residents lost everything in the blaze — one victim stated she got out with just the clothes on her back and shoes on her feet. While residents lost their material possessions, what they need now is cash, since those residents don’t have anywhere to store stuff. To learn more about helping the Chambertin fire victims, attend this evening’s event at the Northside, or…

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Memorial Day “Matchmaking” at Sweet Basil

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One of our favorite restaurants, Sweet Basil, is bringing back their Love our Locals special with a new name and fresh new events. “We’re trying something different this year,” said Ross Hamilton, dining room manager at Sweet Basil. “We wanted this spring series to be more of a social gathering rather than a sit down demonstration like the past Love our Locals events. That way people can mix, mingle and socialize while they enjoy what each event has to offer.”   So with that in mind, Sweet Basil has also taken the 6 to 8 week series and pared it down to only three events that will be held in Sweet Basil’s back dining room through June. Sweet Basil’s Chef de cuisine, bar manager and sommelier are a few of the facilitators for the new spring social series. The events include the fundamentals of matching wine with summer foods, creating signature crafted cocktails and a very unique beer dinner concludes the series.   Memorial Day matchmaker The Love our Locals Social Series celebrates Memorial Day weekend this Sunday afternoon with Sunday Sippers, a casual afternoon of matching grilled foods with some crisp summer wines. Wade Vizena, Sweet Basil’s wine director and…

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Vail’s Teva Mountain Games: Working around Mother Nature

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The Vail Valley Foundation organizers of the Teva Mountain Games are used to making last-minute decisions because of the weather — they have to work around Mother Nature in some form or another almost every year. Mike Imhof, vice president of sales and operations at the Foundation, said this year’s problems are due to a lack of snow this past winter, while last year the problem was completely the opposite. Imhof said the safety of the competitors is the top priority. It makes cancellation decisions easier when there are obvious safety hazards, and it looks like there will be hazards in less than two weeks when the Mountain Games kick off. Imhof said Friday there are three water events in question for this summer’s Mountain Games — StandUp Paddle Sprint, StandUp Paddle Cross and the Kayak Freestyle. With low water flows through Gore Creek, the stand-up paddle board fins can easily rip off or snag, which could cause racers to fall onto rocks in shallow water. Vail Valley Foundation whitewater expert Charlie Ebel said Gore Creek is running at 160 cubic feet per second, which is already too low for safe stand-up paddle races. “Of course, the water level could…

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Spring Dining in Vail

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In many parts of the world, spring is an exciting time for diners. It means new menus, new ingredients, and a chance to finally dine outside. The same is true here, only in Vail Village, it also means your favorite restaurant may not be open. For chefs like Oliver Philpott, spring can be frustrating. “It’s a time of year when all the ingredients are finally here, but the customers leave,” he said. “The local farms are kicking it off, we get all this cool stuff, and for us, staying open means we can use all those great ingredients.” Philpott is the executive chef at La Tour in Vail Village, one of only a handful of restaurants to stay open during the off season, which generally runs through the end of May. Restaurants like La Tour, which do stay open throughout the off season in Vail Village, offer deep discounts April through May to entice the local clientele that is still here. “By doing the volume, we get to retain our staff and get to buy these fantastic ingredients,” said Philpott. He said some of his favorite new ingredients, which are featured on the restaurant’s brand new spring menu, include morel…

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Trek to Table

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Trek to Table Work up an appetite then satisfy your food cravings on a gourmet scale with the Vail Valley Foundation’s inaugural Trek to Table.  Scheduled for July 8, Trek to Table will benefit the overarching arts, athletics and educational mission of the Vail Valley Foundation.  The day will include a nine-mile hike on Arrowhead and Beaver Creek Mountains, with varying routes and degrees of difficulty.  Along the way, you’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch and après gourmet food and drink at three of the prestigious private cabin restaurants that dot the route.  Date:  Sunday, July 8, 2012 Time: Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at Broken Arrow in Arrowhead Location:  Arrowhead and Beaver Creek Mountains                 Breakfast – Broken Arrow Restaurant                 Refreshments – Zach’s Cabin                 Lunch – Beano’s Cabin                 Après – Allie’s Cabin Tickets:  $200 each – Bring a friend that is a new donor to the foundation, you receive $25 off your ticket price!    For additional information on Trek to Table, contact Kati Kasch at kkasch@vvf.org or 970-748-5947 or sign up online!

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Spring Cleaning with Martha

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There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable —  and even enjoyable. This printable checklist offers an overview of everything you need to know — including information on cleansers, stain removal, fabric care, and storage — to zip through the process and arrive at a happy end. After you read through the tips and techniques, tailor the list to your home and yard. Create a realistic schedule, keeping in mind that a single weekend won’t suffice, as you’ll need several days for more involved projects, such as shampooing carpets and organizing closets. Whether you prefer to proceed from the attic to the basement or start outdoors and wind your way inside, focus on one task at a time. And be sure to enlist the help of family members. The information on this checklist was excerpted from “Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook” (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; 2006). For more information on perfecting your home, contact Ron Byrne & Associates Real Estate in Vail, Colorado.

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Teva Mountain Games

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The Summer Teva Mountain Games are the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music and they return to Vail, May 31 – June 3, 2012. Professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for more than $100,000 in prize money. Summer 2012 sporting events include steep, freestyle, sprint and full contact kayaking, rafting, mountain, road, freeride and slopestyle biking, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly fishing, sprint and cross stand up paddling and trail, mud and long distance running……wow, that was a mouthful. Oh yeah, we hope you like the Thursday and Saturday night concerts, adventure filx and eye candy. See you at the 2012 Summer Teva Mountain Games.

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Eagle Voters Remain Split

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It doesn’t take much more than a quick trip through Eagle to figure out something’s brewing in the community — with dozens and dozens of colorful yard signs popping up all over private property and public rights of way. Eagle River Station is again before the voters. On Tuesday, May 22, Eagle residents will decide the future of the commercial/residential project proposed on the eastern end of town. Eagle currently has 3,977 registered voters and of that number, 1,720 citizens already have their ballots in hand because they have elected to receive them by mail. For those who opt to vote in person, the polls will be open at Eagle Town Hall between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. This marks the second time voters will decide the project’s fate. Eagle River Station is a commercial/residential project proposed by Trinity RED Development. The 88-acre site is located south of Interstate 70 and north of U.S. Highway 6. The ERS proposal would include 582,000 square feet of commercial space and 250 rental units in the first phase. The second phase calls for up to 150,000 square feet of additional commercial space and another 300 rental units. If history is…

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World’s best balancing artists to compete in Vail

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For more than a decade, Vail’s Teva Mountain Games has hosted some of the most progressive outdoor sports competitions in the world, from downriver stand-up paddling races, to mountain-bike freeride trials, and now the event lineup includes competitive slacklining. From June 1 to June 3 at the Teva Mountain Games, the world’s top slackliners will battle it out head-to-head at the Gibbon Games International Slackline Competition, a World Slackline Federation-sanctioned event. Slacklining is the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing typically anchored between two trees. Originating in the climbing world, slacklining has evolved into a cross-training tool, then a backyard activity, and now a competitive sport that combines balance, strength, agility and acrobatics. Boulder-based Gibbon Slacklines is the world’s leading manufacturer of slacklines and sponsors a team of professional athletes and competitions across North America. “We saw our first slackline competition at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City last summer and immediately realized it would be a perfect addition to our event,” says Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations at the Vail Valley Foundation, organizers of the Teva Games. “Because it’s so accessible, dynamic and fun, slacklining is exploding in popularity right…

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Spring Dining in Vail

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In many parts of the world, spring is an exciting time for diners. It means new menus, new ingredients, and a chance to finally dine outside. The same is true here, only in Vail Village, it also means your favorite restaurant may not be open. For chefs like Oliver Philpott, spring can be frustrating. “It’s a time of year when all the ingredients are finally here, but the customers leave,” he said. “The local farms are kicking it off, we get all this cool stuff, and for us, staying open means we can use all those great ingredients.” Philpott is the executive chef at La Tour in Vail Village, one of only a handful of restaurants to stay open during the off season, which generally runs through the end of May. Restaurants like La Tour, which do stay open throughout the off season in Vail Village, offer deep discounts April through May to entice the local clientele that is still here. “By doing the volume, we get to retain our staff and get to buy these fantastic ingredients,” said Philpott. He said some of his favorite new ingredients, which are featured on the restaurant’s brand new spring menu, include morel…

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