The traditional fall “staycation” just got really dishy, as Vail takes that seasonal escape to new heights.
An all-new annual event launching this year, Vail Restaurant Month, September 20 - October 17, 2010, welcomes locals and visitors to experience four themed weeks offering more than 70 one-of-a-kind events integrated into the lifestyle of Vail and its world-famous restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas, boutique shops, galleries, golf courses, biking and running and hiking trails, and wide array of outdoor activities.
The former Associate Publisher of Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and Condé Nast Traveler and Publisher of Modern Bride, Ilene Rapkin, co-founder of Vail Restaurant Month, has been a longtime fan of this Colorado mountain resort town.
“I've had the pleasure to travel to the world’s most famous hotspots, but no destination offers what Vail does in the fall,” Rapkin says. “From outdoor adventures in gorgeous natural surroundings, to some of my all-time favorite restaurants, it's always fun to surprise friends with the pleasures of Vail in this colorful season.”
“Iron Chef” and “America’s Top Chef” competitor Kelly Liken agrees, admitting, “It’s kind of a local secret that this is actually our favorite time of the year.” Her celebrated eponymous restaurant is one of the many restaurants and hotels in Vail that will feature themed dining adventures and tastings during the event, including her “Taste of Forbidden Love” dinner, on Saturday, October 9, inspired by the world’s greatest romances. “We’re creating a dinner based on what Cleopatra might have served to Antony, and special dishes Romeo and Juliet would’ve died for!”
Each week of Vail Restaurant Month has its own theme highlighted by special events and activities for singles, couples, groups and families.
"Market to Table Week”, September 20 – 26, will feature educational and inspirational events highlighted by delicious dining, artisanal and fresh farmed produce, hands-on cooking with star chefs, beer, spirits and wine tastings, and a special finale Vail Farmers Market on Sunday, September 26.
"Health, Wellness & Outdoors Week”, September 27 – October 3, will showcase Vail’s ever-popular outdoor activities like trail running, biking, hiking, yoga, flyfishing, golfing, kayaking, climbing and even ballooning, while also offering rejuvenating resort packages that include worldclass spa treatments.
"LoveFest" Week, October 4 – 10, will serve up romantic activities for couples including breakfast in bed, chocolate and champagne tastings, thrilling themed dinners by candlelight, late night desserts, and all-inclusive romantic getaway packages at Vail’s acclaimed hotels and resorts.
The final week of Vail Restaurant Month, “Family Week”, October 11 – 17, focuses on activities for all ages, including sports, family dining, movie screenings, and "Little Foodies in the Kitchen" classes, activities and parties for kids. Kids will learn from Vail's top chefs how to cook and entertain for their friends and family, while gaining tips and education about nutrition, healthy eating habits and natural and organic ingredients.
Dogs and their owners should prick up their ears for this one: Vail is one of America's most dog-friendly resort towns, and Vail Restaurant Month welcomes dogs and their families with a wide range of pet-friendly hotels and outdoor restaurants, doggy hikes, pet health seminars and numerous outdoor activities four-legged family members will love.
Vail Restaurant Month is an I Openers production, and is sponsored by the Town of Vail, Stella Artois, The Denver Post, Champagne Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Grand Marnier, Alice 105.9, KOSI 101, Colorado Mountain Express, Ty Caton Vineyards, Muscardini Cellars, and Vail Farmers Market.
For more information, a complete calendar of events, and great getaway lodging packages, visit www.VailRestaurantMonth.com. For special offers, invitations, contests, recipes and chef secrets, go to www.facebook.com/VailRestaurantMonth and click the “Like” button.