Event Kicks Off Vail/Beaver Creek Restaurant Week with Unique Culinary and Cocktail Pairings, High-End Demonstrations, Live Music and More….
At the First Annual Top Shelf Harvest event this Saturday September 27th at Vail’s Lionshead Village, top chefs from the best restaurants in Vail will be working with Colorado’s most sought-after distilleries to bring an interactive boutique tasting event to life. Presented by Town of Vail, Lionshead Merchants Association and Eagle Valley Events, guests will be transported back to the age of prohibition to experience a day of gourmet culinary and cocktail pairings, a mixology contest, and live entertainment in a fun ‘speakeasy’ style setting.   
“What better way to spend a fall weekend than with fabulous cuisine and cocktails with great entertainment in the beauty of Vail,” said Kevin Nelson of the acclaimed Terra Bistro. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the event and look forward to sharing our tastes with all the guests.”
To tempt the taste buds, here’s a few restaurant and distillery pairings taking part in this amazing event:
  • Terra Bistro - Stranahan’s
  • Larkspur - 808 Distillery
  • Vail Chophouse - Woody Creek Distillers
  • Tavern on the Square - Breckenridge Distillery
For the full list of participants and to purchase tickets visit http://www.topshelfharvestvail.com
Top Shelf Harvest will also feature a mixologist contest showcasing craft spirits of Colorado distilleries and talented Vail mixologists. Kevin "Sully" Sullivan, maitre-de of Elway's Vail and bingo host at The Red Lion will emcee, while the judges include DC Bollard, Former Sales Consultant at Summit Distribution, Steven Teaver, Beverage Director at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail and TJ Vorbil, Partner at RKV Law.  Guests can vote for their favorite cocktails and mixologist as well as their favorite cuisine.
Some additional highlights from the event include:
  • Specialty ice luge cocktails from Breckenridge Distillery and 808 Distillery, helping guests get into the swing of things.  
  • Lively period-style jazz and blues music by the Gregory Todd Toppers.
  • Speakeasy style décor and entertainment featuring flapper couples, “cigarette” girls and a cocktail ice luge provided by the Vail Valley Theatre Company’s production of CHIGAGO.
  • A speakeasy event at Samana Lounge, hosted by the VVTC group, from 9pm to 1am on Saturday September 27th.  A secret knock at the door and $10 will allow guests in to enjoy music, cocktails and costumes throughout the night.




Hillary Locke: hillary@lockemediagroup.com; 917-309-1819
Clare Hefferren: clareh@callosumcreative.com; 970-455-4586
Laurie Asmussen: laurie@eaglevalleyevents.com; 970-376-3756
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