(Vail)-Happy Valley Grill at the Vail Golf Club has hired Hunter Smith, formerly of Restaurant Kelly Liken, as its new executive chef. Smith, who has been in the culinary business for 13 years, attended the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vt., worked as Sous Chef at La Tour and for Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, plus appeared with Kelly Liken on the Food Network's Iron Chef America television show. To celebrate Smith's arrival, Happy Valley Grill will offer 25 percent off the entire bill on Monday, July 25 at the restaurant.  

According to Happy Valley Grill owner Marc DesRosiers, Smith will elevate the restaurant's presence in Vail with his knowledge and creative preparation of various cuisines. "We're thrilled to have Hunter join our team as the executive chef at Happy Valley Grill," said DesRosiers. "Customers who visit us will appreciate his ability to create delicious selections for all palates and frequent visitors will be excited to see the new and improved dining options."

With Smith's arrival, Happy Valley Grill has created a new menu featuring appetizers, salads, sandwiches and sides that are both affordable and palate pleasing. Appetizer highlights include the house made hummus with grilled pita and extra virgin olive oil or Moroccan scented shrimp with baby spinach, grilled watermelon, toasted pine nuts, drizzled with an orange and fennel vinaigrette. Those with a larger appetite can enjoy the sandwich selection that includes favorites such as Carolina pulled pork with house made pickles, cabbage slaw and fried green tomatoes; prime rib cheese steak with sautéed peppers, braised onions and caramelized mushrooms on a baguette; or the house made falafel with pickled carrots, hummus and quinoa tabouleh on grilled pita. Each sandwich is served with a side, which include sundried tomato Israeli couscous, fried green tomatoes

Happy Valley Grill Executive Chef Hunter Smith.

or confit shallot tabouleh quinoa to name a few. Children also will leave the restaurant full and can choose between chicken fingers and fries or a grilled cheese and fries. Many of the new items can made for those with allergy sensitivities such as gluten and dairy.

According to Smith, he plans on making Happy Valley Grill a go-to-place for a great lunch in Vail. "The golf club is a bit out of the way for those looking to grab a bite to eat," said Smith. "My goal is to create a simple yet delicious menu that will bring both locals and guests to the Grill for a great lunch at a reasonable price."

Happy Valley Grill is open from 11:30 to 6 p.m. daily and located in the Vail Golf Clubhouse. Daily drink specials area also available including $3 Bud Light bottles and house favorite cocktails such as Organic Blueberry Lemonades with Findlandia or Tangerine Vodka Arnold Palmers for $7.


Contact:               Marc DesRosiers, 970-306-1507      

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