Event Series Part of Sister Cities Cultural Exchange with San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Vail continues to enliven its Sister Cities relationship with San Miguel de Allende, Mexico by participating in a cultural exchange this summer that will feature a variety of Mexican chefs and performers in Vail the week of June 21. Throughout the week, visitors to Vail will be able to attend concerts and dinners showcasing well-known Mexican talent.
The weeklong series of events kicks off on Tuesday, June 21 when Pilaseca, a funk, rock, Latin and soul music band performs at the free Hot Summer Nights Concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Pilaseca formed in 1999 in San Miguel and came out with their first album a year later. Humo de Cigarro was an experimental project with guest musicians. The band has performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas as well as Vive Latino in Mexico and famous American venues such as The Whiskey a Go Go and The Roxy Theater, both in Hollywood. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the shows start at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, June 23 from 6-10 p.m. popular Vail restaurant Sweet Basil will host a special dinner featuring Chef Carlos Zamora Larios from Restaurant Moxi and Chef Donnie Masterson from The Restaurant. Chefs Masterson and Larios will cook alongside Chef Chris Schmidt from Sweet Basil, Chef Brian Brouillard from Mountain Standard, as well as Pastry Chef Amy Andrews and Executive Chef/Owner Paul Anders from both restaurants. The five-course meal will feature a passed hors d’oeuvre and dinner course from each chef.
Chef Larios’ specialty is developing original interpretations of Mexican classics using an interesting mix of local flavors. His inspiration comes from the richest Mexican tradition of markets, street stalls and those home-cooked meals that taste like tradition. He also adds styles and techniques that are collected from a tour around some cuisines of destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Barcelona, Los Cabos and Veracruz.
Chef Masterson is known for bringing global comfort food to San Miguel. His background stems from years of training in the United States under celebrated American chefs such as David Bouley. After working in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., Masterson returned to Mexico to open The Restaurant. He’s devoted to seeking out the highest quality ingredients, working with local farmers, ranchers and artisanal cheese makers and preparing the ingredients with skill, respect and simplicity.
Reservations for the Sweet Basil dinner are required and can be made by calling (970) 476-0125. Cost is $150 per person and includes food, selected beverage pairings/tastings, tax and service charge.
Chef Zamora Larios and Chef Masterson will present some of their favorite dishes during the first Farm-to-Table dinner series of the summer on June 25 from 6-8 p.m. along Meadow Drive in the heart of Vail Village. The Vail Farm-to-Table dinner series is a family style setting that pairs the best of Colorado produce with Vail chefs. For this special dinner, the San Miguel chefs will be cooking alongside chefs from restaurants along Meadow Drive in Vail. The dinner will consist of an appetizer, two side dishes, a main dish and dessert. Tickets are $95 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.vailfarmersmarket.com or call (970) 401-3320.
Vail is making it easy for guests to visit the destination and experience this exciting line-up of Mexican talent with its special Book By offer that starts at $150 per night. Guests booking a summer trip can save up to 20 percent over regular summer rates when booking by June 1, 2016. Vail offers nearly 40 hotels and condominium properties to choose from throughout the community. These properties range from full service, luxury hotels like the Four Seasons Resort Vail to boutique properties such as The Sebastian – Vail – A Timbers Resort. Condominium resorts such as The Antler’s Vail offer exceptional accommodations with the convenience of home.
For more information summer events and activities in Vail or to book a vacation to the destination, please visit vail.com.
Vail established a Sister Cities relationship with San Miguel de Allende in summer 2015 mainly to promote a cultural exchange between the two communities. Chef/Owner Paul Anders from Sweet Basil will be cooking in Mexico during the Sobores de San Miguel festival in early June.

About San Miguel de Allende
Surrounded by mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet, San Miguel is located in the state of Guanajuato about 170 miles northeast of Mexico City. Founded in 1541, San Miguel de Allende is best known for its art and cultural influences. Historic buildings feature Colonial and Spanish architecture that date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The city has since evolved from an agricultural center to an international tourism destination with a vibrant art scene, culinary offerings and cultural festivals.



Kristin Yantis

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