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Full Feast! Vail Schedule Released

FEAST! Vail returns to Vail to kick-off the summer season over Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through 26, 2014.

This culinary celebration continues the tradition of inspiring guests with a weekend packed with delicious experiences and signature Vail adventure activities. Renowned Vail chefs collaborate with some of the state’s best culinary talent and will be joined by masters of the vine, small-batch spirits producers, cocktail artisans and craft beer experts, all game for adventure, from the kitchen table to the mountain trail.

“Everyone knows about the adventure-side of Vail’s summer with climbing, fishing and hiking, but Vail has also built a reputation for culinary excellence, so we wanted to combine these two aspects into one fantastic weekend,” said event producer James Deighan of HIGHLINE. “Participants will not only be treated to exceptional food and drink, but they also have the opportunity to climb, hike and take a fly-casting clinic with some of the best chefs in the nation. FEAST! is a true Vail-lifestyle experience.”

FEAST! Vail will kick off on Friday night, May 23 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with Small Plates, Big Valley Flavors at The Sebastian – Vail. Vail’s chefs will be joined by great talent from Denver serving up the ultimate small plates experience to kick off the holiday weekend with delicious style! Enjoy a mouthwatering small plate tasting presented by celebrated Vail Valley and talented guest chefs. No feast would be complete without sips and tunes… so we’ve added wines, microbrews, handcrafted cocktails and live bluegrass to the mix! To top it off, guests will have the opportunity to choose their favorite bite and help us crown, FEAST! Vail’s Best Bite. Tickets are $75 per adult and $25 per child and are available for purchase here.

The weekend continues with a variety of culinary “sides” taking place throughout a variety of Vail and Lionshead restaurants. From 11 a.m. –  12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday guests have the opportunity to choose one of four custom seminars during each time period, giving each guest a hands-on experience from experts in the field. These intimate events are sure to not only educate but also give each person in attendance a one-of-a-kind experience that they won’t soon forget. The culinary “sides” range from a Gluten Free Puff Pastries presentation with Executive Chef, Carrie Shores of Table 6 in Denver, and Brews and Bites presented by Certified Beer Steward and Beer Sommelier representing Stella Artois at CineBistro, to the Rocky Mountain High Rub Class with chef Edison Mays of Flame, Vail and How to make Bavarian Kaesespaetzle with Executive Chef, Florian Schwarz of Swiss Chalet, Sonnenalp Hotel.

On Saturday and Sunday, FEAST! Vail offers a variety of adventure-based experienced for guests including a Casting Clinic presented by Fly Fishing Outfitters and Kelly Liken on Sunday, May 25 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. along Gore Creek at Gore Creek Promenade. This event is a wonderful example of the true essence of FEAST! Vail. Guests are invited to begin their day with a fly-fishing clinic with Vail’s own celebrity chef Kelly Liken and some of the best-known local anglers from Fly Fishing Outfitters. They’ll share tales from the river, casting techniques and much more. So guests are asked to bring their appetite for adventure and for the Vail Valley lifestyle. This event is open to all ability levels and no equipment is necessary.

New this year to the FEAST! Vail portfolio is the Colorado Craft Brews & Spirits Tasting taking place on Saturday, May 24 from 5 p.m – 8 p.m. at the Sebastian – Vail. This event will showcase Colorado’s finest breweries and distilleries. Hosted in the heart of Vail, guests will have the opportunity to sample numerous beers and spirits that are all homegrown in the state of Colorado. Tickets are available at here and are $50 per person.

The weekend includes additional lifestyle events like Trail MixBelay and Brunch presented by Vail Vitality Center and Yoga For A Cause presented by Vail Vitality Center benefitting Vail Veterans Program. All of the lifestyle events offer a fun Vail-based experiences for all ability levels with culinary components to top it off.

FEAST! Vail concludes on Monday, May 26 with a Memorial Day Brunch from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Gore Creek Drive. This event offers open admission, iive music and is planned for a open-air unique atmosphere to celebrate the holiday. Guests are invited to sample brunch items from different open-aired mess halls. Each mess hall will highlight a different branch of service with active and veteran chefs. These chefs will be paired with our local favorites including Sweet Basil, La Tour, Kelly Liken and the Sonnenalp to bring you a memorable and fitting brunch as you enjoy the sounds and spirit of live tunes.

FEAST! Vail is a proud partner with local non-profit, Vail Veterans Program. Since 2004, the Vail Veterans Program has been transforming military injured and their families through individualized world-class outdoor programs building confidence and life-long relationships.

Through rehabilitative sports and recreation activities the Vail Veterans Program is helping to build confidence and give hope for the future.

Local artist Carrie Fell has once again created a one-of-a-kind work of art to represent the 2014 event. James Deighan of Highline explains, “She has done an amazing job of capturing the spirit of the event and the iconic concept of FEAST! Vail.”  Complimentary poster prints of the FEAST! Vail artwork, “Fresh Catch” will be available for event attendees throughout the variety of events while supplies last.

WHO:     Participating Chefs include:

  • Paul Anders, Mountain Standard & Sweet Basil, Vail
  • Frank Bonanno, Bonnano Concepts, Denver
  • Brian Brouillard, Mountain Standard, Vail
  • Brian Busker, Matsuhisa Vail
  • Paul Ferzacca, La Tour, Vail
  • Vidette Gehl, Big Bear Bistro, Vail
  • Troy Guard, TAG, Denver
  • Julian Hampton Smith III, Bol, Vail
  • Jason Harrison, Flame, Vail
  • Rob Kennon, Sweet Basil, Vail
  • Kelly Liken, Restaurant Kelly Liken, Vail
  • Douglas McAvity, Up the Creek, Vail
  • Jay McCarthy, Vail Blue Moose & Vail Chophouse, Vail
  • Shawn Miller, Terra Bistro, Vail
  • Paul Reilly, Beast + Bottle, Denver
  • Carrie Shores, Table 6, Denver
  • Florian Schwarz, Swiss Chalet – Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail
  • Lauren Smith, Mountain Cupcakes, Vail
  • Elise Wiggins, Panzano, Denver

 

Participating Beverage Experts Include:

  • Andreas Harl, Beverage Director, Matsuhisa, Vail
  • Michael Kelley, Certified Beer Steward, Beer Sommelier, representing Stella Artois
  • Jim Lay, Sommelier, Elway’s, Vail
  • Nick Noeson, Sommeiler, Avon Liquor
  • And many other Colorado Craft Brewers and Distillers

 

WHERE:  Events will be held in various locations in Vail. Please refer to the full schedule available here for details.

WHEN:  Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26

TICKETS:  Events are sold a la carte and tickets can be purchased online here. Individual event tickets vary in price. The Memorial Day Brunch offers complimentary admission with all items a la carte.

INFO: A full schedule of events, lodging packages and other details are available online or by calling (970) 476-6797.

 

Top Chef contestant and two-time James Beard Award-winner Kelly Liken of Vail’s Restaurant Kelly Liken will take part in the FEAST! Vail weekend, highlighting the healthy balance of work and play. “In my career, I’ve had the good fortune to be able to live and work almost anywhere,” says Liken. “Yet I choose to live in Vail where you can experience the glorious mountains and rivers, along with some of the tastiest recipes around.” Liken hosts Casting and Cuisine, a fly-casting clinic on Sunday, May 25.

EVENT SCHEDULE (*Visit FEAST! Vail for event details):

 

FRIDAY, MAY 23

6-9PM   SMALL PLATES, BIG VALLEY FLAVORS                                                 

The Sebastian – Vail                                                                                                                     

Lookout Vail, we’re serving up the ultimate small plates experience to kick off the holiday weekend with delicious style! Enjoy a mouthwatering small plate tasting presented by celebrated Vail Valley and talented guests chefs. No feast would be complete without sips and tunes… so we’ve added wines, microbrews, handcrafted cocktails and live bluegrass to the mix! To top it off, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your favorite bite and help us crown, FEASTS Best Bite.

 

GUEST CHEFS

  • Frank Bonanno                                      Chef/Owner, Bonnano Concepts
  • Troy Guard                                                Chef/Owner, TAG
  • Paul Reilly                                                 Chef/Owner, Beast + Bottle
  • Carrie Shores                                          Executive Chef, Table 6
  • Elise Wiggins                                          Chef/General Manager, Panzano

 

LOCAL CHEFS

  • Paul Anders                                             Executive Chef/Owner, Mountain Standard &

Sweet Basil

  • Brian Brouillard                                       Chef, Mountain Standard
  • Brian Busker                                            Executive Chef, Matsuhisa Vail
  • Paul Ferzacca                                         Chef/Owner, La Tour
  • Vidette Gehl                                            Chef/Owner, Big Bear Bistro
  • Julian Hampton Smith III  Chef, Bol
  • Jason Harrison                                       Executive Chef, Flame
  • Rob Kennon                                           Chef, Sweet Basil
  • Kelly Liken                                                Executive Chef/Owner, Restaurant Kelly Liken
  • Douglas McAvity                                   Executive Chef, Up the Creek
  • Jay McCarthy                                           Corporate Chef, Vail Blue Moose & Vail Chophouse
  • Shawn Miller                                            Executive Chef, Terra Bistro
  • Florian Schwarz                                     Executive Chef, Sonnenalp Hotel
  • Lauren Smith                                          Chef/Owner, Mountain Cupcakes

SATURDAY, MAY 24

8:30-11:30AM   TRAIL MIX                                                                                                      

Tavern on the Square, Lionshead

Warm up for the day of culinary action with an intimate hike up Vail Mountain with trail experts, Mike Kloser and Ellen Miller, as well as FEAST! chefs. Upon completion, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view and a delicious brunch at the Tavern on the Square with their signature mimosas and bacon bloody marys. The event has limited space, so secure your place on the trail! This event is open to all ability levels.

 

9-10:30AM           YOGA FOR A CAUSE presented by Vail Vitality Center      Requested Donation

Gore Creek Promenade, Vail
Begin your day in the mountain air with local yogis and an hour-long class for all abilities – followed by a delicious smoothie treat from Big Bear Bistro. This community event is first-come, first-served. Be sure to bring your mat. No ticket is necessary; all donations raised will benefit the Vail Veterans Program.

 


11AM-12PM        “SIDES”                                                     Session 1                                                 

Choose 1 of 4 custom seminars giving each guest a hands-on experience from experts in the field. This intimate event is sure to not only educate but also give each person in attendance a one-of-a-kind experience that they won’t soon forget.

  • VENUS’S NAVEL (AKA TORTELLINI) with Executive Chef/GM, Panzano, Elise Wiggins – Bol, Vail
  • THE PERFECT ARTICHOKE with Executive Chef/Owner, Beast + Bottle, Paul Reilly – The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Lionshead
  • GLUTEN FREE PUFF PASTRIES with Executive Chef, Table 6, Carrie Shores – CineBistro, Vail
  • SUMMER SIPPERS with masters of the vine, Nick Noesen & Damon Ornowski – Up the Creek, Vail

 

12:30-1:30PM  “SIDES”                                                      Session 2                                                 

Everyone needs more than one side to add to their FEAST! Pick a second custom SIDE to learn directly from the experts!

  • PERFECT BREAKFAST EGGS with Chef/Owner, Bonanno Concepts, Frank Bonanno – Bol, Vail
  • SUSHI MAKING & BUTCHERY at HOME with Chef/Owner, TAG, Troy Guard – The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Lionshead
  • BREWS & BITES presented by Stella Artois – CineBistro, Vail
  • SUMMER SIPPERS with masters of the vine, Nick Noesen & Damon Ornowski – Up the Creek, Vail

 

5-8PM   COLORADO CRAFT BREWS & SPIRITS TASTING                                                                   

The Sebastian – Vail

New this year to the FEAST! Vail portfolio is the Colorado Craft Brews & Spirits Tasting. This event will showcase Colorado’s finest breweries and distilleries. Hosted in the heart of Vail, guests will have the opportunity to sample numerous beers and spirits that are all homegrown in the state of Colorado. Work your way though the evening and pick your favorite.

 

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES

  • Aspen Brewing Company
  • Bonfire Brewery
  • Brewery Rickoli
  • Durango Brewing Company
  • Front Range Brewing
  • High Hops Brewery
  • Revolution Brewing
  • Tivoli Brewing Company

 

PARTICIPATING DISTILLERIES

  • Altitude Spirits
  • Black Canyon Distillery
  • Boathouse Distillery
  • Breckenridge Distillery
  • Colorado Gold Distillery
  • Feisty Spirits
  • Leopold Bros
  • Peak Spirits
  • Roundhouse Spirits
  • Woody Creek Distillers

 

SUNDAY, MAY 25

8:30-11:30AM   BELAY AND BRUNCH presented by Vail Vitality Center                     

Vail Vitality Center & Terra Bistro, Vail                                                                                

Take the holiday to new heights with a custom indoor climbing experience with expert guides and joined by FEAST! chefs. Once you’re back on solid ground, you’ll be rewarded with a mouthwatering brunch and signature beverages to quench your thirst. The event has limited space, so secure your place! The event is open to all ability levels.

 

9-10:30AM           CASTING CLINIC presented by Fly Fishing Outfitters                                             

Gore Creek Promenade, Vail
Begin your day with a custom fly-fishing clinic with some of the best-known local anglers from Fly Fishing Outfitters as well as renowned local chef, Kelly Liken. They’ll share tales from the river, casting techniques and more. So bring your appetite for adventure and for the Vail Valley lifestyle. This event is open to all ability levels.

 

11AM-12PM        “SIDES”                                                     Session 1                                                 

Choose 1 of 4 custom seminars giving each guest a hands-on experience from experts in the field. This intimate event is sure to not only educate but also give each person in attendance a one-of-a-kind experience that they won’t soon forget.

  • PIZZA & BEER PAIRING with Blue Moose Manager David Roche & Beer Sommelier, Michael Kelley – Blue Moose, Lionshead
  • HOW TO MAKE BAVARIAN KAESESPAETZLE “CHEESE DUMPLINGS” with Executive Chef, Sonnenalp Hotel, Florian Schwarz – Swiss Chalet, Vail
  • AUSTRIAN WINES – GRUENER AND BEYOND with Beverage Director Andreas Harl, Matsuhisa – Matsuhisa, Vail
  • CHAMPAGNE COCKTIALS, OLD AND NEW with Elway’s Sommelier, Jim Lay – Elway’s, Vail

 

12:00-1:30PM   PINOT BOOT CAMP                                                                                                                   

Bol, Vail
Back by popular demand, Pinot Boot Camp returns to bring a fun, interactive immersion tasting that celebrates one of the world’s most popular varietals. Join masters of the vine, Nick Noesen & Damon Ornowski, as you dive deep into all things Pinot: providing a window into the capacity of Pinots to reflect the unique characteristics on the regions they are grown, and different styles and personalities that are reflected in the pours. Event includes full-bodied cheeses to round out the palette and the experience.

 

12:30-1:30PM  “SIDES”                                                      Session 2                                                 

Everyone needs more than one side to add to their FEAST! Pick a second custom Side to learn directly from the experts!

  • PIZZA & PAIRING with Blue Moose Manager David Roche & Beer Sommelier, Michael Kelley from Stella Artois – Blue Moose, Lionshead
  • HOW TO MAKE BAVARIAN KAESESPAETZLE “CHEESE DUMPLINGS” with Executive Chef, Sonnenalp Hotel, Florian Schwarz – Swiss Chalet, Vail
  • ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH RUB CLASS with Chef, Flame, Edison Mays – Flame, Vail
  • COCKTAILS OF SOUTH AMERICA with Elway’s Sommelier, Jim Lay – Elway’s, Vail

 

MONDAY, MAY 26

8AM                          VAIL VALOR RACES

Valor Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 5M Run/Walk, 1M Family Run

Runners and walkers will be treated to stunning views of the Gore Range as they begin the morning races. Choose between several distances: marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5-mile, or 1-mile family fun run. Post-race brunch presented by FEAST! Vail, technical t-shirt, and Valor finisher included with registration. The Vail Veterans Program is the official charity partner and a portion of registrations will be donated to the VVP to support this worthwhile organization. Sign up solo or form a team; come for a day or come for the weekend. Challenge yourself and pay tribute to our nation’s heroes. Register on www.active.com today!

 

9AM-1PM              MEMORIAL DAY BRUNCH                                                                   All items are a la carte

Gore Creek Drive, Vail

Celebrate the holiday as you sample brunch items from different open-aired mess halls. Each mess hall will highlight a different active military and Vail Veterans Program alumni. These chefs will be paired with our local favorites including Mountain Standard, La Tour, Kelly Liken and the Sonnenalp Hotel to bring you a memorable and fitting brunch as you enjoy the sounds and spirit of live bands. Happy Memorial Day!

  • Restaurant Kelly Liken with active military, SFC Francis Orcutt
  • Mountain Standard with active military, SSG Kevin Tolefree
  • La Tour with active military, SPC Brandon Cunningham
  • Sonnenalp Hotel with Vail Veterans Program alumni, Jessica & Latseen Benson and Kade & Becky Hinkhouse

MORE INFO

Stay right in the heart of the FEAST Vail! action at The Sebastian – Vail. The longer you stay, the more you save! Book by May 22, 2014 and enjoy greater discounts by extending your stay in our deluxe accommodations!

• 15% savings on stays of 2 nights

• 20% saving on stays of 3 nights

• 25% savings on stays of 4 nights or more

BOOK NOW or call one of our reservations experts at 855.494.5408 and ask for the FEAST Vail! special offer.

An adventurous Memorial Day Weekend at the Sonnenalp Hotel. Kick off your summer at the Sonnenalp for FEAST! Vail – an adventurous Memorial Day Weekend celebration of all things culinary and mountain adventure. $229* per night Package Includes:

• Lodging in a Junior Suite

• $15 Reduced Price Valet Parking

• A Special FEAST! Vail Gift from the Sonnenalp Hotel

• Complimentary Basic WiFi

• No Resort Fees Please inquire about rates for larger suites and rates that include breakfast!

*Based on double occupancy. Does not include taxes and gratuities. Valid May 23-26, 2014. Subject to space available, other restrictions apply. May not be combined with other offers. Does not include tickets to FEAST! Vail events; tickets for FEAST! Vail events must be purchased separately!

FEAST! Vail is presented by the Town of Vail, Stella Artois, The Sebastian-Vail, Vail ​Vitality Center and is sponsored in part by the Sonnenalp Hotel, Carrie Fell Gallery, Fly Fishing Outfitters, Avon Liquors, Vail Daily and KZYR The Zephyr.​

Digital Content Manager for KBCR, KSNO and KZYR. Colorado College grad and fiddle player with mountain music on my mind!

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