Welcome to EAT THIS CITY, your weekly tour of the best restaurants in one of our favorite cities, as chosen by world-class chefs.
This week we jet off to Vail, Colorado. Known for its world-class skiing, Vail is also a gorgeous summer destination, offering hiking, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking, and most importantly — come on, this is Eat This City — food. Taking us on our culinary adventure is Chef Kelly Liken of Vail’s eagerly anticipated, newly opened Harvest.
If Chef Liken looks familiar to you, it’s probably because she’s a former competitor on Iron Chef and Top Chef D.C, as well as a James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southwest in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She’s been featured in Food & Wine and Bon Appétit, and participated in the James Beard celebrity chef tour. But while she’s garnered national acclaim, she is proud of the Coloradan roots she’s sown, and of the role Harvest fills in Vail’s food community.
Says Chef Liken:
We believe that people want good quality food, creative food, at an affordable price point where the whole family is welcome. A true neighborhood gathering place where we can enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere.
I am passionate about local, fresh produce and the seasons as they ebb and flow. All of my menus reflect that, whether fancy fine dining, or neighborhood casual.