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Flights & Bites: Local author’s cookbook is Best Non-Fiction award finalist

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
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Summit County high-altitude baking columnist and culinary instructor Vera Dawson’s high-altitude baking book, “Cookies in the Clouds,” is one of five finalists for Best Non-Fiction Writing of 2015, an award bestowed by the Colorado Authors League.
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Local author’s cookbook is Best Non-Fiction award finalist

Summit County high-altitude baking columnist and culinary instructor Vera Dawson’s high-altitude baking book, “Cookies in the Clouds,” is one of five finalists for Best Non-Fiction Writing of 2015, an award bestowed by the Colorado Authors League. The hardback book, divided into three sections, features proven recipes with easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, tips for baking at high altitudes and recommendations about ingredients and equipment, with each recipe accompanied by a color photograph.

The book award finalists will introduce their works at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store on Monday, April 20, and will be honored at a Colorado Authors League banquet in May. “Cookies in the Clouds” can be purchased at, or ordered from, The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco or French Kiss in Breckenridge, as well as at numerous additional book and kitchen stores in Colorado and New Mexico.

Read Dawson’s twice monthly baking columns on Thursdays in the Summit Daily, or search “High Country Baking” on http://www.summitdaily.com for recipes.

Breck restaurateurs honored by the Colorado Restaurant Association

Two Breckenridge restaurateurs recently received awards from the Colorado Restaurant Association at their Industry Spotlight Awards ceremony. Reggie Gray, of the Resort Development Group and owner of the Gold Pan, was inducted into the Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame, joining two other local restaurant owners, Dick Carleton, of The Hearthstone and Mi Casa, and John Daisy, of Fatty’s Pizzeria. Ken Nelson, owner of Park & Main, Briar Rose Chophouse, Empire Burger and Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria and current president of the Breckenridge Restaurant Association, received the Regional Outstanding Professional “Signature Dish” Award.

The Industry Spotlight Awards, held Monday, April 6, at the Ritz Carlton Denver, is the premier event for the Colorado Restaurant Association, celebrating the industry and the top stars of hospitality. Awards are given to honor those in the restaurant industry who have been mentors, contributed to the community and have pushed the industry to the level that it is today. For more information about the organization and other award winners, visit http://www.coloradorestaurant.com.

Local business owner teaching course at CU Denver

Lisa Julian, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver, is currently teaching a course at the university called the Science of Food, which introduces students to the science of food and how it relates to health, the human body and manifestation of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“I teach the students about turmeric root and its powerful anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties — and we do a fun demo in class making turmeric tea,” she wrote in an email.

Julian is the owner of Elevated Yoga & Holistic Health in Frisco, which teaches a mix of yoga and food science for better health. For more information on Julian, visit elevatedyogacolorado.com or find her in the faculty directory at http://www.ucdenver.edu.

Closing Day specials at Beaver Run Resort bars

The bars at Beaver Run Resort are celebrating Breckenridge Ski Resort Closing Day, Sunday, April 19, with a variety of specials.

Coppertop Bar, at the base of the Beaver Run SuperChair, will run a “Drink the Bar Dry” special before closing up for the summer. Coppertop will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, with specials including $2 pints of Left Hand Milk Stout, $3 mixed drink and shot specials of Pinnacle flavored vodkas, $4 well mixed drinks and $4 pints of Colorado craft beer.

Base Nine Bar and Spencer’s Restaurant will be open later for those who want to stick around and continue celebrating the final day of the ski season at Breckenridge. For more information and directions to the three bars, visit http://www.beaverrun.com or call (970) 453-6000.

Save the date for Cinco de Mayo at Mi Casa

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, located at 600 S. Park Ave. in Breckenridge, will host its 32nd annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Tuesday, May 5, with all proceeds benefitting the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s Willie Whalen Memorial Fund.

Whalen was with BOEC for nine years, eight as an adaptive snowboard instructor and one year as a volunteer, and the Willie Whalen Memorial Fund helps the BOEC provide quality adaptive recreation and education to people with disabilities and enables people in need of financial assistance to participate.

The evening starts at 5 with a silent auction, Mexican buffet, live music, happy hour drink prices and giveaways. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Mi Casa at (970) 453-2071.


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