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Executive Pastry Chef Joins Vail Cascade Resort

Pastry chef provides delectable desserts~

Vail Cascade Resort General Manager Brett Schoenfield welcomes Executive Pastry Chef Felicia Jablonski.  “With the addition of Felicia to our team, we are pleased to have artistic talents blended with the scientific prowess that is required for extraordinary desserts,” said Schoenfield.

With former experience as Executive Pastry Chef at the Garden City Hotel in Long Island, and at properties such as Gendron Catering in Rhinebeck, New York and The Lodge at Vail, Jablonski credits her success as a pastry chef to her perspective on desserts.

“Creativity can take you in all different directions, but when it comes to dessert composition, I always find that simplicity seems to work best.  Sometimes we make dessert a lot more complicated than it needs to be.  I like to keep desserts simple and let the food and flavors speak for themselves,” stated Jablonski.

Adding to her extensive pastry background are complimentary endeavors such as her time spent working at Clinton Vineyards in Clinton Corners, New York, where she developed her knowledge of dessert wines, and the art and craft of both classic and modern day ice carving as former President of the Ice Carving Club at the Culinary Institute of America.  Her professional training was completed at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. 
Regarding her favorite aspect of dessert creation, Chef Jablonski elaborates, “Chocolate.  I am always intrigued by its properties and I enjoy making specialty confections.  I also thoroughly enjoy the creative aspects of wedding cake decorating.  While at The Garden City Hotel, I created an extravagant five-tier cake to present to the winner of National Magazine Exchange’s ‘Strike It Rich Sweepstakes’.”

Pastries and wedding cakes can be specially ordered from Pastry Chef Felicia Jablonski and her team at the Vail Cascade Resort by calling 970-479-7630.  Special events, catering and further information can be found online at

Media Contact:  Kirsten Texler   970-479-7001


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Society Editor Gives Thumbs Up

Recent article by Vail Daily Society Editor Betty Ann Woodland reprinted~

VAIL, Colorado — Atwater on Gore Creek in the Vail Cascade Resort held a dinner illuminated only by candles on Saturday to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake counties. It was truly a romantic evening with a calm and reflective tone. As waitress Kate Ball, from South Georgia, put it, “The ambiance is superb. I was curious about this evening for two reasons. A — How is the room going to look? And, B — I get to wear a glow stick?”

The evening was far from the usual chaotic fundraiser with auctions, raffles and dance floors; instead it was serene and peaceful.

The experiential event summarized the resort's commitment to Destination Earth, a program dedicated to the conservation of our natural resources.

The Vail Cascade Resort has a dedicated green team  and strives to pursue ideals including sourcing sustainable, organic and locally grown food and environmentally friendly products whenever possible.

Atwater hits up the Vail Farmers Market each week to gather fresh produce for their farm to table dishes, general manager Adam Lewis said.

I like just about anything that is green and good for the planet, so events that are both environmentally responsible and benefit a good cause are just plain smart. On that note, congratulations go out to Gourmet on Gore and Teva Mountain Games for winning their Green Awards. To all of those striving to make a difference, kudos and keep up the good work.

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Atwater on Gore Creek at Vail Cascade Resort Holds Candlelight Night

Atwater on Gore Creek located at the Vail Cascade Resort will once again hold a dinner illuminated only by hundreds of candles on the evening of September 4, 2010.

Atwater on Gore Creek located at the Vail Cascade Resort will once again hold a dinner illuminated only by hundreds of candles on the evening of September 4, 2010.  Not only a romantic and reflective evening, the experiential event will outline the resort’s commitment to Destination Earth, a program of the conservation of natural resources.  This event has become a favorite of locals and visitors as a unique way to recognize the need for energy conservation and as a direct way to support a chosen cause: Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties.

“The donation by Atwater from this fun and inventive event is a welcome gift that will be used locally in our efforts at Habitat for Humanity of the Eagle and Lake Counties.  We look forward to working with The Vail Cascade Resort on future projects that will benefit those in need,” stated Kristi Moon, Public Relations representative for Habitat for Humanity.

Kirsten Texler of the Vail Cascade Resort adds, “The first time we held this event last spring, we were amazed at the enthusiasm of both the diners and Atwater servers as they essentially floated through our signature Vail Cascade restaurant.  Kids and adults had fun using ‘glow sticks’ to read the scrumptious menu that features local produce and sustainable dining options, and the flickering candles made everything even more special.  Knowing that proceeds from the dinner helped Habitat was the final, perfect touch.  We plan on continuing to hold the event on selected evenings throughout the year.”

By choosing to operate under minimum electricity and other power resources, the Vail Cascade Resort demonstrates a pledge to recognize the need to preserve the world in which we live, and shows dedication to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on our changing environment.
Vail Cascade Resort adopted the Destination Earth program with the knowledge that the resort’s customers and associates all benefit from a healthy, sustainable environment.  The property has a designated “green team” onsite and has made a commitment to pursuing the following ideals:
• Sourcing environmentally responsible services and products locally, and purchasing organic, environmentally friendly- and recycled supplies, whenever possible.
• Purchasing fresh and sustainable foods locally grown, whenever possible.
• Creating partnerships with other organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to preserving the environment.
• Leading associates in applying eco-friendly practices in their daily operations.
The candlelight dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. on September 4.  Reservations for the candlelight dining experience are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 970-479-7104.  For further information on the resort and restaurant, the website can be viewed at

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