First Look: Vail Valley Welcomes Harvest by Kelly Liken

The open kitchen has seating on one side of it.EXPAND
The open kitchen has seating on one side of it.
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Since closing Restaurant Kelly Liken in May, 2015, chef Kelly Liken has been pretty quiet on the culinary scene, until now. At the end of June she launched Harvest by Kelly Liken, a laid-back, seasonal eatery located right off the Sonnenalp Club's golf course. "Opening Harvest in Edwards seemed like the perfect opportunity to create a multi-generational, community-centric environment that is fun and casual for visitors and locals," says Liken. The chance to partner with the Faessler family, which owns the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail as well as the club, came about right after she sold her restaurant. Even though she wasn't looking to start anything just then, she says she was "looking for an adventure," and something about this space called to her.

More outdoor seating.EXPAND
More outdoor seating.
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The multi-room indoor/outdoor restaurant boasts killer views of the mountains and the rolling green mounds that make up the golf course. You can find this semi-private club in the sleepy town of Edwards, just twenty minutes outside of Vail and adjacent to Beaver Creek. You need a membership to swim in the pool or hit the links, but anyone can make a reservation to dine at Liken's eatery. On the menu, you'll find a mishmash of comforting American foods peppered with international ingredients and themes. For example, the lamb has a bit of an Indian twist, the chicken an Italian bent, and the grilled octopus tips a hat to Spanish tapas. Liken's dishes also pay homage to the state, so don't be surprised to find Colorado bass, elk carpaccio, Rocky Mountain trout and local crudité.

Smoked Rocky Mountain trout takes the place of tuna in this Niçoise-inspired salad.EXPAND
Smoked Rocky Mountain trout takes the place of tuna in this Niçoise-inspired salad.
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“I have always been committed to seasonal cuisine," Liken explains. "The food at Harvest is not really all that different from Restaurant Kelly Liken. It is just less fancy, but it still relies on local Colorado produce and great agricultural history in the state." With that said, you can expect the menu to change with the seasons, an occurrence that's as much fun for diners as watching the seasons shift around the restaurant.

Harvest is located at 1265 Berry Creek Road in Edwards. Reservations can be made at 970-477-5353 or on the restaurant's website.

Look for the Sonnenalp Club; Harvest is inside.EXPAND
Look for the Sonnenalp Club; Harvest is inside.
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Outdoor patio seating.EXPAND
Outdoor patio seating.
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The menu at Harvest.EXPAND
The menu at Harvest.
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Tempura baby artichokes are umami bombs of wonderfulness.EXPAND
Tempura baby artichokes are umami bombs of wonderfulness.
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Cute napkins showcase Liken's vegetable-driven menu.EXPAND
Cute napkins showcase Liken's vegetable-driven menu.
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A rainbow peeks out at a recent visit to Harvest.EXPAND
A rainbow peeks out at a recent visit to Harvest.
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The warm almonds and olives are a holdover from Liken's old restaurant.EXPAND
The warm almonds and olives are a holdover from Liken's old restaurant.
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One of the tables on the patio with a view of the valley.EXPAND
One of the tables on the patio with a view of the valley.
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Inside the dining area by the kitchen.EXPAND
Inside the dining area by the kitchen.
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Roasted wild-mushroom toast with housemaade ricotta, arugula, sambal vinaigrette and a fried egg.EXPAND
Roasted wild-mushroom toast with housemaade ricotta, arugula, sambal vinaigrette and a fried egg.
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The well-stocked bar at Harvest.EXPAND
The well-stocked bar at Harvest.
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Community table in the front room.EXPAND
Community table in the front room.
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Fried green tomatoes and shrimp salad, a staff favorite.EXPAND
Fried green tomatoes and shrimp salad, a staff favorite.
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The other side of the bar.EXPAND
The other side of the bar.
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Leg of lamb with chickpea mash, sauteed spinach and pickled chiles.EXPAND
Leg of lamb with chickpea mash, sauteed spinach and pickled chiles.
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The bar wraps around in a horseshoe shape.EXPAND
The bar wraps around in a horseshoe shape.
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Main dining room.EXPAND
Main dining room.
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Strawberry shortcake with lavender biscuits.EXPAND
Strawberry shortcake with lavender biscuits.
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Seating off the kitchen area,EXPAND
Seating off the kitchen area,
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A fun take on s'mores, no fire needed.EXPAND
A fun take on s'mores, no fire needed.
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The view from the patio.EXPAND
The view from the patio.
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