Eight K restaurant at Viceroy Snowmass is welcoming a guest chef from Beverly Hill this week to open its chef-exchange program with other Viceroy Hotel Group properties.
Chef Mirko Paderno, of Oliverio Restaurant inside Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel, will bring his craft to Snowmass for five dinners starting on Wednesday and running through Sunday. The nightly six-course, wine-pairing prix fixe menu will be available for $150. In addition, a cooking class with Chef Paderno will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m., which is limited to 24 participants, and is available for $75 (or $60 for Very Viceroy Cardholders).
Paderno honed his modern Italian cuisine while at the Cesare Ritz School in Merano, Italy, before working under renowned Chef Sergio Mei at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan. After departing the Four Seasons, he took a position as the executive chef at Primi in Los Angeles, before continuing on to other notable L.A. Italian eateries like Celstino Drago, Dolce, Cecconi’s, and All’ Angelo. From there, he embarked on his latest venture: developing and launching Oliverio inside Viceroy Hotel Group’s Avalon Hotel.
Eight K chef Will Nolan will be working alongside Paderno and said he is looking forward to picking up some of his techniques. Nolan’s normal full menu of Southern-tinged cuisine will be available during the exchange. Nolan himself will likely visit other Viceroy properties in the future as part of the program.
Carbondale-based solar garden developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is breaking ground on a new community-owned solar array outside of Boulder.
Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, CEC’s sixth community solar project, will produce 500 kilowatts of power. CEC is also devoting 5 percent of the power produced at the array to low-income residents through a unique partnership with Boulder Housing Partners. The project is also in partnership with Xcel Energy.
All residential, commercial, public and nonprofit Xcel Energy customers in Boulder County can purchase solar panels in the community array, from the minimum 1 kilowatt up to fully offsetting their electricity usage. All CEC customers will pay $3.70/watt for their system, which includes all discounts and credits, as well as ongoing operation and maintenance. The average residential customer’s 5 kW system costs $18,500, and upon activation immediately generates credits on their monthly Xcel Energy electricity bill for the power produced.
CEC’s community solar model — clean power generation through medium-scale, locally-sited facilities collectively owned by participating utility customers — was designed specifically for commercial and residential customers for whom on-site renewable energy systems are not an option.