With a longtime affection for the community and surrounding valley, Eddie Sandoval moved to Buena Vista from Eagle County in the winter of 2008. Prior to opening The Asian Palate in 2008 at The Evergreen Cafe on Highway 24, Eddie started conversations with many locals who coincidentally said they’d like to see a sushi restaurant open here.

Having been trained under a Japanese sushi chef in the Vail area, it seemed obvious to offer sushi. But locals also expressed an interest in Thai food so he decided on Pan Asian cuisine, offering a variety of foods from that part of the world.

Over five months in 2007-2008, Eddie traveled extensively throughout Asia, visiting and experiencing the food and cultures of Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines. A first-generation American descended from Filipino roots, he especially focused on the comfort foods that you might find on family dinner tables in these countries.  In 2012, he made another visit, spending about a month in Vietnam and Thailand.

The menu is inspired by these travels, his own family history, and in many ways, the experience and heritage of Chef Agnes Heller, who is from Malaysia. Before moving to the current location at 328 E. Main St., Eddie accepted an offer from longtime BV local and Evergreen owner Barb Zucker to first open The Asian Palate at night when her café is closed. It was a good opportunity to test the waters and determine that BV’s restaurant clientele would embrace his ideas.

In March 2009, Eddie purchased the building on East Main and launched into an extensive remodel that required gutting the interior and rebuilding from scratch. It had formerly been a boutique called The Raspberry Patch but also had been home to many other businesses. A kitchen hood left from a previous cooking establishment became the focal point for the kitchen and dining room. The sushi bar was added, and later came the bar and a kitchen expansion.

Cooking professionally since 1998, Eddie’s experience before opening the AP included Mediterranean cuisines focused on French, Spanish and Italian techniques. He worked under James Beard award-winning Chef Jody Adams at the Rialto in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, one of Boston’s top restaurants. At Sato in Edwards, Colo., he trained under Chef Ted Minami to learn the ancient and fine art of making sushi. Eddie has taught several enthusiastic kitchen employees his techniques, and after starting with none or nearly no cooking experience, they have become dedicated chefs and sushi chefs.

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