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Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Ranch House Restaurant, Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Ranch House Restaurant, Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Ranch vacations are like cruise ships. Once there, you are a captive audience, so the food better be captivating too. The owners of Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Bob and Suzanne Fanch, know this and have made every effort to make dining there a unique and memorable experience. Ranch House Restaurant is one of four dining rooms at the 6,000- acre spread in Grand County. It’s considered “fine dining,” but you won’t find white tablecloths and crystal. It’s at a ranch, after all, with its own kind of rustic refinement, welcome-home feeling and fascinating history. Sitting on a former stage coach trail, the restaurant was an old homestead cabin built in 1937 by Margaret Radcliffe who owned and operated a dairy on the property. Long before that, Native Americans hunted and fished the area, leaving behind arrowheads as a reminder. It was the natives, legend says, who named the rock outcropping jutting high above the Ranch Creek Valley “Devil’s Thumb.” They left the thumb exposed to remind them of the savagery...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

The Baker’s Brewery, Silverthorne

The Baker’s Brewery, Silverthorne

There is a brew pub with a unique concept brewing up some terrific beer and dishing out a delicious menu, The Bakers’ Brewery. They are a bakery and brewpub featuring session style beers and homemade sourdough bread with awesome, creative sandwich combinations utilizing their fresh baked goods. The brain children of this venture are the Dillon Dam’s former head brewer Corey Forster and area entrepreneur and artist Stephanie Sadler. The two came together after Stephanie won a home brewer’s contest a few years back. They both had inspirations for opening a brewing business and brought their ideas together to create something a little bit different from everywhere else. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served with the Brewery opening early on Saturdays and Sundays. The breakfast menu is lengthy with traditional eggs and bacon on the menu. Other selections include breakfast burrito bowls, biscuits, skillet taters, flapjacks and more. Lunch and dinner offers, you guessed it, great sandwiches as well as some very nice salads and appetizers. I loved their Social Ceviche...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, Aspen

Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, Aspen

It doesn’t get much fresher up here in the high country than having a locally produced product brought to your table. Avalanche Cheese Company is a Basalt-based business producing exceptional cheeses for the Colorado region from the milk of goats in Paonia. You always know when someone is passionate about their product and Wendy Mitchell, the company’s owner is that person. She has been bringing locally sourced and exceptional Chevre, Chevre Spreads, Lamborn Bloomers – a soft-ripened Robiola style cheese, Goat Cheddar, Midnight Blue and Cabra Blanca– an aged semi-soft goat cheese to local markets. I had the opportunity to meet Wendy at Whole Foods, Frisco during their grand opening. She was there serving up her delicious products. I had heard whisperings that she was opening a restaurant in Aspen this past winter. When I pulled into town there it was right in front of me, Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop. It was a must that I head in. What greeted me was more than I had...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Crazy Mountain Brewery – Loco Inspired

Crazy Mountain Brewery – Loco Inspired

There is a brewery in just about every town here in the Colorado mountain communities. It is pretty darn cool to be able to drink a little something that came from each area and maybe it is extra cool that you can consume a true Vail Valley product and get a little of the areas DNA in you. Crazy Mountain Brewing Company has some amazing beers and the new Shane McConkey brew just grabbed our attention. To me it says something about the brewery and how their owners operate. The brewery was founded by Kevin and Marisa Selvy in 2010, after working as a brewer with Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. Kevin returned here to his home state with his wife Marissa and began this Edwards based brewery, escaping the possibility of becoming high rise serfs, settled into corporate cubicals, battling traffic and worrying about a lawn. Instead, they chose to brew great beer, get out into the great outdoors and become the Vail Valley’s first beer production company....

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Vail Farmer’s Market Farm to Table Dinners

Vail Farmer’s Market Farm to Table Dinners

The Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show has been producing a Farm To Table dinner series featuring award-winning local chefs and farmers from the region in three dinners throughout the summer in beautiful Vail, Colorado. We had a chance to attend one of their delicious events this past summer and LOVED it! The Farm to Table Dinners have taken place June 25, July 22 and will be holding their last 2016 dinner August 12 in the Vail Village Plaza from 5:30-8:30 pm. Top local chefs will participate at each event and partner with local farmers to showcase and celebrate summer’s freshest local ingredients.   The dinner series has included Executive Chef Jay McCarthy from The Vail Chophouse and acclaimed chefs from LaTour, Flame and bol. Colorado Wines will be featured throughout the series starting on June 26 with Sutcliffe Vineyards named one of America’s 500 Best Wine Producers’ by Food & Wine Magazine.   Additionally, local farms and vendors from the Vail Farmers’ Market that have been highlighted in...

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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Sweet Coloradough – Glenwood Springs

Sweet Coloradough – Glenwood Springs

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of fried dough. Isn’t there something in the Declaration of Independence about that? If not, there should be. After all, happiness for many often does indeed equate roughly to the sweet, warm and freshly fried Great American Doughnut–or some variation thereof. Talk about unalienable rights. It comes as no surprise then that Sweet Coloradough, the Roaring Fork Valley’s one and only doughnut shop, skyrocketed to local fame after opening in Glenwood Springs in May 2014. With doughnuts of the classic and cake varieties produced daily in a kaleidoscope of colors and flavors, it’s no wonder that the shop has cultivated a beloved presence in the community in such a short amount of time. Owner Aaron Badolato remembers the days before Sweet Coloradough opened its doors when he and his wife Anne and their young daughter first moved to the area from Denver. Suffice it to say that Glenwood Springs was suffering from a doughnut drought. “When I moved here with my family a few years...

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