Fall & Holiday Culinary Escapades at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

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Culinary and craft beer enthusiasts come enjoy yourselves at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa this fall and holiday season.  Ranging from Chef Demo Classes & Dinners to Oktoberfest Brewmaster Dinner Series to holiday dining and entertainment, guests can package culinary and destination outings into a seasonal getaway.

Located 65 miles west of Denver and 10 miles west of Winter Park Resort, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa has earned due accolades for its environmental and historic preservation programs, which have been recognized by Travel + Leisure, Conservation International, Sunset magazine, Mountain Living magazine and Away.com as among the best for its eco-friendly lodging, programs and conservation programs.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa’s culinary and dining programs are headed by Executive Chef Evan Treadwell, who brings an award-winning background in culinary ingenuity that includes sourcing and using local and sustainable products whenever possible.  Just recently, a partnership with Emma Farms Cattle Company has expanded the Ranch’s pasture to plate concept that now includes raising its own 100 percent purebred Wagyu beef, a showcase menu item at both Heck’s and Ranch House Restaurant, as well as seasonal specials.

2012 Fall/Holiday Culinary Events Schedule:

Alpenglow Happy Hour at Heck’s; Sundays-Thursdays:

Hungry and thirsty for something different? Enjoy Happy Hour at Heck’s Sundays-Thursdays from 4-6 pm, featuring two-for-one well drinks, $1 draft beer specials, $3 wine-by-the-glass specials, complimentary appetizers (4-5 pm only), half-price Chef’s small plates, and live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  No reservations needed — just stop in!

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa Chef Demo Classes & Dinners

Held in the Yager House, a tribute to Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa founder Rod Yager, this intimate special events facility exudes a cabin-in-the-wilderness kind of charm with modern-day finishes and technology that includes a specially appointed cooking/demonstration kitchen and dining and living room areas.  Guests enjoy a glass of wine while being entertained by Chef Evan as he shares his inside secrets, prepping and cooking tips, recipes and anecdotes.  The lively evenings include a demonstration cooking class followed by a three-course dinner of what was being prepared, recipe book, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa signature chef’s apron and wine pairings.

Cost:

$85/person is inclusive of demonstration cooking class, three-course meal with wine pairings, apron and recipe book.  Class size is limited and advanced reservations are required and are encouraged to be made well in advance.

Times:

Classes run from 5:30 to 7:30 followed by three-course dinner and wine pairings.2012 Chef Demo Classes & Dinner Dates & Themes:

Oct. 25, 2012 – Pairing Beer & Food

Nov. 15, 2012 – Holiday Favorites

Brewmaster Dinner Series

Explore the joys of craft beer pairings with specially created, three-course menus that transform a meal into a memorable dining experience for the Brewmaster Dinner Series.  Executive Chef Evan Treadwell and his culinary team coordinate with specially selected breweries and their brewmaster to customize menus that showcase each beer’s qualities and then invite them to join in at their respective dinner to share their insights, ingredients and processes with guests.

Cost:

$39/person inclusive of three-course dinner, beer pairings and brewmaster gift

Time:

Seatings run from 6 to 9 pm and reservations are recommended.

Holiday Brewmaster Dinner Series: Dec. 14, 2012 – Winterfest, brewery and menu TBA

Thanksgiving Dining at the Ranch

Enjoy Thanksgiving at either Heck’s or Ranch House Restaurant. Heck’s Thanksgiving dinner consists of a plated three-course menu with choice of starter, main course and dessert. Ranch House Restaurant’s Thanksgiving dinner is a four-course menu of amusé bouche, introduction, main course and dessert.

Cost:

Heck’s: $49 (drinks, tax and gratuity not included). Children 6-12 dine for half price; children under 3 eat for free.

Ranch House Restaurant: $59 (drinks, tax and gratuity not included). Children 12 and under dine for half price.

Times:

Heck’s offers regular breakfast service from 7:30 to 11:30 am. The special Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm. Ranch House Restaurant: 4:00 to 9:00 pm.

Christmas Eve

Heck’s and Ranch House Restaurant will offer regular menu selections during their normal hours of operation. Heck’s will be open for breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 am, for lunch from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and for dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Ranch House Restaurant will also be open for dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Christmas Day:

Enjoy Christmas dinner at either Heck’s or Ranch House. Heck’s special Christmas menu offers a plated three-course menu with choice of starter, main course and dessert. Ranch House Restaurant’s Christmas dinner is a four-course menu of amusé bouche, introduction, main course and dessert. Hallowed Grounds Coffee Shop will also be open with extended hours and menu offerings.

Cost:

Heck’s: $49 (drinks, tax and gratuity not included). Children 6-12 dine for half price; children under 3 eat for free. Ranch House Restaurant: $59 (drinks, tax and gratuity not included). Children 12 and under dine for half price.

Times:

Heck’s offers regular breakfast service from 7:30 to 11:30 am. The special Christmas menu is offered from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm. Ranch House Restaurant: 4:00 to 9:00 pm Hallowed Grounds Coffee Shop: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

New Year’s Eve

Dine then Dance and Party to Opie Gone Bad! Heck’s will feature dinner specials in addition to the regular menu; both include complimentary party favors. Heck’s guests may purchase $25 day-of tickets to the Broad Axe Barn for live entertainment by Opie Gone Bad, which also includes two complimentary drink tickets, and a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Ranch House Restaurant will showcase a specially created, elegant four-course, plated dinner with menu options, party favors, and entry to the Broad Axe Barn from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am for live entertainment by Opie Gone Bad.  Dinner ticket price also includes two complimentary drink tickets per person for the concert, dancing, midnight champagne toast and balloon drop.

Cost/Times:

Heck’s: New Year’s Eve specials and regular menu a la carte ranging from $8 to $50, with dinner service available from 5:00-10:00 pm (also open during the day for regular breakfast and lunch service starting at 7:30 am) Ranch House Restaurant: $125/person inclusive of four-course dinner & Opie Gone Bad concert including two drink tickets per person.   (Dinner beverages, tax and gratuity not included)

New Year’s Eve – Opie Gone Bad Concert!

10:30 pm – 1:30 am; Opie Gone Bad concert in the Broad Axe Barn & Cash Bar

New Year’s Day Brunch:

A special three-course New Year’s Day Brunch menu that includes choice of starter, main course and dessert will be offered at both Heck’s in the main lodge and Ranch House Restaurant. New Year’s Day Brunch

Cost:

$35/person (drinks, tax and gratuity not included) at both Heck’s and Ranch House Restaurant; a la carte dinner dining at Ranch House Restaurant

Times:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm New Year’s Brunch at Heck’s & Ranch House Restaurant; regular dining menu at Ranch House Restaurant from 5:00-9:00 pm; Hallowed Grounds Coffee Shop also open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm for day skiers, visitors and overnight guests

Reservations for Chef Demos, Brewmaster Dinner Series, Holiday Dining and New Year’s Eve:Strongly recommended and can be made by calling 970-726-5632.

For more information, to make reservations or inquire about lodging and other spa, dining and recreational options, visit www.devilsthumbranch.com or call 970-726-5632.

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