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Table For Flood Relief: Great Roads To Great Chefs At The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel
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Buckle up for Great Roads To Great Chefs, a dinner series at The Stanley Hotel that features a different chef for every dinner, with a roster of chefs from Denver, Boulder, and beyond.

Each chef will prepare a five course meal with wine pairings, plus a reception for a group of 20 guests per night. This 11-weekend series will be held at Table, The Stanley's new restaurant, and guests are invited to stay the weekend with one of the Great Roads To Great Chefs vacation packages. The dinners cost $100 per person, and dinner & stay packages begin at $400 per couple. A portion of the revenue will be benefitting victims of the Northern Colorado flood.

"We wanted to create a James Beard House-like setting in which chefs could open their own restaurant for a weekend," says Phil Armstrong. He's the corporate food and beverage director at Grand Heritage Hotel Group, which includes the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. "[These dinners] give chefs an opportunity to test their wings in a nontraditional way."

"When the floods hit Estes Park last summer, our hotel's success became dependent upon how quickly the roads could be rebuilt, hence the name of Great Roads To Great Chefs," says Armstrong. He is also the owner of Hush Concepts, a traveling dining series, through which he's curated his rolodex of chefs in the Great Roads To Great Chefs series.

Chef Ian Kleinman of The Inventing Room kicks the series off on January 31, and then Alec Schuler of Tangerine Boulder & Arugula in Boulder, Orlando Benavidez and Drew Hardin of Lola Denver, and Geoff Rhyne of The Ordinary in Charleston take over in February. From Colorado, Ryan Leinonen of Trillium, Jeff Osaka of Twelve, Chad Scothorn of Cosmopolitan in Telluride, and James Mazzio of The Edge Restaurant in Snowmass are scheduled for dinners through March. Also participating is Top Chef winner chef Hosea Rosenberg, Ari Kolender from 2 Star Michelin in Los Angeles, and Caleb Shriver of of Dutch & Company in Virginia.

Stay tuned for interviews with each chef, and Great Roads To Great Chefs dinner previews.

· Great Roads To Great Chefs website
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