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Published on : Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Now through October 2017, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail offers guests the opportunity to experience the taste of Vail, as part of the new Four Seasons Taste of Place global initiative. Taste of Place features a curated collection of culinary experiences, available only through Four Seasons, that invites guests and local gourmands to step “behind-the-scenes,” and take a look at the diverse local culinary practices, traditions and experiments.
Those with an appetite for exploratory eating and drinking will enjoy the Resort’s curated Farm to Flame experience. The comprehensive itinerary begins with a private helicopter ride to 7X Ranch in Hotchkiss, where Flame Restaurant, the Resort’s modern mountain steakhouse, sources its signature beef. 7x Cattle Company is well known for providing some of the nation’s tastiest varieties of beef. Raising 100 percent full-blooded Japanese cattle on the Western Slopes of Colorado, the farmers follow specific, sustainable guidelines to achieve extreme marbling and tenderness.
Enjoy an aerial view of 7x Ranch as Chef Marcus Stewart points out aspects of the farm and its special connection to Flame Restaurant. Then land in Aspen and head to a local restaurant for an après lunch with 7X owners and representatives to chat firsthand about the farm and the 7X experience.
The next stop on this gastronomic tour will elate liquor connoisseurs. After lunch, be whisked over by a chauffeur in luxurious transportation to Woody Creek Distillers in nearby Basalt for a tasty cocktail journey and tour. A favourite spirit for guests of Four Seasons Resort Vail, the Distillery grows and sources produce locally and distills every spirit in custom Carl stills.
Afterwards hop back aboard the helicopter, taking in the stunning ski slopes and winter wonderland below. Back at the Resort, a gift of 7X gear and Flame’s signature spice rubs amenity await.
Then be treated to an intimate dining experience at Flame’s Chef’s Table, holding court right in the kitchen. Chef Stewart’s meal will focus on the different preparations of some signature appetisers as well as the outstanding and unparalleled steak experience 7X has to offer. This interactive experience with the chefs will add to the lively ambience surrounding this evening of pure epicurean delight.
The Farm to Flame experience doesn’t end there as shipments of 7x beef will be sent to guest’s homes throughout the year to be reminded of this once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey.