3 Summer Picnics Worth Traveling For

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It may come as no surprise, but Montana’s culinary resources are as outsized as the landscape itself. Which means, when you take part in a Montana Long Table at The Resort at Paws Up you’re in for an ever-loving foodie kind of evening. Of course, that only partly explains why these events are so popular. There’s also the single, long table set up in a beautiful spot with sweeping views of the ranch and first-rate live music, often from acclaimed local artists.This summer Paws Up is offering three incredible Long Table Events where guests will come face-to-face with an abundant supply of foods and the artisans behind them as well as get to know them by name, hear their stories and have the opportunity to show appreciation for all their hard work.

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Artisanal Picnic: June 17, 2017

When was the last time you dined outdoors on artistically prepared fried chicken, sausage garnished with foie gras and hand-cut duck fat fries? This year’s first Montana Long Table is a picnic like none you’ve ever seen. We’re bringing together three of the country’s most talented chefs: the masterminds behind Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken and cult food icon Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s. And when it’s time to sit down and dine, you’ll be joined by the very ranchers, farmers and food artisans responsible for the food in front of you.

Note: This event is open to locals.

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A Long-Standing Tradition: July 15, 2017

This July, pull up a seat as we celebrate the local food traditions of Montana. It’s a farm-to-white-tablecloth experience, starting with an authentic farmers market featuring local ranchers, farmers and food artisans as well as music from Montana’s own Dan Dubuque. Next, you’ll sit down to an exquisite dinner created by Paws Up Executive Chef Ben Jones. His close relationships with area purveyors always makes for a truly inspired menu. But don’t take our word for it—instead, take advantage of the unique opportunity to dine alongside the very people who made your meal possible. We hope you’ll join us as we pay tribute to all the incredible culinary resources Montana has to offer.

Note: This event is open to locals.

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Bounty on the Blackfoot: August 19, 2017

This August, take a tour through Montana’s vast culinary traditions with one of the country’s most celebrated chefs as your guide. Join 2017 Bravo Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson as she creates a true farm-to-table tasting menu before your very eyes. She’ll visit the Missoula farmers market to select peak-season ingredients, then masterfully turn them into a one-of-a-kind dinner. By evening, you’ll sit down to dine on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot River with the local purveyors who helped make your meal possible.

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The Resort at Paws Up Introduces New Cookbook Live Series

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We’re all familiar with a book-signing event. But when it comes to cookbooks (particularly those created by world-renowned chefs), doesn’t it feel like something’s… missing? Here at Paws Up we thought so, and that’s how our Cookbook Live series was born. It’s an incredible opportunity to not only meet the authors, but to go beyond the pages and hear their stories, ask them questions and, of course, taste their incredible recipes.

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To kick off this new series, we’re bringing you four events packed with demonstrations and lots of opportunities to taste world-class dishes. For the pizza lovers out there (and who isn’t?), our first event takes place August 4–6, 2017. Chef and James Beard Award- winning author Ken Forkish will be on hand to teach you the secrets to pizza perfection from his book, The Elements of Pizza.

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To celebrate National S’mores Day, James Beard Award-winning Chef Mindy Segal will be visiting August 10–16. She’ll be making s’mores around the fire and giving you an up-close look at her irresistible cookie creations from her widely hailed book, Cookie Love.

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For Labor Day weekend, James Beard Award-winning Chef Tim Byres is joining James Beard Award-winning chef team Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez-Denton to offer live demonstrations of their respective books, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking and Around the Fire.

100816PawsUpUpperCrust-15On November 3–6, 2017, pie expert Kate McDermott will take you behind the scenes of her James Beard Award-nominated book, Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Crusts, Fillings and Life. She’ll teach you how to make various styles of pies and has even promised to share the secrets behind her famous crust. Here’s your chance to learn how to create incredible, unforgettable cuisine from the masters—ready to roll up your sleeves and join?

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Come Cook with Brooke Williamson at The Resort at Paws Up

Chef Brooke Williamson

Say hello to Chef Brooke Williamson, a fearless and unstoppable Southern Californian who’s become a bit of a regular at The Resort at Paws Up. We love hosting her, because she brings energy and fresh local ingredients to everything she does.

You might know her from Top Chef. She’s currently reappearing to compete in Season 14: Charleston, South Carolina, airing right now on Bravo. In Season 10, Williamson was the runner-up and a favorite among the show’s fans.

When she’s not on TV, she’s busy running the four smash-hit restaurants she owns with her husband. The newest opened just this past October—a fast- casual Hawaiian concept named Da Kikokiko in Playa Vista, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

What does she do for fun? She comes to The Resort at Paws Up, of course. In 2017, she’ll be a featured chef at no fewer than three culinary events: WinterFest on January 19– 22, WildFlavor on April 20–23 and Bounty on the Blackfoot on August 19. So we asked her to tell us about her experiences here.

What’s the first thing you like to do when you arrive at Paws Up?
 I like to grab a drink at Tank and head straight to my cabin to chill on the porch. The sounds of wilderness that surround those cabins are the perfect way to decompress after a day of travel.

What do you look forward to most when you visit? 
Because of the fact that I get to experience the ranch at different times of year, the things I look forward to in terms of activities vary greatly. Between pristine snow and cattle drives, I could stay entertained forever.

But the one thing that I can always count on, no matter what time of year, is the staff. I do a lot of events, all over the country, but never do I travel to a place and feel so welcomed and at home as I do at Paws Up.

What’s a dish you’ve made just for Paws Up guests that was especially wonderful? 
Seafood salad, cucumber and tomato water, compressed melons. I made this dish for an event last summer, and although I would normally gravitate toward mentioning a dish that feels more “Montana,” I actually loved this dish not only because of the setting and weather that it was served in, but mostly because I got to use some of the best local watermelon I’ve ever tasted.

How does cooking in Montana differ from cooking in LA? Cooking in Montana makes you realize how important and special cooking “local” can be. I come from California, where we have beautiful seasons for produce, and an enormous variety of pretty much anything you want.

But Montana helps me realize how specific seasons can actually be based on climate and accessibility. From elk to buffalo to huckleberries and specific mushrooms, it’s especially fun to find new ways to highlight ingredients that I don’t come across every day in Los Angeles.

Get Cozy with Red Wine and Hot Chocolate at The Resort at Paws Up

Red Wine and Hot Chocolate

Move over Irish coffee. Have you heard the buzz about the latest trending winter beverage, Red Wine and Hot Chocolate? The bartenders at The Resort at Paws Up have, and they’re already serving it up this season. Red Wine and Hot Chocolate is easy to make. All you need is milk, red wine, your favorite dark chocolate and cinnamon. Our staff tops the beverage off with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

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This warming drink is simply hot chocolate spiked with red wine. It is similar to mulled wine but rich and chocolaty! Use three parts hot chocolate to one part red wine. We used Rombauer Merlot. The Rombauer family members are big fans of this varietal’s rich, silky textures and supple tannins, as well as its versatility with food. It is medium-bodied and ripe and plush, with flavors of plums, cherries and figs. It makes a perfect pairing with melted dark chocolate.

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After a day of cross-country skiing, horseback riding, skijoring or snow tubing at Paws Up, take a sip of Red Wine and Hot Chocolate, and you’ll be feeling warm and cozy in no time. We love drinking it fireside. So if you’re visiting us this season, come by Tank and try one (or two). Otherwise, make one at home, and let us know how you liked it.

From Farm to Table, the Old-Fashioned Way

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Fresh and delicious seasonal dishes don’t happen by accident. So for our rich bounty of vegetables, breads and meats, Paws Up has been turning to local experts with a long history in these parts: the Cool Springs Hutterite Colony, the Hillside Colony and other Hutterite farmers. Over the years, Paws Up Executive Chef Ben Jones has found that these communities produce some of the best-tasting foodstuffs in the country—by using natural, time-tested techniques, similar to those used by Amish and Mennonite farmers.

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Hutterites have been living and working in Montana since first forming colonies in the Dakotas in the 1800s and Canada in the 1900s. The Hutterites also eventually formed colonies in Montana in which they practiced a religious-based communal lifestyle where each individual in a colony was responsible for a specific task. That tradition and culture have not changed much since the early days for Hutterites in Montana, according to current Cool Springs colony resident Jake Waldner.

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Waldner says that Paws Up is the colony’s number-one customer as a purchaser of the bacon, chickens, bread and vegetables that the colony produces. The Hutterites are able to directly deliver and sell goods to customers like Paws Up from their farms, as opposed to selling to stores and then having goods sit on shelves for days or even weeks at a time. But most colonies do not produce goods solely to sell to restaurants and resorts. The livestock and other goods are instead grown and produced for a colony’s use first. Then, when a surplus is generated, those excess goods are made available to outside customers.

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For a resort like Paws Up that specializes in farm-to-table freshness, the goods are always cherished, and our guests can taste the difference between these foods and those that are shipped in. The relationship between Hutterite farmers and the culinary artists at Paws Up adds a delicious, honest, homegrown flavor to every dish we prepare.

Where to Achieve Amazing Baking and Horseback Riding Skills in One Weekend

Upper Crust Culinary Event at The Resort at Paws Up

What do horseback riding, fly-fishing, ATV rides, pizza, cookies and pies have in common? We have the simple answer: Upper Crust at the Resort at Paws Up. Spend October 7th-10th getting your hands doughy during this one-of-a-kind kitchen adventure in Montana, which offers more than flour and sugar—glamping, spa treatments, cattle drives and live music are also on the menu.The Resort at Paws Up

Join us this year to learn new skills in the kitchen as well as participate in outdoor activities on our 37,000-acre ranch, including fly-fishing, ATV tours, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian lessons, sporting clays, repelling, archery, go-karts and more.

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The Resort also welcomes back the “pie whisperer” herself, Kate McDermott, along with Portland’s Ken Forkish and Chicago’s Mindy Segal for Upper Crust, a culinary weekend of sophisticated cookie, pie and pizza baking. During both events, guests will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with world-class chefs, bakers and winemakers as well as work up an appetite on adventures and excursions in the breathtaking Montana wilderness.

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By day, you’ll be creating works of edible art from fresh local ingredients. And by night, you’ll be dining on the cuisine of Paws Up’s Executive Chef, Ben Jones, masterfully executed and paired with exquisite wines.

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Afterwards, you’ll retire to the unparalleled comforts of your very own luxury vacation home.

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Upper Crust Event Highlights

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Welcome reception

Dinner featuring Executive Chef Ben Jones

Fire and Fondue in Tank

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Culinary workshops including kolachke and rugelach cookies,

American apple pie and pizza making a variety of wilderness adventures

Live entertainment in Tank

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Culinary workshops including thumbprint cookies, sweet cherry pie and pizza making

A variety of wilderness adventures

Live entertainment in Tank

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Upper Crust is the perfect treat for anyone who’s passionate about homemade, just-out-of-the-oven desserts and pizzas and outdoor bucket-list adventure. Find out more here.

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The Oscars of the Food World Come to The Resort at Paws Up

Montana Masters Chef Weekend at Paws Up

For foodies and wine lovers, Montana Master Chefs is the event of a lifetime-and world-class cuisine and exquisite vino are just the beginning. Get up close and personal with a group of James Beard Award winners, finalists and nominees.

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This bucket-list weekend at The Resort at Paws Up is served with an extra helping of breathtaking scenery, exhilarating outdoor adventure and pure relaxation. It’s all happening on September 29th—October 2, 2016.

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We’re not sure what is the most fun part of this weekend. Watching the chefs face off in a fun cook-off challenge, sipping fine wine from renowned vintners, burning calories on a variety of wilderness adventures, or relaxing in luxurious accommodations.

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It’s also a beautiful time of year for glamping!

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All these ingredients combine to make Montana Master Chefs a winning weekend full of new, unique adventures.

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Like a rock-and-roll supergroup, the chefs are coming in from all over the country. There’s Chef Ashley Christensen, winner for Best Chef: Southeast; Chef Matt Jennings, nominated four times for Best Chef: Northeast; Chef Jamie Malone, semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year and Best Chef: Midwest; Chef Steven Satterfield, semifinalist for Best New Restaurant and finalist for Best Chef: Southeast three years in a row and Chef Mindy Segal, nominated five times and winner of Outstanding Pastry Chef. These illustrious chefs will be working alongside Paws Up’s own culinary artist, Executive Chef Ben Jones, whose talent and inexhaustible knowledge of local culinary resources were on display when he headlined at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year. And just imagine what they’ll do for the Top Chef-style challenge.

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Wait. There’s More:

Featured Wineries are:

Grgich Hills Estate, founded in Napa by Mike Grgich, was a winning vintner of the historic Paris Wine Tasting of 1976. The impressive wines of Grgich have been featured at White House State Dinners from Reagan to Obama. Violet Grgrich, Mike’s daughter, will be a featured guest of MMC.

Merry Edwards Winery was founded by Merry Edwards, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional in the United States. Merry’s husband and partner Ken Coopersmith will be joining us to share his wine expertise and passion.

Rombauer Vineyards was founded by a great nephew of Irma Rombauer, author of the Joy of Cooking. Wine Spectator magazine said, “Rombauer defines the California Chardonnay style that so many adore.” Paws Up is pleased to welcome Koerner “KR” Rombauer III as a featured MMC guest.

Our featured Distillery is Montgomery Distillery, and guests will enjoy music by Musician, Joshua Davis, Ali Solomon and Jon Floridis. Find out more here.

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6 Tips to Building a Better S’more

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National S’mores Day is Wednesday, August 10th, and all of us at The Resort at Paws Up are getting excited! There’s nothing like sleeping beneath the stars, listening to the sounds of nature—and calling your butler when you need an extra pillow. At The Resort at Paws Up, there is one dedicated camping butler for each luxury camp. The camping butler does everything from starting a fire and preparing scrumptious s’mores to providing entertainment and assisting with planning and scheduling your daily itineraries. “Ensuring our guests have an experience of a lifetime at the beautiful Resort at Paws Up is the best part of my job,” says Resort Manager Charles Daenen. “I love to get to know the guests while they are here, make a connection and take care of all of their needs,” says Charles. “At full capacity, we go through about three dozen s’mores per evening—fun for the entire family.”

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Below are eight tips from Charles on how to make the best s’mores.

1. Use a variety of chocolate, including Hershey’s, Snicker or even KitKat candy bars.

2. Toast two marshmallows over the coals to a crispy, gooey state. Then sandwich them between graham crackers and a piece of chocolate. The heat of the marshmallows will melt the chocolate a bit for the perfect texture.

3. Instead of a coat hanger or s’mores stick, try a double-sided metal waffle-shaped s’mores maker to avoid losing your treat in the fire.

4. Use waffles instead of graham crackers for a softer, gooier s’more.

5. Add salted caramels with your choice of chocolate for turtle-like taste and texture. We like to serve bacon s’mores too.

6. Substitute Oreo cookies for graham crackers.

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Summer Wilderness On A Silver Platter

Summer isn’t nearly ending… at least not for adults.

And while the kids pack up their backpacks and head off to school, here at Paws Up it’s a time of culinary adventure. Educate yourself with exquisite tastes at “The Last Best Food And Wine Festival” or join the “Upper Crust” pie camp featuring Kate McDermott.

This summer’s Montana Master Chefs will be held September 25-28. Our featured chefs this year are Bravo TV’s Top Chefs: Chef Kelly Liken, Chef Brooke Williamson, Chef Ariane Duarte and Chef Elizabeth Binder. Witness the chefs in action during our annual ‘Top Chef Cook Off Challenge’ scheduled on Saturday! The weekend will be one of wining and dining, with featured wineries including Grgich Hills Estate, Merry Edwards Winery and Sokol Blosser Winery. Executive Chef Ben Jones will be assisted by the featured chefs in creating culinary scenery to rival the vistas of “The Last Best Place”.

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday you’ll find yourself exploring our 37,000 acres of Montana land through wilderness and ranch adventures with chefs and featured participants. Choose from horseback riding, cattle drive ($100 additional charge), fly-fishing (half day – Montana fishing license additional), sporting clays, rappelling, ATV tour, river float, archery, or a spa treatment.  Hot air balloon rides and helicopter tours are also available at an additional charge.

Fast forward to October 10-13 and The Resort at Paws Up will be hosting the Upper Crust camp, a sophisticated pie camp featuring Kate McDermott. By day, experience pie making and baking with Kate, wilderness adventures, and food photography lessons from New York Times photographer, Andrew Scrivani. By night, enjoy cuisine from Paws Up’s Executive Chef and Bravo Top Chef Robin Leventhal paired with exquisite wine, followed by complete relaxation in a luxury vacation home.

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It’s an event that promises to be both a learning vacation and a nostalgic experience of good old-fashioned American tastes. Upper Crust at Paws Up has earned a feature in New York Times and is stirring up excitement for pie bakers and pie eaters alike. Under Kate McDermott you’ll learn to bake unrivaled Huckleberry pie, made with fresh Huckleberries from the resort’s hills. Then there are the savory game pot pies destined to add flair to your homemade dinners. The event has our signature Paws Up style, meaning plenty of wilderness and ranch adventures, as well as a Food Photography Workshop. New York Times food photographer, Andrew Scrivani, will lead the photography workshop and will also be our “roving instructor” during Kate McDermott’s workshops to help guests document the art of pie creation.

And, with the kids back in school, it’s prime time for summer romance! Take a look at our Romantic Vacation Packages to start considering your couple’s getaway. Find yourself beneath the “Big Sky” in either a private vacation home or luxury tent. Couples staying at Paws Up can enjoy some fire & fondue for two and/or try the sunset horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride. All after a couples massage, of course.

This is summer wilderness on a silver platter. Served with the freshest ingredients and paired with the finest wines.

 

Paws Up Prepares For Celebration With Lindo Michoacan

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In Mexico they say, “If you want good food, go to Michoacan.” In Las Vegas we say, “If you want good food, come to Lindo Michoacan Mexican Restaurant.” On July 22, the word in the Montana cuisine scene is “If you want good food, go to Paws Up for a taste of Lindo Michoacan.”

And what’s not to rave about? Lindo Michoacan has been rated #1 in Las Vegas for Mexican Restaurants. Their top chefs will be bringing their award winning recipes to The Resort at Paws Up this month. Javier Barajas Sr., Javier Barajas Jr. and Rigoberto Gonzalez will collaborate with our Executive Chef Ben Jones and his culinary team, creating traditional Michoacan tastes with Montana’s freshest agricultural resources.

Javier Barajas is the original owner of Lindo Michoacan. He learned to cook under Mother Superior, Sister Anita, while studying in the seminary at Michoacan. Javier took an interest in cooking early on, eager to help in the kitchen and was soon trusted with food preparation. His interest has translated into acclaimed skill. Javier’s passion has become his family’s passion inside the kitchens of Linda Michoacan in Mexico.

Beautiful Michoacan – “Land of Lakes and Fishermen” Birthplace of Javier. Michoacan is widely known for its rich and varied culture and most notably for its unique art and cuisine. A state with abundant natural resources. Michoacan is one of Mexico’s main producers of agricultural products.

The Resort at Paws Up will be celebrating the influence of Mexican cuisine in the west during this event on July 22. Rich tastes, unique spices and herbs, traditional dishes and historic value have come together for one day. In the days of the cowboys Mexico carried a lot of influence in American culture, as it continues to do today. Early ranches, or “rancheros”, have their root in what was formerly property of Mexico. Longhorn cattle, brought in from European immigrants, were kept on an open range and looked after by cowboys called vaqueros. Wide territory claims were given to larger livestocks. It wasn’t until around 1850 that beef became popular, raising profit for ranchers and demand for cattle.

Ranching was brought further north as beef became popularized. Even the upper regions of the West were brought into cowboy culture, eventually reaching Greenough Montana. The Resort at Paws Up is proud to carry on the traditions from the 19th century. In many ways Mexico introduced beef into the dishes tasted and adopted by ranchers in the region. Join us for our tribute to this culture within cowboy culture.

To accompany food from Lindo Michoacan’s chefs will be Salsa Loca – a Latin-jazz band based in Missoula, Montana. Salsa Loca specializes in a range of Latin and Afro-Cuban styles and they’ll be featuring a sizzling hot horn section and virtuoso Latin percussionists.

Sauza Mills will be amping up the evening with their signature tequila, agaves steeped before cooking to extract a natural, fresh, crisp agave flavor. It’s a process they call “Fresh Pressed Agave.”

All in all July 22nd at Paws Up is shaping up to be an exciting celebration! Vamanos!