Summer Campfire Chefs Debuts with Chef Beau MacMillan

Campfires are a summer tradition observed nightly at Paws Up. After a long day of floating or fishing, there’s nothing quite like unwinding around the fire pit. Which is why two new Resort programs—Campfire Chefs and Campfire Stars—are sure to be hits with camp guests who enjoy a touch of sophistication and glamour in a rustic, relaxed setting. Campfire Stars features musicians from festivals and shows like American Idol and The Voice. These stars have performed for millions of music lovers at a time, but now they’ll be taking a seat right next to you for intimate performances and maybe even to lead a singalong or two.

Campfire Chefs features rock stars too. Rock star chefs, that is—from the country’s hottest restaurants and culinary TV shows. The chefs will also be up close and personal with our guests—to prepare exquisite cuisine and even have our glampers pitch in and help cook. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Executive Chef Beau MacMillan kicks off this summer series on June 6–9th.

We had a chance to sit down and chat with Beau about his upcoming visit.

 What interested you in Paws Up’s new series, Campfire Chefs?

My first experience at Paws Up was at Master Montana Grillers. I was so impressed not only with The Resort itself, but more importantly with the staff and how easy it was for them to be in front of the guests and create emotional contacts in a great setting. With Campfire Chefs, I’ll be able to connect with a small group and cook over open fires—very primal and very fun.

How will cooking at Camp re Chefs be different from Montana Master Grillers?

With Master Montana Grillers, I ran an action station, featuring one to two items. What I’m most excited about with Campfire Chefs is the ability to create the whole menu and the fact that it’s served family-style. I think passing and sharing is one of the best ways to eat and connect with others around you.

Will guests at Paws Up actually get involved in the preparation of meals?

I’m one of those guys that loves to get guests involved. I also love cooking outside and cooking on wood. I think you’re going to see some large cuts of meat that can cook slow. When you can cook large cuts of meat, organic vegetables and fresh seafood on an open flame, life is good.

You’ve made many appearances on culinary shows. Do you have any upcoming appearances?

Right now, I’m filming Best Thing I Ever Ate and Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network.

Meet One of Our Summer Campfire Guest Chefs: New York Chef Garrison Price

Get ready for a big surprise this summer at The Resort at Paws Up. Campfire Chefs is the latest way we’ve turned camping into glamping. After a day of wilderness adventures, you could be treated to the cuisine of an Iron Chef winner or a James Beard Award winner.

It means you could be sitting down for a nice meal in your camp Dining Pavilion, admiring the view of the Blackfoot, loosening your bootlaces, when suddenly you spot a James Beard Award-winning chef peeking out from the kitchen. Or, you’re sliding a marshmallow onto a skewer and out of nowhere one of the country’s foremost pastry chefs leans over to give you a hand. The best part is? No jacket required.

We’re thrilled to have Chef Garrison Price back this summer for Campfire Chefs on July 23–26, 2018.  Price has a deep understanding of quality ingredients, with a commitment to upholding their simplicity, elegance and integrity. As the executive chef of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, he works to develop the restaurant’s beloved market-driven approach to Italian cuisine, while adding his own distinctive global influences. We had a chance to sit down with him and find out more about what makes him tick.

What inspired Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria? 

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria was inspired by simple, authentic food made with an uncompromising ethic and the joy of sharing it with friends. The restaurant is a celebration of the purest expressions of culinary integrity. We are delighted to offer our house-made heritage pork salumi, naturally fermented breads, ancient grain pastas and pastries, curated using traditional methods and ingredients.

What originally brought you to New York?

I was invited to move to New York City six years ago to be a part of Jean-Georges Vongeritchen’s corporate culinary team from my chef de cuisine post at his restaurant in Kauai, Hawaii.

What’s your favorite thing on your menu?

Our house-made bread and salumi is the best I know of in the city, but I really love our Riso Nero dish, which is made of Italian venere black rice sautéed with wild shrimp, house-made Calabrian sausage, leeks and spicy chili.

What do you like to cook at home?

I really enjoy cooking at home and because I cook Italian professionally, I love to cook Chinese and Southeast Asian at home. I try to keep my cooking healthy with mostly seasonal vegetables and whole grains, but I also love to cook steak.

If you had one tip for the home cook, what would it be?

The best tip I have for the home cook is to make sure to use the best-quality sea salt and olive oil. Use olive oil that is cold-pressed and not blended with other processed oils, and use natural, unprocessed sea salt. These natural products retain more nutritional content. Not to mention, they taste better and will make your food taste better.

What are a few of your favorite travel destinations?

My favorite travel destinations within the United States are any National Park and Hawaii. Internationally I have had a great deal of fun in Spain, Hong Kong and Australia. I’m looking forward to going to New Orleans, the United Kingdom and of course Montana this summer.

What did find most unique about being in Montana?

It was pretty unique to have wildlife so close. We saw loads of wildlife in Glacier National Park and on the ranch, like eagles, dusky grouse, beefalo, cutthroat trout and elk. You don’t get that in New York City.

What was one of your favorite activities at Paws Up?

Probably my most favorite activity at Paws Up is fly-fishing on the Blackfoot River. It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will hopefully have the chance to do again. I also love horses and tacking up.

What are you most excited about to experience this summer on our ranch?

This summer on the ranch I can’t wait to see the stars again! Also, I’m excited to meet some new friends. The guests I had the opportunity to meet last year were really fun and interesting and I have had the pleasure to see them again when they visited me at the restaurant in New York City.

What type of food/cuisine will you be sharing at Paws Up during your Campfire Chefs series?

During the Campfire Chefs series this summer, I look forward to sharing some simple Italian-inspired cuisine focusing on local Montana products with a little twist from my global travels and ingredient knowledge.