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Gather Gather Dinner events have resumed on Tuesday evenings 5:30pm-7:30pm until mid-March for the 2023-2024 season.

Be wowed with a four course, prefixed meal using as many local/regional ingredients as possible. During this culinary experience, you will be joined by two invited guests that have produced one or more of the ingredients on your plate that are going to share their journey in producing the ingredients we are privileged to serve that evening. This is a time to connect and honor our farmers, ranchers, producers, bakers and purveyors that go beyond what most of us can conceive in order to accomplish what they do. This memorable evening is $115 including tax and gratuity (alcohol not included).

Prepaid reservations only. Limited seating.

RESERVATIONS

Gather Dinner | Sarah Gleason with Gleason Bison Ranch
• Tuesday, February 27, 2024 Gather Dinner | Sarah Gleason with Gleason Bison Ranch 5:30 pm - 7:30pm
$115 (including tax and gratuity - alcohol not included) Prepaid Reservations Only

At the core of Gleason Bison that Sarah began is a deep love, appreciation, and respect for the American Bison, a passion and commitment to have a positive impact on our environment, and a deep connection to the people of our community.  The desire in all her management decisions is to weave the relationship of the animals, the environment, and the people together resulting in an intimate knowledge of where your meat comes from and the essential role of the animals in creating a healthy ecosystem on the land.

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Appetizer: medium rare bison carpaccio, smoked fingerling potatoes,  horseradish crema, ancho oil, potato crisps, chive oil

Soup: roasted carrot soup with pesto

Salad: panzanella salad, arugula, red onion, farrow, roasted tomato vinaigrette, fried capers, garlic focaccia croutons

Entrée: slow roasted bison from Gleason Bison Ranch, creamy polenta, roasted carrots from Brightwood farm,  fig jus, wilted Swiss chard and carrot chips from Brightwood Farm, rosemary oil

Dessert: frozen white chocolate mousse – berries - mint

*menu is subject to small changes based on available local produce

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Gather Dinner | Beth and Jake with Jake's Alaskan Seafood
• Tuesday, March 05, 2024 Gather Dinner | Beth and Jake with Jake's Alaskan Seafood 5:30 pm - 7:30pm
$115 (including tax and gratuity - alcohol not included) Prepaid Reservations Only

Jake Glotfelty was born and raised in an Alaskan commercial fishing family and has fished the Alaskan waters since the age of 12.  In 2013, he and his family moved to Durango from Alaska, but every summer Jake and his family travel back to Alaska to harvest sockeye salmon between June and August as the salmon migrate to spawn in their native rivers so they can bring it to SW Colorado.

Their son, Nick, has joined Jake on the boat since he was eight (he is now 21), and their daughter Julia will spend her 8th summer on the boat this year.  Her twin, Maddy prefers land (and mountain biking) but in 2024 will spend a few weeks on the boat. Beth, his wife, manages the land based operations which brings the salmon to SW Colorado. 

Join us on learning more about this family business and the adventures that take place to bring salmon to our plates!

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Appetizer: salmon croquettes, remoulade sauce, cured cucumber, pickled mustard seeds

Soup or Salad (guest choice)
Soup - Caramelized leek soup, balsamic reduction, sprouts
or
Salad - Tierra Vida kale salad, roasted spaghetti squash, pecans, feta and pickled onions

Entrée: herb poached salmon, smoked beet puree, quinoa, blood orange gastrique,  crème fraiche, beet chips

Dessert: lavender/thyme pannacotta, torched meringue, candied orange

*Vegetarian option available.  Slight menu changes may need to take place due to availability.