Dude Ranch Life- A romantic evening in a romantic destination

celebrating valentines day at the ranch

Love is in the air today.  The kids are loving on their horses.  The dogs just worship their people.  And after tonight’s annual Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac Dinner, there will be even more love in the fresh Rocky Mountain air! For years the ranch chefs have challenged themselves to come up with unique menu items for this night, with each course including an aphrodisiac.  Hey, why not have a little fun on this day of love?  It’s a little different this year as Valentine’s Day falls on the same weekend as President’s Day weekend, so we have plenty of people enjoying a family vacation at the same time as others are luxuriating in a romantic getaway.  But, the kids are heading up to the barn for some fun food and games while the parents (and kid-less adults) get to be treated to a special night in the dining room.

So, what’s on the menu?

How about starting with smoked oysters served with savory granola and lemon, tomato granita or raw with Champagne mignonette?

Follow that with truffle risotto topped with Hedgehog mushrooms, Parmesan, and fresh French Perigord black truffle.

Or, choose between either fresh egg yolk linguine, Royal red shrimp, heirloom cherry tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil or  roasted rack of lamb with Anson Mills farro, cucumber, feta, olives, mint, and pomegranate molasses.

Finally, finish the evening with Cookies and Cream.  That’s vanilla ice cream coated with chocolate cookie crumble, raspberry foam and candied rose petals.

Pair this all with a great Champagne or a luscious wine……folks, we’ll send you off to your hot tub and say goodnight!

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a lover or just someone who you love, we hope it’s a wonderful one.  Because love comes in so many different forms, let’s celebrate all of them!