The Culinary Program
The culinary program at Vista Verde Ranch is designed to impress even the most experienced palates. Food & Beverage Director Chef Jonathon Gillespie oversees a staff of talented up and coming chefs, many of whom come to work at Vista Verde Ranch just to train under Chef Jonathon.
Professionally trained in Business, and more importantly, in the Culinary Arts with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Chef Jonathon Gillespie continuously pushes the envelope with bold flavors and unusual combinations. Following the typical chef cliché, Jonathon began his culinary career helping–or rather getting in his mother’s way–in the kitchen. While the idea of cooking for a living hadn’t yet occurred to him, the seed had been planted.
Since moving to Northwestern Colorado in 1998, Jonathon has embraced the Colorado lifestyle. He strives to infuse that way of life into the Food and Beverage offerings at Vista Verde Ranch by utilizing local growers and ranchers whenever possible providing everything from honey to eggs to humanely raised beef and lamb.
Chef Gillespie’s team of talented chefs incorporate the highest quality ingredients to prepare uniquely refined meals to please all palates, allergies, restrictions & hankerings. For many of our guests, meal time at Vista Verde is one of the highlights of their stay. In addition to the impressive dining options, our team of chefs also offer a weekly cooking class and wine tasting.
With all the time you’ll spend outside using muscles that haven’t been used for a while, you definitely earn the right to enjoy all the wonderful cuisine, and enjoy the great company of the other guests and staff around the table.