Five-star dining at Top50 ranches

BY Jody Dahl | Mon 17 Sep, 2012

Five-star dining doesn't have to mean traveling to the city and finding a Michelin-starred or Forbes-listed restaurant. In fact, head a little further out into the wild west and you'll find fine dining in remote wilderness at some of Top50's ranches. What better way to enjoy exquisite cuisine than on your dude ranch vacation? Here are just some of the Top50 ranches offering five-star dining...

Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Idaho, USA,  offers the ultimate in variety with a special 7-course dining option, where guests can feast on simple yet diverse dishes designed to please all appetites.

Montana dude ranches offer some of the best fine dining around, not least when it comes to Triple Creek Ranch. The luxury dude ranch cooks up world-class, contemporary cuisine at the Triple Creek Restaurant, with gourmet dinners offering wine pairings from the Montana dude ranch's showcase cellar. On a ranch vacation here you can expect a culinary and visual feast of fresh foods, fine wines and global influences - from traditional French dishes to innovative southwestern, West Indies, Central American and other international blendings. Think balsam-grilled venison loin with beech mushrooms and huckleberry gastrique, or grilled Alaskan Spot prawns with trout roe creme fraiche and biscuit crouton. Meals are served up in the romantic dining room, complete with dramatic views of the Bitterroot Mountains - or choose five-star dining in the comfort of your room, in a private setting or out on the patio. You can even take a seat at the Chef's Table for a unique "insider's view" of Triple Creek's kitchen.

Alisal Ranch California. Formal dining. Dinners are a time to dress up and enjoy menus that change daily and include at least 10 entrees nightly. Chef Godé (Go-Day) has distinguished the Alisal's culinary style. His savory California fresh cuisine classics often come with a western flair. Chef Godé's entree selections feature thick steaks, chicken, or ribs, grilled over Alisal oak. Locally caught fish-of-the-day, pastas, and other favorites are served with innovative, mouth watering sauces and locally picked vegetables. Vegetarians will love the wide array of creative vegetarian entrees available.

Ranch at Rock Creek Montana. Our cuisine at The Ranch reflects its pure surroundings — prime organic beef, elk, bison, free-range chicken, organic eggs, fresh fish, seasonal local fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs, all enhanced by an inspired wine list. Chef Josh Drage is a superb chef whose skills and attention to detail are reflected in menu items not to be found at any other Montana vacation ranch, such as Montana elk ribeye with Flathead cherry demi-glace, watermelon and fennel salad, and white chocolate macadamia nut brownies.

The Hideout Guest Ranch in Wyoming. In the evening, guests are treated to elegant, western-style gourmet food! Although guests dine together at The Hideout, should you wish to choose from a menu in a more intimate setting, there’s the option of private dining at The Trapper Restaurant, where ranch guests receive a special discount. The view from the dining room of the main lodge where meals are served is simply spectacular. In the evening, we serve our guests western-style gourmet food, elegantly presented, with wine.

Siwash Lake Ranch, BC. Our organic, country cuisine is said to rival fine city dining. Our guests call it delicious, designer food; simple and clean, not overly intricate, and most certainly light, healthy and nourishing. We enrich your dining experience with edible flowers, herbs and wild berries harvested from the woods. Regional British Columbia cuisine, featuring wild trout, salmon and venison, is a ranch specialty. In keeping with SLR's sustainability initiatives, we pair our delectable dinners with award winning wines from cottage vintners located in the renowned Okanagan Valley wine region of BC. dining room (formal attire), in-room dining, private dinners. cozy 20-seat main dining room. In-suite and alfresco dining in the meadow or on a private balcony is a special treat for couples.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort BC. Executive Chef Ryan Orr’s critically acclaimed “modern natural” cuisine is fresh and whole-food-oriented, sourced from local suppliers. Menus change daily with the evening meal featuring a 5 course menu with local wine pairings. formal dining room, private dinners. Modern Natural cuisine is an easy way to explain Tim May's original philosophy of clean, simple, fresh food which Ryan Orr continues to use as a guideline today. http://www.wildretreat.com/pdf/CWRmenu.pdf

The Resort at Paws Up, Montana USA. Refined rustic ranch cuisine that articulately blends the most sophisticated culinary techniques with the freshest meats, produce and ingredients available.two on-property Montana restaurants, in-room dining, private dinners. POMP The cuisine at Pomp might be described as refined rustic ranch. Grounded in the fundamentals of classic cooking, our chef uses his background and his imagination to create culinary innovations.

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