Moving Mountains’ Chef Announces Winter Menu

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Colorado luxury lodging specialist determined to wow guests’ taste buds with its Catered Chalet Experience.

Our goal is to provide the fuel you need for a day on the mountain while still delivering wow factor for your taste buds.

Moving Mountains (http://www.movingmountains.com), the luxury lodging specialist in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, debuts its winter menu for guests this month, with an abundance of farm-to-table and ethnic cuisine. Moving Mountains introduced Colorado to the catered chalet idea that has been popular in European ski resorts for decades. More than 15 years later, the company’s Catered Chalet Experience – where an in-home personal chef prepares, serves and cleans up gourmet meals for ski vacationers – continues to increase in popularity and sets Moving Mountains above other lodging specialists. Moving Mountains combines this unique culinary experience with its exceptional mountain vacation home portfolio for a complete package that demands total enjoyment from its winter vacationers.

Moving Mountains’ Catered Chalet Experience features a personal chef that prepares daily full breakfasts; afternoon teas with cookies and hors d’oeuvres; and four-course gourmet dinners, all in the comfort of guests’ ski vacation homes. Menus are tailored to guests’ preferences including vegetarian, vegan, organic, kosher and special diets. Children’s dinner menus with earlier seating are offered. Many menu choices feature local meats and produce, and all are homemade.

Moving Mountains’ culinary team is managed by the company’s co-founder Heather Craigen, a professional chef who studied at Cordon Bleu, the Culinary Institute of America and the International School of Baking.

“I get my inspiration for new ideas from places I have traveled to and my own brand of experimentation,” said Craigen. “My passion is to use the freshest ingredients possible with a farm-to-table ethos when thinking about what to offer our guests.”

Breakfasts feature homemade mountain granola, cereals, fruits and yogurt, along with a choice of breakfast entrees such as Scottish farmhouse eggs with sautéed spinach, pumpkin waffles with pecans, buckwheat and oatmeal pancakes topped with caramelized applies or Swiss Rösti, a potato dish topped with fried eggs. Guests awaken to the scent of cooking breakfast and fresh brewing coffee. Without the chores of preparing and cleaning up breakfast, they can hit the slopes in a more relaxed and timely manner.

When guests arrive home from a day of activity, they relax with afternoon tea, fresh baked cookies and hors d’oeuvres such as a charcuterie platter with Swiss fondue, beer braised pork carnitas, grilled shrimp on rosemary skewers, lump crab cakes or phyllo shells filled with herbed cheese and roasted tomatoes.

In the evenings, four-course dinners served in the luxury and convenience of guests’ vacation home, rival Steamboat Springs’ best restaurant options. They begin with soup, salad or starter ranging from roasted butternut squash soup to heirloom beet salad to homemade stuffed ravioli with duck broth. Entrée choices feature a bounty of international zeal. One evening the menu may be Thai beef stew with lemongrass and noodles. Another dinner might spotlight elk medallions served with a cherry veal demi glace. Perennial favorites remain on the menu, such as Mediterranean chicken with Israeli couscous or short ribs with blackberry barbecue sauce. Each meal ends with coffee and a homemade dessert such as coconut panna cotta with balsamic strawberries, sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce or chocolate Irish whiskey cake with sweet cream.

"I am a huge fan of simple homemade food using the freshest local ingredients where possible,” continued Craigen. “Our goal is to provide the fuel you need for a day on the mountain while still delivering wow factor for your taste buds."

For more information or to view Moving Mountains’ menus (http://movingmountains.com/sample-menus/index.php), properties, activities and more, visit http://www.movingmountains.com or call 1-877-624-2538 or 1-970-870-9359.

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About Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains is a locally owned and operated company that manages and operates luxury vacation rental homes and catered ski chalets in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Founded by Robin and Heather Craigen in 1997, Moving Mountains introduced Colorado to the catered chalet concept that is widely popular in Europe. Moving Mountains currently manages 20 private luxury rental homes and 25 slope side private residences at One Steamboat Place, Edgemont and Chateau Chamonix.

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