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First James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner in the State of Vermont

Stowe, VT. (Sept. 25, 2013) — Stowe Mountain Lodge, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property, recently hosted the first James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour dinner in the State of Vermont, sponsored by renowned Wagyu Beef company.

Executive Chef Josh Berry led a team of talented chefs including Aaron Butts of Joseph Decuis restaurant in New Jersey; New York food writer, Ian Knauer; Executive Chef, Jason Tostrop from the Inn at Weathersfield and Shawn Calley from The Inn at Essex in Essex Junction, Vermont.

“This was a great honor for the Lodge to host such an outstanding group of chefs and culinary experts in the name of the James Beard Foundation. I can’t think of a more exciting way to kick off one of the best times of year here in Vermont for seasonal ingredients,” says Chef Berry. “With the soon-to-launch winter menu, this dinner was a welcomed kick-off to my team’s favorite time of year at Stowe Mountain Lodge.”

The James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour began in 2004 as a way to bring the unique experience of dining at New York City’s historic James Beard House to cities around the country. At each Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, many of the nation’s top chefs unite to create an exceptional multiple course dinner, each paired with premium wines that reflect the outstanding culinary craftsmanship presented by each chosen chef.

“Having the opportunity to expose people to the James Beard Foundation in a state we had never been to before, was an amazing experience, especially in such a truly beautiful spot,” says Jeff Black, President of the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. “And the food just blew everybody away. It was great to have such a talented group together for one night in Vermont.”

Much like dinners at the James Beard House in New York, guests have the rare opportunity to interact with the participating chefs while enjoying the luxurious atmosphere of some of the country’s finest restaurants, including Stowe Mountain Lodge’s renowned farm-to-table restaurant, Solstice.

“It was a great honor to host such a respected group of culinary experts at the Lodge and at Solstice,” says Robert Clarke, Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Director of Food and Beverage. “It was only indicative of what we offer to all of our guests who dine with us, whether it’s a group of 20 or a table of 2 people.”

Solstice, Stowe Mountain Lodge’s award-winning restaurant, features innovative artisan cuisine in a relaxed, yet elegant, setting. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Spruce Peak, with décor by coveted design and craft makers, Shackleton Thomas, based in Bridgewater, Vermont, Solstice reflects the natural elements of the luxurious alpine lodge. The strong relationship with neighboring food purveyors and farmers allows Stowe Mountain Lodge to offer a unique and authentic farm-to-table dining experience for guests and larger meeting groups alike.


About Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a $400 million alpine community that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years. As part of this new community, owners and guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy world-class service, 312 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, ski-in/ski-out access to over 100 legendary trails, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp, and a heated outdoor pool. Stowe Mountain Resort offers over 56,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants and limitless on-mountain recreational options. The lodge offers farm-to-table cuisine in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar. In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units are available for vacation home ownership in the Lodge’s Front Four Private Residence Club, as well as the slope-side four- and five-bedroom, three story Mountain Cabins. Room reservations, with special lodging offers and packages, are available by calling: (802) 253-3560 or (888) 4-STOWE-VT, or by visiting For real estate inquiries, please call: (888) 403-7739 or (802) 253-0320.

About Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe is an internationally renowned four-season destination. Stowe Mountain Resort, with majestic Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, is filled with activities for every season: golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, world-class dining, shopping, spas and more. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates the quintessential New England getaway. For more information please visit: call: 1-800-253-4754

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