Gourmet Dining at C Lazy U

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salad-buffetExpect to work up a hearty appetite in the fresh mountain air with so much to do. Meals here at the C Lazy U all-inclusive dude ranch are a justified reward for an adventurous day. Guests sit down family-style for all meals to get acquainted and share stories with other guests, often creating enduring friendships for many years to come. The dining room is rustically elegant and the meals are an exceptional way to help complete your Colorado ranch vacation.

The resident Ranch Chef prepares a diverse daily menu of longtime favorites and delicious regional specialties including aged Western beef, Rocky Mountain trout and rosemary rack of lamb, rounded off with mouth watering, decadent desserts, after-dinner drinks and fireside entertainment: the perfect opportunity to swap stories, share a laugh, meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones.

We arrange the meals to help balance time for adults and kids alike. While families share breakfast together daily, kids enjoy the company of their peers and counselors at lunch and dinner, except for the ever-popular weekly family cookout. The children love the freedom of this program and it allows them to meets others their age, have fun, play games and engage in wholesome activities while adults enjoy fine food and wine in our formal dining room.

The best part is that every night after dinner the children and adults meet up for the evening activity where they can share their stories and have ice cream at the Patio House as a perfect complement to their Colorado family vacation. Our returning families who have experienced this first-hand love this program. At C Lazy U dude ranch, family time is important to us, so we make sure to arrange plenty of activities to ensure your family has lots of quality time together throughout the week.

Woodsy Breakfast

breakfast_photoGuests get to experience Woodsy Breakfast on Friday mornings June through August. A traditional cookout breakfast is prepared with fresh house-made donuts, local trout, eggs, bacon, sausage, seasonal fruit and our famous pancakes on the outdoor griddle. All served by a roaring fire with “Cowboy Coffee.” Enjoy the majestic views of the Indian Peaks range overlooking the enchanting Willow Creek Reservoir.

Meet the Chef

Dennis Kaniger, our Executive Chef, graduated from The University of California at Los Angeles. Before bringing his talents to our kitchens, he worked at top restaurants like Ma Maison, Spago, Trumps, Max au Triangle, and CITY. He also owned his own four-star restaurant in Kansas City named VENUE. Prior to arriving at the Ranch, Dennis held the position of Corporate Executive Chef with PB&J Restaurants.

Dennis started at the Ranch in the summer of 2011, and guests immediately noticed the quality of his cooking. So did management, and he was promoted to Executive Chef in December. The other resident foodie on the Ranch – Petey – has already convinced Dennis to share some of his recipes with us lesser mortals. You can check out his Beef and Lentil Stew recipe on Petey’s blog.