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Gourmet Dining at C Lazy U

Fine Dining Meets Casual Family Gatherings in the Rocky Mountains

C Lazy U Ranch has expanded and elevated the treasured “home on the range” dining experience at our Colorado guest ranch by providing decadent and wholesome curated meals, as a part of our all-inclusive program.

As guests of the ranch gather indoors or out for the perfect cocktail and appetizers, the Chef is putting the finishing touches on his original daily creations.  The sumptuous aromas swirl around you and the feel of home and family naturally settles in.

Each Season Defines the Dining Experience at C Lazy U Ranch

During C Lazy U’s family seasons families share breakfast and lunch together daily, then go their separate ways for dinner. Kids eat with their friends, play games, and get ready for the evening entertainment while fully supervised by counselors. Parents retreat to an adults-only setting to chat with old friends, enjoy fine wine and a crafted multi-course gourmet dining experience.  Kids and parents reunite after dinner for the evening’s activity and ice cream at the Patio House, before closing out another fantastic entry in their dude ranch diaries.  The family seasons include Martin Luther King Weekend, Presidents’ Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, Summer (June thru August), Labor Day Weekend, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Throughout the remainder of the year, C Lazy U Ranch, caters to the guests or groups on ranch.  Most meals are served together as a family or group.  Kid’s selections are always available, and the ranch caters to the most detailed dietary restrictions and requests by hand crafting individual plates. 

Food & Wine Global Tastemakers award for 2023
45-Day Dry-Aged Ribeye steak
45-Day Dry-Aged Beef Ribeye, Polenta cheddar fries, Rosemary Demi-Glace (more food photos below)

The Dining Experience

The Cuisine

Wood-fired, farm-inspired, seasonal menus ensure your palate is always presented with the best nature has to offer. Anchored in the tried-and-true fare of the Great American West – aged beef, fresh trout, rack of lamb, cheeses and homemade breads – designed with Chef’s delectable twists, our menu also takes you on flavorful journeys.

World-Class Wines and Fine Hand-Crafted Brews

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2024
the Adega Wine Room at C Lazy U Ranch

The ranch Sommelier’s goal is to delight discerning palates and encourage tasting explorations. C Lazy U’s wine cellar, recognized annually with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, features hard to find wines and a vast collection of over 400 varietals that hail from famous, world-class vintners and boutique local vineyards.

We Must Admit. . .

At C Lazy U Ranch, we believe every meal here is as much a part of your daily adventures as any of our exhilarating guest-ranch activities! The ranch is proud of its culinary team led by the Executive Chef and his team. 

Executive Chef Salas

Meet the Chef

Ulises Salas, born in Acapulco, Mexico, began his culinary journey surrounded by fresh ingredients from the coast. His passion for cooking led him to California, where he honed his skills in notable West Coast restaurants and hotels. Salas then made his mark in Colorado, joining the prestigious Broadmoor resort. His expertise later took him to the iconic Hotel Jerome in Aspen, where he managed banquets and fine dining.
As an Executive Chef, Salas excelled in creative and managerial roles, extending his influence to Vail, Colorado, at the renowned French restaurant La Tour, and the Slope Room at Gravity Haus Hotel. His commitment to culinary excellence and hospitality continues at C Lazy U Ranch, where he serves as the Executive Chef. Salas’s journey from the beaches of Acapulco to the culinary heights of Colorado showcases his dedication to creating exceptional dining experiences.

Tony Collier, Sommelier

Meet the Sommelier

In the early 2000s Tony Collier discovered the beauty of pairing food and wine while enjoying a bottle of 1991 Monte Bello Ridge and a bone-in prime cut filet. From then on he dedicated 7 years to building his sommelier skills. After that he spent 7 years in Dallas, TX running a wine bar. Tony even enjoys his passion for food and wine in his time off and says, “I’ve spent nearly all of my vacation time over the past 10 years visiting wine regions around the world tasting local food and wine honing in my passion for both.”

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From the Horse's Mouth

Food was totally unbelievable as always. The blankets, fires and warmers were a nice touch. What an extraordinary effort you all went to. It was amazing.

~ Laura H., 09-13-2021

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