Wintertime Means Phenomenal Foraging in Western Montana

Looking for the coolest culinary event on earth? You might consider a January jaunt to Greenough, Montana. There, The Resort at Paws Up hosts an annual WinterFest celebration, and the upcoming event, held January 25–28, 2018, features the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef 2017 season, Chef Brooke Williamson.

As a regular visiting chef to The Resort, Williamson will be headlining three and a half days of intimate cooking demonstrations, gourmet feasts, tastings with winemaker Ehren Jordan and evenings filled with live local music. She’ll be creating an enticing, mouthwatering menu with help from The Resort’s Executive Chef Ben Jones, a James Beard House headlining chef.

Whether you visit during WinterFest or another time this season, the colder months are a great time to witness the beauty of Montana while dining on fine cuisine.

A passionate advocate of the local food movement, Jones sources much of his ingredients from area farmers. “I tend to get very comfy in the winter,” Jones says. “We have an emu stew for lunch that’s incredible.” For breakfast? “The bison-and-pork-sausage Gnarly Burger with egg and mascarpone cheese makes for an amazing way to wake up.”

It’s all served against a backdrop of incredible snow-covered scenery. The wide-open spaces feel larger in a blanket of white, and the beautiful Big Sky sparkles when it snows. Explore 37,000 acres on snowmobile, dogsled or the back of a horse. If you decide to try Paws Up’s newest winter activity, skijoring, you’ll be pulled on skis by a horse. Call it Norwegian-style “water”skiing.

There are also horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, cross-country skiing, sporting clays shooting, private indoor equestrian lessons, hiking, archery, snowshoeing and, of course, sitting in your own private outdoor hot tub under a starlit sky.


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