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Telluride Sets the Bar for Mountain Culinary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Tom Watkinson 970-728-7409     Telluride Sets the Bar for Mountain Culinary New Bon Vivant and Tomboy Tavern Create Unmatched Dining Experience   Telluride, Colorado (January 9, 2012) – Long known for its top rated culinary scene, more often compared to New York and Los Angeles than other mountain destinations, Telluride has again set the bar for resort dining with the addition of Bon Vivant and Tomboy Tavern.   Open now, Bon Vivant provides a dining experience unlike any other in North America. A bon vivant  \bän-vē-vänt, bōⁿ-vē-väⁿ\  is a person who enjoys the good things in life, especially good food and drink. This concept comes to life at Telluride’s newest restaurant, boasting surrounding natural beauty, sincere elegant service, luxury beverages and authentic delicious food. Experience the good life at Bon Vivant.   At the top of the Polar Queen Express and accessible for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, this country French restaurant awes with both its views and cuisine. Set on a 1500 square-foot deck under a state-of-the-art 39 foot umbrella, the menu features French classics from crepes to cassoulets, with custom cocktails and ski country’s best chocolat chaud.   Highlights include Foie Gras Torchon and Duck Rillete, Quiche Lorraine, Duck Confit and Elk Sausage Cassoulet. Lamb and Chimay Ale Stew, Lobster Gnocchi, and traditional Croque Monsieur and Madame with quail egg and shaved black truffles.   The bar at the base of the umbrella features craft cocktails and beers including the French 105, named for Telluride’s 105mm avalanche control Howitzers, with Kru82 Vodka and Blanquette de Limon Champagne. Bon Vivant is open daily during the season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Mountain Village’s most popular restaurant and bar has been fully remodeled and renamed. Formerly the Hop Garden, Tomboy Tavern is now open with 32 local, craft beers on tap, expanded indoor seating and a full wraparound bar to go with Telluride’s best outdoor beer garden under the big yellow umbrella. Look out for the Grand Opening party on January 14th.   Named for one of Telluride’s most famous mines, Tomboy Tavern showcases both Telluride’s and skiing’s colorful history, with a menu set to please the whole group or family for lunch and dinner.   Favorites include the famous Tavern Burger, schnitzel, and ahi sandwiches, salmon and steak entrees, salads, soups, mac & cheese and much more. Round it all out with a Nutella Vanilla Bean Milkshake or roast your own homemade S’mores with the kids.   As part of its mission, Telluride Ski Resort takes great pride in offering the highest quality dining experiences in ski country, with nine different restaurants ranging from family to fine dining.   Allred’s - Telluride’s flagship restaurant at the top of the gondola offers one of the most unique dining experiences in North America. General Manager Mario Petillo invites you into the comfort of his establishment for steak, seafood, lamb, chicken and salads. Come enjoy an eclectic menu paired with ideal appetizers and an extensive wine list. Grab a quick bite, cocktail or a glass of wine during happy hour in the spectacular bar, or sit and enjoy the atmosphere and service with the best restaurant views in Telluride. Allred’s is open daily for après from 3:30 p.m. and nightly for dinner from 5:00 p.m.   Alpino Vino - Near the top of Gold Hill, this European chalet offers renowned wines, fine cheeses, amazing soups, panini and antipasti plates. Alpino Vino’s spectacular views coupled with a multi-tiered deck and outdoor wine bar provide a perfect retreat from the slopes.   Alpino Vino also offers an exclusive and truly unique evening dining experience. Guests are transported in a Snow Coach from Allred’s to the top of the resort under the stars, with seating for up to 26. Menu features include handmade Cheese and Spinach Ravioli, Veal Osso Bucco, Grilled Colorado Bass, and Chef Nicola’s Tiramisu with Fresh Berry Sauce.   Alpino Vino is open daily for lunch and Thursday – Sunday for dinner. For Sunday evenings, join us for a ski-in, Snow Coach-out sunset dining experience. Alpino Vino is also available for groups and family buy outs any night during the ski season.   Gorrono Ranch offers delicious fare indoors, a grill and historic saloon on the deck, and live music on the Beach.   Refuel at Giuseppe’s at the top of the Plunge Lift (9), Big Billie’s in the Meadows, Crazy Elk Pizza in Mountain Village and High Camp at the top of the Prospect Express  (12).   As a mountain destination, Telluride offers an unmatched culinary experience, taken to new heights with the addition of Bon Vivant and Tomboy Tavern. For more information on the resort and dining, please