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James Beard All-Star Chefs Heat Things Up at Montana Resort

The Resort at Paws Up offers two culinary weekends this fall...

Greenough, Montana – July 13, 2016 – The best-kept secret in Montana is the fall tourism season. The Resort at Paws Up, Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort, fills the sunny days and crisp nights with a variety of five-star culinary weekends. This year, Paws Up has invited acclaimed chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation to work their magic at Montana Master Chefs: James Beard All-Stars. From haute cuisine to iconic classics, guests will enjoy all the world-class dining and libations that these acclaimed chefs and guest vintners have to offer in a setting like no other. Additionally, The Resort welcomes back the “pie whisperer” herself, Kate McDermott, along with Portland’s Ken Forkish and Chicago’s Mindy Segal for Upper Crust, a culinary weekend of sophisticated cookie, pie and pizza baking. During both events, guests will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with world-class chefs, bakers and winemakers as well as work up an appetite on adventures and excursions in the breathtaking Montana wilderness.

Montana Master Chefs All-Star Talent: As part of the weekend event, guests can partake in a myriad of wilderness adventures like horseback riding or fly-fishing and will enjoy one-on-one interaction with some of the finest chefs, distillers and winemakers in the United States. Montana Master Chefs 2016 will feature cooking demonstrations and multicourse dinners prepared by world-class chefs, including Chef Ashley Christensen of Poole’s and AC Restaurants, Chef Matt Jennings of Townsman, Chef Jamie Malone of Brut, Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, Chef Mindy Segal of Mindy’s HotChocolate and Paws Up’s own Chef Ben Jones. The chefs will also compete in a lighthearted Master Chef Cook-Off Challenge.

Pairings: Paws Up is proud to welcome Montgomery Distillery as the featured distiller and the incredible vintners Grgich Hills Estate, Merry Edwards Winery and Rombauer Vineyards to provide tastings and pairings throughout the weekend.


Live Music: Among the many highlights at the Montana Master Chefs weekend will be nightly private concerts by Joshua Davis, a folk/roots artist who finished third on Season 8 of NBC’s The Voice; John Floridis, a talented guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer and Ali Solomon, a captivating singer and cover artist.

Montana Master Chefs weekend will be held September 29–October 2, 2016. All-inclusive rates start at $979 per person per night for four days and three nights. This fee includes a private home or tent accommodation; three meals daily for two adults (including breakfast, all featured lunches and multicourse dinners); wine, wine and more wine by famous vintners with passes to all wine tastings; all scheduled events; three wilderness activities of choice (per person); airport transportation to and from Missoula International Airport (MSO) and on-property transportation.

Upper Crust Talent: This three-day event will be held over Columbus Day weekend (October 7–10, 2016) and is an opportunity for baking enthusiasts to join the talented Ken Forkish of Artisan Pizza; Kate McDermott, founder of artofthepie.com and Mindy Segal, owner of Mindy’s HotChocolate for a weekend of luxury, adventure, gourmet food and wine and, most importantly, expert insight into all things dough. The weekend will feature hands-on instruction in a series of cooking and baking workshops.

When guests are not baking or enjoying their creations, they can choose from a variety of wilderness adventures: float down the Blackfoot River, spend half a day fly-fishing or explore the Paws Up land by horseback, on an ATV tour or on a guided naturalist hike. Each night, Paws Up’s Executive Chef Ben Jones will serve locally inspired dinner menus for a weekend of unforgettable meals.

Upper Crust is an all-inclusive weekend that will be held October 7–10, 2016. Pricing is from $809 per person per night (double occupancy) for four days and three nights. This rate includes a private home accommodation, three meals daily, all scheduled workshops and activities, wine tastings, airport transportation to and from Missoula International Airport (MSO) and on-property transportation.

For reservations, please call 877-588-6783. The Resort at Paws Up is also on Facebook and Twitter (@Paws_Up).


About the Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up combines luxury with unforgettable adventure on 37,000 acres of untamed Montana wilderness that is steeped in history. The Resort offers accommodations for a maximum of 225 guests in 30 tented accommodations (seasonally) and 28 luxurious vacation homes, ranging from the two-bedroom Meadow Homes and three-bedroom Wilderness Estates to the charming four-bedroom Morris Ranch House. Paws Up is located in the heart of the Blackfoot Valley in western Montana, just 35 miles from Missoula International Airport. Travelers can access Missoula via direct flights from Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. For more information, please visit www.pawsup.com or call 800-473-0601.

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