Chef Beichner Elevates Cascades Cuisine

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Chef Beichner Elevates Cascades Cuisine

ESTES PARK, Colo. – Chef Richard Beichner came to The Stanley Hotel in 2011 with the goal of revamping the dining experience at Cascades, the hotel’s signature restaurant. Chef Beichner brought with him a cornucopia of culinary experience and expertise, succeeding in infusing the menu with a breath of 21st century.

A longtime proponent of slow food, sustainability and the farm-to-table movement, Chef Beichner immediately revised the menu, focusing on regional and seasonal foods. He steered the menu from a seafood-oriented selection and began featuring trout, bass, beef and locally grown produce. He also offers a wide selection of gluten-free dishes.

“When I was growing up, we used to go to farm stands and my father always used to say that Pennsylvania had the best corn, well that was just because he’d never been anywhere else,” Chef Beichner said. “Corn tastes better off the stalk, so Pennsylvania corn tastes best in Pennsylvania. I try to explain to him that it wasn’t better, just fresher. All food tastes better when it’s fresh, and it’s easier to get fresh food when it’s local instead half a world away.”

Upon his arrival at The Stanley, Chef Beichner quickly established relationships with local cattle ranches and farmers to ensure he incorporates locally sourced and seasonal items into his menu selections. In the fall and winter he features hearty root vegetables. In the summer he relies on peaches from nearby Palisade and Rocky Ford cantaloupes, sweet and juicy melons that Colorado has been known for since 1881.

The Hotel’s wine list was another of Chef Beichner’s projects. A first level sommelier, he began rebuilding their wine list. His input and direction did not go unnoticed and the collection was honored with the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2012.

With more than two decades experience, Chef Beichner’s passion for food shows no signs of slowing. “It’s fun working with new staff and chefs and getting them excited about the perfection of food. I love to show them my passion and see how it translates in their creations. I think chefs are basically teachers.”

Guests of The Stanley can also benefit from Chef Beichner’s enthusiasm and experience. He teaches a monthly, hands-on class, walking students through a three-course meal, emphasizing seasonal, regional and sustainable fare.

Originally from Oil City, Pa., Chef Beichner has spent decades cultivating his culinary expertise as well as business and managerial skills, making him an integral asset for any resort or fine dining establishment. He graduated from New York City University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing then attended Peter Kump’s School of Culinary Arts in New York. Chef Beichner worked at a variety of New York restaurants, most notably Jerry’s 103, located in the former Fillmore East property. He helmed the menus and kitchens at restaurants throughout the East Coast, Southeast and Midwest, before settling in the Rockies. Prior to arriving at The Stanley, he was the executive chef at Sonnenalp Resort of Vail and Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. In April 2013, Chef Beichner and his staff were invited to prepare a dinner at the New York City’s James Beard House.

Reservations for Cascades Restaurant are highly recommended. For more information, please visit www.StanleyHotel.com or call (970) 577-4001. 

Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a member of Historic Hotels of America and is only an hour away from Denver, making it an ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.

The Stanley Hotel is managed by Grand Heritage Hotel Group. Founded in 1989 by John Cullen, Grand Heritage Hotel Group is one of the nation’s premier owner-operators of independent luxury hotels and resorts. Its properties are sought-after destinations that offer consistent luxury, quality and exceptional surroundings. Several Grand Heritage properties enjoy prestigious distinction as designated Historic Hotels of America. The company prides itself on the vision and strategic expertise of its leadership. Highly innovative and experienced professionals collectively boast more than 50 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the hotel and hospitality business and are recognized for imaginative and entrepreneurial style. Grand Heritage owns and operates hotels in North America. It also operates Grand Heritage Hotels International Brand, which has a number of properties in Europe, The Middle East, India and North Africa. For more information, please visit www.GrandHeritage.com.