Whether it’s enjoying gourmet fare on
a “moving” gondola or locally blended
whiskey at an old-fashioned saloon, the
options are diverse and exciting.
Following are several delectable experiences across the West that transcend the
ordinary when it comes to dining events,
treating attendees to inspirational settings
and innovative food and drink.
SKYHIGH–A Dinner With Altitude
If you want to take your dining experience to unparalleled heights, Canada has
you covered. In British Columbia, the
Whistler Blackcomb Foundation stages an
annual fundraising event each summer
with a dining experience aboard a private
gondola cabin at an altitude of nearly
Taking place on Whistler’s PEAK2PEAK
Gondolas at Whistler Blackcomb Resort,
the “SKYHIGH–A Dinner With Altitude”
event essentially transforms each 10-per-
son gondola into a miniature fine-dining
“The amount of equipment needed to
execute this event involves several days of
deliveries up and down each mountain,”
said Mei Madden, executive director of
the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.
“There literally is no other place in the
world that offers this experience, and it
really is an event of a lifetime.”
Madden said the event dates for 2018
will be announced later this year. Groups
lucky enough to be in town during that
time can purchase tickets, which are
priced at $8,500 for a gondola accommo-
dating 10 people.
The event starts with a cocktail reception, and then guests are treated to a
seated five-course dinner in the gondola
as they enjoy awesome mountain panoramas and sunset views. The menu features
innovative gourmet cuisine with wine
The experience has been a huge hit
since its inception in 2014, according to
Breckenridge Brewery and
With microbreweries, brewpubs and
gastropubs exploding in popularity since
the late 1990s, Americans can enjoy their
beer in many different ways at a variety of
The Breckinridge Brewery in Littleton,
Colo., nine miles south of Denver, is a
beer lover’s nirvana with tasting and
special event rooms, a restaurant, a beer
garden and expansive views of the Rocky
“Groups can experience our brewery
through meetings, special events, Farmhouse Restaurant buyouts and tours and
tastings,” said Alexa Taylor, event coordinator for Farmhouse at Breckinridge
The Farmhouse Restaurant, which
can accommodate buyouts for up to 500
people, has a rustic dining room with
private event areas, a beer garden with
fire pits, bocce ball, giant Jenga and corn
hole, and a back porch that overlooks the
Transcending the ordinary, the menu
features entrees such as roasted red pepper creme spaghetti and pork green chile
mac and cheese.
For beer lovers, the Tour Tasting Room
can seat up to 45 guests for lunch or dinner and handle a standing reception for
up to 75 people.
Breckendridge Brewery offers 47
varieties of beer. Among its most popular
choices are Agave Wheat, Vanilla Porter
and Avalanche Ale.
“Typically, tastings or beer dinners
feature four or five different beers,” said
Jimmy Walker, head brewer at the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub.
The iconic, octagon-shaped Round House
BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY, LITTLETON, COLO.
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