Your Guide to Summer Entertaining

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Tis the season for fresh, local flavors in Steamboat.

 The sun is shining, the river is flowing, and the Yampa Valley is abundant with fresh, local produce ripe for the picking. Whether you are at the local grocery store, the Farmer’s Market, or a local restaurant, you’re sure to find in season products that will take your meals to the next level.

With all the wonderful produce available, it’s no wonder summer evenings are best spent around the BBQ grill, spending time with family and friends over a delicious home cooked meal. When it comes to throwing together a neighborhood BBQ, there is no better space than your Porches home. Thoughtfully designed, The Porches kitchens and living spaces flow together seamlessly to create the ultimate space for entertaining.

We caught up with Steamboat local, private chef Dave Demos to talk about his favorite summer flavors, his love for Steamboat, and what he enjoys about cooking in our Porches homes. As a chef, Dave enjoys using locally sourced meats, wild game, and Colorado grown fruits and vegetables to inspire his culinary style.

Living an active outdoor lifestyle in Steamboat Springs has taught Dave that nothing is more important than a hearty mountain meal to carry him on to his next adventure. He pours his entire soul and love for food into every bite he serves.

Tell us about yourself:

I moved to Steamboat in 1992 with some high school friends, just chasing the snow. I have worked in restaurants since I was 14 years old, so it was natural for me to go into this line of work. I started Ski Town Gourmet 12 years ago and now have a staff of 15 people with 5 chefs.

What do you love about Steamboat?

The weather of course. Skiing, fly fishing, anything outdoors really. I have a 4 and 7-year-old with my wife Ashley and they keep us busy. Every weekend we’re skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, or swimming. My daughter has been a part of the Winter Sports Club for several years and my son will be starting this year.

All of our friends here, the sense of community in Steamboat and the guests that come here are great as well.

What’s your favorite in season produce?

Grilled Colorado peaches are my favorite when they’re in season. The Rocky Ford melons and sweet corn are also great. The summer season is short so I try to use all of that while it’s in season.

I also use a lot of Colorado meats in my cooking; elk, bison, and beef.

What do you enjoy about visiting The Porches and cooking for our guests and owners?

The homes at The Porches are always clean, well-stocked and the kitchens have plenty of counter space which is key for what I do. They’re a great space for entertaining.

BBQ Tips:

 Preparing food for a group with less stress:

•  Pre-plan your menu
•  Prepare food ahead of time
•  Go to the grocery store early in the morning when it’s less crowded

 Grilling essentials:

•  A clean grill
•  A full tank of propane
•  Olive oil, or another oil to prevent food from sticking
•  Good spices and dry rubs
•  A glass of wine

 If you’re interested in hiring Ski Town Gourmet to cater your next event please visit their website.