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The People of PlumpJack: Chef Ben “Wyatt” Dufresne

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Get to know the People of PlumpJack! This week get a behind the scenes look at, Executive Chef of PlumpJack Cafe at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Wyatt Dufresne. Originally from New York, Chef Wyatt started in PlumpJack Cafe‘s pantry in 2002. He worked his way to sous chef, left and came back in 2010 as the executive chef for 5 years, this March. Dufresne’s cuisine draws off his love for sustainable, organic, and seasonal ingredients as well as his educational background in science. His knowledge of how things grow, the anatomy of animals and fish, and the environmental impact of sourcing sustainable products has great influence on his menu selections. Here is more to know about Chef Wyatt.nike air max one

1. What would your last meal be?
My last meal would be my Mother’s mac and cheese.  I used to help her make the pasta from scratch when I was a kid and I’m sure it helped to influence where I am today.  I have her make it for me every time I visit home!

2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
One of the most influential Chefs I’ve worked for (Larry Dunning at PlumpJack and West Shore Cafe) said, “Pay attention to the small things and you’ll be successful,” on our last day working together.

3. What is your top bucket list item?
Travel the world.air jordan all

4. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
The 60’s and 70’s.  It just seems like people were creating a lot of changes in the world while having tons of fun:)

5. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
Daniel Day Lewis with his “Gangs of New York” mustache.

6. What is your personal mantra?
No regrets!womens air jordan shoes

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7. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
With my wife, family and friends eating awesome food and drinking great wine.  I would never forget our dog, Winter, either!

8. What was the last thing you searched for on google?
“Mignonette,” because I wanted to make sure the spelling was correct on the menu I just wrote.

 “My favorite dish Wyatt has made is, Cervena Venison Cheek: Black Winter Truffles, Asian Pear, Five Spiced Butternut Squash – to me this dish encompassed it all – rustic, but elegant, simple yet refined.  I can still taste everything in my mind – great dish.”

 “Wyatt’s best characteristic in my mind is he’ll always rise to the challenge and do what it takes to get the job done.”  nike air max junior

“My favorite memory with Wyatt was watching him win the 2014 Blazing Pans competition at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival this past September.”

Steve Lamb, General Manager at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

PlumpJack’s Top 10 Resolutions for You


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Is it difficult for you to keep New Years Resolutions every year? You’re not alone! A new year offers another opportunity to improve your life in the upcoming year. And at PlumpJack we’re here to help! Here is PlumpJack’s top 10 resolutions for you, with ways you can ensure that this year you better yourself, take time to enjoy life and have some fun.
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1. Get active by doing something you enjoyed as a kid – skiing, dancing, ice skating, riding your bike, swimming, etc…We can help you fulfill this resolution at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn or The Carneros Inn.
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2. Be more adventurous – try backcountry skiing, moonlit snowshoe hikes, dog sledding, yoga in the vineyards. Book PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s Snowcat Fever Package for a backcountry ski adventure.
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3. Impress your friends with some new cocktails. Join our Cocktail Club and come to our Cocktail Club Mixer, January 20th. Join the Club.
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4. Eat more brunch…at the Boon Fly Café, Balboa Cafe San Francisco or Balboa Cafe Mill Valley.
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5. Let off some steam with a night out on the dance floor – Check out our line-up of DJs at MatrixFillmore.
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6. Drink more of the good stuff (wine) on a random night, instead of waiting for a special occasion. PlumpJack, Odette and Cade wines all came in with impressive scores of their ’12 vintages (Odette Estate Reserve at 100) from Robert Parker, READ MORE
7. Plan a celebration, whether for yourself or someone else – it doesn’t have to be a special occasion, just a day or night of fun, friends, libations and good food. Check out PlumpJack Catering for your event.
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8. Eat fresh from the garden – FARM at the Carneros Inn sources produce from their onsite gardens  and PlumpJack Cafe sources from two, small local farms nearby.


9. Volunteer, donate, and support the causes you believe in – PlumpJack is proud to support CPIC  (Cancer Prevention Institute of California), Holy Family Day Home, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and more. Learn more about PlumpJack Philanthropy.

 

10. Breathe deeply and take it all in, it’s a new year! Cheers from your friends at PlumpJack. And good luck at accomplishing your new year resolutions.

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#ToastTheSnow with Veuve Clicquot in the Snow

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Join us at PlumpJack Squaw Valley as we raise a glass and toast all of the new snow this winter season with Clicquot In the Snow, featuring Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Rosè NV. The Veuve team will be there to play snow games with guests, while a DJ spins on the patio in the snow;  plus, champagne specials, photo booth fun, giveaways of Veuve Clicquot items and more.The Clicquot In the Snow event kick-off party is December 20th from 2-5pm, and the series continues every third Saturday during January, February and March. Click HERE for details.
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Instagrammers have an opportunity to win a one-night stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn  when you follow @pjsquawvalleyinn #Toastthesnow and #ClicquotInTheSnow. We’ll feature our favorites on social media and pick a winner in mid-January. This is just the first of four opportunities to win; the contest will run each month with more chances to win great prizes from Veuve Clicquot. Make sure to join us at the Inn for some bubbly and fun in the snow.air jordan retro 13

How to enter:
1. Follow @pjsquawvalleyinn on Instagram
2. Tag your photos #toastthesnow #clicquotinthesnow
3. Winner chosen January 15thnew balance women