Steamboat Springs is home to a variety of culinary expertise |

Steamboat Springs is home to a variety of culinary expertise

— In Steamboat Springs, there are a number of chefs working in restaurants behind the scenes. But what about those who don’t work with a large staff in a restaurant?

During the busy winter season, Annette Seiler packs up her pots, pans, essential cooking supplies and all the groceries she needs to create dinners or cater parties at private homes. Depending on the client’s needs, meals vary from extravagant four-course dinners to après ski comfort food, kids meals and more.

“It gives clients that ability to entertain in their own home without worrying about the shopping prep, serving and clean up,” said Seiler, a personal chef who owns Dreamboat Chef Service.

The difference between a personal chef and a private chef, Seiler explained, is that a private chef is employed by one individual or family full time and often lives in the home with the family, preparing up to three meals per day. A personal chef serves several clients and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for each client.

“I like the fun, instant challenge of having to freestyle and to go with what you are given,” said Lawrence Jaconetta, who has owned his catering and personal chef business for about 10 years now. “It’s a lot of stress at times but it’s a fun, social way to be creative.”

Jaconetta, who also owns the Circle R Gastropub with his wife, Paula Jo Jaconetta, in Oak Creek, has a flair for crafting dishes with an Asian and southwest influence.

Amuse Bouches — meaning “happy mouth” in French — is another small private chef service in town started by chef Lulu Cox. In addition to her drop-off meal service, Cox offers cooking classes for those looking to make anything from homemade soups to gourmet surf and turf dinners. Those classes also can be taught in clients’ homes.

“When we first came to town, people said you’ve come to the wrong town, there is no need for a personal chef or grocery service,” said Robin Craigen, owner of Moving Mountains Chalets.

After spending a number of years as captain and chef on a luxury sailing yacht in the British Virgin Islands, Craigen moved to Steamboat with his wife to start Moving Mountains to pamper clients with catered chalet packages. Over the last five years, Moving Mountain has acquired 55 year-round vacation properties.

When on vacation or planning for a celebratory event, Craigen said clients want to be able to maximize time with their guests or their activities rather than spending time cooking meals.

“Steamboat offers something different than other towns,” Craigen said. “I’ve never been in a place where guests just fall in love with the town because of its family-friendly atmosphere and the sense of community here.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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