ZEST: Aurum Food & Wine
Steamboat Springs — The tagline for Aurum, located at 811 Yampa St., is “A new element in dining.” It’s all that and more, especially this summer with a completely redesigned menus, bar and new, three-season awning on the elevated riverside deck upstairs, creating a new private event space and expanded outdoor seating.
Owner Phil Armstrong describes the atmosphere — including its namesake gold motif — as fun and energetic, with a serious emphasis on food and service.
Aurum prides itself on everything from its lively riverfront deck space featuring acoustic music five nights a week, to its fine dining menu served in Steamboat’s best riverfront atmosphere. The “wine” in Aurum Food & Wine is highlighted by the restaurant’s very own vineyard, showcased in just a few of the extensive by-the-glass offerings. The full wine list features an impressive collection, including interesting selections at every price point.
Headed by executive chef Patrick Funk, who has cooked at some of Colorado’s top restaurants, the menu includes such favorites as nightly fish and wild game specials to more casual fare. Top sellers include its Jumbo Lump crab cake, served with Cajun whole grain mustard sauce and grilled lemon; curried cauliflower, featuring tempura batter cauliflower with shishito peppers, golden raisins, pine nuts and a sweet and sour reduction; tube-only calamari, flash fried and tossed with arugula and lemon parsley vinaigrette; and its ever popular signature steak for two.
A “local’s hour” menu, served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. nightly, gets the summer evening scene going with great value small plates and deals on local beers, wine and cocktails.
Don’t miss sampling signature drinks from the bar program, highlighting some of Colorado’s best craft spirits.
Above all, it’s the restaurant’s relationship with its customers that keeps people coming back.
“We’re continuing to redefine our dining experience and reinvest in our space,” says Armstrong, adding that most of his staff has been there since the restaurant’s inception. “We’re committed to be here for the long-term and want to keep giving people something new to come back to.”
ZEST is a sponsored feature in Explore Steamboat magazine. The magazine publishes in the Summer and Winter each year. Advertisers can purchase a one or two-page spread in the ZEST section of the magazine. The purchase includes a photo shoot, a write up and then the layout of their pages. As an added benefit, each story is published in one edition of the Friday Explore section in the Steamboat Today during the same season and also online.
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