Bivans |


Park Hyatt Beaver Creek


The Space

Ensconced within the elegant surroundings of the Park Hyatt, Bivans has a matching theme of rich wood and stone. But for summer brunch, the call is the terrace, where umbrella’d tables sit just below the ski hill and chairlift. It’s the best part of the day in the High Country, before wayward afternoon clouds move in and after the cool dew has lifted.

The Food

The weekend brunch at Bivans is a buffet-style spread that’s hard to top. A typical slate of offerings ranges from typical fare like eggs benedict and made-to-order omelets to specialties such as salmon filets with citrus sauce, lamb “mignonette” cooked right there on a hot stone and clams and oysters on the half-shell. A pot of pesto vichyssoise was an unexpected delight, as was a tray of chilled, grilled asparagus with a tangy mustard mousseline.

The Drinks

Fresh-squeezed orange juice is in plentiful supply, and with a brunch like this, you’d be well-advised to add Champagne to the mix for a perfect mimosa. Since brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., you can veer towards a lunch menu in the afternoon and enjoy a cocktail, wine or a beer with the food.

Family Friendly Manager Jean-Baptiste Granger is as gracious a host as one could imagine, and Bivans, for all its haute cuisine, is very family friendly. In fact, parents looking to expose their children to higher-end fare can easily do so at the weekend brunch, since the buffet serves as a tasting menu to items you’d never want to order a la carte. For restless little ones, it’s easy to pop up from the table and walk around just off the terrace, then return for more bites.


Come hungry – and tell the kids to open their minds and palates to new tastes. If all else fails, the dessert offerings are to die for.

Vail, Colorado

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