French Press, Riverwalk Village, Edwards
Vail CO, Colorado
34295 Highway 6, Riverwalk Village,
For the love of food Happiness well stored – that’s what Executive Chef Juan Anon calls his belly. “I love food, and I love a lot of food,” said the chef in his easy, jovial manner. “But I keep things simple.” Anon thrives on simplicity – simple sauces and basic, fresh ingredients – to create sumptuous layers of flavors.
Trained in the culinary arts at the Condon Bleu in France, the Argentinean native, born to Sicilian parents, can’t help but add a twist to the classics while keeping his new creations unaffected.
“I only buy sushi grade tuna,” Anon said of the main ingredient of his Ahi tuna tartar appetizer. “So why ruin the flavor of the fish by adding wasabi or sesame?”
The pan seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras befriends an apricot pancake, fig and mascarpone cheese to bring out the liver’s delicate flavors. A glass of Chateau Grillion Sauternes completes this decadent start to your meal.
Beyond the little plates Continue your culinary journey with the pan seared duck breast, served with asparagus spears in a delicious kumquat-Cointreau sauce. The tart slices of kumquat balance the rich duck meat and a delectable scalloped red potato flavored with smoked paprika rounds out the dish.
Abandon your cutlery and use your fingers to dig into the rack of Colorado lamb, the most tender, succulent morsels you’ll find north of New Zealand. C
risp snap peas offer a satisfying crunch against the meat and accompanying lavender risotto.
Select a vintage to from the French Press’ boutique wine list to compliment your meal.
All day long Step up to the bar in the morning for a croissant and espresso and return in the evening for a cocktail at the bar – the French Press is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or spend more time and take a seat in an intimate booth or next to the big window – ideal for people watching – and have a leisurely repast. Breakfast and lunch are a bevy of savory quiches, omelets, sandwiches and salads, including stapes like biscuits and gravy and more exotic dishes like the Tahi coconut curry grilled chicken sandwich.