Silver Sage, Red Sky Members Clubhouse, Wolcott |

Silver Sage, Red Sky Members Clubhouse, Wolcott

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
EAT Silver Sage2 SM 6-13-07

Silver Sage

Red Sky Ranch Members Clubhouse, Wolcott


The view

If undulating greens, native plants and expansive views make you happy, then Silver Sage has the dining room for you. Positioned neatly on the Greg Norman course (they have two at Red Sky Ranch), the restaurant is members only during lunch.

But Friday through Monday, diners can watch the sun set from the wrap-around deck, or even from the dining room. “We’re a sunset restaurant,” said executive chef O.J. Moore. “Just watch the sky during sunset, and you’ll understand why it’s called Red Sky Ranch.” The staff won’t rush you through your meal. Instead, they encourage you to linger.

The concept

Chef Moore looks first for local, seasonal ingredients for his menu. There’s plenty of Colorado lamb, corn, tomatoes and fruits to keep anyone busy. “We’re not trying to make things that nobody has seen before.

We’re just trying to make seasonal dishes that taste really, really good.” His tomato salad is a good example: He puts a twist on the standard caprese by drizzling the tomato and mozzarella layers with salsa verde, which gives it a pungent, herbal zing without overpowering it.

The wine

The wine room is visible from the dining room, and adds a nice touch to the ambiance. Ask sommelier Neil Barham to pair by the course for you. His tastes incorporate both racy and traditional pairings.

Gotta try

The grilled shrimp salad is a summertime must. Savory shrimp skewers crown a heap of sweet greens. And you can’t go wrong with lamb in Colorado. Though Chef Moore offers a rack of lamb, he sometimes embellishes it with a brasied lamb daube which falls apart as soon as your fork touches it.

Feeling blue

Summer Thyme restaurant is located in the Guest Clubhouse, and is open to the public for lunch seven days a week. On Thursday evenings they serve dinner ” mostly barbecue fare ” during their music series, Bluegrass on the Green. National and local bluegrass acts play for the free concert, which has become quite popular

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