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The Club at Cordillera launches TimberHearth Grille on Dec. 19

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Executive Chef Matt Limbaugh.

EDWARDS — The Club at Cordillera will open the TimberHearth Grille on Dec. 19 under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Matt Limbaugh. Limbaugh was most recently chef de cuisine at Restaurant Kelly Liken.

"We realize that food and beverage is as important to our members as any singular component of Club offerings," said Mike Henritze, general manager of The Club at Cordillera. "We are thrilled to continually work to improve our standards of excellence across all aspects of The Club at Cordillera."

The menu will feature American seasonal cuisine, Limbaugh said.

COLORADO INGREDIENTS

"There are such tremendous farmers and sources in Colorado that I intend to carry on our great relationships with the purveyors with a member and guest-centric menu that focuses on excellence in every way," he said.

Limbaugh will feature a nightly tasting menu, regular and lounge menus each Wednesday through Saturday throughout the ski season. Paired with wine offerings selected by Wine Director Jason Baez, the TimberHearth Grille is sure to delight diners valley-wide. Baez is former wine director of Castagna Restaurant in Portland, Ore. as well as dining room captain and assistant wine director at Restaurant Kelly Liken.

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"It's an absolute pleasure to work with Chef Matt Limbaugh again," said Baez. "His ability to pack different ingredients full of flavor while allowing them to retain their integrity is a talent that is hard to find."

"It will be somewhat eclectic in that I'm Southern and have a tendency to make comfort food utilizing the very best available ingredients with a bit of non-traditional fare," Limbaugh said.

LIMBAUGH'S BACKGROUND

Limbaugh, 33, is originally, from Hendersonville, N.C., near Asheville, in the Smokey Mountains. He studied at Central Piedmont in Charlotte, N.C., before beginning his career at the Pewter Rose followed by a turn at Bonterra Restaurant and Wine Room, also in Charlotte.

In Colorado, Limbaugh was sous chef at Mirabelle Restaurant with Daniel Joly in Beaver Creek Resort for two years prior to spending the past five years at Restaurant Kelly Liken as chef de cuisine.

Hours for the TimberHearth are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights throughout the ski season. For reservations, call 970-926-5588.