Vail Society column: 8100 opens in Beaver Creek |

Vail Society column: 8100 opens in Beaver Creek

Carolyn Pope
Vail CO, Colorado
Chef Pascal Coudouy, Shawn Fleishon, Ann and Charlie L'Esperance.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” It’s elegant, chic, and the food is fabulous. It’s also steps away from the bottom of Centennial Lift in Beaver Creek, and the expansive bar is beckoning the tired skier to belly up for a cold beer or hot drink.

It’s 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill, the new restaurant at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. The spacious area was previously occupied by both Bivan’s and Whiskey Elk, and the open, airy space is just what the Hyatt and Beaver Creek needed, an elegant spot at the base of the mountain for an innovative menu featuring local, seasonal flavors. The design integrates indoor and outdoor spaces with the use of natural and indigenous elements with a local and contemporary feel.

The Hyatt opened up the restaurant recently to celebrate their grand opening. The restaurant and bar area, though now almost double in size, was jammed with guests oohing and ahhing at the special food prepared for the opening. Local and organic wines were served, along with several signature cocktails.

“The idea is to be simple,” said Executive Chef Pascal Coudouy. “We work with the flavor and get to the point.

He said that the restaurant is using as many local farms as they are able, accentuating natural ingredients and working with the vegetables and fruits that each season offers.

His favorite?

“I love the wood grill. We use some rubs and flavored butter to add moisture to the food.”

The restaurant also features a private dining section that can seat around 100 in an intimate area with a deck and fireplace.

Peach Duty, who heads up the banquets, conventions and catering, is excited about the potential the space has for special events, like weddings and private celebrations. The room is very flexible, and can be seated when the restaurant is busy, or closed off for the private dining experience.

“I love everything, the colors, the new chandeliers, and the private room that opens up,” she shares.

For reservations, call the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek at (970) 949-1234.

Carolyn Pope has covered community service events in the Vail Valley for the past eight years. She can be reached at 390-9913.

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