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The Menu at Xanterra’s Lake Yellowstone Hotel Stresses
Sustainable Fshing, Farming and Ranching Practices
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, June 9, 2009 – The menus in the Lake Yellowstone Hotel dining room this year will focus on local, seasonal and sustainable food with a pronounced upscale presentation.
A sampling of this year’s dinner menus includes entrees such as cumin-crusted
wild Alaska salmon with stewed organic lentils and sautéed spinach;
steamed fresh wild Alaska halibut with baby bok choy, sesame ginger cilantro
broth and snow pea-carrot julienne; Wolf Ridge lamb medallions with pinon
sage pesto, couscous and broccolini; and a wide range of dishes to suit
the varied tastes of the traveling public.
While diners will enjoy the upscale menu in the Lake Yellowstone Hotel restaurant, they will also be assured that when possible, the ingredients are purchased from sources that support sustainable fishing, farming and ranching. For example, new this year is the relationship with Montana Fish Company which is providing several fresh seafood items for the Lake Hotel menu as well as special items at other dining facilities around the park. All seafood purchased from Montana Fish Company is approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program as a best choice or good alternative for sustainability.
“Every year we increase our sustainable offerings with the goal of 50 percent of our total menu by the year 2015,” said Jim Chapman, executive chef for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone. “Adding fresh sustainable fish and other items such as switching from imported cheese to domestic artisan cheese not only increases our sustainability, but our quality too.”
Xanterra’s efforts to purchase from sustainable fishing, farming and ranching operations are supported by the Western Sustainability Exchange, the Marine Stewardship Council and the Animal Welfare Institute. Sourcing several of these items helps to support more than 350 family farmers and ranchers in nine states.
Specific practices include:
Lake Yellowstone Hotel is the park’s oldest hotel. It was built as a simple hotel in 1891, but famed architect Robert Reamer transformed it over the course of several years to an elegant structure with majestic columns, gables and moldings. The hotel sits on the shore of Yellowstone Lake and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to hotel rooms, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel operation offers recently renovated Frontier cabins.
Xanterra operates lodging, restaurants, gift shops and activities in Yellowstone National Park. General reservations for accommodations, tours and activities can be made by calling (1) 307-344-7311 or toll-free 866-GEYSERLAND (1-866-439-7375) or online at www.travelyellowstone.com.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. and Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.) operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country's largest park concessioner. Xanterra operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.; and eight Ohio State Parks. Its affiliate Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. operates concessions at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Xanterra also operates the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.
Long committed to the preservation and protection of the environment, Ecologix, Xanterra Parks & Resorts' environmental program, includes a variety of proactive environmental stewardship programs in each location. Xanterra has been repeatedly recognized for its environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors, including major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Travel Industry Association, Colorado Department of Public Health, State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
|Also See:||Jim Chapman Appointed Executive Chef of Food Operations in Yellowstone National Park / June 2004|
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