In this week's Indy
, I said that the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
offers a delicious alternative to common captive-audience grub
It's something I've actually said before, like earlier this year when I attended a Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Culinary Federation holiday party
inside the zoo's Lodge at Moose Lake, hosted by chef Nate Dirnberger
. And something I can say once again, after observing Dirnberger and the Taste of the Wild Catering
staff last night at an intimate, private function recognizing a key donor to the zoo.
After our article hit print this week, Dirnberger invited me to hang out with the kitchen crew and document his special 10-course meal — to see the finer dining side he and his crew are quite capable of, which surpasses the gourmet goodies at The Overlook and rivals pricey establishments across the city, easily.
Here's a look at the atmosphere and courses. We'll let the food pics and plate descriptions do the talking: