BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE FOUR SEASONS KITCHENS

Dear friends,

You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing as much posting as I normally do. Well, that’s because I’ve been busy traveling and planning for more travels, and hosting a visit from my dear old dad for the past week up here in Lake Arrowhead. I was also experiencing some annoying malfunctions with my website. But now that I’m back on track I wanted to take you back to Denver, Colorado. You may have read that I recently spent a Wonderful Wedding Weekend in the mile high city. As the BFF of the Mother of the Bride I got to enjoy some of the special bridal activities which included a visit behind the scenes at the Four Seasons kitchens. You see, the Grandmother of the bride, my friend Barbara, hosted a brunch for all of the girls in the wedding party. We had a lovely private dining room in the Four Season’s EDGE Steakhouse.

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Barbara’s Granddaughter Izzy, and my Granddaughter Elle were the flower girls in the wedding. So, Barbara decided it should be the Grandmothers who accompanied their Granddaughters to the brunch, and that meant I was invited too!

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Elle got to sit at the head of the table with the bride…

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and Izzy sat at the other end of the table with her Grandmother and the Maid of Honor. The girls were made to feel very special and grown up. Since both are only 2 1/2 years old it is likely that they will not remember this day. But I hope they will look back at these photos one day and be reminded of the important events that they played a special role in.

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So, after enjoying a delicious brunch…

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and fantastic mimosas made with frozen balls of guava puree…

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and absolutely stellar service, the restaurant manager came to our table and asked if the Junior Bridesmaids and the Flower Girls would like to take a tour behind the scenes at the Four Seasons kitchens.

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So while the bridesmaids enjoyed these wonderful desserts, the little girls (and the Grandmothers) got to go backstage (so to speak).

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Since I love to cook, I found it rather exciting and fascinating to see inside the commercial kitchen where few Four Seasons guests venture. There was this cart filled with special confections that I assumed were waiting to be delivered to VIP guests.

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They also had some artfully created fruit platters ready for suite delivery as well.

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We were guided into a room where we were greeted by Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Schmitt.

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Two of his assistants were hard at work on a beautiful and unusual wedding cake. It was not our bride’s cake but was for a wedding taking place the following day at the hotel. What a work of art!

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This pastry chef was painstakingly painting a beautiful gold design onto what would become the top layer of the cake. He was copying a design (see the papers to his right) of something presumably significant to the bride or the theme of the wedding. Seeing this I realized what an artform pastry can be, and what a talented guy he was.

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Executive Pastry Chef Ryan gave each girl a bowl of ice cream. They then got to add their own sprinkles…

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and their choice of a variety of sauces. The girls were in food paradise! It was like being in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!

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Chef Ryan provided the final touch, a dollop of freshly whipped cream.

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I can’t say enough about how delightful everyone was at the Four Seasons. They’ve got hospitality down to a science and I was very impressed from start to finish.  And by the way, this was not a sponsored post.

So there you have it: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE FOUR SEASONS KITCHENS

Stay tuned and in an upcoming post I’ll show you Anna & Carson’s absolutely stunning wedding that took place the following day at Spruce Mountain Ranch.

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Above Image Via Rachel Haval Photography

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Comments

  • Maureen Stratton

    This looks like a beautiful and fun wedding brunch….and the food presentation, exquisite!

  • Yes, it was really a special experience from start to finish!