Cowboy Cooking: Culinary Inspiration from the Wild West

September 27, 2013 in News

Four Seasons Jackson Hole

In the majestic plains and mountains of Wyoming, the cowboy culture is a major influence on the cuisine, with variations on beef and game as well as outdoor grilling and chuckwagon dinners. If you want to experience some truly unique dining, Jackson Hole is the perfect culinary hub for authentic Western fare. Boasting staples such as elk sausage and buffalo, the restaurants at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole offer both upscale as well as a kick-back-and-relax dining experiences. Executive Chef Michael Gorlaski has crafted menus that speak to the natural environment with a farm-to-table approach.

The Handle Bar:

Nestled against a magnificent ski hill (deemed #1 in North America and that doubles as a downhill biking adventure in the summer months), The Handle Bar Restaurant has a cool and lively atmosphere with food to match. The classic Handle Bar moustache pretzel, as well as lobster corndogs with whole grain mustard crème fraiche for dipping, crispy chicken wings and Handle Bar nachos give the impression this place doesn’t take itself too seriously. However, once you taste the food, you’ll immediately realize that Chef Jeffrey Hileman, (in partner with Celebrity chef, Michael Mina) is very serious about flavour.

The Handle Bar Restaurant at Four Seasons Jackson Hole

During the spring, summer and fall months, guests can enjoy the outside patio, where a Sous Chef mans the barbecue and roasts delicious meats, including bison for housemade bison burgers, all sourced locally from the Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Company. There’s something delightful about enjoying a beer or cocktail on a patio while a chef cooks your food over an open flame and the breeze carries mouth-watering aromas.

Four Seasons Jackson Hole - The Handle Bar Restaurant

Main course classics include a local turkey burger, a seafood grill, a local trout dip and even elk chili, to perfectly complement those crisp fall or winter evenings. The steak frites is especially tantalizing, with the flank steak cooked to perfection. The meat for these dishes are also sourced locally.

The Westbank Grill:

Located in the heart of the resort, the property’s signature restaurant The Westbank Grill serves breakfast and dinner, with lunch offered during the winter months. Chef Gorlaski was inspired by the local Snake River to offer a Fisherman’s Breakfast—a fitting way to start the day—with cedar planked Idaho golden trout, poached eggs, farm-fresh green salad and chive crème fraiche. Bacon waffles are also on the menu.


After a long day of skiing, hiking, fly-fishing or exploring, if you want a truly authentic Wyoming dinner, begin with a charcuterie platter to indulge in local delicacies including house made venison sausage, buffalo jerky and local cheeses. For the main course, the decadent meat from the sarsaparilla-braised buffalo short ribs literally falls off the bone and can be accompanied by sharable side dishes including truffle potato puree with fried shallots, roasted farm mushrooms with garlic brandy confit and spicy broccolini with garlic and oregano. Other offerings include sharable ribeye steak as well as melt-in-your-mouth sweet pea ravioli. Armed with his 1,800-degree infrared grill, Chef Gorlaski offers a true mountain steakhouse experience with his cooked-to-perfection meats.–Laura Gosselin

The Westbank Grill - Four Seasons Jackson Hole

*menu changes seasonally.

Learn more about Jackson Hole in Four Seasons Magazine and Have Family, Will Travel.

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