Come meet the musician Steve Poltz before his concert at this special Tour de Forks held in partnership with the Center for the Arts and the Crested Butte Music Festival. Enjoy drinks and appetizers before the show at Bob Valentine and Steve Bolton’s private home in Mt. Crested Butte with appetizers by Executive Chef of The Club at Crested Butte, Chris Schlaudecker. You’ll have plenty of time to head down to the Center for the Arts at 8:00 p.m. for the live show with Steve Poltz presented by the Crested Butte Music Festival. This Tour de Forks includes the opportunity to meet Steve Poltz before the show, tickets to the concert at the Center, as well as the food and beverages you’ll enjoy beforehand.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Steve Poltz is an unhinged genius, his concerts rife with comedic political satire and personal stories that can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting, working without a set list for the freedom to instantly react to the mood of a room. The Canadian-American musician famously co-wrote “You Were Meant for Me” with Jewel and is a founding member of indie-rock group the Rugburns. In his folksy sound he's interested in it all - the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. With nine albums under his belt, as well as the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild - The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, Steve was named “San Diego’s Most Influential Artist of the Decade.”
The home where you’ll get to meet Steve is refined yet comfortable, seemingly teetering on the edge of Washington Gulch from high on the hillside beneath Crested Butte Mountain. From the multiple balconies larger than life visions of Whetstone and Axtel fill the viewshed as the open pastures of the old Rozman Ranch spread out below. Bright, bold Leonetto Cappiello posters from the 1920’s and light-filled original paintings from local artist Nicholas Reti grace the walls and entertain the eye. Tucked into the aspens, the home exudes the aura of isolation while remaining close – a perfect setting for jetting off to the concert afterward.
The allure of the artistry and techniques of cooking drew Chef Chris Schlaudecker into the professional culinary world. His formal training at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York is fortified with over 30 years of experience of bringing refined food to the table from a variety of regions. Classical French as Executive Chef at Poppies Bistro Cafe in Aspen. Southeastern influences from serving as Chef de Cuisine at Toucan Cafe in Savannah, Georgia. Chef de Cuisine at Cuvee World Bistro and Dogwood Grille in Basalt for a touch of alpine flair. His favorite ingredients are influenced by the seasons – such as fresh corn relishes in the summer and garden snipped herbs of chive, chervil, thyme, and tarragon. He brought this expertise into his position as Chef de Cuisine at Uley’s Cabin, before turning to serve with The Club at Crested Butte as Executive Chef of all culinary their outlets.
Thursday, August 2
Destination: Mt. Crested Butte & Center for the Arts
Arrival Time: 5:00 p.m.
Tour Guides: Bob Valentine & Steve Bolton
Chef: Executive Chef Chris Schlaudecker, The Club at Crested Butte (Crested Butte, CO)