Those who have experienced a stay in Colorado’s stunning mountain town of Telluride have come to expect nothing but the best, and that doesn’t stop with the luxury vacation accommodations, incredible year-round outdoor activities and all of the special care that we put into every guest who lodges with us here at Exceptional Stays. Your family or group may also expect some of the finest dining experiences in the world, and that includes easy access to restaurants that showcase incredible chefs who create world-class dishes, personal chefs who are included with several of our best vacation rentals and the best private chef services in the area. Read on to learn more about the private chef service companies that we work with on a regular basis and what they can do to make your Telluride vacation even better. If you plan to stay with us at Exceptional Stays and see something you like please reach out to our concierge and we will be happy to set everything up for you. 

Eating Well in Telluride

Delicious meals are available for everyone regardless of your group type, so you can have a breakfast, brunch or dinner for any number of people every day of your stay, a romantic dinner for two, a gourmet holiday feast for everyone in your party or a huge celebratory meal of your choosing. Whatever you may need in the way of private chef services, we’ll arrange all of the details ahead of time so that your chef and his or her assistants are able to arrive at your rental home with everything needed for your meal preparation and plenty of wait staff to serve the food.

Extra personal touches are available as well, and this includes music for that special romantic dinner where you might just pop the big question, or you can dance to the song that has special meaning for you during an anniversary stay. These are a few of our favorite private chef service companies that we work with on a regular basis, and our guests always enjoy excellent meals. We’re also happy to connect you directly with any of these companies so that you may discuss your meal requirements with the professionals.

Aemono Fine Foods and Catering

Sophia and Mike are the driving force behind this exceptional company, and you can be assured that all of your food-related needs will be met with perfection when you choose private chef services from Aemono Fine Foods and Catering. Every meal of the day is available, and you may choose between fixed-menu options or customized-menu options. Either way, you may expect a wonderful variety of well-prepared dishes.

Popular dinner options include Colorado cuisine for those who want to immerse themselves in the local traditions, or you may like to go with meals that concentrate on barbecue, southwestern, Italian, Asian, Greek or Indian. Our guests have raved over dishes from Aemono Fine Foods and Catering that include curried lamb kebobs, lemon soup with chicken and rice, cheese-stuffed pork tenderloin, spicy garlic shrimp, stuffed grape leaves and coconut-banana ice cream.


This restaurant is one of the top dining gems in Telluride, and owner Chef Chad Scothorn is the reason for its outstanding success. He brought his culinary vision to Telluride in 1996 after 22 years of cooking experience that he learned from restaurants that stretched from Oklahoma to Argentina. This amazing restaurant has received the Award of Excellence from the “Wine Spectatorevery” each year since 1998, and Chef Scothorn’s creative cuisine has impressed food critics from such notable publications as Bon Appetit, Esquire and the New York Times.

Chef Scothorn is best known for his fusion cuisine that features locally sourced ingredients at every opportunity, and private groups may enjoy a special meal in the tasting room, on the enclosed patio or in the main dining area. For a completely private dining experience, the entire restaurant may be reserved for your party only. Popular menu items include Colorado lamb chops, barbecued organic king salmon, five-spice roast duck breast, crispy shrimp and calamari, 100% Japanese Wagyu beef dishes, fresh sushi and raw dishes, house-made ice creams and sorbets and a brilliant selection of sparkling wines and champagnes.

Mountain Top Catering

This company offers delightful food for someone on their own, a couple or any size group, and Mountain Top Catering’s owner Chef Dave Hafer brings a lifetime of cooking experience from top restaurants in San Francisco, Boston, Hawaii and the Cayman Islands. Chef Hafer always arrives at your vacation home with his professional assistant cooks and servers to provide you with a wonderful dining experience, and you may request items that are not on the regular menu as well as take advantage of the excellent food and wine pairing services.

Summer entrees include Chilean sea bass, rosemary Colorado rack of lamb, pan-seared ruby red trout, elk medallions with a garlic rub and lemon and rosemary roasted chicken. During the winter season, popular entrees include rib eye steak, red wine, tomato and oregano braised chicken, beef tenderloin with cream sauce and fettuccine with lobster. Every season also offers amazing hors d’oeuvre trays, soups, fresh salads, side dishes and absolutely decadent desserts that you’ll definitely want to save room for.

Chef Eliza Gavin (221 South Oak)

If you’re a fan of the Bravo network’s popular “Top Chef” show, then you may already know about the cooking talents of Chef Eliza. Her incredible chef skills earned her a spot on Season 10 of this show, and she returned from it with cooking secrets from some of world’s most famous chefs that could only enhance her fine dishes. One of the best ways to enjoy Chef Eliza’s cuisine is to stop into the restaurant, 221 South Oak, while you’re in town, but you can also enjoy the food and learn how to make it yourself during one of her cooking classes. You’ll learn how to make a variety of dishes, and have the opportunity to sample 12 different recipes along with a tasting of as many as nine fine wines. Class size is limited to no more than 12 individuals.

Of course, Chef Eliza is also available to cater an event, luncheonette or gourmet dinner right at your vacation home. Menu items feature many of the excellent dishes found at 221 South Oak, and you may expect such favorites as hors d’oeuvre trays, grilled filet mignon with asparagus, red-wine braised short ribs, shrimp with mango, kale salad with blood oranges, seared salmon with parsnips and excellent desserts that include molten chocolate cake and apple and pear turnovers with a salted caramel ice cream.

Vacation Rentals That Feature Incredible Kitchens

If you’re going to utilize any of these excellent private chef services, then you’ll want a great kitchen for them to work in. These are just a few of our most popular vacation rentals that feature incredible kitchens.

Autumn Overlook

A fully equipped gourmet kitchen comes with this beautiful private home, and it boasts all of the best high-end stainless steel appliances and plenty of counter space for meal prep. Your meal may be enjoyed at a gorgeous wooden table that seats 12 comfortably and offers stunning mountain views. Autumn Overlook is spread out over 12,200 square feet of living space, and it features 10 bedrooms and 9.5 baths with plenty of space for up to 24 guests. Vacation Rental Details >>

Positive Outlook

Everything about this private home’s kitchen is tops, and you’ll enjoy hardwood floors, custom cabinetry, a huge double stove, an extra-large refrigerator and plenty of counter space for your chef to prepare your feast, which you may enjoy in the formal dining room that looks out over gorgeous mountain views and offers seating at the large table for up to 12 individuals. Positive Outlook comes with six bedrooms and 7.5 baths across a full 6,500 square feet of living space, and there’s room for 16 people to stay in complete comfort. Vacation Rental Details >>

Hood Park Manor

This sprawling estate is definitely one of our best rental properties for those looking to utilize private chef services because it comes with a special caterer’s kitchen, which features a commercial-size refrigerator and freezer and a full-size oven and range. There’s also a large gourmet kitchen that boasts many extras and high-end stainless steel appliances from Wolf, SubZero and Viking. You may take your meal in the formal dining room alongside the beautiful gas fireplace, and the lovely dining table comfortably seats 12 guests. Hood Park Manor boasts nine bedrooms and 10.5 baths across nearly 12,000 square feet of living space, and you’ll discover plenty of room for up to 20 of your favorite family members and friends. Vacation Rental Details >>

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