Winter Warm-ups from The Abbey

February 12, 2008 3:27:50 PM PST
Enjoying hearty meals is one way to keep warm during these frigid winter days. And who would know more about preparing winter warm-ups than a chef from Wisconsin? Scott Powers, executive chef at the Abbey Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva shares some of his favorite winter recipes: braised short ribs, snow crab bisque and winter salad with a Mediterranean flair.

In addition, Chef Scott and his culinary team in Fontana, will hosting a series of special dinners to get guests in the mood for spring. The Great Chefs at the Lake series will provide guests with the opportunity to meet four renowned Chicago chefs and enjoy menus created by them. Chefs Bill Kim (Le Lan), Mark Mendez (Carnivale), Dudley Nieto (Zocolo) and Andy Webber (Carlucci Restaurant) will be featured on four different weekends this spring.

Each weekend will begin with a welcoming cocktail reception in The Abbey's Harbor Ballroom on Friday evening. Guests are encouraged to mingle with the featured Great Chef to kick-off to the weekend. On Saturday morning, the guest chef will share some of his secrets as he hosts an hour-long cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. in The Abbey's Porto Restaurant. A Saturday afternoon wine tasting follows, beginning at 3 p.m., and will offer selected wines that complement the foods of the Abbey restaurants. This tasting concludes at 4 p.m. and the featured four-course dinner will begin shortly after at 6:30 p.m.

The dinner menu will be created by the featured Great Chef, prepared by the Abbey Resort's culinary team, led by Executive Chef Powers, and presented at a private dinner for the participating guests in Porto. The four-course meal will be paired with wines selected to partner the cuisine. The Great Chef of the weekend will be available throughout the dinner to answer any questions about the meal he created.

Great Chef Weekend Packages at The Abbey Resort and Fontana Spa include the Friday night cocktail reception and Saturday's cooking demonstration, wine tasting, chef-hosted four-course dinner. The cost for the exclusive weekend is $199 per person, plus tax and resort fees and based on a double occupancy. For reservations and information about The Abbey Resort, please call 1-800-772-1000 or visit Babysitting services are also available for guests of The Abbey Resort.

The Great Chef Weekend schedule is as follows:
March 7 ? 9: Andy Webber of Carlucci Restaurant
March 14 ? 16:? Dudley Nieto of Zocolo
March 28 ? 30:? Mark Mendez of Carnivale
April 4 ? 6: Bill Kim of Le Lan