b'Tavern 23 DuoAbove and Beyond Magazine catches up with Tavern 23sShamus Butler and Jennie MeadHow did you get involved in Tavern 23?After joining the Windham Mountain Culinary team in the spring of 2019 as Banquet chefs for the events held atWindham Country Club we were asked to rebrand Rockin Mexicana with a new concept.What was the inspiration behind the Tavern 23 menu?Our vision was to find a balanced menu that did not reflect or imitate dishes that were commonly available at other mountaintop establishments. The initial direction we were given in this project was to embrace comfort foods;additionally, we wanted to offer a few fine dining choicesas well as creative daily specials. Do each of you have a favorite item on the menu?Shamus - Meatloaf & Daily SpecialJennie - Salmon with red Thai curry sauceHow did you meet?We met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend in 2011A warm fire and a wide selection of New York-sourcedover dinner and cocktails in Windham. First kiss in alibations and craft beer pair with inventive twists onthunderstorm accompanied by high winds and pouringclassic comfort food. Tavern 23 adjoins the Winwoodrain made for an unforgettable first date.Inn lobby. How did you become involved in the culinary profession?Shamus culinary career began in Manhasset Long Island in 1976 at a French creperie concept restaurant calledThe Magic Pan.In 1983 he attended the Culinary Institute of America. Stops along the way include working inThe Lunch Box Manhattan, a 4-star hotel on Long Island as well as different venues in the Hudson Valley region with an 18-year run as Veggie Wrap - $12No need for a double-take!Your eyes wont deceive youexecutive chef at the Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville.Grilled spinach wrap, basil aioli, grilled portobello, roasted red pepper, cucumber, lettuce with aged swiss cheese Jennie, having a background from BOCES culinary program, when you see the new Lunch Box food truck located adjacent to the back patio. The new outlet opens up Sausage Hero - $11 started working around the mountain top resorts and additional outdoor seating this winter, and combined Mild Italian sausage link seared in a hoagie rollkitchens in her teens, baked pies for different establishments with caramelized onions and red bell pepperswith the Umbrella Bar and BBQ, you can fuel up, enjoyand ran her own deli for many years in Hunter. the sunshine and stay outdoors at the same time!Cheese Steak Hero - $11 Whats one thing our readers would be surprised to learn Thinly sliced ANGUS steak, caramelized peppers and onions on a hoagie roll with melted provolone about you?Hot Dog - $5 When we met we each had a dog named Riley! If youre tubing at the DROP ZONE What do you hope guests will take away from their visitFoot long Sabrett brand hot dog with your choice of sauerkraut or beef chili and cheese Adventure Park, to Tavern 23?Insider Tip!youre bound toLeftovers LOL!We feel that most people who join us at the Check out thework up quite Tavern will feel that they have received excellent food and flatbread of the dayan appetite andservice in an inviting atmosphere.special! Drop Zone Pizza has you covered! PIZZA Anything else youd like to share?Over the course of the winter we received so many nice compliments from guests who dined with us about their meals and the service. Running arestaurantand theWaffle Cabin hospitality industry in general can be a pretty brutalWhats that delicious smell near the base of C lift? business, but when you get the positive feedback it makes Could it be the sugary goodness of a Waffle Cabin delight?it all worthwhile.The comradery of the staff both in front of If you havent experienced a signature waffle, be preparedhouse and the kitchen was inspiringtheir dedication to the for your mind to be blown! success of Tavern 23 was awesome.windhammountain.com800-754-9463 19'