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Taste of Luxury

Featuring Chef Ryan Arensdorf

JULY 13 - 15, 2023

The next course in Deer Valley’s Taste of Luxury Series will feature barbecue icon Ryan Arensdorf from Kansas City. With a profound love for the open flames and the smoky aromas of barbecuing, guests will indulge in his mastery of slow-smoking, grilling, and wood-fired ovens, as well as his expertise in creating customized rubs, sauces, and marinades. Grab your tickets and join us for three days of intimate culinary experiences with Chef Arensdorf for a taste of the best of barbecue.

Deer Valley's Taste of Luxury® Series focuses on unbelievable food and wine in an unforgettable setting! Events range from exclusive cooking classes with Michelin Star Chefs from around the world, multi-course dinners featuring globally renowned culinary figures, and receptions highlighting industry-leading winemakers.
Ryan Arensdorf is a highly accomplished executive chef with a specialization in barbecue and outdoor activations including grilling, frying, and smoking. With a profound love for the open flames and the smoky aromas of barbecuing, he has become a recognized authority in the realm of outdoor culinary arts over the last two decades.

Chef Ryan has spent countless hours experimenting with various techniques and mastering the art of barbecue, and this dedication fueled his desire to delve deeper into the world of outdoor cooking. His skills in slow-smoking, grilling, and using wood-fired ovens as well as his developments of customized rubs, sauces, and marinades, has solidified him as a leader in the barbecue world. His dedication to sourcing high-quality, locally sourced ingredients further elevated his dishes, enhancing the flavors, and authenticity of his creations.

Chef Ryan also has organized barbecue events, curated specialized menus, and showcased his skills at various food festivals and competitions. His versatility and creativity have allowed him to create memorable dining experiences that celebrate the joys of cooking and dining in the great outdoors.

From an early age, Chef Ryan developed a passion for cooking while spending time with his grandmother in the kitchen. It was in his grandmother’s kitchen where his first meals and memories with food were made. Once he realized that Grandma Gen’s Fried Chicken brought his family together, he knew he needed to be in the culinary world. As a Kansas native, he stays true to his Midwest roots by paying homage to his family traditions and incorporating flavors inspired by his travels.

Passed Appetizers

Smoked Pastrami Bite
Kansas City bourbon stout BBQ sauce

48-hour Pork Belly
apple cider glazed

BBQ Meatballs
red pepper coulis, toasted ricotta salata

Slider Station

BBQ Spiced Pork Belly Sliders
house-mixed mustard, Kanas City apple BBQ sauce

Pulled Pork Sliders
killer coleslaw, bread and butter pickles, bourbon stout BBQ sauce

Main Course

Kansas City Beef Burnt Ends
Polish Sausage Burnt Ends
Live Brisket Carving

Traditional accompaniments

bread and butter pickles
Kansas City bourbon stout BBQ sauce
Kanas City apple BBQ sauce

Kansas City Backyard BBQ

Sliced Beef Brisket
St. Louis Spareribs
BBQ Bone-in Chicken
Live Fire Cedar Planked Salmon
Low Country Oyster Roast

Traditional accompaniments

BBQ baked beans
Chef Ryan’s cheesy corn
Kanas City apple BBQ sauce
Kanas City bourbon stout BBQ sauce


Sliced White Bread

Bread and Butter Pickles

Summer Salad
sweet corn, blackberry, heirloom cherry tomato, hazelnuts, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette

Red Hand Coleslaw
red cabbage, whole grain mustard

Yukon Gold Potato Salad
smoked bacon, celery, onion, dijonnaise

Old Fashioned Corn Bread
whipped honey butter


strawberry rhubarb cobbler
midwest oreo ice cream
Deer Valley creamery ice cream

Select Your Experience

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Meet Chef Arensdorf in an intimate welcome reception where you’ll mingle and taste the dishes that made him famous. Chef Arensdorf will work alongside Deer Valley’s world-renowned culinary team to source the highest quality ingredients from Utah while utilizing ingredients he will personally bring from Kansas City. This event will take place on July 13 at 4 p.m. on the Royal Street Café deck.

Guests have the option to add on tickets for the Old Crow Medicine concert in the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater following dinner at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy their infectious, foot-stomping music blending folk, bluegrass, and modern influences. Known for hits like Wagon Wheel and Sweet Amarillo, they have established themselves as one of the most exciting live acts in the country. Tickets range in price from $150 to $200 per guest.
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Learn barbecue secrets from Chef Arensdorf in these hands-on cooking classes. How often do you get the chance to fire up the grill with one of the biggest barbecue chefs in the country? Deer Valley’s own culinary team joins Chef Arensdorf at the brand-new Deer Valley Creative Academy for this one-of-a-kind culinary experience which includes lunch and a beautiful wine or local beer pairing. Learn how to make Kansas City BBQ Sauce, easy side dishes, and a few show stopping proteins on the grill. These events will take place on July 14 and July 15 at 1 p.m. at the Deer Valley Creative Academy located in the Deer Valley Plaza Building. Tickets cost $180 per guest.

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