The Taste of Luxury Series

Featuring Chef Ryan Arensdorf

JULY 10, 13 & 14, 2024

Indulge in the ultimate BBQ experience this July as Chef Ryan Arensdorf returns to Deer Valley for the second annual Taste of Luxury Smoked Series. Chef Arensdorf will showcase the distinct flavors of Kansas City style BBQ during this two-day event, complemented by scenic chairlift rides to and from dinner, and the option to extend your evening with the Jason Isbell and the 400Unit concert at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to elevate their own BBQ skills with a personal cooking class and lunch alongside Chef Arensdorf himself.

Collaborating with Deer Valley's esteemed culinary team, Chef Arensdorf will meticulously source the finest local ingredients from Utah, while infusing his signature flavors from Kansas City. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to savor exquisite BBQ this summer in the heart of Deer Valley.
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. After formal culinary training and gaining experience in traditional restaurant settings, Chef Ryan now runs his own restaurant and kitchen, Smoked. 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.
Friends taking scenic chairlift ride at Deer Valley. Friends taking scenic chairlift ride at Deer Valley.

VIP Meet & Greet, Dinner & Concert with Ryan Arensdorf

July 13, 2024 | $150-$200 per guest

The VIP meet and greet reception with Kansas City style BBQ Chef Ryan Arensdorf begins at 4 p.m., followed by a “welcome back to Deer Valley dinner” at 4:30 p.m. for his second annual Taste of Luxury Smoked Series. Diners will take the chairlift up to Silver Lake Lodge to mix and mingle with Arensdorf, Deer Valley's Director of Beverage, and Executive Chef. Enjoy tasting some of the smoked and grilled foods that have made Arensdorf famous. After you've enjoyed the BBQ feast, head to the Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit concert at Snow Park Amphitheater starting at 7 p.m.

Smoked ribs displayed on serving tray Smoked ribs displayed on serving tray

BBQ Cooking Class with Chef Ryan Arensdorf

Learn Kansas City style BBQ secrets from Chef Ryan Arensdorf in this hands-on cooking class. How often do you get the chance to fire up the grill with one of the best BBQ Chefs in the country? Deer Valley’s culinary team will be cooking alongside Chef Arensdorf at Silver Lake Lodge for this one-of-a-kind culinary experience, which includes lunch and a beautiful wine or local beer pairing. Class will be offered on July 10 at 1 p.m. or July 14 at 2 p.m. The cost is $180 per guest.