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Business as Usual: Artisan gets creative with local food

Compiled by Jill Beathard

Editor's Note: Business as Usual is a series highlighting local businesses in Snowmass Village. It is published weekly in the Snowmass Sun.

A longtime favorite in Snowmass Village, the Artisan Restaurant at Stonebridge Inn keeps its menu fresh with local ingredients and seasonal flavors. Its bay windows look out onto the snow, making it a beautiful place to enjoy a delicious meal during the holidays.

Snowmass Sun: How did your business start?

The Artisan: The Artisan Restaurant first opened its doors as "Tiffany Green" around 1974. After a healthy run building a local and guest following, the restaurant closed in 1983 and finally reopened as The Artisan soon afterward. Under the guidance of chef David Von Holten, the Artisan featured a creative menu replete with locally sourced cuisine. The tradition continues now under the direction of chef Randall Baldwin, who puts his own unique twist on creative meal ideas. Need proof? Try the new Duck Confit Sloppy Joe.

Snowmass Sun: What services or goods do you sell?

The Artisan: The Artisan is a restaurant and lounge, located in the Stonebridge Inn, in the heart of Snowmass Village. Like the restaurant name implies, our menu features handcrafted, locally sourced cuisine with many items created from seasonally available ingredients. We also feature some perennial favorites that locals and repeat guests expect to find when they return.

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Snowmass Sun: What makes your business unique?

The Artisan: What makes the Artisan unique is the combination of locally sourced ingredients with creative twists on traditional crowd-pleasers. The "7X Local Burger" — with beef sourced from a local ranch — is an example of an entree that has quickly developed a local following. For "comfort food," look no further than the "BLT Mac & Cheese," served with house bacon and roasted tomatoes.

Snowmass Sun: Who is your primary clientele?

The Artisan: Our clientele has developed to be equal parts locals, hotel guests and visitors from other lodges in the area. The Artisan is one of those places that will attract visitors from Aspen to sample the cuisine — thanks in large part to local recommendations.

Snowmass Sun: What is the best thing about running a business in Snowmass?

The Artisan: The fact that we have such a tremendous town to live, work and play in — all right out the front door of our home or office. The locals are relaxed and fun, and the visitors are here to appreciate the beauty and activities we offer. It is next to impossible not to enjoy working in such a positive environment.

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