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PLUMPJACK CAFE & BAR, SQUAW VALLEY

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Chef Bio
Ben "Wyatt" Dufresne

Executive Chef, PlumpJack Cafe

Ben "Wyatt" Dufresne began his career in the culinary arts as a teenager working at a fish market in his hometown of Scotia, New York. It was there that he first took note of the importance of local, fresh ingredients in cooking. Discovering his fascination in the natural sciences, he graduated from Bates College in Maine with a double degree in biology and environmental studies. After interning with an organic vegetable farm, Ben spent a year developing his cooking skills in restaurants in Colorado and Vermont.

Admittedly following his love of skiing through each of these states, Dufresne found his niche when he moved to Lake Tahoe in 2002 and began his culinary career at PlumpJack Cafe under then-Executive Chefs Jeffery Powell and Larry Dunning. Chef Powell was known to use nicknames for each of the members of his kitchen staff. When Powell met Ben Dufresne, he took note of his Wyatt Earp-like mustache and immediately gave him the nickname “Wyatt.” The name stuck and Ben quickly became known as “Wyatt” all over Lake Tahoe.

Dufresne expanded his culinary palate while serving as a chef in a number of well-known Lake Tahoe destinations, including West Shore Cafe and LuLou's Restaurant. In 2010 he came full circle as the new Executive Chef at PlumpJack Cafe. Dufresne’s cuisine draws off his love for sustainable, organic, and seasonal ingredients as well as his educational background in science. His knowledge of how things grow, the anatomy of animals and fish, and the environmental impact of sourcing sustainable products has great influence on his menu selections. His love for science and nature helps balance his cooking techniques between cutting edge styles to classic favorites with keen attention to local organic produce.

PlumpJack Cafe & Bar, Squaw Valley
1920 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
530-583-1578

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Website

http://www.plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com/dine/featured-seasonal-dinners

Neighborhood

Squaw Valley

Cuisine

American

Serving

Dinner
Lunch

Take Out

Yes

Catering

No

Online Ordering

No

Ambience

Casual Elegant

Dress

Casual Dress

Reservations

Suggested
Walk-Ins Welcome

Parking

Private Lot

Payment Methods

American Express
Discover
Visa

Features

Banquet / Private Rooms
Bar / Lounge
Bar Dining
Bar Menu
Beer
Fireplace
Full Bar
Meeting Rooms
Non-Smoking
Organic
Personal Wines Welcome (Corkage Fee)
Private Parties
Wine
Wine Bars

Hours


Bar & Lounge
Lunch - Bar Menu
Daily
11:30am - 10pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thusday
6pm - 9pm

Friday - Saturday
6pm - 9pm

Closed
Monday - Wednesday

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