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International Dinner Club begins in December

White Pine Welcomes Chefs Amber & Dakota

Memories of the joy of growing up in Sublette County held a big pull for Dakota Schell as he began looking for a new position. When his family forwarded him details of the Chef's position at White Pine, he felt it was a perfect fit. A keen snowboarder as well as an opportunity to showcase his talents to the local community, provided Dakota with the right ingredients for his next career move.

Dakota's passion for cooking was ignited in his childhood watching episodes of Emeril Lagasse on television. He spent many summers staying with grandparents Bill and Sharon Schell in their log cabin on the New Fork River and delighted in preparing meals with his grandmother, as young Emeril, cooking over a wood stove.

He chose Culinary every year though Big Piney High School working under his wonderful teacher and mentor, Mary Hardin. As a teenager, Dakota assisted his Dad, Preston as a general contractor for Moose Valley Construction and graduated from Big Piney High School in 2014.

He had his first experience in the kitchen when he worked as a Sous Chef for The Bench Grill at the Marbleton Inn. From there he became a student at Sheridan Community College, made the Dean's list and was awarded with an Associate's degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts.

Following a summer at Jackson's Goosewing Ranch, Dakota moved to Bambara restaurant in the Monaco Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bambara is rated in the top 10 of 1,250 restaurants in the Salt Lake Valley. During his time there, Dakota was employed as a Roundsman and trained on all food stations, helped with banquets and assisted the restaurant's Executive Chef.
It was at Bambara's that Dakota met Amber Benson while working alongside one another on the food line. Formerly the head baker at Kneaders Bakery, she made mixes, forms and doughs from scratch following corporate recipes and specifications. Her education at Salt Lake Community College in Culinary Arts provided training as a Chef and included classes on correct safety and sanitation procedures.

The couple bring a wealth of knowledge to White Pine Resort on baking, pastry, breakfast, lunch and dinner service items and are keen to provide the local community with some interesting treats.

Amber is interested in leading cooking classes and both Dakota and Amber will be available for private at-home catering, booked through White Pine.

Their objective is to provide an innovative way of presenting locally sourced, seasonal, fresh food with fun additions to the plate to heighten overall enjoyment. They are looking forward to developing menus for White Pine's International Dinner Club series, Christmas parties and weddings as well as introducing a breakfast menu and an après ski bar menu this winter.

Amber and Dakota's first International Dinner menu using a New Age American food theme is featured above.  White Pine is accepting reservations at 307-367-6606. Advance reservations are required.
Reservation for the December International Dinner
WHEN ... is opening day?? It's the question we keep hearing!! Fabulous news is that we currently have 10" at the top of the mountain and 5" in the parking lot.  We need another good storm to double the snow depth before it is safe to open.  However we are hoping to turn BLACK Friday into WHITE Friday!! Follow White Pine on social media (by clicking on any of the links below), or the Chamber newsletter for the latest updates.
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phone: (307) 367-6606
Lander Chamber of Commerce