June 25, 2017

 

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History

Under new ownership and management since July of 2007, Chimney Park Restaurant & Bar continues to  create the most memorable dining experiences in Northern Colorado.  Now headed up by owner and chef, Jason Shaeffer, Chimney Park merges the refined elements of fine dining with a feeling of accessibility and simplicity.  The staff, cuisine, wine and service are the benchmarks in this foundation for creating hospitable and memorable experiences.  Chef Shaeffer’s vision is to create a dining destination in the Windsor community and Northern Colorado.

Chimney Park, the building itself, is a historic piece of downtown Windsor, originally built in the late 1800’s.  Established as Chimney Park Bistro in 2004, the restaurant’s decor and character exudes a welcoming warmth with exposed brick, wood floors, gentle toned colors, historic pictures and artwork.

Chimney Park’s staff prides themselves on relationships with local producers and the ability to provide delicious dishes using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients while giving friendly service and a high quality dining experience.

Shaeffer is a Virginia native and graduate of Johnson and Wales University in 1992.  Chef Shaeffer trained under 4 different recipients of Food and Wine Top American Chefs, Trey Foshee, George’s at the Cove, La Jolla CA, Terrance Brennan, Picholine and Artisanal, NYC, Thomas Keller and Jonathan Benno, Per Se, NYC.

Shaeffer was an opening sous chef for Thomas Keller’s Per Se in 2004 and remained with the restaurant until 2005.  Chef Shaeffer then traveled to San Diego and opened the splashy 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado, a joint project with restaurant consultant Clark Wolf and KSL Resorts.  Jason received local and national accolades from San Diego Magazine, Bon Appetit “Gnudi, Dish of the Year 2006” and The Wall Street Journal.

Chef Shaeffer resides in Fort Collins, is active in the community and has donated his services for fundraisers such as Operation Frontline Colorado, Partners Mentoring Youth and Sexually Assaulted Victims Advocacy Center (SAVA).  Shaeffer is a member of NoCo Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation.