Tesoro’s Annual 1840s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market

Step back in time with Tesoro Cultural Center’s 1840s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market. Each year, Tesoro Cultural Center commemorates Far Western Mountaineers and the Fur Trade, including trappers, traders, American Indians, Hispanics, teamsters and military of the Bent’s Old Fort era (1833-1849). Bent’s Fort, of which The Fort Restaurant is an exact replica, was an important fur trading fort that operated along the Santa Fe Trail in the early 19th century.

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Fort Recipe: Jalapeños Escabeche Stuffed with Peanut Butter

When Sam’l P. Arnold, founder of The Fort Restaurant, first heard of peanut butter-stuffed jalapeños, he thought the combination sounded “stranger than a five-legged buffalo.”

Lucy Delgado, a traditional New Mexican cook and the recipe’s originator, convinced her friend Sam’l to try it, recommending he pop the entire pepper in his mouth for the perfect jalapeño-to-peanut butter ratio.

Despite his initial doubts, Sam’l fell in love with Lucy’s recipe and quickly added it to The Fort’s menu. Years later, he’d … Read the entire post >

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Tesoro’s 19th Annual Indian Market & Powwow

As Colorado welcomes back warm weather and longer days, Tesoro Cultural Center prepares to again welcome its beloved Indian Market & Powwow this summer. The 19th annual celebration will take place on the grounds of The Fort Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with FREE on-site parking. The family-friendly event includes music and dance performances, as well as live hawk, eagle and raptor demonstrations from HawkQuest. Admission is just $10 per … Read the entire post >

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Fort Recipe: Indian Horno Bread

The puffy, golden rounds of bread known as Indian horno bread were traditionally prepared in a horno oven, a beehive-shaped adobe structure first introduced to the Southwest by the Spanish.

In a horno oven, wood is lighted and left to cook until the oven reaches a high temperature – almost three hours later! From there, the baker rakes the coals, seals the oven’s door and smoke hole and places the dough inside the oven to bake. The horno bread is … Read the entire post >

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Fort Recipe: Taos Indian-Style Trout

This authentic recipe for minted trout was given to Sam’l P. Arnold, founder of The Fort Restaurant, by his friend Mary Schlosser, a Taos Indian who ran Carl’s Trading Post in Taos, New Mexico for many years. At first, Sam’l was a bit skeptical about the flavor combination, but ultimately loved the delicious herbal taste the bacon and mint leaves provided once combined.

Follow the recipe below to try this unique dish at home:

  • 1 (12- to 16-oz.) boneless, butterflied
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Fort Recipe: Heirloom Three Sacred Sisters Salad

Ancient American Indians sustainably sourced and cultivated three of their most important crops: corn, beans and squash. They called these foods the “three sacred sisters” because the plants protected and nurtured one another as they grew. The corn was planted in a mound of earth, the beans were planted in a circular pattern around the corn stalks and the squash seeds circled the beans. As the sacred sisters grew, the beans climbed up the cornstalks and the squash leaves shaded … Read the entire post >

Enjoy Shinin’ Times with Private Tipi Dining

Are you looking for a unique dining option for your next group outing or special occasion? We’re excited to introduce a new private dining option in our courtyard’s tipi for guests seeking a dining experience reminiscent of the Old West. The Fort’s full menu is available for guests to enjoy, and our events manager will also work with you to curate a custom menu for your outing.

Tipis were originally made from animal skins wrapped around wooden poles and were … Read the entire post >

The Fort’s Recipe for Authentic Adobe Clay

The Fort Restaurant began as a dream home for Elizabeth “Bay” Arnold – the mother of current proprietress Holly Arnold Kinney – in 1961. While reading a book about Bent’s Old Fort, Bay was inspired to build her own adobe castle in Morrison, Colorado so Holly and her brother, Keith, could grow up in the country with fresh mountain air, horseback riding and fishing.

The Arnolds hired William Lumpkins, a top architect in adobe construction from Santa Fe, as well … Read the entire post >

Summertime at The Fort

‘Tis the season for outdoor concerts, historic cocktails al fresco and hiking through Colorado’s mountains; a few of our favorite things! Celebrate the sunniest season of the year with The Fort’s seasonal menus, firepits on our patio, refreshing cocktails and more.

Fourth of July

Each year, we celebrate the Fourth of July with a seasonal menu and the firing of our historic cannon several times throughout the evening. Join us for drinks and dessert on our patio, which features a … Read the entire post >

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Harvey Pratt and the Family Legacy

Harvey Pratt, an American forensic artist best known for contributing to many high-profile criminal cases including the World Trade Center bombings of 1993, is also a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning American Indian artist and member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.

(Photo: The Oklahoman)

Pratt currently works for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as a forensic specialist and is famous for developing the soft tissue post mortem drawing method, which repairs trauma to the victim through digital alterations or applying paint … Read the entire post >

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