Since 1970, The Left Bank has been a place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors from around the world. We have cultivated relationships in France and California over the past 43 years in order to bring you selections of the rarest wines available, impeccably stored and aged for your drinking pleasure. Since 2006, Jean-Michel and Kimberly Chelain have continued the Left Bank traditions.
Jean-Michel’s mother knew he was destined for the kitchen ever since the day she couldn’t find her pots full of mud, in the barn, with her 8 year old son…”cooking”! Jean-Michel began his apprenticeship at the age of 14 in a small restaurant called Les Trois Biches in the Chartreuse region of the French Alps. In 1996, after working in the Noga Hilton in Cannes and spending three years as the Chef of Chez Le Per Gras in Grenoble, he moved to Carmel, California to be the Executive Chef of the Stonepine Estate Resort, a Relais and Chateau Purple Shield award winner where he met his wife Kimberly. She was managing the Los Laureles Lodge, a sister property to Stonepine when the two fell in love. They bought a 20′ travel trailer to see the country and ended up in Key West, Florida where they eloped on a sailboat in front of 40 strangers and the most beautiful sunset imaginable. In 1998, they moved to Vail and discovered their destiny! Except for a two year intermission as the Executive Chef of the Bleu Jacket Restaurant in Laurence, Kansas, Jean-Michel has been leading The Left Bank kitchen ever since.
With Jean-Michel as your Chef and Kimberly as your hostess and Liz and Luc Meyer continuing as our mentors, it is our pleasure to consistently use only the freshest ingredients of the finest quality and prepare everything from scratch.
We are delighted to serve you and hope you enjoy your evening.
Bon Appetit et