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The Bayou has new executive chef and a new menu

After nearly 30 years as a Glenwood Springs institution, the Bayou has a new menu created by its new executive chef, Cameron C. Stainton. With the help of owner Steven Beham, the Bayou is being reinvented, putting the focus back on the food. The food quality has been increased while maintaining the casual, fun atmosphere. A new wine list and upcoming new look all add to the amazing new menu.

Stainton was born in Boulder and attended Boulder High and Glenwood Springs High schools. He worked on the family ranch outside of Glenwood as a teenager and then attended college at St. Thomas University in St Paul, Minn. After some traveling he became an owner/operator at The Sink, in Boulder in 1992 and opened RedFish New Orleans BrewHouse in 1997. He also trained as an EMT and was a weekly shift volunteer at Carbondale Fire & Rescue.

Stainton then traveled to Paris in order to pursue a life-long interest in food. Studied at Le Cordon Bleu for eight months, completing Le Grand Diplome. Stainton moved from Paris to New York in order to further his food education in the best kitchens in the world. After two years of cooking in New York, he returned to Colorado to be with family and return to the restaurant business that he loves.

The Bayou’s food is modern Southern cuisine, encompassing its Cajun and Creole roots. Whenever possible, the restaurant uses organic items, and food is purchased from the farmers markets in Glenwood as often as possible.

“My goal at the Bayou is to provide an experience for everyone who enters our bubble. From the time they walk through the front door to the time they leave, they are in our care. We are a service industry, and we are here to give them the best service we can, not just food but every bit of their experience. It is my goal to make the Bayou capable of providing that comprehensive service. I want everything to be just that much better than anywhere else,” Stainton said.

Stompers to open Silt studio

The Western Slope Stompers and Dance Academy plan to open a new studio on Silt’s Main Street. They will offer new and returning dance forms, including clogging, jazz, ballet, lyrical and cheer/dance squad. Fitness classes will include Zumba, step aerobics, cardio, yogalates, full body fitness, kick boxing and classes in Taekwondo.

Register online at or call Shonna at 379-0512.

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