About White Bison
White Bison offers an elevated but approachable dining and drinking experience in the center of bustling Vail Village. The menu features comforting Rocky Mountain cooking and a creative craft cocktail menu all within a cozy alpine-inspired space above Vail’s scenic Gore Creek. Join us daily for lunch, après and dinner creekside. White Bison welcomes large groups and can accommodate your event.
Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chef Jake Burkhardt has always had a passion for cooking. Having the opportunity to be a part of an accelerated program that allowed him to study at three different locations throughout the United States, Burkhardt obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at Johnson & Whales University.
After completing school, Burkhardt held many positions at prominent restaurants in California, Las Vegas and most recently Aspen, Colorado when he was the Executive Chef at Aspen Kitchen. There he gained great knowledge of indigenous Rocky Mountain components and inspired seasonal ingredients. In 2016, he moved to Vail Valley and was named Executive Chef of White Bison and Fall Line Kitchen.
When Burkhardt is not in the kitchen, he enjoys playing with his 8 month old puppy, Bear. He takes advantage of Colorado’s great outdoors by camping, mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding in his spare time.