After a successful career at private clubs as an Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director, Carolyn and I went to the JH Ranch in Etna, California, then the Kennecott Glacier Lodge in Alaska and the Monhegan Island Inn ten miles off the coast of Maine. We returned to Alaska to serve guests from around the world at a corporately owned fishing lodge. Then we had the privilege of serving sportsmen for many years at upland hunting lodges and corporate retreats including four years at Pheasant Crest Lodge in Kimball, South Dakota and four years at Deer Creek Lodge in Sebree, Kentucky. Deer Creek was a recipient of the coveted Orvis Wing Shooting Lodge of the Year Award. One year before purchasing River Spring Lodge, Carolyn and I served the hunters at the Timbers at Chama in New Mexico which is an amazing elk lodge in the Rocky Mountains.
Now Carolyn and I are taking our years of sporting lodge experience to offer the best fishing and game adventures in Western New York. We have opened the Sportsmen Wing at River Spring Lodge which is a completely private space for hunters and fishermen. We are partnering with Vince Tobia of Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters for steelhead fishing trips, Josh Ballard of Double J Outfitters for Whitetail and Turkey Hunts and Jamie Mitman of Ringneck Hunting Preserve for Wing Shooting Packages. These are the best field and stream outfitters in all of Western New York. Coupled with our warm hospitality and highly regarded culinary skills we are providing exceptional hunting and fishing experiences at a first class lodge. The Sportsmen Wing has four bedrooms, two full and two half baths, a living room with a 55” inch flat screen, a dining room and a mud room. Our hunts and fishing packages are all-inclusive with hearty meals, beer and soft drinks. Crated hunting dogs are welcome in the Sportsmen Wing. Upgraded Luxury Wing packages are also available. In the off season the Sportsmen Wing is available as a family vacation rental. Call for more information. 585.708.4212
“Chef Dave and Carolyn, Curtis and I want to thank your for the exceptional food and service you provided at our annual wing shooting hunts. We wish you great success in your new endeavor in New York.” Bill Rogers former British Open Golf Champion and Curtis Strange PGA Hall of Famer
“I have been fishing in King Salmon for twenty years and met a few good chefs but your food is the best. I hope life’s journey will allow our paths to intersect again.” Dan Rather Legendary News Anchor
“Chef Dave, thank you for your excellent food and the special attention of Carolyn. The oysters Rockefeller were the best I have ever tasted. I hope you both enjoy the wine.” Laura Ingraham, radio talk show host and Fox News contributor