2. Elk Tongue Tartlets
Kessler Canyon DeBeque, Colorado
What’s it like: Elk tongue tartlets are made with figs, blackberry brandy, and walnuts. Elk is a thick red meat, which tends to be tender, but especially so if it’s grass-fed and played “Careless Whisper” on a loop.
What else you should know: Elk meat is so tender and full of flavor that most recipes suggest you avoid marinating it all together. It’s also lower in cholesterol than chicken, beef, lamb or pork -- even bison. Also, Kessler Canyon is a hunting ranch, so you can meet your meat at gunpoint, if you're so inclined; they also have a billiards table.