Chef and owner Dave Hafer graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in 1992, concentrating in food and beverage management. He arrived in Telluride later that year, working various positions ranging from prep cook to head chef in three different restaurants. Leaving Telluride in 1995, he thought he would be gone for the winter. Six years later, he found his way back to the San Juan Mountains full of culinary experience from throughout the Western Hemisphere.
During his time away from Telluride, Dave managed restaurants in Hawaii, San Francisco, the Cayman Islands and Boston. Having absorbed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of food, Dave returned with the inspiration to start his own business and Mountain Top Catering was born.
Mountain Top Catering treats every client independently and works diligently to service individual needs and expectations. Our team includes professional chefs and servers. We can handle events of all sizes from intimate personal chef dinners to weddings of five-hundred people. During Telluride's off-seasons, which typically run from mid April to Memorial day and from mid October to Thanksgiving, Dave will travel anywhere in the world to cook for you.