With the official grand opening of The Lakehouse at Deer Creek, this re-imagined dining establishment offers an incredibly unique culinary experience with stunning lake and mountain views. The ambiance of the shores of Deer Creek pairs beautifully with the fresh and locally-sourced cuisine from nationally celebrated Chef Tamara Stanger. Whether looking for an upscale lunch spot on the lake or in search of a more refined dinner destination, The Lakehouse at Deer Creek serves up beautifully plated dishes, attentive and friendly service, and a lakefront setting that is unrivaled in the Wasatch Back. Advance reservations are required for lunch or dinner during the summer lake season.
Tamara Stanger is Chef of The Lakehouse at Deer Creek. She has spent her life working in restaurants with a deep passion for wild foods and local ingredients. Chef Tamara has worked closely with the James Beard Foundation, competed on Food Network’s “Chopped”, and has been named “Best Visionary” and “Women Who Move the Valley” by local publications. Her restaurants have been in the list of top restaurants in Phoenix for the past several years. Tamara’s menu has always centered around history and culture with a strong influence of small farms and indigenous ingredients.
Tamara was born and raised in Utah, living mostly in rural areas without public services, but plenty of wilderness to explore. Collecting and cooking food was a way of life. Her mother owned a restaurant, so Tamara was introduced to the industry at an early age. Tamara moved to Arizona in the early 2000’s and worked at many restaurants across the valley, three of which she opened. Tamara is now returning to Utah to rediscover her roots and help build a legacy at The Lakehouse combining her knowledge with foraged ingredients, as well as the history of the pioneers and the native people who first lived along the Wasatch Front.