Cosmopolitan goes the extra mile for their employee’s stability, health, and well-being

As residents of San Miguel County continue to fight to find housing, Chad Scothorn, Executive Chef and Owner of Cosmopolitan Restaurant in Telluride is working hard to help by offering housing units to his staff as a way to attract and retain talented people. Additionally, he is offering free health benefits to all full and part-time employees. That’s a first in Telluride!

“We care about our staff. Developing the right culture is essential to achieving a sustainable and competitive advantage. We can attract and maintain a diverse workforce with the highest-caliber skills if we take care of them. It’s that simple.”

Free Health Benefits

Cosmo employees that reach their six-month status are eligible for membership in Doctor Heather Linder’s Direct Primary Care Clinic, Telluride Whole Health. Cosmo employees will have unlimited doctor visits free of charge as well as discounted labs, medications, and supplements at wholesale prices. Read more here

Not Just a Ski Town…

In Telluride, you’ll find countless hiking and biking trails, top-notch kayaking and paddle-boarding—and chef-driven fine dining.

Telluride is a town with a reputation: a winter wonderland swathed in snow, scribbled with ski tracks and lit by fireplaces in cozy lodges. That image isn’t wrong—just incomplete. Telluride is also one of the best off-season destinations the West has to offer, with countless hiking and biking trails, top-notch kayaking and paddleboarding on the Alta Lakes, chef-driven destination restaurants and the most beautiful newly renovated resort in Colorado.

Nestled at 10,540 feet, that resort is Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection, where guest experiences include off-roading, horseback riding through wildflower meadows to a saddlebag brunch, foraging expeditions with the chef and guided fly-fishing trips to private mountain streams. Or stay in to experience amenities such as the Alpine Swim Club, where you can sip a drink in the heated outdoor pool with the majestic San Juan Mountains as your backdrop, and one of Telluride’s newest fine-dining restaurants, Timber Room, which mixes superbly crafted cocktails (with a notable emphasis on whiskey) to pair with elevated rustic dishes such as Rocky Mountain elk tartare, buttermilk fried rabbit and a dry-aged bison tomahawk. The hotel’s décor complements the stunning natural landscape—wood-grained walls, sweater-stitch carpets—with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the sweeping peaks and valleys in the distance.

Beyond the resort, golfers will revel in the mountain views at Telluride Golf Club, one of the world’s highest courses, while the alfresco happy-hour crowd has another reason to flock to beloved institution Cosmopolitan, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year (its spicy tuna roll has become the stuff of local legend) which recently opened an outdoor patio complete with fireplace tables for cool nights.

Book a Labor Day trip and enjoy Telluride’s famous annual Film Festival; stay a few weeks so you don’t miss the Wine Festival, from September 23 through 26. Or perhaps the area’s abundance of outdoor activities and natural wonders such as Bridal Veil Falls, a 365-foot waterfall surrounded by wilderness, has convinced you to make your vacation more permanent? Tom Cruise’s Telluride estate may have just sold for $39.5 million, but, as of this writing, Jerry Seinfeld’s is on the market for less than half that price.

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Hi Cosmo friends.

Just wanted to keep you up to date on stuff I’m doing to help retain the really great people you have come to know and love at Cosmo.

The pandemic has made some things become even more difficult for employees—healthcare and housing…so, here’s what we are doing to help alleviate this dire situation for all our staff so you can keep coming in to dine.

All employees—that means full or part time—will receive membership in a local Direct Primary Care Clinic called Telluride Whole Health. The Direct Primary Care membership allows our staff to go to Doctor Heather Linder at Telluride Whole Health for free.

Onto our other tough situation; housing for staff:

I am currently building employee housing in Norwood. A two-bedroom and a one-bedroom are under construction and a new project is in the works. This after just completing employee housing in the Ski Ranches.

Just thought you’d appreciate knowing this stuff.





A wonderful visit from my mentor, Wolfgang Puck. Cosmopolitan, 2002

KUSA – As America rings in the New Year, TripAdvisor identified the top destinations where travelers are planning to visit in 2015.

4. Telluride, Colo.

This former gold rush town is now known for its picturesque snow covered peaks and year-round recreation. Travelers recommend the scenic Telluride/Mountain Village Gondola, which offers a “distractingly beautiful view” and Cosmopolitan Telluride, which has the “best happy hour in town,” according to a TripAdvisor reviewer.

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Excerpted form 5280 (the Denver Magazine) BY LUC HATLESTAD

To find one of the best meals in Colorado, you’ll need to drive to Telluride—and it’s totally worth it. Just across the street from the gondola sits Cosmopolitan of Telluride, chef-owner Chad Scothorn’s homage to fusion and (whenever possible) locally sourced ingredients. Fusion cuisine often gets a bad rap but the meal we enjoyed was an exciting mash-up of Asian, French, and American dishes.

We began with a snappy and fresh spider roll (sushi roll appetizers are half-price during happy hour) and complemented that with a plate of succulent lobster corn dogs. For one entrée, we chose the subtly seasoned chicken rillettes with a tender lemon risotto, along with garden-fresh snap peas and wild mushrooms. Read more


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