Brazie wants to be best in the business
By: Audrey Jensen - December 8, 2017
As published in the Colorado Springs Business Journal
John Brazie started his career in food service in high school, and hasn’t ever steered away from the industry.
After working as the executive chef at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, a luxury hotel in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston for almost 20 years, Brazie relocated to Colorado Springs in August for his love of the mountains. His wife plans to move here this month.
On Aug. 17, Brazie started as the new executive chef of The Steakhouse at The Club at Flying Horse, one of Colorado Springs’ luxury resorts. In addition to working at The Woodlands Resort and Robard’s Steakhouse, one of the top-rated steakhouse restaurants in The Woodlands, Brazie also became a certified executive chef through the American Culinary Federation this year.
As the new executive chef at Flying Horse, Brazie said he hopes to create a culture and environment that will allow his employees to succeed in the food business.
Brazie spoke with the Business Journal about enhancing lives in Colorado Springs.
How did you get into the food industry?
The neat thing is, it’s all I’ve ever done. Literally. There’s not much else I know how to do. I started working in kitchens at 15 years old — I worked my way up from washing dishes. I was a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America a long time ago. My dad [also] liked to cook. … You’re a kid coming out of high school and your parents are going, ‘You want to go to college?’ I said, ‘Well I’d like to go to cooking school.’ My mom was stunned — thought it was the weirdest thing in the world. But they sent me, and it stuck. … I have been so incredibly fortunate, where I’ve worked, who I’ve worked with, to be able to land in lucky spots. I still love coming to work.
Can you describe your role as executive chef?
I see my job as a chef, [but] any chef’s job, anybody’s job, is so much more than the guy who makes the food. I see my job as putting a smile on your face. I see my job as creating a memory. I see my job as having a dish-washer who couldn’t graduate from high school but is making his way. I see my job as helping somebody put shoes on their kid. I see so much more than going, ‘Yeah I can cook, I can run a business, I can make numbers.’ That’s the easy part of my job. When people come into my establishment, it is my responsibility to enhance their life.
What are your plans as the new executive chef?
I fully expect The Steakhouse at Flying Horse to be considered one of the, or the best restaurant in Colorado Springs. I certainly want that for my own gain and my own personal drive, but I think I want it more because I believe that it deserves to be. I believe it’s a beautiful facility and I think we have a fantastic membership. I probably have 20 employees in there in white coats. At this point in my career, I want them to be able to work at the finest restaurant in Colorado Springs.
What have you noticed about the food industry in Colorado Springs?
Being on the north side of Colorado Springs puts you in a new, common environment. On the north side [we’re lacking] individuality. Some of that has to do with proximity and personal space when you start building suburbs or when you expand — things start getting farther apart, things start getting master-planned and designed and we have shopping centers and strip malls and then we lose the [individuality]. … I look forward to learning more about what the [food] culture is [in Colorado Springs]. I haven’t had a chance to meet or go to any of the other chefs’ restaurants in the city.
How is Flying Horse affected by growth in north Colorado Springs?
I think for Flying Horse itself it’s a win-win-win. It’s a master-planned community. One of the neat things I think of Flying Horse — it’s very similar to where I came from — Woodlands. … There are families, there are kids, there are people struggling to get by, there are people living in mansions. With that mix, a thriving culture, a society that works — it’s not relegated to one group. Diversity is a good thing.
From the desk of Phil Smith, Golf Course Designer
Growing up in the central plains of Kansas can have its advantages.
While Hutchinson, Kansas may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of the ideal place to learn the trade of golf course architecture, it had a huge influence on my career.
I had the greatest job any youngster could have. Working summers on the maintenance crew at Prairie Dunes Country Club gave this curious kid a great chance to experience what many of us know as one of the truly great golf course designs of modern time. I remember hearing a story of Perry Maxwell’s famous quote after first walking the raw site that consisted of majestic sand dunes making up the hallowed grounds of Prairie Dunes. He said, “Today, I found 118 great golf holes, my job is simply to eliminate 100 of them.”
I’ve kept that famous phrase in the back of my mind over the last 35+ years as I’ve traveled the world looking at nearly 100 sites with my mentors Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Never have I been able to find a site that reflects those words as succinctly as I did in 2012.
In my opinion, Flying Horse North sits squarely on such a site. Rarely, do we as golf course architects find a combination of scenic distant mountain views, majestic trees, open prairies, undulating terrain, natural drainage-ways and rock outcroppings. It became paramount in my mind that above all, the land would need to dictate the flow and strategy of each hole.
In 2012 I began visiting the site dozens of times to be certain each hole at Flying Horse North was placed properly. Jeff Smith, Doug Stimple, Fredo Killing and Dan Hawkins have been by my side every step of the way, ensuring each hole’s proper placement in the overall Master Plan. Above all, the vision of Flying Horse North is that each golf hole will appear as though it always existed… all we did was clear a few trees and grass the fairways. Simply put, the purest form of golf should pit player versus nature. No more … no less.
Today, we see the fruits of our labor. Construction of the golf course is running smoothly. Most of the holes are shaped, and we can now see the flow of the golf course. I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress of the design.
The course will stretch over 7,150 yards from the tips as a traditional par 72. The fairways meander through the natural contours and the greens are merely an extension of each fairway. The bunkers will have an informal naturalistic form that enhances the natural look of the site. Grassing will begin the spring of 2018 with the final completion and grow-in projected for the summer of 2019.
I hope you have the opportunity to come witness the progress and maybe you’ll even be able to find some of the 100 holes that got away!
-Phil Smith, Phil Smith Design
About Phil Smith Design
After 10 years designing with Jack Nicklaus and 14 years working as Tom Weiskopf’s exclusive architect, Phil’s design career has been shaped by two of the top names in golf. Drawing inspiration from these two great legends, Phil has had the opportunity to absorb a lifetime’s worth of knowledge while contributing to some of today’s premier golf course developments. Phil’s philosophy of design has been shaped by the traditional values of golf. Whether designing a new 18 hole course, updating existing features, or restoring a historical classic, Phil’s 25 years of experience designing many of the world’s top golf courses has given him the skill set to meet the real challenges associated with any new golf course design or restoration project.
To learn more about Phil Smith, visit www.philsmithdesign.net. Click here to view his portfolio.
Looking to make your 2018 golf game better than ever?
Consider fall/ winter training (October-April) with our golf professionals at The Club at Flying Horse to have some fun and improve your game.
We have new tools such as an indoor putting green, state of the art MEGSA swing shaping machine, and dynamic putting training aids.
With our one-of-a-kind Learning Center, we have the ability to train regardless of weather in our heated hitting bays. Coming soon... an uneven lie practice aid!
What do I need to do to be a lot better when the next golf season gets here?
1. Find a motivating reason of why you want to be better – goals, events, fun
2. Take lessons to learn the how
3. Create a plan of improvement with professional help
4. Make a habit of showing up at the practice area
Here are a few lesson options:
No Embarrassment Golf School- Winter Group Lessons: (Group size limited to 4)
Saturdays at 11:00-12:00 (5 week sessions)
Session 1: November 4,11,18,25 Dec 2
Session 2: January 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10
Session 3: February 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17
Cost: $175 Non-member: $195
5 Lessons (2 People): Special Rate
All 5 Lessons must be used by March 31st, 2018
Per person rate (must have 2 people)
Adult: $262.50 Non-Member: $275
Junior: $212.50 Non-Member: $225
5 Lessons (1 Person): Private 1 on 1 lessons
All 5 Lessons must be used by March 31st, 2018
Adult: $425 Non-Member: $450
Junior: $325 Non-Member: $350
A dynamic combination I observed this summer was watching people take private lessons AND group lessons. The private lessons served as a way to hone the swing, the group lessons provided an avenue to cover each area of the game.
Not a member? Not a problem! The Club at Flying Horse offers golf instruction for members and non-members, alike.
For questions or to sign up call or text Garrett at 719-201-0240 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're looking for information about Group Clinics, please visit The Club at Flying Horse Golf Instruction page for featured group clinics.
The following questions and answers are designed to provide a brief understanding of Flying Horse North. As these questions and answers are only summary in nature, you should contact Flying Horse Realty regarding real estate opportunities and The Club at Flying Horse for details about Golf Membership.
Q: Who do I contact for more information about Flying Horse North?
A: Lot sales are managed by Flying Horse Realty. You may contact a representative by phone at 719-649-0605.
Q: What is the typical lot size range?
A: Lots in Flying Horse North range from 2.5 acres to over 5.0 acres.
Q: When will lots become available for purchase?
A: Lot purchases will commence in November of 2017 for those who join our interested party list on or before 10/31/17. Those who join the interested party list on or after 11/1/17 will have the opportunity to purchase a lot in the second release planned for mid-to-late November. Lots will be released to the public in December 2017.
Q: How do I join the interested party list?
A: Joining the list is easy, click here to complete the online registration form. If you prefer to join in person or by phone, please contact Flying Horse Realty at 2409 Flying Horse Club Dr., 80921 or 719-649-0605.
Q: How can I tour lots Flying Horse North?
A: We are currently offering guided tours of the property. To schedule a real estate tour contact Flying Horse Realty at 719-649-0605.
Q: When will access to Hwy 83 open?
A: The date is to be determined.
Q: If I purchase a lot when should I expect to close?
A: We anticipate the first lot closings to take place in the spring of 2018. This date is based on information known to the developer at the time of this post and subject to change. Please see Flying Horse Realty for contract terms and conditions.
Q: I am interested in purchasing an acreage lot, how do I make my lot preferences known to the developer?
A: Once you’ve toured the community and reviewed the available lot options, we recommend that you join our interested party list. Upon registration a representative of Flying Horse Realty will contact you to discuss potential lot preferences. Your Flying Horse Realty representative will recommend that you complete a “Lot Preference Sheet” outlining your first choices and secondary lot selections.
Q: Do I have to work with specific builders once I purchase a lot or am I free to bring my own builder?
A: You may purchase a lot and bring your own builder. All parties will be required to adhere to community standards and design guidelines. We also have a list of builders that have proven track records, having built many of the homes you see in the established community of Flying Horse.
Q: What is the average price range for a lot in Flying Horse North?
A: At the time of this post, we anticipate lot prices to range from the low-to-mid $100s to the mid-to-upper $400s. See Flying Horse Realty for current pricing.
Cozy, quaint, and delightful. These are just some of the words homeowners use to describe the floorplans in Classic Homes’ Renaissance Collection.
As the developer and one of the original homebuilders in our award-winning community of Flying Horse, the team at Classic Homes is thrilled to break ground on two new model homes in the newest neighborhood village to open in Flying Horse…The Village of Torino. Classic Homes began building the Renaissance Collection in 2014 in Indigo Ranch. Today, this collection of homes offers home seekers the opportunity to select from two ranch plans — the 1,535 sq. ft. Fresco and the 1,457 sq. ft. Harmony and three 2-story plans: the 1,762 sq. ft. Genesis, 1,615 sq. ft. Millennium and the 1,865 sq. ft. Tranquility. New home pricing begins in the $320s and all plans include an attached 2-car alley-load garage. Each home in this collection represents a distinctive charm and elegance that complements the look and style that Flying Horse is known for.
As an added benefit, each of the 53 lots include a coveted Social Fitness Membership to The Club at Flying Horse so homeowners in The Village of Torino will have the opportunity to enjoy state-of-the-art athletic equipment, group fitness classes, aquatics programs, along with a variety of seasonal social activities.
To learn more about The Renaissance Collection…call, visit, or email Classic Homes today!
Visit the Classic Homes model located at 2057 Ripple Ridge Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Questions? Click here for fast answers from our online new home specialists
Online Helpful Resources and Quick-Links:
The Village of Torino – Interactive Site Map
Flying Horse Vicinity Map
About Classic Homes:
Classic Homes has been a leading local homebuilder in the Pikes Peak region since 1989 with a reputation based on a sincere and unwavering belief that quality, value, and commitment to customer satisfaction must remain at the forefront in the process of delivering a home to its customers. Year after year, Classic Homes is recognized as Colorado Springs’ Best Homebuilder by The Gazette and the Best in Business by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
Flying Horse recently named John Brazie as Executive Chef for The Club and The Steakhouse at Flying Horse to lead the culinary team, including The Club’s private dining, corporate events, and weddings, as well as The Steakhouse at Flying Horse, which is open to members and the public.
"John is an exceptionally talented, acclaimed Executive Chef from the Houston area. He thrives on providing an outstanding guest experience across all food and beverage offerings." said General Manager, Wendy McHenry.
Having spent the last two decades as Executive Chef for the renowned Woodlands Resort, John has world-class exposure with the opening and operating of private clubs, branded hotels and hosting marquis international events. This encompassing experience has created an expansive repertoire and unique talent. His signature of quality is most proudly experienced in Robard's Steakhouse, Trip advisors #1 rated restaurant for that region.
He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and has continued his formal education with the Culinary Institute, being twice invited to attend the World Conference on Flavor at the Greystone campus and most recently was selected as one of only sixteen chefs nationwide to take part in a year-long culinary enrichment and innovation program, (CEIP). A crowning achievement this year was Chef John earning the title of Certified Executive Chef (CEC) from The American Culinary Federation. His tenure was filled with acknowledgments and awards, being named a Hyatt manager of the year, winning The Woodlands grand tasting Chef of Chefs competition and being named as a recognized Texas Chef three times by Saveur magazine.
John’s inspiration for cooking was his father Richard, spending countless hours together in their New England kitchen. His understanding of the nobility and importance of a chef can be attributed to the combination of a life of experience and a French mentor, who had a huge impact on him.
His personal creed is to be relevant, to contribute to the evolution of cuisine and to develop the chefs who are next in line. His philosophy is that "great food is recognizable and appropriate to its environment. A dining experience should be authentic and truthful, while allowing nature and skills to play the starring role".
To learn more about The Club visit www.flyinghorseclub.com. Information and reservations for The Steakhouse can be made by calling 719-487-2635 or visiting www.flyinghorsesteakhouse.com
SIP. SAVOR. SWIRL.
Mark your calendar for VIN Wine Festival.
A wine festival that is a first of its kind in Flying Horse and sure to be an event to remember…featuring 100+ wines, local artists and musicians, and food trucks will be onsite.
Date: Sunday, September, 17th 2017
Cost: Tickets start at $56.00
Location: The Club at Flying Horse, 1880 Weiskopf Point, Colorado Springs, 80921
Not a Club Member? Not a Problem!
Membership in The Club at Flying Horse is not required to indulge in this one-of-a-kind wine tasting event. However, a limited number of tickets are available and may purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/flying-horse-14314538231.
*A valid ID must be presented the day of the event for age verification.
Introducing Flying Horse North. Just north of Flying Horse, you will soon find a luxury golf course community nestled in the trees of Northern Colorado Springs located between Black Forest Road and Highway 83 just south of Hodgen Road. Upon completion, Flying Horse North will feature 283 luxurious custom & semi-custom homesites, a stylish clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect, Phil Smith. The clubhouse and golf course will be managed by The Club at Flying Horse. Development plans also call for a park and open spaces. Flying Horse North offers the rare opportunity to enjoy golf course living on large acreage (minimum of 2.5 acres) homesites with homes built by the area’s most respected homebuilders. Homesite sales are expected to begin early September, with construction beginning in 2018. Lot sales are managed and marketed by Flying Horse Realty. Golf course construction is underway with plans to open for play in 2019. To learn more about Club Membership opportunities, please contact Jennifer Weis at 719-494-1222.
This one-of-a-kind community is in the early phases of development. We invite you to be among the first to learn about development plans, golf course & clubhouse updates, membership opportunities and lot releases. Members of our interest list will receive information in advance of the general public. There are several ways to join the interest list:
Posted by Kim S.
Angel Mist Park at Flying Horse is the place to be on the first and third Thursday, from 6pm-8pm, this summer. Enjoy everything from Country and Pop to Doo-Wop, Blues, Reggae Fusion, and more. All concerts are free! Food trucks will be onsite and lawn chairs & picnic suppers are encouraged. For more information contact the Flying Horse HOA at 719-389-0700. Click here download the full 2017 Concert Brochure.
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday • 6pm to 8pm
Angel Mist Park at Flying Horse
13509 Silverton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
June 1st - Burnt Lips Band
Food Trucks: Pig Latin, Mateos Bistro, Treehouse BBQ, Heavenly Dessert, VORE
June 15th - Branden Sipes and Jenny Shawhan
Food Trucks: Mira Sol, Mateos Bistro, Treehouse BBQ, Heavenly Dessert
July 6th - Leslie Tom & The Boys
Food Trucks: Johnny G’s, Mateos Bistro, Treehouse BBQ, Heavenly Dessert, VORE
July 20th - John Weeks Band
Food Trucks: Mira Sol, Johnny G’s, Mateos Bistro, Treehouse BBQ, Heavenly Dessert
August 3rd - Better an Biscuits
Food Trucks: Johnny G’s, Mateos Bistro, Treehouse BBQ, Heavenly Dessert, VORE
August 17th - Slopeside
Food Trucks: Mira Sol, Johnny G’s, Mateos Bistro, Treehouse BBQ, Heavenly Dessert
Posted by Kim S.
For a very limited-time (now through June 30, 2017) finished basements are on the house when you build a new home with Colorado Springs Best Home Builder in Colorado Springs Best Home Development. Plus, all new homes in The Village of Milan include a coveted Social Fitness Membership in The Club at Flying Horse! But hurry! While the list of reasons for owning a Classic in The Village of Milan goes on and on, the opportunity for a Free Finished Basement stops here. View our interactive map to learn more about available homesites!
Classic Homes and The Village of Milan at Flying Horse. It’s The Winning Combination.
The Village of Milan is the perfect complement to the home design styles and neighborhood amenities found throughout Flying Horse. You can expect to see an exciting line-up of award-winning floor plans showcasing some of the most popular ranchers and 2-story plans in the area. With its close proximity to The Club, this exciting D20 neighborhood village is the epitome country club living!
Flying Horse lies on the northern edge of colorful, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is only a scenic, fifty-minute drive from its metropolitan sister city, Denver. With magnificent vistas that range from meadow to mountain views, the Flying Horse community offers a secluded getaway for both the casual golfer seeking a round of golf or game of tennis and the discriminating homeowner who dreams of luxury living in a master-planned community.
Classic Homes – The Village of Milan at Flying Horse
2057 Ripple Ridge Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
719-722-3865 | ClassicHomes.com/Milan
*Applies to new build construction homes, and only when financed through Classic Homes’ preferred lenders. Valid on new contracts written from 5/8/17 – 6/30/17. Offer applies only to Classic Homes in The Village of Milan. Limitations on floorplans and home sites may exist. Cannot be combined with any other incentives or discounts. Pricing and availability subject to change without notice. See Sales Counselor for details.