You may make your meal reservations up to two years in advance (with Xanterra) & receive a refund (with 48 hour notice) if you end up not getting the BC permit to match. I have done this 2X a year for over 10 years & have never been skunked on the BC permit request.
Also, if you can't get to Phantom, but would like to try the stew......
PHANTOM RANCH STEW
8 to 10 servings
Heat large pan on med-high heat and add 5 lbs. lean stew meat (use a good cut, you may pay more, but it is well worth it). After the meat is cooked, let simmer until there is a dark scum on the top. DO NOT DRAIN ANY LIQUID!
Add the following ingredients:
1 ½ Large onions (I use red onions) coarsely chopped.
½ stalks (bunch) Celery.
4 oz. Burgundy Wine.
4 oz. Red Wine Vinegar.
3 oz. B-V beef base B-V Broth and Sauce Mfg. by Major Products, Little Ferry, NJ 07643.
16 oz. Water.
1 TBS Garlic powder ( 3 or 4 cloves of fresh garlic works very well).
1 TBS Thyme.
1 TBS dried Oregano.
1 tsp ground Cloves.
2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 large Bay Leave
Stir all ingredients and bring just to a boil then turn down to low and let simmer for at least 3 hours, then ADD the following CANNED vegetables.
60 oz. of green beans.
32 oz. of carrots.
96 oz. white potatoes.
32 oz of corn.
Bring to a boil and then turn back to low. Let simmer and thicken with corn starch (will not need much).