Bean dip at a restaurant near Yellowstone around 1979???
Cello - My family "vacationed" in Yellowstone when I was around 10 years old or so. My parents fought so much that while my mother fumed in the hotel room, my dad and I spent so many meals downstairs in the restaurant that in one week I gained nearly 10 pounds.
Most of that weight was attributed to THE TASTIEST bean dip/tortilla chip combo I have EVER eaten.
Maybe the tortillas were flour? House-fried? In lard?
I know that the bean dip was NOT a typical refried, black bean or even white bean dip. It was rich and earthy and complemented the chips in a way that I have never been able to replicate.
This dip did not have any strong ingredients like herbs, spices or salsa. It was a thick, neutral toned dip that stood up to the thick, crunchy chips.
The hotel we stayed at had a large open entry with lots of light-colored exposed wood, horns up on the walls and a double staircase going up to the rooms. It was NOT the main hotel in Yellowstone (the one with the huge fireplaces right next to the big geyser, Old Faithful), but rather was a little farther away.
I could be confused about a few things, but I will know that dip if I ever get to taste it again, although the chips would be a crucial foil.
If you know of the possible hotel, restaurant or recipe, do respond.
My parents ended up divorcing. Probably because my mother should have joined us in the restaurant instead of keeping herself stewing in her own misery...
That's going to require some serious digging. You're much better off going through Yellowstone historians, and hopefully someone can track down a past manager or other employee from said hotel so you can search for some names who would know about the dip. Maybe try this for starters: http://www.nps.gov/yell/historycultur...
That is, indeed, a long shot! Everyone has a memory of some sort like yours & trying to retrace it is seemingly impossible.
My own experience is an outdoor Asleep at the Wheel concert in Bigfork MT in `79 at a bar called the Junction Bar. It was a fabulous concert but years later when we have been to Bigfork I have asked "locals" about the JB & absolutely no one remembers it.
Did I just imagine that concert? No `cuz I have friends who were with me that day & they do recall it.
Good luck with your search!