After two days of skiing, my ski trip ended how it began, with one of the most memorable dining experiences of my life.
We ate at Fireside Dining, which is now my favorite restaurant at Deer Valley. It has two unique characteristics. The first is that guests are treated to horse-drawn sleigh rides before dinner. Yes, you read that right. How many restaurants do you know that offer sleigh rides?!
The snow was falling heavily, which made the scene even more picturesque. It looks just like a Christmas card, doesn’t it?!
We got on board, and were lead through the snow by two cowboys, who, when asked, boasted that they could go fast enough to throw us off.
They didn’t, thank goodness, and we were able to enjoy the real-life, snow-globe experience.
Then we headed into the restaurant for a warm, cozy dinner.
The second amazing aspect of Fireside Dining is that there are food stations that center around large stone fireplaces located throughout the restaurant.
The best, and most famous station, is what we jokingly began referring to as the cheese luge. It has wheels of raclette cheese warming by the fireplace. Attendants scrape off the melted cheese, and serve it on plates, piping hot.
The cheese is served with an assortment of locally-crafted meats, sauces, potatoes and bread.
My favorite combination is layering the melted cheese onto hot potato slices. It’s the ultimate comfort food!
There are other food stations at Fireside Dining, so I recommend you sample them in this order:
2. Other food
4. Other food
You get the idea!
My favorite dishes at this fireside station were the Veal and Wild Mushroom Stew, and the Almond Flour Dusted Utah Trout.
The Fire-Roasted Lamb station was also fun to see, with the lamb dangling above the glowing embers of an open fire.
When you can’t eat anymore, there’s the dessert station to conclude your meal. First, fill your plate with fruit, cookies and cakes.
Then select from three different fondue sauces to dip them in: chocolate, caramel or white chocolate Grand Marnier. Yes, you can choose all three!
It was a special meal, and a wonderful way to end an amazing trip.
To find out more information on Fireside Dining, and book a table, click here. You can’t visit Deer Valley and not eat there!
Which is what I wish I was doing, right about now…