Gastronomic Experiences in the Alps
Issue 10 / 10 December 2018
Gastronomic Experiences in the Alps

Food is a highlight of any ski holiday so we have rounded up the best gastronomic experiences in the Alps.

Serena Norton

There is no denying that one of the most important parts of a ski holiday revolves around food. With this in mind it is no surprise to see a number of more innovative gourmet experiences popping up in many resorts this season.

Gourmet Safaris at the St Moritz Gourmet Festival

On the 11th January 2019, St Moritz plays host to the 26th Gourmet Festival. A variety of events from chocolate tasting to brunch on the mountain will be held over the course of nine days. One of the most popular events on the agenda is the Gourmet Safari. Travelling in a BMW limousine, guests will be taken on a culinary expedition to five separate locations where they will enjoy one course cooked by a top chef. Specially selected wines will accompany each mouthwatering course and all the guests will gather for the crowning glory, a delicious dessert, at the end of the evening. Tickets are limited so it is advisable to book well in advance.

Gondola Fondue with views of the Matterhorn

Cheese lovers will love Zermatt’s latest enterprise. Glide past the Matterhorn in a gondola for four whilst sampling a tasty cheese fondue, accompanied by a refreshing drop of Valais wine. The meal begins with a choice of starters and ends with various desserts and a taste of local schnapps. The gondolas leave at 6.15pm from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise valley station on Friday 5th April.

Sommelier on the slopes of Alta Badia

Take wine tasting to a whole new level in Alta Badia, skiing from hut to hut accompanied by an expert sommelier and ski guide. You will sample and learn about some of the best South Tyrolean wines in the region whilst enjoying the majestic backdrop of the Dolomites. Sessions can be booked on scheduled dates and are held from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Behind the scenes of a Michelin-starred restaurant

Hotel Chabichou in Courchevel 1850 opens their doors twice a week to keen cooks looking to learn how a top restaurant works behind the scenes. The day begins with breakfast followed by a briefing with the chef, before stepping into a member of the team’s shoes by helping prepare the day’s menu. Experience the rush of adrenaline as service begins before sampling the fruits of your labour.

Cheese-making workshop in Verbier

Discover the secrets behind Tomme cheese by taking part in a cheese-making workshop. Produced mainly in the French Alps and in Switzerland, Tommes are cheeses produced from skimmed milk and thus are low in fat. You will learn how the cheese is traditionally crafted and even get to take some home with you to enjoy with a glass of good red wine. The workshops take place every Wednesday in Verbier from 5pm to 7pm.

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