Cuisine – Vital ingredients for a good holiday
Good quality ingredients and imaginative menus are the basis for our chalet cuisine. Whilst it is impossible to “please all of the people all of the time” the best is done to present varied and appetizing menus that the majority of guests will enjoy. Chalet holidays are always about good skiing, good company and good food. The resorts provide the good skiing, the staff provide the good food and so it is just down to you to provide the good company!
The Chalet staff have a well earned day off during your stay, usually Wednesday for Val d’Isere and Tignes, Thursday for St Anton. On this day, breakfast and afternoon tea will be laid out for you to help yourself and you are free to sample one of the local restaurants in the evening – our staff will be pleased to help with recommendations and bookings.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast to fuel your day on the slopes, choose from a selection of cereals (not forgetting a bowl of Skiers porridge!), fresh fruit and yoghurts, freshly baked local bread and choice of preserves accompanied by fruit juices, tea and coffee. In addition, apart from chalet staff day off and change over day, and assuming you have the room, enjoy a varied cooked breakfast such as eggs, bacon and beans or pancakes.
On your return from the slopes, pop the kettle on and help yourself to a teatime treat with a slice (or two!) of delicious home-made cake or biscuits.
Just imagine a casual dinner party with friends, now imagine that minus the stress of shopping, cooking, clearing up, ordering taxis, organising babysitters…… well now you can! Sit back, relax and enjoy your evening over a freshly cooked 3 course dinner accompanied by unlimited house wine until coffee is served at the end of your meal.
Aperitif and canapes are served to welcome you on either your first or second night (depending on resort arrival times) and also on your final night to round off your holiday.
One night during the week, we keep things simpler with our “Simple Supper night” and serve a tasty 2 course meal with traditional favourites such as curry/fish pie/pasta or lasagne or similar.
Chalet Chamois D’Or – Guests enjoy a hearty breakfast and home-made teatime treats as guests do in our smaller chalets. Although canapes and apertifs are not included, the set menu dinner here is a relaxed and friendly affair. With tables to suit different group sizes, house wine to hand, you will soon get to know your fellow guests whilst enjoying a wonderful 3 course dinner created by our fantastic head chefs.
A child friendly supper is provided with two courses of home cooked and nutritious food, at around 6pm for all children under 12years. It’s encouraged that you to chat to your chalet staff before arrival with regards your childrens meals so they know they are on the right track with their menu! If you have sole use of a chalet and you would prefer your children to eat a normal dinner with you at 8pm there is a £50 upgrade. For those in a shared chalet it is generally expected that under 12s would have the early supper.
Special diets/dietary requests/food allergies
The chalet staff always aim to please and create menus everybody likes but they are working to a set menu. There is always a vegetarian alternative for guests that don’t eat meat. Within reason and plenty of notice the staff will do their best to adapt the chalet menus for those with any “genuine” dietary requests. However, please do bear in mind that chalets are mostly private houses and do not have vast kitchens or teams of chefs to cope with cooking separate meals for everyone each evening and a lot of alternative ingredients are simply not readily available. Therefore, you must be happy to compromise with the menu, perhaps simply avoiding certain foods or be happy to have the same treats/puds more than once and accept that the staff cannot offer a completely alternative menu alongside our usual chalet menu. Particularly, if there are more than a couple of different requests within a group. You may need to consider agreeing a menu acceptable to all or the individuals choose to avoid what they can’t eat. If you do want replacements and alternative menu, an additional charge will have to be made for costly alternative ingredients and more importantly for the cook to cover them coming in earlier to prepare different dishes.
Please ensure that you send over any dietary requests at least two weeks before you travel. If you wait until a couple of days before arrival or even wait until you are in resort, it may take days to source particular products, if at all and a charge may have to be made. The chalet staff will be more than happy to chat through the menu with you during the week before your arrival and advise you about foodstuffs to bring with.
Vegan or kosher meals cannot be provided and a nut free environment or avoidance of or zero contact with specific foodstuffs cannot be guaranteed and therefore cannot accept liability in the event of an allergic reaction. There is no control over items of food bought in by other guests and the staff cannot always be aware of precise food contents of ingredients.
Picnic Lunches – Keep your Euro spending to the minimum and instead order one of our good value picnic lunches available locally from your chalet staff. A tasty filled baguette/roll, piece of fruit, can of drink and a choccie bar should keep hunger pangs at bay!
With the exception of our Chalet Chamois D’Or and Alpaka Lodge guests, who enjoy a freshly cooked 3 course dinner each evening, our chalet guests enjoy a 4 course dinner six nights per week served with a house red and white wine and coffee to finish.
A typical chalet menu
Chalet Canapes (sorry not for Chamois d’or or Alpaka Lodge guests!)
Smoked salmon & cucumber rolls
Caramelised red onion and beetroot risotto topped with goats cheese
Spiced pork belly served with Moroccan couscous and pan fried asparagus
Falafels served with Moroccan couscous and pan fried asparagu
White chocolate & raspberry terrine.