Solitude’s New Waffle Wonderland
New to Solitude Mountain Resort this winter season is Little Dollie Waffles, which held its grand opening recently with free waffle samples. Located outside, adjacent to Solitude’s Moonbeam Center, Little Dollie Waffles specializes in Belgian-style Liege waffles with a brioche-like dough.
The waffles are quite customizable: you can enjoy them plain, or topped with sugar and cinnamon, chocolate, strawberry sauce, Nutella and whipped cream. Since Little Dollie Waffles is located outside, you can virtually ski up to the slopeside waffle window, grab your waffle to go, and enjoy it on the chairlift.
New Manoli’s Menus
The cuisine at Manoli’s restaurant is nothing if not fresh and seasonal. So, Manoli Katsanevas and his crew recently launched new seasonal menus to help celebrate the Winter season as well as the Holidays. Included in the update are Manoli’s’ brunch and bar menus, with new dishes, signature cocktails, and a variety of naturally-made and Greek imported wines.
Some menu items that look new to me include seared duck breast with black garlic lacquer; black butter risotto with butternut squash; grilled lamb riblets with caper chimichurri; and sauteed local mushrooms with hummus, roti, and dried onion spice. Of course, crowd favorites like dolmathes, kritharaki, pan-seared branzino, pilafi and others remain on the Manoli’s menu.
NYE @ Snowbasin
If you’re looking for a truly unique New Year’s Eve dining experience to ring in 2020, how about dining at 9,000 feet? Snowbasin invites guests to ring in the New Year with the glamour of Great Gatsby at Snowbasin’s Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Celebration to welcome in 2020. They’ll be whisked to the 9,000 feet Needles Lodge via the Needles Gondola to enjoy a 5-course meal, live music, and to watch the ball drop at 10 p.m. MST. There will also be a bar offering festive drinks.
The menu for the evening includes an appetizer of smoked pork ribs In a Korean BBQ sauce, radish, chipotle raspberry coulis; followed by a Marcona salad with arugula, Marcona almonds, manchego, blueberries, and lemon vinaigrette. A soup course of vegetarian butternut squash soup will be served prior to a choice of entrees: duck, beef tenderloin, seared halibut, or butternut squash ravioli. For dessert, there’s tiramisu.
The cost for the evening is $129 per person (this event is for guests 21 and over), which includes the five-course meal and gondola ride to and from the lodge. For reservations, call 801-620-1000. Costumes are encouraged.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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