Mountain chef Peter Hughes, who spends his winters cooking for guests at Revelstoke's Bighorn Lodge, dishes his favorite mountain energy food.
I’m afraid I can’t take full credit for the idea of sushi burritos, that honor goes to one of my chef idols, David Chang of Momofuku fame in New York. I will however try and take a little credit for transforming them into a heliski picnic lunch or afternoon tea snack after a big day in the deep stuff. When out there in the Boondocks served with a hot thermos of Jenmai Miso, with silken tofu and kombu strips, it is a pure energy brick. Scale it up for a great dinner party dish by providing saki bombs and plum wine!
This Colorado resort's ever-growing restaurant scene makes return visits worthwhile—and delicious.
Leonora, Vail Village
The space may look the same, but the menu, and more importantly, the experience, is vastly different. Reopening in December in what used to be Block 16 inside Vail’s Sebastian Hotel, Leonora, name after artist Leonora Carrington who created many of original sculptures found throughout the hotel, is a wonderful surprise.
Vail's Matsuhisa flys in sushi straight from the Pacific.
Everyone wants to be served the freshest food for dinner, but Matsuhisa Vail takes the standard to new heights. “Sometimes a dish will come out with the shrimp or scallops still wiggling on the plate,” says Matsuhisa executive chef Brian Busker.
How, you ask, can they pull this off three states away from the nearest ocean? “We have great relationships with our purveyors,” Busker explains. “They send me photos in the morning of fish that’s just been caught, and I can have that fish in my hands the next day.”
Jackson updates the hill with two new lifts and—gasp—grooming.
The Horn Dog. Like I’m not gonna order that. I’m standing in line at Headwall Pizza and Dog House at the top of the Bridger gondola, watching the guy behind the counter load up a Kobe-beef hot dog, wrapped in a homemade pretzel bun, with green chile and sour cream. Leave it to Jackson Hole to elevate a lowbrow ski-bum staple into…awesomeness.