Epic at Solitude is Nothing Short of Epic
To say that I always enjoy our luncheon at Epic at Solitude during Okemo's annual media weekend would be an understatement. I love it! Aside from the welcome relief that it provides from a long morning of hard skiing, the food is nothing short of what the name of the restaurant suggests. In past years it has been filled with tasty goodies including wagyu beef sliders, Himalayan Salt Rock seared Ahi Tuna and make your own hot pots. Normally, an array of food like this would be hard to top but somehow the food and beverage staff managed to outdo themselves. This year's menu included a delectable assortment of culinary treats such as chicken and waffles, ahi tuna sliders, gourmet grilled cheese with tomato soup (a heart warmer, for sure) and a build your own pho station with options that included brisket and pulled pork (two of my favorite food groups). The only downfall to a lunch this good is that the line to get your pho was a touch long. I guess that is a small price to pay for success and it appears that that is exactly what Okemo is headed for with the culinary changes that they have made for this season.
Okemo's Restaurants Have Something For Everyone
Okemo's food and beverage scene has always been impressive and I have often considered it some of the best that any ski resort in Vermont has to offer. Aside from the tremendous lunch and dinner options offered at Epic, the restaurants located in the Jackson Gore Village are also sure to impress. The Coleman Brook Tavern serves top-notch continental cuisine and has a wine list the likes of which are unrivaled at a mountain. Having established a relationship with many of the area farms and artisanal food distributors, their farm-to-table cuisine is always fresh and consistently updated to include the new offerings from the region. If a family setting and some seriously good Italian food is more your speed, then you must reserve a table at Siena. Everyone in your group will surely enjoy the jovial setting while dining on traditional Italian dishes in full view of the kitchen.
Culinary Changes at Okemo for 2017
It is an atmosphere and dining experience such as the three mentioned that have made Okemo a first-rate ski resort when it comes to food and beverage. However, the best are never satisfied and, in an effort to improve on their already five-star dining experience, Okemo has made some culinary changes that will only serve to enhance. This winter season marks the beginning at Okemo for the highly qualified Ashley Elicker as its new director of culinary services. Elicker a graduate of Middlebury College, in Vermont, earned her MBA from the University of Virginia and completed the French Culinary Institute’s Classic Culinary Arts Program will oversea resort’s culinary operations on a year-round basis. On top of this, they have also promoted Jason Tostrup, the original mastermind behind the aforementioned Epic's greatness to executive chef and there is no doubt that he will continue to share his epicurean talents with all the restaurants in the resort.