7 Spots for Fondues and S'Mores

| January 13, 2014 | Peak Eats Latest The Latest

1 - 7 Spots for Fondues and S'MoresAs part of Fondue Night, Ajax Tavern offers both cheese and chocolate fondue courses complete with all the fixings

Ajax Tavern
New this winter, a three-course Fondue Night at Ajax Tavern is held Wednesday evenings (beginning January 8). Start with the Tavern salad followed by either a cheese fondue served with sliced apple, broccoli, pickles, bread, chorizo, and house-made sausage, or court bouillon fondue with Emma Farms Wagyu beef, yellowfin tuna, potatoes, broccoli, and horseradish aioli and curry yogurt dippings. Cap the night with a chocolate fondue course. An optional wine flight is the ultimate complement. 685 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-6334

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro
Dining at this cozy, Swiss-style chalet located near the top of the Cloud Nine lift at Aspen Highlands is a rite of passage for locals and visitors. Earn your turns on Highland Bowl then refuel with traditional raclette and fondue. Sip Glühwein while soaking up one of the best panoramic views in the state. 76 Boomerang Road, Aspen Highlands, 970-923-8715 (dinner), 970-544-3063 (lunch)

Crêperie du Village
This quaint restaurant will transport you to the streets of Europe. Authentic ski-chalet décor, wood accents, outstanding crêpes, and extensive wines by the glass make this a local hot spot. Serving fondue Bourguinonne, a traditional fondue au fromage, and fondue au chocolat, après ski never tasted so good. And the Crêperie is still bustling at 11 pm, attracting late-night revelers, too. 400 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-1566

Limelight Hotel
This heart-of-downtown hotel and restaurant serves a kid’s dream dessert (and adults can’t resist it, either). Ask for the s’mores “kit” and grab a seat near one of the outdoor fire pits. The dish comes with all the necessities, yet with elevated presentation and taste, including marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and skewers. 355 S. Monarch St., 970-925-3025

M&M Catering and Cooking School
Aspen’s newest addition to the local food scene, this catering company and cooking school (located at the Aspen Airport Business Center) offers fondue cooking classes with chef Stanley Coriat. Ideal for families, aspiring gourmands, just the kids, or a girls’ night out, classes by Aspen’s leading private chefs teach tricks of the trade. 305F, AABC, 970-544-4862

Pine Creek Cookhouse
This only-in-Aspen restaurant doesn’t serve a traditional fondue, however, the fondue cheese sauce that tops chef Chris Keating’s hearty chicken entree is worth the picturesque cross-country trek or snowshoe outing. Located in the postcard-perfect Ashcroft Valley (a 30-minute drive from downtown), this gourmet cabin in the woods—accessed only via trail or horse-drawn sleigh in winter—is the quintessential Colorado experience. 11399 Castle Creek Road, 970-925-1044

Shadow Mountain
Lodge at St. Regis Daily during ski season (December 15–March 31; 7-8 pm), this iconic brand serves complimentary s’mores to children. For adults’ late-night sweet tooth, s’mores can be ordered from 9 pm-12 am in the gorgeous outdoor courtyard nestled right at the base of Aspen Mountain. Cozy up to the fire or your sweetheart and indulge in the traditional treat made with fine gourmet chocolate. 315 E. Dean St., 970-920-0033

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON DEWEY

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