The history of ski racing in Sun Valley is as rich and as impressive as anyplace in the country. And the future is looking pretty bright, too. It is as if the slopes of Baldy and Dollar were blessed by the ski gods, Ullr and Skadi, to groom the fastest and strongest skiers and snowboarders to ever ride on snow. Sun Valley has been home to the best in the alpine sports scene since shortly after inventing the world’s first chairlift back in the 1930s. It’s a tradition that’s staying strong and is proudly on display as Sun Valley hosts events like last weekend...
You were on the lift at 9 a.m. You skied groomers, moguls, the Warm Springs side, the River Run side. You are hungry. And as tasty as the food is at all of Sun Valley's day lodges (and it's really, really tasty), today you want something a little special, a little different. Of course! What could be better than a wonderful meal at Roundhouse. Though it is rightfully famous for fondue, the depth and richness of the Roundhouse experience goes way beyond dunking delicious bread into heavenly cheese. Though that in itself is worth the trip. But I digress.
This historic, rustic restaurant perched at 7,700-feet welcomes skiers for lunch, après ski and dinner, offering elegant table service and the best view imaginable. You'll know you made the right decision when you are welcomed by the crackling fire, an endless panorama over the Pioneer Mountains and the tantalizing smell of fabulous fare.
Whether you enjoy lunch, dinner or après ski at the historic Roundhouse Restaurant on Baldy, it is sure to be a memorable experience -- from the food to the views
And the fare this year is especially fabulous thanks to the talents of Chef Derek Gallegos. Derek, who has worked in Sun Valley as Head Chef at the Konditorei as well as many of the most successful eateries in the Wood River Valley, recently took over this high altitude kitchen. Since then, he has worked tirelessly honing and perfecting not just the lunch menu, but a bar menu for the best après ski at Averell's (the lower level at Roundhouse), and a five-course dinner menu that is winning raves.
The evening meal offers everything from an Amuse of a lobster hushpuppy with Creole remoulade, to a fondue tasting, to a choice of quail, steak, sea scallops, lamb or risotto. Finish with cocoa profiteroles or a warm winter date cake and you will be sated and happy for your magical ride back down Baldy on the gondola. An evening meal at Roundhouse is truly memorable as the lights of Ketchum twinkle in the valley below or snow falls silently outside the plate glass windows. Dinner is served at Roundhouse on Friday and Saturday nights and reservations are required. Please call (208) 622-2012 to book your special table. For a very memorable night, don't forget that this year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday. I can't think of a more romantic spot to celebrate.
From the moment you walk into Roundhouse, you know this is far from a regular dining experience. The fire crackles, the views beg for your intention and elegant tables invite you to sit down, relax and enjoy a fantastic meal.
Even in daylight, Roundhouse is a pretty remarkable spot. On Superbowl Sunday after a morning on the slopes, I popped into Roundhouse with two friends to enjoy a healthy lunch, thinking it was a good idea to nourish ourselves with some 'real' food before the snack fest began. Seated right next to the roaring fire and treated to crisp white linens and sparkling crystal, this lunch was practically a mini vacation. We all enjoyed the piping hot tomato bisque, made extra delicious with a roasted tomato crouton and crème fraiche. Handmade rolls and creamy butter were a perfect accompaniment. We also shared a Harriman's Croque Monsieur with crispy french fries and a tangy Caesar salad. Other choices on the lunch menu range from light and healthy (kale and quinoa salad) to hearty (elk chili). With Derek in the kitchen, everything you order is bound to be a hit and taking a seat a lunchtime and savoring your meal will be the highlight of your day.
From piping hot, handcrafted tomato bisque at lunch, to a five-course evening menu, Chef Derek Gallegos' menu inspires and satisfies
Lunch is served from 11 am to 3 pm every day except for Tuesday and Wednesday. Averell's is open daily from noon to 4 pm and dinner is served Friday and Saturday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm Roundhouse also offers a full bar.
If you love good food and you are looking for an experience unlike any other, don't miss a winter meal at the Roundhouse. It's where memories are made!
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