Stowe, Vermont has one of America's Best Ski Resort Restaurants

Travel + Leisure Magazine says:

Solstice, Stowe, VT

Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Solstice takes its locavore mission seriously, right down to using hand-carved furniture by Vermont woodworkers and custom pottery by local artist Miranda Thomas, and pouring beers by nearby Rock Art Brewery. The restaurant showcases heirloom grains, Vermont cheeses, and farm-fresh produce in the open kitchen and at the farm-to-table-focused bar, Hourglass. stowemountainlodge.com

What to Order: Venison medallions with a cassis-infused demi-glace, wild-mushroom bread pudding, and brussels sprouts.

What to Drink: Let the sommelier suggest biodynamic wine pairings from the restaurant’s extensive cellar

A Little Holiday Cheer From Kim Lambrechts

Kim is Stowe Mountain Lodge's Director of Food & Beverage. He moved to Stowe from the Maldives where he spent a year as the director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives. I met Kim shortly after he arrived at the Lodge and watched as he and Executive Chef Sean Buchanan, planned, organized, recruited, and built a culinary gem at the top of the Mountain Road.

Earlier this week, I asked Kim to whip up a little holiday cheer for you and here it is -- Enjoy!:

Front Four Maple-Chili-Tini

Ingredients 3 oz of Sunshine Vodka 2 Tablespoons of Vermont Maple Syrup 1 Teaspoon of Finely Chopped Habanero Chili 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice 4 cubes of Ice

Best Practice Infuse the vodka with the chili and let it sit for about 10 minutes to extract the natural flavor. In a shaker combine the ingredients, shake well.