A seat at the counter at tiny Creperie Catherine in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, will not only garner you a mouth-watering crêpe, it will put you in view of a breakfast-making show. It goes like this: Chefs warm up a pair of traditional gyro-crêpe pans and, using wood spatula-like utensils, turn batches of egg, butter, milk, salt and flour batter into impossibly delicate crepes, fill them with everything from Black Forest ham to a sublime concoction called sucré à la crème, and flip them onto plates. While you munch, owner Catherine Schmuck and her husband, François, will regale you with tales of their freighter-sailing days (she was a chef, he a third mate) and stories about the collection of chef dolls that lines the walls. If you can't wait 24 hours to return (and return you will), the Crêperie serves dinner, too. Offerings, such as escargot, Florentine and even pizza crepes, are show-stoppers.
Winter Food & Wine Festivals
Wining and dining is an integral part of ski-town life. The following festivals will increase your culinary IQ:
Cornucopia Food & Wine Festival
Whistler, B.C.Nov. 9-12
The bounty of the Pacific West Coast is showcased at this annual event, which features gala tastings, celebrity chef competitions, winemaker dinners, culinary seminars (including a cooking class and lunch at a local farm) and a farewell brunch at Chateau Whistler.
15th Annual Taos Winter Wine Festival
Taos, N.M.Jan. 17-24
The oldest ski resort wine festival in the U.S. features on-mountain and après-ski tastings and seminars, plus winemaker dinners at more than 30 restaurants in the resort village and the town. The Taste of Taos, with dishes from local restaurants, provides the grand finale on Jan. 24.
Beaver Creek International Culinary Classic
Beaver Creek, Colo. Feb. 2-4
By day, private homes, restaurant kitchens, on-mountain chalets and the Vilar Center for the Arts all play host to cooking classes with top local and national chefs. Evening brings winemaker dinners and a culinary fest featuring the cuisine of guest chefs.