Heirloom fondue recipes served up in a splendid setting
By M Elwell Romancito
When you think of skiing and fun throwbacks to the 1960s and 1970s, you think of aprés ski firesides. There are happy, rosy faces lit with laughter, candle light and chafing dishes. Everyone is gathered around the central fondue server. Friends with long forks are eating delicious morsels of cheese-dipped bread.
If you’re hip to the world of aprés ski, you’ll need no introduction to fondue, but if you’re new to the tradition, fondue is a Swiss, Italian and French dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot over a chafing stand heated with a candle or spirit lamp. You eat by dipping bread into the cheese using those long-stemmed forks.
The Bavarian, newly acquired by Taos Ski Valley, Inc., is celebrating TSV’s legendary Godie Schuetz and his heirloom fondue recipes with a weekly fondue night on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 3, 2017, through the season until March 27. Starts at 5 p.m. reservations are required.
Dave Smith, communications manager at TSV said, “It promises to be a very memorable evening of food and fun. It will be especially nice on a nice snowy night. It will make it a very romantic evening in such an intimate setting. The Bavarian is a great place to sit and relax.”
The Tuesday Fondue Nights will feature the carefully collected and refined recipes of Schuetz, esteemed Taos Ski Valley personality and presence. The recipes have been handed down and will be dutifully executed by The Bavarian Lodge’s Chef Gabe Farkash.
Schuetz was a personal friend of TSV’s founder Ernie Blake and a ski instructor at TSV for more than 35 years. He also owned and operated the famous Casa Córdova Restaurant in Arroyo Seco (now known as Sabroso’s) for 26 years.
He was known for his ability to entertain people with his yodeling, singing and for telling stories about fishing and hunting. He was also known for his sense of humor. A native of Switzerland, Schuetz loved his homeland and celebrated it regularly — especially through music, food and his legendary cheese fondue. During the last 10 years of his life, he introduced and took pride in preparing Swiss cheese fondue at the Bavarian Lodge. Now The Bavarian Lodge is continuing the tradition even as the establishment traded hands.
“It should really shape up to be a fun night for those looking for a romantic evening for aprés ski,” Smith said. He stressed that it’s important to call to make reservations because you’ll need directions and you’ll get the information you’ll need about prices and wine pairings.
Call (575) 776-8020 for reservations.