• Christmas Dinner at Mount Engadine Lodge

    Jasmine Holmes 3 months ago

    The warning signs have never been clearer; flashing bright lights, outlandish decorations and the begrudged return of unbearably cheerful, never-ending holiday music that follows me wherever I go… Christmas is coming! A time for festivities, yuletide joy and spending some quality time with loved ones. But most important of all (far surpassing any precious, heartwarming family memories), it’s the season of delicious, delicious food.

    Christmas Dinner is a staple tradition, and while many of us prepare to slave away over kitchen countertops, battle for space in hot ovens and wage war on the mountains of dirty pots and pans; there is another option. Dining out on Christmas Day is becoming more popular every year, with chefs in the Canadian Rockies catering to locals and visitors alike; ensuring that even those from out-of-town still get a scrumptious home-cooked meal worthy of the tradition.

    We’re serving everything in a more family style setting, so people are able to move around and talk to each other...Anthony Glasgow

    Nestled in an alpine valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Mount Engadine Lodge offers a luxuriously cozy setting to enjoy Christmas within the pristine landscape of Spray Valley Provincial Park. This backcountry retreat offers all the warmth and Canadian charm of a lodge while providing locally sourced, gourmet delicacies, and is easily accessible by car (just a short distance from Canmore). They pride themselves on using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and suppliers to create a menu inspired by the Canadian Rockies themselves. Stop in at any time of year for dinner, Sunday Brunch, or their famous Afternoon Tea.

    We chatted to Chef Anthony Glasgow, who is planning a truly Canadian backcountry-style feast for the special day. On Christmas Eve, guests will be treated to a specialized coq au vin, with fresh pheasant breast replacing the usual chicken. Mount Engadine is pulling out all the stops on Christmas Day with free-range, organic turkeys that will be roasted traditionally and carved in the dining area. “We’re serving everything in a more family style setting, so people are able to move around and talk to each other. We will have the turkeys set up front as a display.” Instead of the traditional ham accompaniment, Anthony will serve roasted elk in true Rocky Mountain style, with fresh, seasonal wild mushrooms and flavourful roasted apples.

    But the hearty meal won’t stop there! Next on the menu is a decadent, homemade plum pudding, in-keeping with true Christmas tradition. Last but not forgotten is Boxing Day. Rather than serving leftover turkey as an afterthought on Boxing Day, Anthony has opted for the unique option of fresh, locally sourced rainbow trout. “It’s something a little different for our guests, rather than having turkey again.”

    Sitting in the shadow of its namesake peak, Mount Engadine Lodge offers guests a warm, Christmas welcome in a rustic, cozy interior with a picturesque backdrop of mountain peaks and snow-covered pines. Complete with their hearty homespun menu, there’s no better place to spend Christmas! Cut out the cooking and ditch the dishes, this year it’s time to sit back and relax with the stunning scenery of Spray Provincial Park and delicious food at Mount Engadine.

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