Last summer I took the time to write a few blogs about my foray into trail running with Born to Run coach, Eric Orton. And while I am loving the journey from this training, all that running certainly builds up an appetite!
I’ll be honest, I love to eat, cook, drink and be merry. This summer, I am adding a little flavor to our Get Local series by highlighting some of my favorite restaurants, dishes, farmer’s market finds and other local tips to eating around Jackson Hole. To kick it all off, I rounded up a few friends and we earned our dinner at the new Piste Mountain Bistro with a hike from the Tram to Rendezvous Lodge at the top of the Bridger Gondola.
That’s right, we road the Aerial Tram up to the top, and then hiked the 2.5 miles down to an awaiting culinary experience at Piste Mountain Bistro. The Cirque trail connecting the two lifts is beautiful and well marked. It is steep in certain spots, and at this point in early summer, there are a few patches of lingering snow. Nothing these ladies couldn’t handle if the end game was delicious food and drinks!
We made it to the restaurant and scored a table with an incredible view and a nice breeze.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Executive Chef Wes Hamilton stopped by to explain the new menu, and I have to say it was hard to pick a favorite dish. The best part about the summer menu is all the plates are intended to be shared and they are made with as much local produce as possible. Chef Wes has always been a champion of this “Locavore” style of menu during his tenure at JHMR.
All the menu items we tried (there were a lot!) were fantastic, and we all agreed that the burrata, gnocchi, chicken legs were musts for anyone heading to Piste (and yes, we did taste all the delectable deserts too, and you should save some room). In addition to the food, we were blown away by the creative cocktail menu and the great weekly wine deals. PS – this week’s wine special was to die for!
Bottom line: make the trek to dinner at Piste via the Tram or Gondola (ticket or pass required during the day), or take the free gondola ride starting at 4:30 pm nightly. It’s definitely one of the most special spots to dine in Jackson Hole.