Resort offers a gourmet progressive dinner on skis
By Erin Crowell
If Northern Michigan foodies had a workout, this would be it.
You eat, ski; eat, ski; eat, ski, Laurie Michael laughs. The director of
sales and marketing at Garland Resort & Lodge in Lewiston explains the
popular Gourmet Glide, where cross-country skiing meets epicurean
I would describe this as a progressive dinner on skis, Michael says.
Held every Saturday during the winter, the Gourmet Glide allows
participants to ski through a 10km route, stopping at five buffet stations
along the way.
We came up with the idea years ago, says Michael. There are some events
held nationally, which could have been borrowed.
The borrowed idea has grown into a destination event for locals and
travelers alike, drawing close to 25,000 gourmet gliders over its 21 years
Its a riot, Michael says.
THE MMM ROUTE
Skiers start at the lodge at 9 a.m., where they are served a buffet
breakfast of pancakes, muffins, granola, fresh fruit, hot chocolate,
coffee and mimosas. Its a quick warm up at the new outdoor fireplace
before the journey continues to station two.
The Hard Wax Café is the second stop. Snap off your skis and prop up those
feet for a relaxing afternoon of wine and keg beer; along with hors
doeuvres, featuring chipotle smoked cheddar cheese and sun dried tomato
fondue served with tortilla chips, artichoke dip, smoked whitefish, Cajun
salmon and trout. But dont fill up too much.
Station three is a stop at Trout Camp, held entirely outdoors with ice
fishing and frozen pond put put. This buffet features pan-fried rainbow
trout and potato beer cheese soup.
Station four takes you back indoors to the Bridge Inn for some
Cincinnati style chili, a nacho bar, soup and sub sandwiches.
And finally, if youre still able to shuffle those skis forward, is the
Garland Center and Great Room for some late afternoon carbo reloading. The
day closes with a chef attended pasta station with marinara, pesto and
alfredo sauces. Oh, and dont forget about the house baked pies.
This food route can leave even the most dedicated foodie short of breath
(and stomach room). So, Garland offers transportation to assist those too
tired to complete the glide.
We have what we lovingly refer to as the Wimp Wagon, says Michael. Ive
been real sick just coming off of pneumoniawhen I did the glide
recently. So I used the Wimp Wagon.
Its also for anyone wanting to experience the food, minus the skiing
making it the ideal event for the elderly or a family with young children.
We have a lot of families, says Michael. We also have girlfriends,
couples, a lot of groups that do it. Its just a lot of fun.
The Gourmet Glide is held at Garland Lodge & Resort in Lewiston, every
Saturday, now through March 6 (weather permitting). The Glide runs 9
a.m.-4 p.m. with approximately three hours at each station. Cost, is $59
for hotel guests and $69 for non-guests. Price includes alcohol, tax and
tip. Discount tickets available for children. Sign up in the ski shop or
visit the website for more information at www.Garlandusa.com. Call