Photo courtesy Terra Bistro
Hooked on Healthy
Restaurant Terra Bistro, located in the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, has embraced that very idea for years, offering food that is delicious as well as healthful. Nearly 90 percent of the ingredients used are certified organic, and many of the ingredients are locally sourced. In fact, the quinoa sprouts are as local as it gets. They’re grown in the kitchen and snipped fresh for an appetizer that includes butterhead lettuce cups, avocado, balsamic macerated tomatoes and basil aioli.
In winter 2014, Ludwig’s at the Sonnenalp Hotel, another staple Vail restaurant, went entirely gluten free. “It was our goal to create a menu that demonstrates that eating gluten free does not mean guests have to give up quality, flavor or creativity,” said Executive Chef Florian Schwarz who decided to make the entire menu gluten free after many people requested it.
Some diners didn’t even notice the change. “The best compliment is, ‘I didn’t realize it was gluten free,’” he said.