Vail Cascade Dessertcation {Vail, CO}

As sweet as the view was from the balcony of my room at the Vail Cascade

…Literally at the base of the mountain, just steps from my door was the lift to take you up to the top and ski down…if you like being cold.  Or for just a few more steps you could grab a cup of hot {spiked} cocoa and lounge fireside at the Fireside Bar (fitting name).

However, I REALLY enjoyed this view – Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and petite fours, crafted by Pastry Chef Kendra Hamilton. They were the perfect beginning to my Dessertcation, I knew I’d be right at home here.

And I savored them here…

After settling in, we toured the hotel.  Finding a spot where my toddler could make his own Christmas stocking, which the staff filled with goodies every night we stayed.  They’re cool like that, welcoming and entertaining your wee ones.   But you’ll also find that you’d enjoy it just the two of you – it’s an amazingly romantic and quiet place.

Need just a quick sugar fix?  Check out the goodies in the Cascade Village Market.  Though they change sweets out daily, I got some additional Petite Fours and cupcakes to go.  You know, it’s a long car ride home.

My Dessertcation was centered around the new Beer & Dessert Pairings at the Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant.  I was honored to be one of the first to experience this holy union.  It’s like the wedding of the century – Beer and Dessert!

Whether you ski or not, (I won’t laugh at you if you don’t ski, I don’t like being cold either) you must make the trek to Vail to get your mouth around this masterpiece created by amazing chefs, Executive Chef Todd Bemis & Executive Pastry Chef Kendra Hamilton at the Vail Cascade, and Craft Beer guru Laura Lodge organizer of the Big Beers Festival and now the new Director of Craft Beers (how can I become her lovely assistant?? *hiccup*).  Laura knows more about hops and barley than anyone I know.

They hit the nail on the head with these pairings.  I tasted both their savory and dessert pairings – ohhh the dessert.  My sophisticated palate (I joke) picked up on the uniquely refreshing combinations after just one bite.  I was just thrilled to look like I knew what I was doing, which in turn completely impressed the company who was staring down my every bite.

Starting with my all time favorite –

White Chocolate Cheesecake paired with Unibroue La Fin du Monde

I couldn’t step away from this duo for very long, it was my all-time, hands-down favorite of the bunch.  It’s the balance that, even still today, I’m pining for.  After doing my customary drink, bite, drink, my taste buds were overjoyed with the exciting flavor combinations of creamy white chocolate,  coconut and a burst of lemon from the beer.  I could live in this glorious place forever.

Chocolate Mousse Cake paired with Ommegang Three Philosophers

When I dipped into this combo my taste buds fell for the complimentary chocolate and nutty flavors.  What an amazing, and truly delicious, revelation!  I wasn’t at all surprised that my husband wouldn’t share much of this one with me – he’s a self-proclaimed chocoholic, which means he hogs all of it.

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee and New Belgium 1554

After the initial crack of that toasty brulee’d sugar top, and then a swig of the 1544, the brew calms the sweetness of the creme brulee, yet intensifies those hints of vanilla.  It’s the most amazing taste sensation in your mouth.  I have a feeling this would have been Tracy’s favorite of the bunch.

Cutthroat FloatOdell Cutthroat Porter

Move over rootbeer, here’s something sassier!  I had heard, and seen, on a few occasions, men ordering beer floats (I guess it’s the manly way to eat dessert?). And being the float enthusiast I am, it piqued my interest.  Finally getting to try one, I now know what the hype is all about.  What a fantastic way to mellow the flavors of your beer, with a scoop of good old fashioned vanilla ice cream.  And if you’ve got a beer with hints of chocolate, like the Cutthroat, it really heightens those flavors.

Move over Kim, Kris, Prince Will and Princess Kate, I was invited to the wedding of the year and you can be too.  This marriage is strong enough, and of course, scrumptious enough to last a life time.  Which is more than I can say for ONE of those couples aforementioned…

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Disclaimer – I was hosted by the Vail Cascade to 2 night’s stay, dessert & beer pairing, additional treats and breakfast.  I speak highly of this location because the opinions expressed here are my own, and I’m in love. So there.

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