My husband and I were staying in Midway Utah over Christmas and I was searching for off the beaten path places to eat and came across some reviews for the Fireside Dining at the Empire Lodge in Deer Valley. This was the best meal of our entire trip. We drove up to the lodge after dark and the drive inself was beautiful. You are winding up the side of the mountain and all over the mountain their were christmas lights. When we arrived we were ushered into the lodge which was tastefully decorated for Christmas with several floor to ceiling stone fireplaces. My husband and I were seated next to the Cheese fireplace which was the starting place for the meal. The dinner is based on four courses prepared at four separate fireplaces throughout the lodge. You begin with a plate of warm swiss cheese that has been melting in front of the fireplace, to accompany your cheese their is a station stocked with marinated pearl onions, crisp baby dills, an assortment of breads and cured meats. Now honestly I was full after this course but we still had 3 to go! We wondered before moving on to the next fireplace what do to with our plates, but they miraculously disappeared each time we left the table. The second fireplace was soups and stews with a station next to it of salad, beets and assorted breads. The white bean soup with venison meatballs was superb! Of course by this point my husband and I had to take a break and just sit and enjoy looking around the lodge and hoping for some stomach space to emerge before moving on to the the third fireplace before which large juicy legs of lamb were hanging. The meat was tender and perfectly cooked and served with potatoes and risotto. By this point I was groaning and stayed at our table while my husband left for the dessert fireplace. The finale was exceptional, three crocks of melted chocolate with a station full of fresh fruits, cookies and cake to dip into them.
The only unpleasant experience of dining here is figuring out how to taste everything without getting too full!
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