Travel: St. Moritz Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Each year mouths begin to water and toes start to tap as Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the Grande Dame of St. Moritz, releases its winter calendar of parties and festivals. The hotel is the ideal destination getaway in either winter or summer with it’s unrequited charm and refined luxury. The Palace hotel has 135 guestrooms including 35 suites with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. The hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Swiss Historic Hotels. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is open for the winter season from December 1, 2011- April 9th, 2011.

Foodies and culture addicts should mark their calendars for these ‘must do’ events. From the Gourmet Festival to the Snow and Symphony, St. Moritz puts on the ‘Ritz’ for visitors, while Badrutt’s Palace Hotel dazzles guests with its sensational lakeside setting, old-world charm and impeccable service.

Here is a glimpse of this winter’s culinary and cultural highlights in St. Moritz:The 19th St. Moritz Gourmet Festival: January 30 – February 3
The St. Moritz Gourmet Festival offers a bounty of culinary delights. Together with the top chefs from St. Moritz’s leading hotels, international star chefs from three continents pamper the palates of their gourmet guests.

Gourmet dinner with Master Chef: January 31 – February 2
Guest Chef Regis Marcon, awarded 3 Michelin Stars, from Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid in France, dazzles guests by creating a five-course menu or an à la carte dinner in Le Restaurant.

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival: January 31 – February 3
Chocolate Cult in Le Grand Hall – Chef Patisser and traditional chocolate house Sprüngli present a buffet of chocolate creations to melt the heart of every guest.

Funky Kitchen Party: February 1
Kicking off at 10.30pm, Badrutt’s Palace throws the annual much-anticipated Funky Kitchen Party – in the kitchen, of course, as well as in Le Bistro. Master chefs unfold their creations as guests mingle around steaming saucepans and sizzling frying pans. Savour each dish as it is prepared – accompanied by an appropriate champagne, wine or spirit.

The Great Valser Gourmet Finale: February 3
Celebrate with fine champagne and wines at an altitude of 8,000 feet as the Guest Master Chefs gather round the stove to create a multi-course menu at the closing party on the Alpine world of Corviglia.

Palace Chocolate Cult: February 19
An exhibition and tasting of chocolate creations in Le Grand Hall from 3pm-6pm.

The 6th Art on Ice St. Moritz: February 17
World-class ice ballet held at night on the frozen Lake St. Moritz. A magical winter experience.

Guest Chef Tonino Cannavacciuolo: March 1-4:
Award-winning Italian Guest Chef Tonino Cannavacciuolo, awarded two Michelin Stars, from Villa Crespi, Orta San Giulio, Italy, brings his creative cuisine to Le Relais restaurant at the Palace.

Snow and Symphony: March 9 – 25
The 15th annual St. Moritz Music Festival Week.

Easter Pastry Class:
April 4
An afternoon with the Palace Pastry Chef making sweet Easter pastries.

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