Courchevel 1850, one of my favourites places on earth; the majestic beauty and unique atmosphere of this luxurious ski resort nestled in the heart of the French Alps make every visit a memorable adventure.
I’ve been going to France since a little girl and have always regarded it as my adopted home, however, since being vegan I’ve come to dread the ‘food aspect’ of visiting. While we are in the midst of an undeniable vegan revolution, and most major cities, including France, are adapting exponentially, the traditional cuisine of the ski resorts left me feeling fretful and disappointed with the blatant lack of vegan options.
Historically, we would brace ourselves for plates of chips, salads or if we were lucky, an uninspiring bowl of pasta. This Xmas spent at 1850 was a completely different story though. We were frankly overwhelmed by the ease of ordering vegan, often off menu, and impressed by how accommodating the patrons were and sympathetic to our requests.
One such hotel, Les Grandes Alpes, couldn’t have been more delighted to show us how creative they are when met with vegan requests. Having popped into the hotel for a quick glass of champagne before the fireworks, we got chatting with the manager, the lovely Stefano. We chatted vegan (naturally) and mentioned that we had so far been very impressed by the shift in attitude, within the last year. Stefano invited us to dinner the following evening, telling us that his chef (who coincidently had been a vegan chef in Paris for the past five years before joining Les Grandes Alpes, would like to meet us and prepare us something special.
Cue the following evening, we met the chef, who asked us what we would like to try, and it was more than refreshing that the chef of a five-star hotel took the time to come and meet us, chat to us, and find out what we would like to for dinner :)) Nothing was too much trouble as the resulting dishes he prepared us were indescribably delicious. I cannot recommend Les Grandes Alps enough.
Far from being an isolated episode, our very own hotel Le Saint Joseph & L’apogee were only too pleased to adapt their menu to suit us; including apres ski treats!
Things are really changing and permeating the strata of society; I’ve noticed a real quickening in the last year alone with the ease and facilitation of ordering vegan - even in traditional meat-heavy destinations - is yet another key indicator of the collective shift in awareness. Vegan-Vous?