There’s a whole lot of sweetness coming to Park City this winter. First, there was the opening of Quincy’s Frozen Yogurt at Deer Valley and now Crave at Canyons. Well, it’s not exactly at Canyons but once the gondola starts spinning from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel up to the Grand Summit the tasty bakery with the big, mouthwatering desserts will at least be the ski-in part of the ski-in/ski-out idea.
However, the luscious treats are just the icing on the cake for the latest Talisker venture.
For those of you who checked out for a bit, the Waldorf used to be named the Dakota Mountain Lodge when it opened in 2009 but as one of the sales managers explained, “Too many people were calling to ask which part of Dakota – North or South- we were located.” The boutique hotel chain rebranded for better name recognition in 2010 and partnered with Talisker this year. Inside, is a gorgeous colonial/mountain ambiance with 175 rooms ranging from singles to four-bedroom condos.
The hotel also houses the 16,000 square foot Golden Door Spa, outdoor patios with fire pits, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, Scoop for après ice cream, poolside specialty drinks, and s’mores, Crave and the new Slopes by Talisker.
Spaghetti and Meatball cupcakes have a berry filling and the Peanut Butter Cupcakes are filled with jelly.
Crave is the extension of Talisker’s masterful pastry chef Mary Cech. She’s making use of the digs up at the old Silvermine Adventure just before the turn onto Guardsman Pass where her team is busy crafting desserts the way chemists tinker in their research laboratories. Instead of trying to save room for a Warm Caramel Apple Cake or Chocolate Torte you can pop over to Crave some other time and go straight to the sweets.
Slopes By Talisker adds another feather in Talisker’s John Murko’s cap. That brings the total to 22 food venues he must oversee. Slopes is said to offer locally sourced ingredients and showcase seasonal flavors. Many of the dishes will be heart healthy, with some vegan and gluten –free choices. The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch in the lounge/bar area with dinner in the rear, fine-dining space. Slopes is open for guests of the Waldorf Astoria as well as the general public but gauging by the limited seating and classiness of the area you best make reservations.
Crave will also beat out the nearby 7-11 for best coffee and rolls to go. The place is tiny; tucked in a corner just next to Slopes. You might think it’s a coat closet but step around for breakfast pastries, take-out lunch items, and house-made cookies, cupcakes, muffins and chocolates. Crave opens at 6:30 a.m.