While the West Coast of the United States provides a more consistent ski experience in terms of conditions, some of us East Coast skiers find ourselves heading North to Vermont for some long weekend ski time. It is no secret that I spend a lot of time in Vermont, as you may have read about my experience at Spruce Peak Lodge just recently.
But I could not go through a ski season without mention of Killington Mountain, the “Beast of the East” and my most favorite mountain to ski. As a frequent visitor I have also been to most of the restaurants on the access road to the mountain and there are many that are fantastic. Having paid yet another visit to the mountain and some of the seemingly endless list of local haunts this past weekend I was asked by a few newcomers, “If you could dine out at one spot in Killington, which would it be?”
Without hesitation: The Foundry.
The Foundry at Summit Pond
Open year round and apparently waterside in the Spring and Summer (I only see it with lots of powder snow), The Foundry is the perfect balance of warm family atmosphere with a menu that is diverse in appeal.
Do not get me wrong; others offer the usual suspects that we love like Oysters for the grown ups and Fries for the kids but The Foundry takes an additional step in offering Togarashi Crusted Swordfish – Atlantic swordfish, togarashi crust, shiitake and enoki mushroom kimch and butternut miso puree – simultaneously with the more traditional fare of Nachos with chicken or pulled pork, white cheddar and pico di gallo or Veal Cacciatore in a house-tomato sauce with porcini mushrooms, olives and a roasted polenta on the same menu as Fried Calamari. The inventive plates that suit the more sophisticated palate are a “win” should you find yourself traveling in a group where the diners have – shall we say – “strong points of view” about the menu.
We had our usual dozen oysters and as always they were lovely and fresh even in the mountains.
We ordered the charcuterie board, where the selection changes regularly and at our last visit included Vermont White Cheddar, Goat cheese, Blue cheese and Pecorino with a delicious Olive Tapenade that I could have consumed by itself.
Homemade potato chips accompanied my sons shoestring French fries, which he was very willing to have photographed prior to consumption.
My chopped salad served with cucumber, tomato, chick pea and red onion was just what I wanted to accompany the heavy cheese that we were snacking on, and my husband’s chicken sandwich was so delicious that it was gone before I could photograph it!
The main event on the menu at Foundry – what you can not miss – are the Tableside S’mores where Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow and sticks are presented with a flame so that you and your party may create your own camp fire experience while in the comfort of a warm restaurant and enjoying live music by the fire place.
Live Music and Bar
While there is bar seating, the dining room is located at the front of the restaurant as are many high tables and our favorite spot: the couches by the window. We have been fortunate to have that seat on every visit. It is comfortable and feels like home but better because I do not have to do the clean up.
A stage at the back of the restaurant is used for live music which typically begins at 4pm, although I suggest you call to check. On the occasions where I have visited the music covers Pop and Alternative Rock (think Matchbox 20 with some classics from Elton John and Billy Joel). Great entertainment to sing along and reminisce with friends.
Casual, warm and friendly family vibe should make The Foundry our next “can’t miss” when you are headed to ski the Beast of the East.
The Foundry at Summit Pond
63 Summit Path
Killington, VT 05751
Telephone: (802) 422-5335
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Writer with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. Her credits include Sales and Marketing for with PRADA USA Corp., followed by a jump in to the world of beauty as an Esthetician followed by Spa Manager at Jurlique, Spa Manager and Client Relationship Manager and Digital Business Development coordinator position at Amore Pacific where celebrity clients were and remain confidential and her column, “Ask Angela,” was featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. She has also been a contributor for Beauty to Shape and Fitness Magazines.
A side job as a Hospital Victim on “As the World Turns,” and a correspondent on the now defunct lifestyle web series “Tangerine Living,” Angela is no stranger to juggling multiple positions and has built quite the resume. A move to The New York Daily News as Training and Employee Relations Manager with a night and weekend gig as make up artist for runway shows, (she studies in Los Angeles with Amy Ward) including Vogue Bambino and multiple commercials, Angela became a Mom, her best and most important credit to date.
Since Motherhood, Angela has been a Brand Ambassador for the skin line Patchology, featured in Saks Fifth Avenue in store and on air with CBS News segment “Patch me Pretty.” She has been a beauty guest for QVC, and the founder of her own social media communications business, helping business owners to share their digital voice. Actively involved with Smart Children with Learning Differences, her most favorite down time hobby is discovering the best in beauty, travel and fashion around the United States.
Angela is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications and Writing, where she appeared on the University Union News as an Anchor and on The Beat of Syracuse, Z89 as a DJ. Angela has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Working with Alphaluxe is a unique opportunity, “to share what I am most passionate about. Living your best life. In her spare time, you can find Angela running, practicing yoga, taking her son to one of his sports practices. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, son, and chihuahuas.