Experience the magic of Allie’s Cabin at Beaver Creek
February 22, 2018
Editor's note: This article was previously published as a paid feature in EAT, a compendium of restaurant snapshots featuring the best in Vail Valley dining. Look for it on newsstands everywhere.
There's a magic cabin situated on the slopes of Beaver Creek, just waiting to be discovered. This enchanted place is accessible by sleigh and, depending on the evening, transforms like a storybook character from a lively and welcoming dining experience for families to an intimate space for wine-focused cuisine punctuated by pyrotechnics. Sound too good to be true? No, it sounds like Allie's Cabin.
Allie's Cabin is part of the triumvirate of famed, fine-dining cabins at Beaver Creek in which Zach's and Beano's round out the trio. However, there is a notable difference for audiences at Allie's: on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (and select Saturdays), it's all families, all the time. The Family Dinners feature a three-course dinner for the adults; kids get to pick and choose from a buffet specially designed for their refined palates.
"It's built around the kids," Allie's General Manager Bob Battle says. "It's a kids' buffet so we focus on kid-friendly food. Both chef Weems and I are parents, so we try to blend a little bit of what our kids want with what our wives want our kids to eat on that buffet."
Options may include roasted chicken or chicken fingers and homemade mac 'n' cheese, along with a salad option and several veggies. However, dessert is definitely included in the form of a do-it-yourself ice cream sundae station with all the fixings.
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However, no matter what appears on the buffet, the dominant flavor is family.
"It is meant for families," Battle said. "It's not a romantic dinner. The room is usually at least 50 percent kids, and it's usually a little loud. But we've created a place for families to come on vacation to relax and not worry about whether or not the kids are out of place and still get a good meal."
If a romantic evening is what's required, then just wait until Thursday evenings. On Thursday evenings, Allie's transforms into a haven for an intimate, leisurely meal that focuses on exploring the relationship between wine and food. This is not a winemaker's dinner, Battle stresses: There are no representatives from the wineries and education is not the mission of the evening. These wine dinners feature five courses of world-class cuisine specially designed to perfectly pair with the featured wines of the evening. Chef Kirk Weems has free rein to let his creativity loose in the kitchen; he often blends across cuisines, for example, moving from Asian-inspired fare into classic French cuisine. And the ambiance? Night and day from family dinner.
As a bonus to the unhurried pace and exceptional meal, a seat at the wine dinner comes with a show: Allie's is situated so that guests get an almost bird's eye view of the fireworks show that occurs every Thursday night at Beaver Creek.
"The winery-focused dinners are for those who want to spend a slow, casual evening enjoying good food and wine as we believe they're meant to be blended," Battle quips. "And, you get to enjoy one of the coolest fireworks shows that I think you'll ever see."
So make plans to enjoy an enchanting evening at Allie's Cabin, whether it's with the munchkins in your life, or your very own prince or princess: It's bound to leave a terrific aftertaste.