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June 27, 2013updated Jul 02, 2013

Book the Pastry Chef and Gourmet Safari at Badrutt’s Palace this Summer

By Chris Boyle


The culinary highlights taking place in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel this summer – including a pastry chef for rent, a gourmet safari and an alphorn player standing on his head on Swiss National Day – are a sure sign that the traditional hotel dating back to 1896 can also show its unconventional side.

The Palace Gourmet Safari on July 4 promises to be full of excitement without the fear of wild animals. In this culinary adventure, each course is taken in a different location of the hotel – some not normally accessible to guests.

One such area is the legendary Palace wine cellar with its 40,000 or so bottles and 900 labels. Sommelier Guiseppe Bovino is in his element sharing his wine knowledge and proudly pulling a 1900 Château Lafite (Pauillac, Bordeaux) from one of the wine racks. For the crowning glory of the evening, guests experience a dessert buffet for all the senses in the sweetest part of the hotel, the patisserie.

Après dix heures (after 10 o’clock), on August 3, promises to be a very sweet occasion. After the lights in the patisserie have been switched off, pastry chef Stefan Gerber’s realm turns into a paradise for champagne lovers and those with a sweet tooth. As a special highlight hotel guests can even book the pastry chef – either for an extravagant patisserie party in their room or for a private patisserie lesson in the Palace kitchens.

At the Palace Chef’s Table, on July 11, guests are immersed into a different culinary world. Executive chef Mauro Taufer and his team will cook for them, just as in other Palace restaurants, but on this evening they are able to watch the chefs from an exclusive table set up for the gourmands in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s main kitchen.

Another connoisseur event, this time especially for wine lovers, is the Wine & Dine evening on July 20. The eventful evening begins with an exquisite aperitif and an extensive tour of the wine cellar with palace sommelier Guiseppe, before head chef Mauro Taufer presents an extraordinary dinner in the Le Relais restaurant.

The breathtaking scenery of the Engadine mountains and the view of Lake St. Moritz never fail to enchant guests on the terrace of La Diala restaurant. Here the kitchen team offers a daily menu of hearty barbecue and grill specials. Lunchtime in this magical atmosphere is a Palace experience not to be missed.

Tavolata Jam features a concert with Pius Baumgartner and his band in the Palace Kitchen on July 27, followed by the 70s party in the legendary King’s Club, paving the way for the following day’s Tavolata event. A 330-yard (300m) long table will be set up for visitors on Via Maistra, serving all kinds of culinary delights.

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Swiss National Day on August 1 brings traditional festivities to Badrutt’s, one of Switzerland’s oldest hotels. Guests will savor a gourmet buffet with regional specialties, seafood and sweet temptations from the patisserie. Swiss folk band Huusmusig Kollegger’s provides the perfect accompaniment on this traditional occasion. While the performance may be traditional, he alphorn player breaks with convention, by standing on his head.

  • Palace Safari – July 4 from 7:30 pm for US $237 (CHF 220) per person including drinks
  • Rent our Pastry Chef – June 2 to August 31. Price upon request
  • Après dix heures – August 3 from 10pm for US $97 (CHF 90), including champagne
  • Palace Chef’s Table – July 11 for US $237 (CHF 220) per person, including drinks
  • Wine & Dine – July 20, 7:30 pm. Price upon request
  • Delicious Grill Delights – July 13 to September 7 from 12 noon to 3pm in La Diala
  • Tavolata Jam – July 27, 10:15pm. Free admission
  • Swiss National Day – August 1, aperitif at 7:30pm, dinner at 8:30pm for US $129 (CHF 120) per person


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