Chef Mathias Dandine is Appointed and Debuts a French Regional Menu
Courchevel, France (January 18, 2011) – The Chalet de Pierres returns to the illustrious Courchevel 1850 gastronomic landscape with the commencement of the 2010/11winter season. The owners and operators of the world-renowned Hotel de Charme Les Airelles recently acquired the restaurant and invested more than five million Euro into its renovation, updated the interiors, terrace, appointed the renowned Chef Mathias Dandine and debuted the first-ever ‘en piste’ Chanel Boutique.
Situated just steps from the Verdons ski run, this enchanting slope-side restaurant is set to become the premiere hotspot on the Alps. The new design features stonework from the former Maurienne train station, a slate tile roof, finely worked pine balustrades and a sprawling terrace. Designer Christophe Tollemer, who spearheaded the renovation at Les Airelles, lent his artistry and vision to the transformation. He paid great attention to the modernization of the restaurant, but kept the legendary spirit alive. The chalet features a grand fireplace, quiet corners, a cozy bar area, and an extended terrace with ice rink decorated with antique furniture and artwork.
Chef Mathias Dandine, formerly of the Michelin-starred Hotel des Roches restaurant on the French Riviera, created a menu of traditional French specialties incorporating regional produce and meats. Chef Dandine will also make use of the classic bread ovens built into the stone structure, serving freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries daily to the restaurant and Hotel de Charme Les Airelles.
“The restaurant exudes a warm and authentic spirit reflected in the regional menu, and we will continue signature items such as the famous dessert buffet, the Beaufort Pie, and freshly baked goods made on-premises,” said Chef Dandine.
No restaurant is complete without its own Chanel boutique. Conveniently located at the entrance of the Chalet de Pierres, the famed fashion house opens an outpost featuring fur boots, cozy knits, signature handbags and fab cold weather gear.
Other unique amenities include all-terrain Land Rover car transfers to the restaurant and a 200 square-meter ice rink built into the restaurant’s terrace, reserved exclusively for clients of the Chalet de Pierres.
Chalet de Pierres will be managed by Eric Adam, who has seven years experience at the Alain Ducasse Restaurant at the Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle in the South of France. The restaurant can comfortably seat up to 800 guests and is the perfect midday lunch stop for those in the know. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Sunday and for private dinners upon request. For more information and reservations, please call +33 (0) 4-79-08-18-61 or visit, www.ChaletdePierres.com
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