Turning Tables: Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Resort Reopens Lautrec Restaurant

Why you should know about it: Nemacolin is a major luxury travel destination in western Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh, in the Allegheny Mountains. Encompassing more than 2,200 acres in the scenic Laurel Highlands region, Nemacolin offers a wide range of lodgings, food and beverage options, and activities, including a spa, skiing, horseback riding, fly fishing, two golf courses and much more.

The luxurious Lautrec restaurant, displaying six first print lithographs by famed 19th century French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was the culinary centerpiece of the resort for years, earning a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in 2011. (The restaurant has claimed that it has the “largest working wine cellar in Pennsylvania.”)

When it reopened: Lautrec had been closed since January 2023, as Nemacolin reimagined its Grand Lodge hotel; during that time, the space was used temporarily for the Rockwell’s Bistro restaurant (named for Willard F. Rockwell, who founded Nemacolin as the Nemacolin Trails Hunting Reserve in 1968; Joseph A. Hardy III purchased Nemacolin in the 1980s, expanding it, and his daughter Maggie Hardy now leads the resort). Lautrec reopened in October in its original location in the Farmington, Pa., resort.

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The culinary approach: Executive chef Louis Carletti-Silva continues to offer Lautrec’s six-course tasting menu of creative European dishes with global inspirations, based around seasonal ingredients. “One main change in the Lautrec menu offering over the last year is the focus on course choices for our guests,” Carletti-Silva explained. “Instead of them coming in and receiving six courses of ‘chef choice’ items, the focus is to have a choice of three items for most dining experiences”—currently, four of the courses.

What’s on the wine list: Sommelier Wade Hill oversees the approximately 900-label wine list, tapping an inventory of about 9,000 bottles. France (particularly Burgundy and Bordeaux), the U.S. and Italy continue to be strengths, with other regions also represented. “Changes to the wine list have been minimal,” said Hill. “However, now that we are back to fully operational in the restaurants and in the wine cellar, I [am] rebuilding Nemacolin’s inventory to not just get back to where we were, but to further build our wine list to increase the offerings.”

But that’s not all …

Nemacolin Opens New Fawn & Fable Restaurant

Lautrec was joined at the Grand Lodge this fall by a new restaurant, Fawn & Fable. (With the Chateau hotel now being reimagined and set to reopen its doors in summer 2024, there might just be more news to come.)

The culinary approach: Fawn & Fable focuses on sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine inspired by the surrounding Laurel Highlands and the history of Nemacolin and the Grand Lodge. Much of the menu draws from classic steak-house dining, but chefs Christine Hazel and Kristin Butterworth have introduced creative twists in dishes such as kimchi cauliflower with toasted sesame ranch, the Princess & the Chickpea-Peanut Hummus (with cucumber salad, roasted peanuts and flatbreads) and Snow White’s Apple Oysters with green apple mignonette and chile caviar.

“Our whimsical approach to steak-house cuisine brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to the dining scene of the Laurel Highlands,” Hazel told Wine Spectator. Many ingredients are from Fawn & Fable’s garden, and others come from sources in Pennsylvania: cheese from Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy, charcuterie from Stone Arch Farm and bread from Mediterra Bakehouse.

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Source : https://www.winespectator.com/articles/restaurant-news-lautrec-reopens-at-nemacolin-resort-in-pennsylvania

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