Archive for September, 2012

2013 Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Brunch at the Horse

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Take a leisurely drive down to Swan Lake and enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch celebrating all things great about our Moms. Join us on Sunday, May 12th (that is if Mom isn’t participating in the Spartan Game challenge at Flathead Lake Lodge!) from 9am to 1:30pm. Mom’s receive a complimentary glass of bubbly with there brunch selection.

And not to be outdone, on Sunday, June 16th, grab Dad and bring him to the Horse for a manly Father’s Day brunch guaranteed to satiate even the most wolfish appetite. From our famous Huckleberry Peach Pancakes to Angus Rib Eye and Eggs (and several other dishes), Dad is sure to be satisfied. And of course, Dad gets a glass of the bubbly as well.

Reservations are a must for these two special days. 406-886-2080 or email us at

The Horse’s 2013 ‘Tantalizing Tuesdays” Chef’s Table Schedule

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


The third year of the Horse’s popular chef’s table event – Tantalizing Tuesdays – was another sell-out success with culinary visits to regions of Tunisia, Bavaria and Burma, and even Montana with our Taste of the Wild. The challenge of distilling a culture’s entire culinary identity into 6 signature dishes fell into the capable hands of sous chef, Kyle Dean, previously of Kandahar Lodge.

Working closely with Chef Kathleen, Dean met the challenge  each Tuesday- sometimes easily, and sometimes not – as when the Columbia River Sturgeon failed to arrive hours before dinner and a scramble to local fish mongers secured halibut – delivered just minutes before guests arrived.

The food, albeit caringly prepared and beautifully presented by Dean and Moon, was only half of the bi-weekly foodie event. Working closely with Annie of Rocky Mountain Wine Distributors, Moon selected 5 wines each week to accompany the dishes. Although mostly obscure vintages (Moon requires that wines presented cannot be found at you local grocers or at CostCo) the wines selected represented some of the most delicious representations of their particular terroirs.  Two truly memorable pours included Chris Gorman‘s Zachary’s Ladder out of Washington State , and  Domaine Saint Nicolet Cotes de Rhone from France.

2013’s Tantalizing Tuesdays begins with a visit to Santiago, Chile on June 25th.  Chef Kate will be cooking at an intimate fishing lodge in Patagonia for the winter season and is looking forward to bringing home some delicious new additions to the summer offerings at the Horse.  The balance of the Tuesday Chef’s Tables are:  July 9th – Naples Italy; July 23rd – Korean Peninsula; August 13th – Ethiopia; August 27th- Loire Valley and September 10th –  A Tantalizing Taste of Montana.

Each dinner will include 5 personally selected wines to compliment the dishes presented.

The tastings are limited to 32 foodies, and secured reservations are a must.  To secure your table, please call Kathleen at 406-886-2080, or email her at  $139 per couple or $70 per person, and $45 for non-drinking designated drivers.



Chef Kate Part of FVCC Festival of Flavors!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

On Monday, October 1, Kathleen presents a 5 course Provence-inspired dinner at the home of Suzie Williams as part of the Festival of Flavors Chef series.

The festival is sponsored by the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation in support of scholarships and grants for deserving students. The week long event includes private chef’s tables, wine and beer tastings, and food workshops located around the Flathead Valley. 

As with her successful bi-weekly Chef’s Tables held each summer, Kathleen’s dinner for 12 will feature mostly organic, local provender and be paired with a selection of  wines.  The dinner is $125 per person with $75 tax deductible. To make reservations, call 756-3632 or visit

The Menu:

A Taste of Provence


Fromage avec de la confiture de figues

Cambozola baked with gooseberry preserves and served with meringue walnuts and Mediterranean flatbread

Lavendar Poche Salade d’artichauts

Petite French purple artichokes poached in lavender served with grilled golden beets,

heirloom tomatoes and lavender infused champagne balsamic dressing

Pour: (suggest a Roussillon)


Alouette aux Figues et Noisettes

Armagnac roasted young quail stuffed with figs and hazelnuts


Tartelette au fromage de chèvre et poire

Pear & Goat Cheese Tart

The Horse – “Seasonal Sensation” Featured in Montana Magazine

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The April issue of Montana Magazine featured The Horse in an article written by Sydne George. Titled “Seasonal Sensation”, George captured the true nature of the lodge and owner Kathleen Moon in words and photos that reflected the warmth and hospitality that for thirteen years has been the hallmark of this small Swan Lake lodge and bistro.

From the initial welcome by Nikki and Cooper, the two resident golden retrievers, to the morning ‘hello’ from Sampson the African Grey parrot, guests quickly understand that this is not a ‘motel as usual’ stay.

Currently celebrating a luxurious fall, the Horse is offering up a two night all-inclusive package featuring great wines and Chef Kate’s signature dishes from the kitchen. To discover this ‘seasonal sensation‘ before the late October closing, visit to learn more about the Fall Package and to make your reservations.


Montana Dragon Boat Festival Racers Welcome at The Horse Next September

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Although the second annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival is a year away, it isn’t too early to book your lodging and Laughing Horse Lodge is the perfect place to be for your race team and dragon boats. Located just 25 minutes from the race site at Flathead Lake Lodge, the Horse offers up economical yet award-winning hospitality and dining, with the added benefit of beautiful Swan Lake – a perfect practice lake for your team. Reserve your rooms individually or reserve the entire property for your team.

Our special Dragon Team Package includes: 5 nights lodging for up to 26 ( a combination of double occupancy, bunk room and cabin); early-out gourmet breakfast each morning; Welcome BBQ Dinner for your team on the first night; boat and trailer parking; boat launch and secure docking on Swan Lake for pre-event practice; and Farewell Dinner for your team on the last night.  Package price as low as $70 per person dependent upon total occupancy. For details, contact Kathleen at

Spartan Racers Will Get Some TLC from the Horse Next May

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, fresh off the incredible success of the recent Dragon Boat Races, is bringing the Spartan Race to Flathead Lake Lodge on May 11 & 12, 2013.  This outrageous (and very muddy) challenge of physical and mental prowess will pit some incredible examples of human engineering against the likes of …well…the likes of you and me. The two day event looks to be a fun way to spend a couple of days watching  fit (and not so fit) but definitely crazy folks pit themselves against a 4 mile obstacle course (including a very large hill) while carrying packs of rocks…just kidding, well only slightly.

For those racers visiting from out of the area, the Horse is offering up a Thursday – Saturday package of a three night stay with early-out gourmet breakfast each morning; a three course dinner with beer or wine upon arrival on Thursday evening; and a fun practice run on Friday up a local mountain (the Horse will provide packs and rocks if requested!). Races begin bright and early on Saturday and Sunday at Flathead Lake Lodge located only 25 minutes from the Horse.

Package 1:  Single occupancy in a queen room, three nights, three breakfasts, and welcome dinner – $155.  Package 2: Double occupancy in a queen room, six breakfasts, and two welcome dinners- $209. Package 3: Four singles in the Bunk Room, 12 breakfasts, four welcome dinners- $660 (or $55/person per day).

The Horse is located  in the village of Swan Lake, eighteen miles south of the host town of Bigfork. Extreme racers are invited to unwind and relax before and after the races while enjoying the award-winning hospitality (and hot showers!) of the Horse. To reserve your package, write to Kathleen at