Archive for the ‘Dining in Bigfork’ Category

Swan Lake’s Laughing Horse Lodge a Welcome Respite for Traveling Vegetarians

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

 In Montana, beef is royalty, but occasionally even a carnivore craves greens and fish and the kitchen at Laughing Horse Lodge is pleased to oblige. The menu presented by chef/owner Kathleen features many dishes based on organic and natural ingredients that can be stepped up with responsibly harvested fish including sushi-grade Ahi and line-caught Alaskan Salmon.

 For a warm summer evening try her signature Polynesian – organic baby farm greens tossed with dried organic cranberries, diced apples and ginger glazed pecans topped with a seared Ahi steak and fresh gorgonzola crumbles drizzled with a zingy wasabi ginger dressing…and that green stuff on the edge of the plate? It’s not guacamole, but freshly made wasabi…sizzling!

 Kathleen’s large entrée salads – The Rancher, The Yucatan Stack and the Polynesian – are meals in themselves, but if you are looking for something with a bit more heft, put in an order for the Organic Basil Pesto Linguini brimming with gently sautéed vegetables, or the Mango Ahi served on a bed of organic wehani red rice steaming with the flavors of Thailand.

 And so that our carnivore partners don’t feel left out, there’s a 14oz natural Buffalo Ribeye served up with a tantalizing Wild Berry Glaze, natural Angus Sirloin aged to fork-tender perfection, Angus Prime Rib and of course, the famous ½# steak burger served on a homemade foccaccia bun.

 

Wild Salmon, Savory Black Bean, Natural Chicken or Steak...The Burger is King!

Wild Salmon, Savory Black Bean, Natural Chicken or Steak...The Burger is King!

The dining room is open Wednesday through Sunday at 5pm with a public brunch Saturday and Sunday 8am – 2pm.

Reservations definitely suggested…406-886-2080.

Laughing Horse Lodge A Haven for Foodies in the Flathead Valley

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Now in her tenth year as owner, chief cook and bottle washer, Kathleen continues to bring in the rave reviews for Laughing Horse Lodge from locals and visitors who have discovered this Swan Lake dining ‘secret’.

This season, Kathleen heats up her menu with nightly specials from the ‘over the top’ Asian flavor sensation of Saffron Soba Noodle Cake to the Norman Rockwell down home comfort of savory meatloaf floating in a sea of Crimini Mushroom Prime Rib gravy.

The Horse offers a laid-back, old Montana dining experience where the value is on the plate – mostly organic, always fresh and totally delicious ingredients prepared with care, presented with joy and affordably priced.

So if you are a foodie looking for the best the Flathead has to offer, take a short drive to Swan Lake and see what Kathleen is cooking up for the evening… “hmmm…all natural Tuscan-style Black Angus Prime Rib, or a large steaming bowl of clams swimming in a broth reminiscent of late summer nights in Capri?”

The dining room is open 5pm Wednesday – Sunday for dinner with a public brunch offered Saturday and Sunday 8am – 2pm. The kitchen is closed Monday and Tuesday night so that Kathleen may bring her creative skills to the private homes of the Bigfork/Swan Lake area for parties from 12 to 100.

 Reservations definitely suggested…406-886-2080.

Natural Porterhouse Pork Chop on a Green Chili Frittata

Natural Porterhouse Pork Chop on a Green Chili Frittata

Black Truffle Sacchetti with Slivered Asparagus Featured at Laughing Horse Lodge this Week!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

“Whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens…” yes, those are two of my favorite things, but in the spring my thoughts and my kitchen turn to two other favorites…black truffles and fresh asparagus. This week (June 17th – 21st) Laughing Horse Lodge is pleased to present a deceptively simple yet flavorful dish featuring both.

 

Slivers of black truffle are folded into a lovely blend of three Italian cheeses and spooned into petite pasta sachets which are tossed with julienned asparagus and a simple garlic-infused brown butter sauce. Of course the dish wouldn’t be complete without a splash of fresh herbs from the Horse’s garden.

 

Pair this dish with a cool Lodge salad of organic greens and a bright Hacienda Molleda Garnacha from Zaragoza and you have a perfect meal for a warm Swan Lake evening.

 

For dinner reservations, call 406-886-2080

Gael Greene of Fork Play Stops By Laughing Horse Lodge

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

On a recent visit to Bigfork, the infamous New York Magazine food critic and author Gael Greene dined on vegetarian lasagna at Laughing Horse Lodge and gave mention of her evening in her e-newsletter Food Play. Greene, who’s latest book Insatiable has just been optioned for a film was in Montana visiting her niece Dana Stoddard of Montana Bliss. Greene also enjoyed one of the Horse’s famous 1/2# sirloin burgers served rare and presented with grilled Spanish red onions and roasted garlic under melted Gorgonzola.

July 5th Celebration of the American Cowboy with Music, Poetry and BBQ at Laughing Horse Lodge

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

It’s Independence Weekend, and what could be more iconic of independence than the American Cowboy? So brush off your Levis, polish up your boots and head to Laughing Horse Lodge for an evening of great cowboy music with Joe Zambrano and Blue Smoke, Cowboy Poetry, dancing, open mike competition for poets,and of course, a delicious Cowboy Grub BBQ. Adults $18, kids under twelve $12. Beer and wine available. Secured reservations required. Do you have a poet lurking somewhere inside? This is your opportunity…pick a poem 2 – 4 minutes in length…and get ready to wow the crowd. A $50 gift certificate the Horse goes to the winner as decided by crowd response. Let the Horse know if you plan to participate in the open mike as space and time is limited.

Event begins at 6pm in the Garden at the Horse, located at milemarker 71.5, Hwy. 83 in Swan Lake Montana. Don’t be late!

Complimentary Drinks for Bigfork Summer Playhouse Ticket Holders

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Bring  your evening’s playhouse tickets to Laughing Horse Lodge Wednesday – Sunday this summer, and you’ll receive a complimentary glass of draft microbrew or wine. Locatedin the village of Swan Lake,  just 16 miles from Bigfork, the highly-reviewed Horse opens at 5pm so that you may enjoy a leisurely dinner and be back in the village in time for the first curtain.

To make reservations, call 406-886-2080.

The Best Dining in Bigfork is in Swan Lake!

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Travelers and locals agree  that the short drive from Bigfork to the village of Swan Lake is well worth it…not only for the marvelous scenery along Swan Lake, but for what awaits you in the dining room at Laughing Horse Lodge.  The menu at the Horse features the freshest organic produce available, along with exceptionally tender, aged, all natural Angus beef, line caught wild fish, natural pork and chicken. Simply prepared and elegantly presented, the dishes offered by Chef Kathleen have been compared to the some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco and Chicago.  The intimate dining room, warmed by a wood stove in the corner and the laughter of happy diners, welcomes you with the aromas of freshly baked bread and pies.  If you want to escape the hurried crowds of Bigfork in high summer, jump in the car and drive the 16 miles to laid back Swan Lake. Enjoy a walk on the beach before sunset and then settle in to enjoy an evening of excellent food, good wine and the conversation of new friends. Reservations required. Call 406-886-2080. The dining room is open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday, 5pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 2pm for brunch.

Dan Dubuque to Perform for Tour of the Swan River Valley Cyclists

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Acoustic guitarist, Dan Dubuque will perform at Laughing Horse Lodge on May 30 for the cyclists of the annual Tour of the Swan River Valley. Dubuque is known for his unorthodox and eclectic style that has drawn a loyal following across the Northwest. Dubuque will perform from 7pm – 9pm in the dining room. The concert is free. Dinner is available with reservations.

We’re Toasting the Bigfork Summer Playhouse 50th Reunion All Summer Long

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Bring  your evening’s playhouse tickets to Laughing Horse Lodge Wednesday – Sunday this summer, and you’ll receive a complimentary glass of draft microbrew or wine. Located just 16 miles from Bigfork, the highly-reviewed Horse opens at 5pm so that you may enjoy a leisurely dinner and be back in the village in time for the first curtain.

To make reservations, call 406-886-2080.

Beer! Wonderful Beer! Tasting at the Horse!

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Tuesday, June 9th, 7pm
Explore the wonderous world of beer – both exotic imports from small, family run breweries dating back to the 16th century and  little known hand-crafted domestics – with Laughing Horse Lodge and Rocky Mountain Distributors. Enjoy a selection of mouth-watering tidbits created by Chef Kathleen while you sample over 20 unique and delicious European and North American beers.  Featuring Montana breweries! Tasting takes place in the dining room at the Horse.  Special sample pack and case pricing available.
$10 per person. Must be 21 to attend.
Reservations required. 406-886-2080