Taste the traditionnal cooking from Savoie
Come into the sweet and savoury mountain universe
On the menu, some Savoyard gastronomic specialities to put a slice of tradition on your table.
Cheese to excite your taste buds.
Cheese is the treasure of the Aravis and its main asset.The success of haut-savoyard cheeses can be explained by 3 factors : exceptional pastures, excellent milk cows, and a traditional cheese making process.
Reblochon : the whole mountain within a cheese.
Reblochon is the star of the cheeses of the valley. In the Middle Ages, farmers who worked in the alpine meadows had to give a part of their production to the land owner. In order no to loose too much, they were performing an incomplete milking of their cows. Once the land-owner gone, the farmer could finish the milking. This was called 'rebloner’, that is to say milking cows a second time to get a richer milk. The latter was used to make the Reblochon.
TIf you want to taste the famous cheese, l'Union des Producteurs de Reblochon Fermier offers the Reblochon during the welcome do.
Tomme Blanche (white tomme)
This unmatured reblochon can only be found in the Aravis, in the form of a fromage frais, just hours after being made. In general, we eat the Tomme Blanche with salt and pepper, potatoes, salad and dried meats.
Tomme de Savoie
Low-fat or not, farmhouse or dairy, the Tomme de Savoie exists in a large number of flavours. It is pressed, uncooked and covered with a firm gray crust, and is endowed with a regional label.
PDO since 2002, the Chevrotin is a farm cheese made from whole unpasturised milk. The making technique gives a unique taste, with a supple and slightly runny inner part. The cylindrical form and the rosy rind are its characteristics.
At St Jean de Sixt, the local farmers allow you to try their cheeses. You can visit the farms, taste their products and if you like them take them home. To find out more, check out the section on food services.
Haut Savoyard cooking uses sometimes unusual ingredients such as cardoons (cousins of the artichoke), crozets (a form of pasta), polenta (based on corn). There are also a collection of recipes based on shredded potato such as matafan (potato fritters), farcement... accompanied by the famous diots (pure pork sausages), or local dried meats (dried ham, and sausages)!
The best known desert in the area is the Savoy Gateau, but that’s far from being the only delicious sweet dish, for example the carnaval bugnes, Christmas rissoles, or the bescoins of the patrons festival! So many opportunities to taste the local sweet dishes.