October 24, 2014

Cheese Fondue from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Fondues were popular in the 1970’s and I’m happy to say, are making a comeback.

The Wallier Stube is an intimate dining room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and their specialty is the three course Fondue Dinner.

On our road trip across Canada we were lucky enough to stay at the Chateau and indulge in their signature menu. Chef Jean-Luc graciously shared his recipes with me.

Traditional Half & Half Cheese Fondue

Recipe serves – 2 as a main 4-6 as part of a fondue dinner

200 gr. Gruyère Cheese, Emmentaler or Swiss Cheese – read labels for weights when buying
175 gr. Appenzeller Cheese or Raclette Cheese
1 Garlic clove
200 ml (3/4 cup +1 tbsp) Dry wine with acidity such as a Reisling – I use a VQA Inniskillin or a Jackson-Triggs
1 tbsp (30 mL) Cornstarch
2 tbsp (30 ml) Kirsch
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of Nutmeg
French Baguette 1 large baguette – cut into bite size cubes, I used a whole grain from Ace Bakery.

1. Cut the garlic in half and rub the inside of the pot with it, add the white wine.
2. When the wine is simmering, slowly add the grated cheese and stir until the consistency is smooth.
3. Make a liaison with the cornstarch and a little of white wine (basically whisk together until lump free) and gently whisk into the cheese, add the pepper and nutmeg.
4. Add the kirsch just before serving.
Chef tip: The consistency of the cheese fondue is supposed to be like
heavy cream.

Accessory condiments
To eat with the traditional fondue, you can serve baby gherkins, silver pickled onions, mushroom caps, and or pickled mixed vegetables.

I’m a fan of VQA wines. The guarantee that the grapes were grown, pressed and cellared in Canada. Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs are both VQA wines and fabulous drinking wines with the fondue.


4 Comments on “Cheese Fondue from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Nancy Wilson
January 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

What kind of fondue pot did you suggest ?

January 20, 2015 at 8:33 am

I got mine at the Bay, I like the metals ones the best, they can hold the heat and won’t explode if they get overheated……I speak from experience…
Peace, love and fibre,

December 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm

I have a Teflon electric fondue pot, easy clean up and great for beef.

December 14, 2018 at 7:34 pm

you are so lucky!
Peace, love and fibre,


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