New restaurant, Maggies, goals to be go-to spot in South Lake Tahoe
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Lake Tahoe’s eating scene presents a wide range of distinctive eats. From relaxed to high-end, everybody can discover what they’re craving. Becoming a member of the restaurant scene at South Lake Tahoe’s latest premier micro-resort is Maggie’s Restaurant.
Providing an elevated eating expertise that walks the road between informal and chic, Maggie’s presents a neighborhood area and menu, that’s comforting whereas attractive. Upon getting into, company are warmly welcomed to really feel like household, and every dish and cocktail that Maggie’s brings to their company is uniquely curated to create a one-of-a-kind expertise each go to.
“Every thing in my life has all the time been about creating experiences for folk,” Chet Pipkin, one of many founders of Desolation Resort, mentioned. “Particularly, it’s of the utmost significance to create experiences for our company right here at Maggie’s.”
Though Maggie’s is situated close to the tourism hub of South Lake Tahoe, Pipkin clarifies that not solely does he need to convey these eating experiences to lodge company and vacationers, but additionally the native South Lake Tahoe neighborhood members.
“We need to be a vacation spot the place folks can really feel tremendous snug, and simply have top-of-the-line eating experiences of their lives, week after week,” Pipkin mentioned. “We need to be the spot on this facet of city that the locals can take pleasure in. With our workers members being native, the [South Lake Tahoe] neighborhood is necessary and worthwhile to us as company.”
A mix of the good outdoor with the fashionable indoors, each Desolation Resort and Maggie’s Restaurant have made considerate, acutely aware choices that tether to the visitor expertise from begin to end.
“Our intent at Maggie’s is to rejoice Tahoe, and to really feel such as you’re actually within the bushes,” Pipkin mentioned. “The entire choices on branding and naming have been intentional. Maggie’s Restaurant is called after Maggie’s Peak, and Desolation Resort after all has been named after the Desolation Wilderness that surrounds us.”
Upon getting into, Maggie’s Restaurant has an intimate, romantic eating room and bar, and a big, open L-shaped patio lined with outside heaters, seating, and fireplaces, giving all restaurant company the sensation that they’re eating within the Tahoe pine bushes.
Together with Pipkin, Crystal Zeinert, Desolation Resort’s meals and beverage supervisor, works to constantly present a standalone eating expertise for every visitor. Zeinert has been within the restaurant business since she was 18, and makes intentional choices on cocktails, menu objects, wine lists, seasonal objects, and extra.
“I’ve been actively studying, guiding, instructing, and mentoring on this new place to date, and completely loving it,” Zeinert mentioned. “Nearly all our workers right here is in a task the place they’re rising – had been all doing issues that we’ve by no means achieved earlier than and it’s nice. The excitement round us all is so electrifying and thrilling.”
Since being on board, Zeinert has made intentional choices for Maggie’s equivalent to curating the restaurant’s personalized cocktail menu and showcasing distinctive blends. Of the various methods the lodge takes it a step above the remainder, every drink on the cocktail menu is called after a workers member’s canine and their character, equivalent to ‘Marley’s Mellow Temper,’ a chai pear shrub and vanilla vodka combine, and ‘Clara’s Bought Kick,’ a honeydew and jalapeno margarita.
Together with drinks, the meals at Maggie’s is regionally sourced as a lot as potential from the area, and made in-house by their head chef, Skyler Chauss. The brunch and dinner menus are modern-American impressed, and Chauss made purposeful choices to convey eccentric choices to the menu equivalent to handmade pasta and grilled octopus on the dinner menu, and hen fried pork stomach over biscuits and gravy on the brunch menu.
“In our menu, we actually attempt arduous to focus on what meals is all about, and that’s bringing folks collectively,” Zeinert mentioned. “Bringing these distinct choices to the menu not solely presents one thing for everybody, but additionally challenges folks to attempt one thing new, in the end creating extra buzz.”
Zeinert elaborates on that “buzz” that the Maggie’s workers is working to develop and needs all restaurant company to “really feel like they’re at dwelling” when eating.
“By the tip of the meal expertise many occasions, everybody within the restaurant is speaking to everybody,” Zeinert mentioned. “It’s not simply speaking to the those that our company are with, they’re speaking to the folks sitting subsequent to them, and earlier than we all know it your entire restaurant and patio are all chatting collectively. It actually creates this enjoyable atmosphere that not solely brings our company again to having fun with one another and having good service, but additionally having fun with everybody round; and you actually don’t see that in lots of eating places. Coming right here is like eating at dwelling.”
Whereas Maggie’s has solely been open since August, they’re optimistic that they’ll proceed to develop within the South Lake Tahoe neighborhood as a restaurant staple, and the restaurant wholeheartedly credit their success up to now to their workers.
“It’s all about our native workers, and permitting them to really feel and be empowered, that’s actually how we create magic,” Pipkin mentioned. “The wonderful suggestions loop we’re getting from the neighborhood is nice, and we couldn’t be extra excited to observe this dream proceed to develop.”
Desolation Resort is situated at 933 Poplar Road in South Lake Tahoe, and Maggie’s Restaurant is on the third ground of the lodge.
For extra data, go to desolationhotel.com.