Trout Point Lodge is expanding the dining experiences offered to guests and local residents with the opening of the new Chez la Tousquet scheduled for June 1, 2011.
Entering its 12th season of operation, the Lodge has always emphasized gourmet food in table d’hôte menus focused on local produce & world-class seafood. Trout Point often features products from its own 5,000 square foot vegetable, herb, & flower gardens.
Chez la Tousquet will offer candle-lit dining in an intimate space with walls of blue-granite blocks and painted wood panelling. A focal-point hand-cut red sandstone fireplace will compliment views of the Tusket River, the restaurant’s namesake. A hewn hemlock-wood wine bar provides a spot for pre-dining beverages, including 140 selections from a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-winning list.
Guests will have the option of the classic The Dining Room, with its rustic wood furniture, or the new venue for dinner. Chez la Tousquet’s will offer some options of appetizers and main dishes versus the purely fixed menu of The Dining Room. Home-made pastas and vegetarian options will be served alongside local seafood. Trout Point emphasizes the importance of local ingredients and sustainable practices. It is among only a handful of properties in the country holding a 5 Green Key rating and won the inaugural Green Restaurant Award from the Nova Scotia Restaurant Association.
Chef-proprietors Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary will oversee both restaurants. Authors of The Trout Point Lodge Cookbook: Creole Cuisine from New Orleans to Nova Scotia (Random House), the duo steered the Lodge to membership in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Association in 2009. An grouping of boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants around the world, Relais & Chateaux members hold more than half of all the stars for cuisine awarded by the Michelin guide. Perret & Leary are featured in the 2010 cookbooks Chefs at Home and 85 Inspirational Chefs alongside the likes of The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller, Patrick O’Connell of the Inn at Little Washington, and Daniel Boulud of New York’s Daniel.
Chez la Tousquet will require reservations and will have a single seating each evening starting June 1.