Many of our guests are greeted by the smell of chocolate chip cookies or almond biscotti in the afternoon when Lauren is working the 3-11 pm shift. Our resident Baker, Lauren Amato, started at the Hidden Moose last Fall, splitting her time between here and the legendary Polebridge Mercantile in the North Fork – a famous Summer respite for hikers, rafters, tourists and locals.
Lauren grew up in Connecticut and was an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Missoula, working with the Farm-to-School program that works to have locally grown food in school lunch programs. When her stint with AmeriCorps ended, she started baking at the Polebridge Mercantile in the summer and the Le Petite Outre Bakery in Missoula during the winters.
The Polebridge Mercantile is renowned for its delicious baked goods such as Huckleberry Bear Claws and Sticky Buns as wells as a place to get a cold beer in basically the middle of nowhere. But don’t take my word for it, click here to check out their glowing “Yelp” reviews. (A visit to the Polebridge Mercantile and their sister business, the Northern Lights Saloon, is an off-the-beaten-path, “must-see” & experience for Summer visitors – they’ve even made a documentary about it.)
However, I digress… closer to home Lauren whips up cookies in the afternoon for Hidden Moose Lodge guests and makes fresh muffins, orange chocolate chip oat scones and breakfast bars, for our “to-go” breakfasts, for guests that need to make an early flight or are heading off for a hike before the sun rises.
So whether you see Lauren at the Hidden Moose Lodge or at the Polebridge Mercantile, she’ll have you covered when your sweet tooth needs to be satisfied.
Author: Sarah Stewart