Henri Borel Obituary, Death – I was deeply saddened to receive the news of Henri Borel’s passing—a true icon and a beloved figure in the MRV/Warren community. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the privilege of meeting him on several occasions. Henri was a remarkable and incredibly kind individual, and I will forever cherish the memories of his infectious, mischievous smile.
One of my most treasured experiences was dining at his renowned establishment, Chez Henri, nestled in the heart of Sugarbush Village. Every visit was a culinary delight, and I found myself irresistibly drawn to his Medaillon De Veau Normande—a delectable dish featuring veal in a sumptuous blend of cream, Calvados, and Portabella mushroom sauce. Years ago, I even framed a poster from the Chez Henri Cup, which proudly hangs in my breezeway as a cherished memento.
The miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower in the outdoor seating area was a particular favorite of the boys, further enriching our visits with delightful memories. These recollections, entwined with my love for the restaurant and Henri’s warm hospitality, hold a special place in my heart. Henri Borel’s passing is a profound loss to our community.
He was not only the founder of Chez Henri but also a Mad River Valley icon and an esteemed inductee into the Sugarbush Wall of Fame. His Parisian-style bistrot, in operation since 1965, played an integral role in the Sugarbush experience, attracting esteemed guests ranging from Olympian Stein Eriksen to Yoko Ono and Jean Claude Killy. Beyond the culinary delights, Chez Henri was known for its vibrant nightlife, hosting legendary parties in the iconic Back Room during the early days of disco.
However, Henri’s legacy extends far beyond his restaurant’s walls. He will be forever remembered for his warm and welcoming spirit, his infectious passion for skiing, and the positive influence he left on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Henri Borel’s memory will endure as a testament to his indomitable spirit and the joy he brought to our community.