2019 Summer Festival Recap

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That’s a Wrap! The 3rd annual Jackson Hole Food & Wine Summer Festival came to a close on Saturday. We celebrated all things culinary in beautiful Jackson Hole with three extraordinary days of events all while supporting Hole Food Rescue.

The festival was a perfectly mixed cocktail of exciting new events and returning fan-favorites, stirred up with Jackson Hole’s welcoming hospitality and fun flare as local chefs, mixologists, and winemakers welcomed a group of hand-picked talent to share in the celebration. Spread out among stunning locations throughout Jackson Hole, over 1200 guests enjoyed 9 events, serviced by 5 guest chefs, 30 local chef participants and over 25 beverage professionals.

Please see below for a day-by-day recap and a few images of the festivities.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20
On Thursday, we kicked off the festival with a Cooking Class hosted by Snake River Grill and taught by Chef Jeff Drew. 14 guests circled around the Snake River Grill bar for this intimate class that broke down the secrets of Sous Vide that you can use at home. Chef Drew began the class by demonstrating how to prepare the first course, which was a White Gazpacho with chicken sous vide, avocado & tomato. Guests then dove into specifics behind the Sous Vide process as chef walked everyone through the second course, which was a Buffalo Tenderloin Sous Vide with local baby carrots sous vide in carrot juice and Verjus served with a beautiful Romesco sauce. The smells filtrating throughout the room where incredible! To end the class guests enjoyed an artisanal chocolate tasting with handmade peanut butter and toasted brioche…simple yet delicious! Throughout the event guest enjoyed a beautiful pairing of wine by Folio Fine Wine Partners - Filaboa Albarino 2017 and El Vinculo Crianza 2013.

Thursday evening welcomed back local favorite Taste of Jackson Hole held atop Bridger Gondola at Rendezvous Lodge at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. With a glass of sparkling in hand guests enjoyed a beautiful ride up the gondola where they were greeted with a custom glass to partake in an evening of delicious beverages and mouthwatering food. Guests enjoyed an array of food from 24 booths featuring local restaurants throughout Jackson Hole. Everyone brought their A game displaying their impressive culinary skills. No one went thirsty with over 20 beverage booths to choose from ranging from beer, wine and spirits. It was an incredible evening and to top things off an unexpected snow storm blanketed the top of the mountain while we kept cozy inside!

FRIDAY, JUNE 21
On Friday, we kicked off the second day with Big Wines, Small Plates presented by Westside Wine & Spirits and hosted by Rendezvous Bistro. This is one of our favorite events featuring a lively discussion and a special wine lunch with some of the biggest names in the industry. Christina Grdovic led the panel of food and beverage professionals including Chef Daniel Boulud, Chef Katie Button, Chef Mike Lata, John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co., and Matt Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery. Unique and delicious food and wine pairings, a lively debate about mayo, a peek inside the panelists home fridges and secrets of the trade made for a memorable event!

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That evening, three local restaurants each hosted a Dinner Series collaboration between local chefs and a guest chef to prepare the ultimate multi-course meal. Trioand guest chef Mike Lata and John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co. came together to create a rustic and inspired menu featuring star dishes such as chef Lata’s Ricotta Gnocchi and chefs Paul Wireman and Will Bradof’s Coffee Braised Pork Belly and Mountain Saged Smoked S’more. The Kitchen and guest chef Bryan Voltaggio and Matt Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery joined forces for this incredible home grown meal. Some of the stand out dishes included chef Voltaggio’s Lamb Loin with harvest carrots from his garden and chef Ash Tucker and Gavin Fine’s Waygu Beef Cheek and Portuguese Sponge Cake. Last but certainly not least, Orsetto welcomed chef Katie Button and Lisa D’Adamo of Folio Fine Wine Partners to team up for an incredible Mediterranean evening. We are still dreaming of chef Josh Governale Fried Squash Blossom and chef Katie Buttons Cochinillo Asado and a dessert of Merengue de “Gin & Tonic.” These collaborations will certainly leave a lasting memory!

SATURDAY, JUNE 22
It’s the last day of the 3rd annual summer festival and a group of eager cocktail enthusiasts gathered to learn from famed Death & Co. mixologists Devon Tarby and Alex Jump at Cocktail Codex Master Class hosted by Suda. Guests learned how to mix, shake and stir the perfect root cocktail including such classics as a daiquiri, margarita, and an old fashioned. By the end of class, everyone walked away with newfound bartending skills.

Jackson’s stunning Mead Ranch was the perfect setting for SAVOR presented by First Republic Bank and sponsored by YETI, the ultimate party on a ranch! Guests were welcomed the Wyoming way with a Wyoming Whiskey, Fever-Tree club soda and lemon cocktail in a custom YETI wine tumbler. Guest dove into an incredible selection of bites from guest chefs including; Chef Adam Perry Lang, APL Restaurant, LA; Chef Daniel Boulud, The Dinex Group, NY; Chef Katie Button, Curate Tapas Bar, Asheville, NC; Chef Mike Lata, FIG, The Ordinary, Charleston, SC; Chef Bryan Voltaggio, VOLT, Frederick, MD; and local flavor from Chef Brian Laughlin, Rations, Chef Michael Britton, Piste Mountain Bistro; Lauren Gurney, Jackson Cake Co.; Chefs Roger Freedman and Jaime Perez, Rendezvous Bistro; Chefs Al Belliveau and Matt Oda, Aspens & Pearl Street Market. Guests sipped on a variety of crisp wines, stellar cocktails and cold beer while groovin' the night away to live music from the Tony Furtado Band. No western party would be complete without a fun keepsake captured from the old timey photo booth. Truly an evening to remember!

There was no better way to round out the festival than with our favorite late night event, Death & Co. Bar Takeover hosted by Glorietta, featuring Death & Co. mixologists Devon Tarby and Alex Jump showing off their skills with an incredible selection of craft cocktails. Spirits were high as we celebrated a memorable 2019 summer festival!


A HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors, supporters, hosts, vendors, volunteers and participants!

We raise our glass to you! 


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A Charming Food Festival!

FORBES.COM highlights the charm of the culinary scene in Jackson Hole along with a spotlight on Jackson Hole Food & Wine.

To celebrate how much the local restaurant landscape has developed in recent years, Jackson Hole Food & Wine was founded. The three-day event, which kicked off in the summer of 2017, takes place twice a year: in the winter – the last one was held February 28 through March 2 – and in the summer. (Tickets for the upcoming festival in late June, which chef Daniel Boulud will be headlining, will be available online April 15.)
Of Jackson Hole Food & Wine, acclaimed chef Richard Blais says, "This is one of the most hospitable festivals I’ve ever been to.”

Of Jackson Hole Food & Wine, acclaimed chef Richard Blais says, "This is one of the most hospitable festivals I’ve ever been to.”

At this past winter's festival, guests learned how to whip up cocktails with Alex Day, owner of Death & Co.

At this past winter's festival, guests learned how to whip up cocktails with Alex Day, owner of Death & Co.

And what make Jackson Food & Wine a destination in of itself, and stand out from the rest? The incredibly warm, personable, and familiar vibes. “I don’t want it to be huge,” says Katrina Ryan, the festival’s president and co-founder. “I want it to stay intimate.” Richard Blais, the acclaimed guest chef and owner of California’s Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack, echoed the same sentiment at Wine Dinner at 9000 Feet, one of the five main events: “This is one of the most hospitable festivals I’ve ever been to.” Even better? Some of the proceeds benefited Hole Food Rescue, a local non-profit committed to reducing food waste and insecurity “to keep perfectly edible food out of landfills and in the bellies of people,” says Hannah Cooley, the organization’s Director of Programs and Partnerships.
— FORBES.COM’S KATIE CHANG

TASTE OF TETON VILLAGE 2019: THE APRÈS OF THE SEASON

Communications Manager, Cecilie Davila, attends Taste of Teton Village-a popular event during Jackson Hole Food & Wine's Winter Fest. See why you have to make it a must during your Winter visit in Jackson.

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After a beautiful long day on the slopes, all the locals and out of towners make their way to their favorite part of the day: Après. With many options at the base of the mountain, there is one that truly shines that happens once a year at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel: Taste of Teton Village. As a local, this was an event I had always wanted to attend but had not been able to due to trips and work functions. Luckily this year, I was able to get a taste of what the event was like, and boy did I leave with a new palate and excitement for next year's event. 

As I entered the four seasons and picked up my welcome pamphlet, I made my way through the hotels cozy and sophisticated hallways to the entrance to the event. I was immediately greeted by smiling faces and was handed my first cocktail in a glass tumbler that I would have with me the whole night. For those who know me well, you know I love a good tumbler so I was already pleased with how the night was going so far. What was most impressive was walking into the main room and seeing with my own eyes the detail that went into the ambiance. The lights lit up all over the walls and attendees faces and had a blue hue to it--it felt like the room was transformed into a chic night club while the DJ played some great classics. Tables lined the whole space of this ballroom, filled with the most delicious smelling food and the most flavorful wines I have ever had. Not only were you tasting your favorite Chef's food in Jackson like Sudachi or drinking your favorite homemade fireball shots from Handle Bar, but you were able to actually speak with these talented people and learn about their products. Everyone, Chef or not, was so knowledgable and genuinely happy to be sharing their different menu items with you--the whole room was a giant crowd of smiling faces and full bellies. 

My favorite part of the night, being a wine lover, was meeting different representatives and wine connoisseurs from different wine regions in the U.S. I'm a big red and prosecco drinker, so I was in heaven when I was able to taste some new favorites. If you've made your way around the main room, you can make your way to surrounding hallways where more vendors are located. More wine, cocktails, food and ice cream, and even a photo booth! Take a look below for a fun video walkthrough of the event. WARNING: amazing food and wine being consumed in this video. 

Favorite Food Item: Octopus Salad from Calico Favorite Beverage: Jackson Hole Still Works Cocktails

Make sure to follow Jackson Hole Food and Wine on Instagram and visit their site here to stay in the loop for next year's Annual Winter Fest. Whether you're a local or visiting to hit the slopes, put Taste of Teton Village on the top of your to-do list now!

Oh and guess what? There's a Summer Fest, too! Tickets go on sale in April here.

This blog was written by Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Communications Manager, Cecilie Davila.

5 Great Culinary Adventures For Active Food Lovers: Earn Your Calories

FORBES.COM FEATURES WINTER FEST 

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One week from kickoff, thrilled to share  - Forbes.com features Jackson Hole Food & Wine's debut Winter Fest in rondup this morning - 5 Great Culinary Adventures for Active Travelers: Earn Your Calories  with a direct link to our website: 

 

One of my favorite ski destinations on the planet, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which has been rated Number One in North America, is debuting a new event this season, the inaugural Jackson Hole Food & Wine Winter Fest, a 3-day event with celebrity chef Tyler Florence and superstar restaurateur Drew Neiporant (Tribeca Grill, Nobu Restaurants) as the headliners. The schedule includes a Big Wines, Small Plates pairing dinner, Best of Après Ski at the Forbes 5-Star Four Seasons Jackson Hole, a great slopeside hotel that includes an Old West influenced gastropub by Michelin-starred and James Beard Award winning star chef Michael Mina, whiskey tasting and on-mountain wine event. But it’s coming up fast, in a week, and as I wrote this, tickets were going fast. 

Jackson Hole Winter Fest: En & In Vogue

A rather chic spotlight on upcoming Winter Fest hits the Vogue wire highlighting the latest best reason to visit famed Jackson Hole this winter. 

A wintry vacation in Jackson Hole—where the buffalo roam and hot toddies flow like water—promises epic adventures, whether you’re opting to ski, snowshoe, or imbibe warm libations with epic Teton views. Plus, the Wyoming town’s food scene is gaining major street cred—so much, in fact, that it’s playing host to a noteworthy food festival happening slopeside this winter.
— Vogue.com's Jenn Rice

Winter Fest Primer

Exactly two-months from today the first-ever winter food-focused event to hit the slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort kick off with Jackson Hole Food & Wine’s Winter Fest.

 

With the ski season flying by and while we have your brief attention, allow us to provide a primer on all-you-need-to-know about Jackson Hole’s inaugural Winter Fest. Tickets are selling or already-sold-out, so act fast and step up your foodie game and snag a seat at the table.

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WHO: A food network favorite Chef Tyler Florence is terra firma for the three-day event. The piece de resistance? Florence cheffing it up at 9,000 FT with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Piste Mountain Bistro. While this baller shindig is sold out, there's still time to get up-close and personal with the convivial Chef at Big Wines, Small Plates (where Florence is one of five featured presenting panelists) or catch Tyler and Sous Chef at Taste of Teton Village where these fellas will be in attendance sipping and swirling alongside Jackson locals and visiting travelers.

 

WHAT: This food and beverage-fueled winter event is a first and includes a heavy lineup of long established local participating chefs, restaurants and beverages purveyors as well as newcomers. Everyone is working hard to service the best experience for Winter Fest guests with the basic idea? #eatdrinkskisupport. Wait, what’s the support part? Jackson Hole Food & Wine is a non-profit dedicated to good food and drink as well as the greater good. @holefoodrescue is a beneficiary partner this year.

 

WHERE: The Big One. AKA, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, WY. Reason enough to come to Wyoming, now you can eat and drink like royalty while skiing the iconic Mountain.

 

WHEN: March 8-10, 2018. Check the full f&b lineup and keep in mind, it’s a great time to be in Jackson Hole. With annual Rendezvous Fest welcoming spring in the Tetons the following week, visitors might want to make a big trip out of it for the ultimate package tour.

https://www.jacksonhole.com/rendezvous.html

 

In the meantime, we will be strategically skiing and riding up a storm here since it’s a fun, easy way to augment all that eating and drinking to come. We can’t wait and hope you’ll join us for a great little winter food fest in Jackson Hole.  

 

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