Monthly Archive for September, 2012

And the Bottle Makes Three: Our Featured SVHF Weekend Wines

Any foodie knows that memorable epicurean experiences are only complete when paired with wine. That’s why we are fortunate enough for Sun Valley Harvest Festival 2012 to receive sponsorships from six prestigious wineries that will be featured in our tastings throughout the weekend. The wines of Chateau St. Michelle, Col Solare, Erath Winery, Northstar, Spring Valley Vinyards, and Stags Leap Wine Cellars each represent different regions and varietals, which all bring uniquely delightful flavors to the table that are sure to please your palate!
Always curious to hear from our highly-adored sponsors, we were fortunate enough to talk to Josh St. Aubin, our “go-to wine guy,” to hear a few of his thoughts and experiences with the wine world…

If you could go to one wine region in the world where would that be and why?
I couldn’t name just one region…Tuscany in Italy, Rioja in Spain and Champagne in France would be a good place to start!

How has this hot / dry season impacted your vineyards?
Hot and dry is a good thing for wine grapes. The long growing season in Washington produces amazing wine grapes and the hot days followed by cool nights creates wines with great fruit character and high acidity for excellent balance. Our grapes are all irrigated so they are not dependant on rain for moisture.

What is your favorite unexpected pairing?
Favorite unexpected pairing has to be French fries or potato chips with Champagne or Sparkling wine. Try it, you’ll never want to have one without the other again!

Well Josh, you don’t have to tell us twice! Try for yourself this weekend in Foodie Heaven, along with infinite other pairings we’re offering at our various events. If you’re truly looking to boost your wine knowledge, don’t miss Jackie Quillen’s Wine Tasting Boot Camp on Saturday at 3:30 pm. Get your tickets here!

Come Stay at the Knob Hill Inn!

If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, a place to store your gear in between mountain biking and fishing Silver Creek, or in our case, having a place to rejuvenate between fun-filled foodie events, Knob Hill Inn is a fantastic option. The hotel provides both beautiful and unique accommodations for guests seeking a true Sun Valley experience, right in walking distance from downtown Ketchum.

I went to visit Knob Hill for the first time recently and was completely blown away by their seamless juxtaposition of tasteful modern décor along with the charming details of a Western chalet. Each guest room is incredibly spacious with newly renovated restrooms, and all tout balcony views of either the stunning Boulder Mountain range, or our famous Bald Mountain. To me, the most exciting element of the Inn was the in-house dining option, the Knob Hill Grill. But perhaps “in-house” does not accurately describe this restaurant, as its outdoor seating area is completely stunning. Surrounded by a waterfall and picturesque Austrian-inspired gardens, this is an ideal place to share a bottle of wine and small plates after experiencing a busy day in the Valley. This gorgeous Inn will be perfect during our Sun Valley Harvest Festival as we always experience beautiful autumn weather!

Click here to find out how to book a Sun Valley Harvest Festival package at Knob Hill Inn, which includes a two-night stay, two Epicurean (or all-access) passes, and a small plate for two at the wine bar. Cheers!

Sponsor Spotlight: Lyle Pearson

We are so thrilled not only that Lyle Pearson has chosen to be our title sponsor for the Harvest Festival this year, but also that they have offered to bring some beautiful new makes and models of the hottest new cars on their lot. Throughout the foodie weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to check out these cars on display at Town Square during the Restaurant Walk and at Dollar Lodge on Saturday and Sunday.
Our Harvest Festival staff got really excited about this, as the opportunity to drive brand-new, “extreme” luxury vehicles presented itself for the first time (even if it is only from Hailey to Ketchum).We asked Ted Hampson of this Boise car dealership to tell us a little bit more about our prospective new (temporary) rides…
What is the hottest luxury car in 2012?
We have a host of new products this year, the Porsche 991 has been redesigned as well as the Boxster. The Mercedes-Benz SL and ML are all new as well. Land Rover introduced the Evoque and a new Range Rover. Hard to pick one. Just kidding I would choose the Porsche 918 Spyder.
 Everyone is talking about hybrids and dual fuel. What does Lyle Pearson offer?
Porsche has two hybrids the Panamera and the Cayenne, Acura has just introduced the ILX hybrid. The 918 Spyder is a hybrid too!
What is the best luxury car for the Idaho Mountains and Sun Valley?
Can’t beat the Range Rover for off-road but I like the Porsche Cayenne all around sporty and all-wheel driving. It chews up the road over Galena Summit.
Tell us about the newest cool electronics that can be found in your cars…
Apps are the rage, streaming Pandora to your radio, checking weather conditions, having your stocks and the latest news display on your navigation screen… Log onto Facebook or even have the car make dinner reservations, for you.
Wow! Impressive…Give us one word to describe the: Acura -Advanced, Jaguar – Sexy, Mercedes-Benz – Luxury, Porsche- Engineered, Land Rover- Powerful and Volvo- Safe

Needless to say, we’re pretty amped about these new luxury vehicles coming to town (especially the prospect of driving one) and incredibly grateful of Lyle Pearson’s generosity for sponsoring the 2012 Sun Valley Harvest Festival!

Idaho’s Bounty: Farm, to Table, to the Sun Valley Harvest Festival

For the third year in a row, Idaho’s Bounty will be working with the Sun Valley Harvest Festival and will supply delicious, fresh, local foods for ingredients that will be part of the chef cooking demonstrations on Saturday, the 22nd. A Wood River Valley-based co-op, Idaho’s Bounty has been working tirelessly for the last six years to provide locals an easy service to purchase organic foods while simultaneously supporting and advocating for regional farmers.

The mission of this co-op is clear: Idaho’s Bounty supports all levels of food production, farm to table. We have been both fortunate and grateful to have them as a part of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival as this mission ties in with our own, foodie-centric desire to supply and promote the delicious bounty that Idaho has to offer, right from our backyard. By becoming a member, you can feed yourself and your family healthy, local foods while strengthening your community and supporting its surrounding farmers and farmlands.

To find out more about how to become a member of Idaho’s Bounty, click here. Also, find out where your dollar goes when you put it towards your membership, and how that supports and enriches your local economy!

Let’s Get it Started: The SVHF Restaurant Walk Kicks off a Weekend of Foodie Heaven!

Picture this: strolling around the quaint yet exciting town of Ketchum with friends and family on a Friday evening, wine glass in hand, and sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres and canapés from local restaurants serving only fresh, seasonal, and regional ingredients. Sound amazing? For only $35 you can enjoy this too-good-to-be-true event and experience Idaho’s finest epicurean delights on Friday, September 21st from 5-7 pm.

The 2012 Sun Valley Harvest Festival Restaurant Walk will feature 19 different restaurants, all of which will offer tastings of seasonal cuisine with local ingredients that will delight your taste buds and incite your culinary curiosities. Also, get a chance to imbibe some delicious wines and craft beers and experience how they play off different food pairings.

In addition to sipping and supping, one of the most fun and pleasantly surprising benefits of the Restaurant walk is meeting new people and making new friends. If you’re from out of town, make new connections with locals and fellow visitors. If you’re a local, get to know the familiar faces you see on a daily basis over your favorite glass of wine or beer.  Also, interacting with the chefs and restaurateurs of the local eateries is another great way to spend your time on this stroll. Learn more about their passions and culinary inspirations…or just find out what their favorite hike and mountain bike ride is!

Buy your tickets here for this not-to-be-missed event!