Heidi Ottley with Chef Wes Hamilton
The 2014 edition of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival has come and gone. It was a lot of fun, mostly because you attendees were so outgoing, warm, and wonderful. Thank you for helping make this year so spectacular. We have a few photos to help share the memories, and welcome any additions from our guests! Please use this blog post as a place to post comments, connect with friends, and share your photos with the greater Harvest Festival Community. Just click on the blog title “Photos and Memories” to open it as an individual page, then post away! I hope you enjoy some of our memories, and share yours! You can also visit our Facebook or Instagram pages for more.
We hope to see you all again next year!
Did you see that Pig Auction!
Chefs Blake Spalding and Jen Castle, with their Little Yellow Car
Nighthawk Farm: a Picturesque Lunch Setting
Sparkling Wine and Amuse Bouche at The Galena Overlook. Bikers Beware.
Don Shepler of Galena Lodge
This year the Sun Valley Harvest Festival we will bringing in incredible Chefs from Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and of course, Idaho. Several are James Beard nominees and two were featured in Smithsonian exhibits. They come from backgrounds ranging from creole to vegetarian, and believe in using the best of local and regional foods to create seasonally appropriate, sustainable, and delicious cuisine. It should be one remarkable festival.
The Smiling Ladies behind Hell’s Backbone Grill
Aside from their collective experience in the kitchen, these talented individuals are smart, fun, and passionate about their food. They are interesting people, and we are offering a fun way to meet them- The Chef’s Clubhouse. Velocio, on the corner of Walnut and Sun Valley Rds, is set to serve host from 8:00 – 10:00 am on Friday, Septemeber 19 and again on Sunday, September 21. Stop in at the heart of Ketchum to talk about, well, anything really. Pick their brains about seasonal crops, or souffles. Debate the best ways to prepare wild game. Chefs Jenn and Blake will even have a cookbook on hand with fantastic farm-to-table recipes for you to purchase. This event is free, but won’t last long. After all, they still have to get to cook up those incredible menus for the festival!
Score Tickets to A Taste of Ketchum!
Idaho Independent Bank is proud to support their community. They believe that a bank needs to be locally minded and locally based to understand the demands of a community. As The Idaho Bank, that means knowing what it means to be an Idahoan, and supporting Idaho events.
Ketchum Fun Fun Fun
The Sun Valley Harvest Festival has quickly become a top fall festival not just in Idaho, but in all of America. We focus on local foods and top regional chefs. We highlight the community through local tasting events and restaurant collaborations. The Harvest Festival is Foodie Heaven only because its based in the Foodie Eden that is Idaho. It’s no small wonder that Idaho Independent Bank partnered with us this year to present one such community event- A Taste of Ketchum. They’re bringing wine to kick off the event, which will lead patrons around Ketchum in a moveable feast of tasting, samplings, and indulgences. Local restaurants are paired with wines to bring a variety of plates as you explore downtown. Don’t forget to stop by the Ketchum Idaho Independent Bank branch for Root Beer made locally by Bucksnort and a special treat! At the end, all roads lead to memory park for dessert, bubbly, and joy. A fantastic community event by a fantastic community bank.
Idaho Independent Bank is pleased to present “A Taste of Ketchum.” Between now and September 17th when you open an Idaho Independent Bank Visa Credit Card with any new Idaho Independent Bank checking account with a debit card, you will receive two complimentary tickets to “At Taste of Ketchum.” Idaho Independent Bank’s Visa credit card has no annual fee, low annual percentage rates, and you will earn ScoreCard Reward points that don’t expire.
Open your Visa at the Ketchum Branch of Idaho Independent Bank today! 491 N. Main St., Ste. 101, Ketchum, ID 83340 | 208.726.2147
Subject to credit approval. Annual Percentage Rates (“APRs”) vary. Personal APR for purchases, balance transfers, and cash advances is Prime + 6.92%; current APR is 10.17%. Business APR for purchases, balance transfers, and cash advances is Prime + 6.91%; floor APR is 14%. Interest charges on cash advances for individuals and businesses begin on the date of the transaction. Cash Advance Fee: 2% of the amount advanced or $2, whichever is more. International Transaction Fee: 1% of the U.S. dollar amount of the transaction whether originally made in U.S. dollars or converted from a foreign currency. APRs are current as of 07/23/2014, are variable, and may change prior to or after account opening. See Credit Card Application for additional information and fees. Idaho Independent Bank – Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender
Raising a glass to the land from which we drank
On a trip to Northern California recently, we had a chance to swing by one of our featured wines for a tasting and tour. The staff at Stuhlmuller Vineyards graciously offered a remarkable flight of wine tasting before showing us around the property. It was a trip highlight. The vineyards were originally planted around the year 1900, but prohibition took its toll and the vines were replaced by orchards and cattle. Today, the plants once again meander over the hillsides, spanning 150 acres and dating back to the 1970s.
Despite a high pedigree of grapes, it wasn’t until 1996 that the family turned to wine making themselves. By 2000, they had an estate grown vintage and a reputation as wonderful vintners to go with their cultivation renown. They are located a short distance from the Russian River, in a picturesque red barn cradled between rows of their expansive property. We had a chance to view their cask aging process, and to climb atop the shining grape pressers for a view of the Alexander Valley. Don’t worry, it wasn’t time to start the process of wine making, so we didn’t meddle with their refined process despite the calls to imitate I Love Lucy.
History and Tradition
The wine tasting itself was sublime. We starting with several vintages of Chardonnay before moving on to Zins and a few Cabernet Sauvignons. Each was remarkable and unique, with one member of our party declaring that she will only be drinking Zins from now on! To cap it off, a sweet and smooth port to ease our minds before a picnic (with more wine) amidst the vine stalks. It was a lovely afternoon with lovely people and a lovely view. I don’t think I could pick an absolute favorite, but certainly the ‘Block 11 North’ Cabernet Sauvignon holds a warm place in my heart.
Stuhlmuller wines will be featured during the Swiftsure Ranch Fly Fishing Foodie Adventure .
Sun Valley Fall Events Offer
Mt Regan in the Sawtooth Mountains
Alaska Airlines is pleased to provide discounted travel to Sun Valley, Idaho this Fall. Fly Alaska Airlines to Sun Valley and save 15% on flights from any Alaska Airlines city (excluding Hawaii, Mexico and Prudhoe Bay)! Simply click here and travel between September 17, 2014 and October 19, 2014. Book by October 1, 2014. The discount is automatically applied. Or enter EC5130 in the discount code box at alaskaair.com. Restrictions apply. See site for details
This wonderful offer serves to highlight fall in the Sun Valley area and only available through the Sun Valley Harvest Festival and a few other select events. The fall, with its warm days and brisk nights, is a beautiful time to explore the Wood River Valley and all its incredible outdoors. Whether hiking to serene lakes, or tasting farm fresh delicacies, Idaho will offer you a quiet and spectacular experience. Take advantage of this incredible offer through our partner and come see what fall in Sun Valley is all about. Alaska Airlines is a generous supporter of Foodie Heaven, also donating tickets to Sun Valley for our SVHF Contest winners.