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SV Magazine Sponsors a Foodie Favorite, the Harvest Festival Restaurant Walk

RestaurantWalkChristinasFor the fourth year in a row, Sun Valley Magazine is sponsoring the always popular Harvest Festival Restaurant Walk. On Friday, September 20th, from 5pm – 7pm you’ll get the opportunity to roam the town of Ketchum on a beautiful autumn evening, wine in hand, with family and good friends (while making new ones along the way). The 2013 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 local craft beers and experience how they play off different food pairings. Space is limited and this event is sure to sell out, so buy your tickets today!

Here’s a review of the good times the SV Magazine team had at a past Harvest Festival: “We Came, We Saw, We Imbibed, We Indulged.”

Check out Yum!, Sun Valley Magazine’s blog about the epicurean happenings in the Valley.

In Case You Missed It…A Recap of Our Fabulous Weekend!

The 2012 Sun Valley Harvest Festival, sponsored by Lyle Pearson Company of Boise, was a success before it began. Excitement was burgeoning in town for what has become Sun Valley’s signature food and wine festival; one that had completely sold out of two of its signature events (the kick-off Restaurant Walk and the swanky Martini and Caviar party). “We’re thrilled about our ticket sales…but…I want everyone to come! We’ll definitely be expanding next year,” says Heidi Ottley, co-owner of the Harvest Festival along with partner Ed Sinnott. The two started the Sun Valley Harvest Festival with the dream of making the Sun Valley area a destination for those seeking a weekend of epicurean indulgence. And, in its third year, it’s been appropriately nicknamed “Foodie Heaven.”

The positive vibes from the great turnout were tangible (or, should I say, palatable?) on Friday evening. Guests lined up and strategized for getting the most out of their Restaurant Walk experience; perhaps a necessity when trying to hit up 19 locations in two hours leaving about six minutes per restaurant for the only most dedicated. Boise Weekly writer Brian Furber described the event as similar to “trying to see all of Southeast Asia in a month or Europe in a week—a fool’s errand, but the opportunity to dine and dash is hard to resist since the smorgasbord is prepay ($35) and comes without repercussions.” Despite the instinct to rush in order to experience everything, some strolled aimlessly through the streets with old friends, met new ones along the way, and enjoyed the offerings of our creative local chefs. Some restaurants served their signature dishes like Dashi’s caramelized ribs with anise and B.’s Thai-style poke on a crisp wonton. Others stepped out of character for the evening, like Scott Mason at Ketchum Grill, who fired up his pizza truck and churned out crispy pies for the special occasion. Overall, the feedback was unanimous– great food, great drinks, and great company!

Saturday’s event layout was mellower than the frenetic rush of the Restaurant Walk. Throughout the day, Carol’s Dollar Lodge was host to five different demonstrations and presentations by nationally-recognized chefs and a sommelier. We were thrilled with the turn out and the talks given by Chef Jesus Gonzalez, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Chef John Tesar, Chef Jason Wilson, and Sommelier Jackie Quillen. Each brought to the table something different that expanded our knowledge and incited our culinary curiosities. The best part? The presentations each finished with a tasting and wine pairing, which was a perfect way to enjoy the fruits of the chef’s labors.  De-lish!

Meanwhile, the Harvest Marketplace was held indoors at Carol’s Dollar Lodge with local and regional artisans, producers, and kitchen gagetteers who peddled a variety of goods such as fresh produce and homemade salsas, honey, sauces, cheeses, and super duty Vita Mixers. It was also a great spot to purchase the books written by our presenters before the signings, which was a chance for guests to meet and greet the chefs and Jackie Quillen after their talks.

That evening, we hosted the Martini and Caviar party on the upper deck of Boca in downtown Ketchum. The weather was perfect as guests mingled and sipped artisanal cocktails with Square One organic spirits including the “Garden Gate,” with basil flavored vodka, strawberry balsamic jam and rhubarb simple syrup, garnished with rosemary. The other option was the “Summer’s End,” appropriately named with the fall chill approaching,  that featured Square One Botanical vodka, grapefruit and pomegranate juices, and a dash of peach bitters. The only things that could compete with the deliciously unique martinis were the imaginative Fish Breeder’s of Idaho sturgeon caviar canapés that were passed by the fantastic Boca staff.  A fun competition took place to name Square One’s Cucumber Vodka and ginger beer-based martini— and Cynthia Kearn’s winning choice,“La Cuke-aracha,” was rewarded with a bottle of the delicious organic spirits!

Sunday’s events culminated with a River Guide Cooking Demonstration beginning early in the morning. With a distinctly Sun Valley-esque Fall chill in the air, the three different river guide companies, Far-and-Away Adventures, Mackay Wilderness Journeys, and Idaho River Journeys fired up their grills and cast iron skillets to prepare “river food” with a gourmet flare. Between the sour cream coffee cake, “cast-n-blast” trout paella, and the chipotle shrimp skewers, you could say I had achieved Foodie Nirvana by the time we were ready to start our next event at noon.

The grand finale of the festival, appropriately named the “Grand Tasting,” was a benefit for the newly formed Sun Valley Culinary Institute. In Dollar Lodge’s great room, 24 different vendors presented tastings of local craft beers, distilled spirits, wines, and delicious foods. This event was a great opportunity for non-bricks-and-mortar businesses to share new dishes while interacting with both the local community and those who made the festival a weekend destination. Foodies gathered and mingled, and were afforded the chance to try these unique creations. What a great event!

“Overall, we were thrilled with the turnout of this year’s Sun Valley Harvest Festival” said co-founder Heidi Ottley. “We’re looking forward to making next year even bigger and better! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us—we hope you had a great time in Foodie Heaven”


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!