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In anticipation of Jackson Hole’s first-ever cooking event at the iconic James Beard House in Manhattan’s West Village, we did some advance recon and took a summer visit to the culinary institution one warm August day to get the lay of the land for our October 2 media event and evening dinner feature.

Vintage Map on Wall of James Beard House Kitchen: JH not on the grid at the time.

 

The Beard House is the former home of the food visionary and educator and the historic building oozes character, elegance and history. Beard’s brownstone transformed to “performance space” for chefs. Visitors to the Beard House will walk through the door almost immediately to the tight kitchen and see chefs preparing and cooking live for guests.

The best part- the dining and eating- takes place upstairs on the second story of Beard’s home in an elegant library and dining area dedicated to enjoying good food and wine.

James Beard portrait, The James Beard House

Guest will dine on Chefs Wes Hamilton and Rodger Freedman’s innovative, collaborative and authentically Wyoming menu at a select sit down lunch followed by a festive dinner for James Beard Foundation members, Jackson Hole enthusiasts and the general food-focused New York public. It’s an excellent opportunity for fans of Jackson Hole to gather and eat the best food the resort and community has to offer by some of our most celebrated chefs. Stay tuned for more #holefood reports on the upcoming From the Range event next week- including highlights of the purveyors Jackson Hole is partnering with on October 2.

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Saturday will be a big day in Teton Village with summer activities like mountain biking, tram, ropes course and more in addition to the World Premiere of TGR’s Almost Live film. Adding to the fun is the Annual Jackson Hole Disc Golf Tournament, taking place at Jackson Hole’s own free disc golf course.

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There’s something fulfilling about riding a horse out here. After a long week of hanging with my toddler, and working on my computer in my spare time, I needed a moment to myself in the worst way. My Mom and I usually do an a trail ride at Mill Iron Ranch once a summer, and I figured there was no better day. Since we’ve ridden there at least once a year for the past 8 years, we knew the drill, knew the ride we’d take and remembered our favorite horses.

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Jackson Hole’s annual and highly anticipated Fall Arts Festival is well underway with the Western Design Conference, Palates and Palettes tonight and Taste of the Tetons, so the #holefood focus in Jackson is high right now. It’s perfect timing for this dedicated Friday Food forum where we explore the culinary landscape of Jackson Hole all in with a spirit of excitement surrounding Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Fine Dinging Restaurant Groups joint venture From the Range – Jackson Hole cooks at the James Beard House.

Time to Paint the Town in Jackson Hole!

Executive Chef Roger Freedman and Wes Hamilton are partnering to bring the best of Jackson Hole’s culinary palate to New York City. Freedman’s palate has a place throughout the valley spanning from Rendezvous Bistro to Osteria and even to a little delicious and lesser-known pet ice cream project. Fine Dining’s Restaurants will be represented at Palates & Palates, tonight, September 5th the Legacy Gallery and Dwelling with all Jackson Hole Restaurants and Bistro Catering as well as to Asymbol Gallery with Q Roadhouse & Brewing Co.

If you ‘palate’ is looking for more- gear up for Taste of the Tetons on Sunday where all Fine Dining’s Restaurants will be serving the following mouthwatering food lineup:

Bistro: Seared Utah corn cake with housemade pork garlic sausage and local huckleberry

Q: Ballard Farms pork mosaic, Red Door Barn apple cider gastrique and sunchoke chip
Kitchen: Pulled buffalo slider with Korean BBQ and pineapple sambal

Bin22: Housepulled mozzarella with Winterset Farms tomatoes, basil and parmesan crackers

Osteria: Braised rabbit agrodolce with a beet and goat cheese terrine

Cream & Sugar: Mini ice cream sandwiches

Nothing wets the Sunday palate like a little sneak peek taste of what’s to come!

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The summer fun at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort doesn’t end just yet!  We have all of the details on hours and open/closed status of the summer activities summarized here:

September Activity Hours

Tram | Open daily through Sunday October 5 | 9:00am – 5:00 pm

Aerial Adventure Course | Open Friday-Sunday through September, 10am-5pm

Purchase a Grand Adventure Pass on Fridays-Sundays for the best deal if you plan on riding the tram and using the Aerial Adventure Course.

Bike Park | Open Friday-Sunday through September.  Friday Hours: 10am-7pm (includes Friday Night Bikes).  Sat/Sun Hours: 10am-5pm.

Bungee Trampoline & Rock Wall | closed for season

Paragliding | Open through October 5th, with meeting times of 9am and 10am. Book Now or call (307) 739-2626.

Disc Golf | open and free. Inquire for more info or to purchase discs at JH Sports.

Dining Hours

Nick Wilson’s Cowboy Cafe | Open daily through Sunday October 5, 10am-5pm.

Couloir | Open for dinner through September 12th. Closed on 9/6, 9/7, 9/10 and 9/11.

The Deck | Gondola starts running at 4:30 PM. Open through September 12th. Closed on 9/6, 9/10 and 9/11.

Tin Can Cantina | Open Friday-Sundays in September. Hours: 11am-5pm on Sat/Sun and 11am-7pm on Fridays.

The General Store | Open daily through October 5th, 8am-5pm.

Top of the World Waffles | Open daily 9am-4:30 pm through October 5th.

Retail Hours

JH Sports| Open daily through Sunday October 5 | Mon-Thurs: 9am-5pm; Friday: 9am-7pm; Sat/Sun: 9am-5:30pm

Teton Village Sports | Open daily through Sunday October 5 | 8am-5pm

Wool & Whiskey | Open daily through Sunday October 5 | 10am-5pm
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It’s no secret that kids and especially teenagers thrive off of adrenaline and risk. Here’s a way to challenge your kids in a way that’s not dangerous, but is challenging their brains and their bodies at the same time. If your kids have had enough of the same old thing, take them to Teton Village for one last punch of summer.
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I took my favorite 8 and 12 year old gals for a morning date at the village, and we did it up. We screamed our way through the bungee jumping, (yeah, I did it too!) and then made our way up the brand new ropes course!
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Editor’s note: Whether it is paddling (or surfing) the local water of Jackson Hole or buzzing around the lower atmosphere via kite, Will Taggart succeeds in creating his own brand of Jackson Hole adventure.  Also a passionate photographer and videographer, Will’s Vimeo channel offers an intimate look into the sports that make him tick. Story and photos below by Will Taggart.

After a great high water spring season here in Jackson, Wyoming and paddling every day the summer kicked in at Rendezvous River Sports.  12 hour work days ensue for three straight months. Getting out on the water after the longest days of work is the only thing keeping us sane. Thanks to the long days and a great river surf season we manage to keep in shape through the summer.

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Words: Andrew Whiteford
Heading out for a mountain bike ride from town, you’re hard pressed to beat the fun and adventure of West Game Creek. Hiding behind Snow King, West Game allows you relatively quick access to the sublime feeling of solitude. In addition to flowing singletrack, significant portions of West Game Creek were burned by wildfires in September 2012, providing for a dramatic backdrop on a ride. However, I’m getting a little ahead of myself, because before you can ride West Game Creek, you’ve got to get up there!
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By now, all you #holefood foodies out there who follow, have interest, and regularly indulge in the Jackson Hole food scene, may have heard that Couloir’s Chef Wes Hamilton and his Sous Chef Chef Dave Earlson will be joining Fine Dining Restaurant’s Chef Rodger Freedman at the illustrious James Beard House this fall for a day and evening of Jackson Hole-focused cooking. It’s a rare opportunity for two of Jackson’s most talented chefs to come together bringing food ‘From the Range’ of Wyoming to the Manhattan’s Lower West Side.

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