This Foodie Friday Focuses on Fine Dining Restaurant Group:
Once upon a time, Jackson Hole was considered a one horse, rugged outpost known for steep skiing and a place where ski bums sustained themselves by exclusively snacking on saltines. Thoughts and approach to food have since evolved and Jackson Hole is now recognized as an impressive, established and ever-emerging culinary destination in and of itself. Within this varied and young culinary landscape, it’s clear that Fine Dining Restaurant Group is a category leader in putting Jackson Hole on the food map.
Fine Dinging Restaurant Group owners Gavin Fine and Chef Roger Freedman have been instrumental in ushering in a new take on ski town food. Along with good friend and chef, Roger, Gavin opened the Rendezvous Bistro in 2001 to great success with both the local community and visitors, staking new territory in his service standards, thoughtful food delivery, and dynamic spaces. Building on the instant success of “The Bistro,” Gavin went on to create the Fine Dining Restaurant Group, including Bistro Catering (2003), Q Roadhouse & Brewing Co. (2006), Il Villaggio Osteria (2008), The Kitchen (2011), Park City’s Silver (2011), Bin22 (2012) and Roadhouse Brewing Co. (2012).
Since the founding of Rendezvous Bistro in 2001, Fine Dining Restaurant Group’s establishments have become synonymous with quality, value, comfort, innovation and a groundbreaking approach to going out to eat in a cowboy town. All restaurants in the group umbrella are favored by locals and visitors from all over the world. Expertly crafted menus emphasize simplicity, seasonal flavors and ingredients. Restaurants running from the heart of downtown Jackson to the base of Teton Village are bustling, lively delicious places to dine in any season.
This fall, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Fine Dining Restaurant Group are working to bring the flavors of Wyoming to downtown Manhattan. Born out of Gavin and Roger’s dream to one day present at the James Beard House, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Fine Dining Restaurant Group will present Jackson Hole: From the Range on October 2nd. It’s a passion project that has been in the works for several years. After being invited to showcase the area’s culinary talents in 2014, Gavin and Roger were excited to partner with Chef Wes to develop and highlight the many flavors of the area at this October’s event. Not traveling to New York for the event? Be sure to try the celebrated restaurants while in Jackson Hole!
The valley’s oldest standing dude ranch is looking a little nicer these days thanks to the University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Conservation Lab who is spending a week doing a top-to-bottom preservation project on one of the ranch’s many historic sleeping cabins.
Earlier this month Nina, the Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, and I had the opportunity to climb the Grand Teton with Exum Mountain Guides. We finished the adventure with a sense of accomplishment, exhaustion and exhilaration. Exum is an amazingly professional guide service who has been working and operating in the Tetons for over 80 years. It’s hard to put into words what a magical experience it is to reach the summit of the highest peak in the Tetons, so we decided that a top 13 list is appropriate for this peak which stands 13,770 ft tall.
Top Thirteen Reasons To Climb The Grand With Exum
- Because it will challenge you both mentally and physically.
- Because without the risk where is the reward? When you think back on anything worth having there was always that small hint of risk…Right!
This coming Monday, August 25th The Deck will be serving up cocktails, food and views, but also will play host to View22, an art project with a purpose created by local artists benefiting the Jackson Hole Land Trust. From the top of the Bridger Gondola, in the valley below you can see over 20 Land Trust protected properties, so for a special Deck happy hour View 22 will feature a plein air demonstration by artists Travis Walker and Kay Northup.
In everyone’s image of a mountain range, there at the base, lies a stunning blue green spectacle of reflection, the lake. It looks inviting in summer’s heat, but once it’s reached is usually too cold to venture past the ankles or for a quick head splash. The Tetons thankfully meet that perfect imagery, carved by the ever powerful glaciers, who have thankfully left behind a handful of lakes that have not only breathtaking views, but great swimming too. Friends, meet String Lake.
Tomorrow at the Jackson Hole Farmers Market (8am – 12pm) Couloir Chef Wes Hamilton and his staff will be out on Town Square serving up a free, fresh bite of food for everyone.
This month’s issue of Vogue is a must read for any Jackson Hole fan. With Blake Lively gracing the cover, the gorgeous 14 page spread set in and around the Jackson Hole valley captures the actress in iconic and lesser known locations.
The threat of severe weather wasn’t enough to get in the way of an extremely fun mountain bike race on Friday Night. The first in a series of three chainless mountain bike races in the Jackson Hole Bike Park had a good showing and fun was had by all. The chainless format is a great way to maximize the fun in the Bike Park, and the Bronco trail has the perfect amount of flow for a chainless race.
If you missed out on race #1, make sure to get out for the final race on Friday, August 29th. The race will continue to be held during Friday Night Bikes, with registration/sign up from 4:45 PM-5:15 PM and race runs starting right after. Check out results and photos from race #1 below:
Third-place finisher Travis Fitzgerald works one of the top berms
The big news on the foodie front this week is that the Jackson Hole community will be showcasing our culinary talents to the New York media and public this October 2nd at the historic James Beard House. Chefs Roger Freedman, Executive Chef for Fine Dining Restaurant Group and Chef Wes Hamilton, Executive Chef at JHMR have collaborated to create Jackson Hole: From the Range a carefully curated menu of ingredients sourced from our region along with wine and whiskey pairings.
We’re super excited to see these chefs in action in NYC, so in the mean time we sat down with them to find out what makes them tick.