The Harvest Festival is putting Sun Valley on the map as a foodie destination, highlighting all of the wonderful culinary delights that Idaho and the Northwest has to offer. Co-Founders Heidi Ottley and Ed Sinnott have searched the country and found some incredible chefs doing amazing things with local ingredients for this year’s festival. All of the demonstrating chefs are leaders in the Farm to Table ideaology and the festival’s acclaimed Sommelier will present how to taste wine. The following is a schedule of events for the weekend.
September 21st, 5pm-7pm
Ketchum Town Plaza:
Sponsored by Sun Valley Magazine
The festival kicks off with a tasting from one of our Idaho adventure companies and Ketchum’s own Frenchman’s Gulch Winery in the Ketchum Town Square. Attendees then venture through downtown Ketchum to sample eclectic fare from 19 participating restaurants and enjoy their fall offerings paired with a beverage of their choice. It is a moveable feast of the grandest proportion and a great way to sample some of Sun Valley’s finest eateries! Admission is $35 each.
Demonstrations & Presentations, September 22nd, 9:30am-5pm
Tent at Carol’s Dollar Lodge: Sponsored by Atkinsons’ Market and Idaho’s Bounty
Ensconce yourself in learning new techniques and culinary secrets from our four guest chefs as they prepare foods from across Idaho and the Northwest. Be enthralled by our guest Sommelier as she leads you through her world of how to properly taste, select and pair wines. The line-up this year includes TV personalities, authors and James Beard Lifestyle nominees Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of the Fabulous Beekman Boys; teacher, author and chef, Jesus Gonzalez, formerly of Rancho La Puerta and currently the Culinary Director at Cups in La Jolla, CA; The James Beard Foundation 2010 Best Chef of the Northwest and the 2006 Food and Wines Best New Chef, Jason Wilson of Crush in Seattle; Jackie Quillen formerly “the Nose” at Christie’s Wine Auction Department in New York; and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine graduate, Chef John Tesar, Executive Chef and owner of Spoon Bar & Kitchen in Dallas, TX. Each demonstration is one hour long followed by a sampling of the chef’s presentation paired with a wine from one of our sponsoring wineries. Have your questions ready for when you meet the chef after each presentation. Admission $40 each.
September 22nd, 10am-5:30pm
Carol’s Dollar Lodge
Peruse purveyors that have been hand-selected from around Idaho for their organic, sustainable and hand crafted foods, coffee, tea, cheese, dairy, meat, produce, baked goods, and all kinds of specialty food items. Shop for the newest kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and much more. Admission is free.
Martini & Caviar Party, Saturday, September 22nd, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Boca: Sponsored by Boca
and Square One Organic Spirits
Savor the sweeping views atop Boca’s roof top bar in downtown Ketchum on a beautiful fall evening. Enjoy luscious artisanal cocktails featuring one of Square One Organic Spirits three flavors, Botanical, Cucumber and Basil created by Mixologist Ryan Sullivan along with Idaho sturgeon caviar hors d’oeuvres masterfully designed by Boca Executive Chef Jim Roberts. The perfect end to a perfect day! Admission is $75 each and space is limited to 100 guests.
Harvest Dinners, September 22nd, 7pm-9pm
Select one of the fabulous local participating restaurants Saturday evening to experience their own interpretation of an Idaho Harvest dinner. Reservations are strongly recommended.
River Guide Cooking Demonstration, September 23rd, 10am-12pm
Tent at Dollar Lodge
Adventure into the world of gourmet outdoor cooking as you watch local river guides doing what they do best, cook incredible food over an open grill or in a Dutch oven. Watch and learn how easy it is to create gourmet food fireside or riverside. Don’t miss the finger-licking food! Admission is free.
September 23rd, 12pm-3pm
Carol’s Dollar Lodge:
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Treat your senses to creations by local chefs and caterers using everything that Idaho and the Northwest has to offer—from savory main dishes, side dishes, artisan pizza, desserts and ice cream, to hors d’oeuvres and much more. Taste wines from our internationally acclaimed wineries: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Col Solare, Erath Winery, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyard,Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The Grand Tasting is an opportunity to chat with chefs, winemakers, distillers and brewers as you sample their fare. This is the grand finale to your spectacular foodie weekend and a benefit for the newly formed Sun Valley Culinary Institute. Admission $75 each.
For more information and tickets visit www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com