Foodie Heaven

Autumn is synonymous with bounty and the time of harvest, so what better time to celebrate the best in locally sourced, absolutely fresh and positively delicious food. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival returns for the fifth year from September 18 to 21 and you won’t want to miss a course!

The Sun Valley Festival is a collage of taste experiences you won't want to miss (photo visitsunvalley.com)

The Sun Valley Festival is a collage of taste experiences you won’t want to miss (photo visitsunvalley.com)

Billed by organizers as “a culinary celebration … the epitome of epicurean indulgence, an oenophile’s dream, and an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca,” the festival appeals to all palates. With a focus on seasonal, regional sustainable foods, it promises to be a fun-filled weekend featuring new events this year. These include highly anticipated Foodie Adventures, two new wine tastings at beautiful local venues, a Speakeasy-themed after-party in downtown Ketchum, as well as the first Hailey event, Swine, Wine & Dine.

Kick off the festival with friends in a casual atmosphere at the Taste of Ketchum on September 18

Kick off the festival with friends in a casual atmosphere at the Taste of Ketchum on September 18 (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)

Other highlights include the very popular Taste of Ketchum. On Thursday evening, September 18, the festival kicks off with copious amounts of delicious food, served in a relaxed, sociable setting. The fun begins at Ketchum Town Square at 5 p.m. when you are invited to take a leisurely stroll through the heart of Ketchum stopping to sample regional fare and paired libations from participating eateries. The evening winds down at 7 p.m. at Memory Park with dessert and sparkling wine. Cheers!

Sun Valley Executive Chef and Culinary Director John Murcko will weave his magic at both the Martini and Caviar Party at Roundhouse at at the grand finale party at Trail Creek Cabin

Sun Valley Executive Chef and Culinary Director John Murcko will weave his magic at both the Martini and Caviar Party at Roundhouse at at the grand finale party at Trail Creek Cabin

Also on the agenda is the new and highly anticipated Taste of Sun Valley. Travel back in time to the rustic and historic Trail Creek Cabin where Sun Valley Resort’s own Culinary Director and Executive Chef John Murcko will create an evening you will never forget. On Sunday afternoon the 21st, soak in the beautiful fall day as the aspen trees surrounding Trail Creek Cabin begin to glow gold while sampling locally sourced foods and wines from Buried Cane, Cadaretta and Clayhouse Vineyards. Murcko, a James Beard Finalist, will work with other fine chefs from the Resort to ensure the grand finale to the Sun Valley Harvest Festival is simply amazing.

For more information about Chef Murcko please click here.

There is no place more beautiful in autumn than the historic Trail Creek Cabin. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival caps off an amazing weekend with a party here on September 21

There is no place more beautiful in autumn than the historic Trail Creek Cabin. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival caps off an amazing weekend with a party here on September 21

Feeling adventurous? Then be sure to check out the new Foodie Adventures offerings at the festival. On Saturday, September 20, tickets to two eating adventures are still available: one to Galena Lodge for bike adventure and one to Nighthawk Farm in Bellevue. At Galena, you will work up an appetite by enjoying a bike ride with some of the area’s top athletes and at Nighthawk Farm, all food served will come from the farm. Both events feature food prepared by top chefs paired with sublime wines.

Martinis and Caviar with a killer view has the makings of a truly memorable night (photo visitsunvalley.com)

Martinis and Caviar with a killer view has the makings of a truly memorable night (photo visitsunvalley.com)

Another very special way to savor and sip in Sun Valley is by signing up for the Martini and Caviar party at the Roundhouse Restaurant that is perched two-thirds of the way up Bald Mountain. On Saturday evening September 20, starting at 6 p.m., get whisked up the River Run side of the mountain on the gondola and start the memorable evening off with a scenic ride. You will be greeted at the base of the Roundhouse with a glass of Michelle Sparkling Wine. Again, Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko is in charge of the night and is sure to impress with his artfully crafted fare featuring sturgeon caviar and Idaho caviar. Popular mixologist Ryan Sullivan will craft cocktails featuring Idaho’s Square One organic vodkas to complement the food. This is one fun party that continues until 9 p.m. and magical and iconic setting at 7,700 feet above sea level simply can’t be beat!

Come, gather, eat and drink. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is almost here. Get your tickets today! (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)

Come, gather, eat and drink. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is almost here. Get your tickets today! (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)

There’s so much more to this weekend. For a full listing of events and to buy tickets, please click HERE.

The Sun Valley Harvest Festival was voted one of the top food festivals in America by Fodor’s. Come see why for yourself. Whether you prefer jeans and boots at a picnic or a cocktail dress on the deck at Roundhouse, you will find the perfect way to enjoy a glorious fall day or evening in Sun Valley.

–RES

Ice Theatre of New York 2014 Residency Performance. Saturday, September 20th @ 7:30pm.

2014 Sun Valley Residency Performance

Saturday September 20th at 7:30 P.M. at Sun Valley Resort

Ice Theatre of New York in honor of our 2014 Sun Valley Residency is proud to present the premier of our innovative show ICE: DANCE with 12 of the world’s top dancers on ice including:   US Men’s Champion Ryan Bradley,

National and World Competitors Brent Bommentre and Kim Navarro, World Team Members Eve Chalom and Joel Dear; and making their Ice Theatre Debut 2014 National Ice Dance competitors Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giuletti-Schmitt.

The performance  will feature the premiere of two new works, one by ballet great, Edward Villella, and another by renowned modern dance choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi. For more information and tickets please visit

http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=7452

 

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Bring on The Beach Boys

For more than 50 years, The Beach Boys have been turning out number one hits, touring to sold out crowds and creating the soundtrack to the lives of more than one generation. Now, they are coming to the Sun Valley Pavilion on Tuesday, September 9, and there is no better way to put an end cap on an amazing summer season.

Starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), the audience at the Pavilion will be treated to the sweet sounds of the original boys of summer. Everyone has a favorite Beach Boys’ song or two (or three) and chances are, they will be performed live at this don’t-miss event.

From Surfin’ Safari, to Why Do Fools Fall in Love, I Get Around, Little Deuce Coupe and back to Little Surfer Girl, we know you know every word to every hit. The Good Vibrations will bounce off the mountains and land right back with the audience.

Concerts at the Sun Valley Pavilion are an experience unto themselves. Seats beneath the magical sail, with views of the mountains and the smell of the fresh early fall air help create a night no one will forget. Add to that music that is known and loved by all, and it will be quite the night.

Whether it's a night at the Sun Valley Symphony or an amazing concert like the Beach Boys, there is no better place to enjoy live music than the Pavilion

Whether it’s a night at the Sun Valley Symphony or an amazing concert like the Beach Boys, there is no better place to enjoy live music than the Pavilion

The Beach Boys play an average of 150 shows a year, ranging from sun-drenched summer festivals to black tie New Year’s celebrations and special events. The band members are at the top of their game and will put on a hugely professional show. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeff Foskett, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

Be sure to grab dinner before the show at one of the wonderful Sun Valley Village restaurants (the deck at the Ram or Bald Mountain Pizza sound especially nice on these gorgeous September days) or enjoy a cocktail at the Ram Bar at the Sun Valley Inn. Be sure to make a night of it as these warm days and evenings won’t last forever!

Enjoy dinner or a drink before the concert at The Ram or any of the Village restaurants. The view is pretty nice!

Enjoy dinner or a drink before the concert at The Ram or any of the Village restaurants. The view is pretty nice!

The Beach Boys truly are the sound of summer and summer isn’t quite over yet. Be sure not to miss this final outdoor concert of the season. You won’t be sorry!

–RES

Skating Through the Years

Last week, nearly three dozen skaters descended on Sun Valley’s two ice rinks to enjoy an annual Adult Skating Seminar. Ranging in age and ability and hailing from all across the United States and Canada, according to Pam Farr of the Sun Valley skating program, “we offer something for everyone!”

Dozens of adult skaters enjoyed Sun Valley's beautiful rinks last week at a special seminar

Dozens of adult skaters enjoyed Sun Valley’s beautiful rinks last week at a special seminar. Here, pro Kim Navarro leads a choreography session

The four-day camp includes basics of skating like figures, moves in the field, stroking and edges and more advanced aspects like choreography, jumps, spins, pairs and ice dance. Drop-ins are also welcome and some skaters participate in only a few sessions depending on their interest and schedule constraints.

At a choreography session Wednesday night, professional ice dancer Kim Navarro led a spirited group in a routine that involved lots of turns, tricks and even pom poms. Other skaters and even those enjoying a drink and snack on the Duchin Deck cheered their efforts.

Dancing at dusk in Sun Valley is pretty memorable

Skating the afternoon away in Sun Valley is pretty memorable

Kim, who mesmerizes the audience weekly skating with partner Brent Bommentre in Sun Valley On Ice, said she looks forward to this week every year. “Working with all the adults is very inspiring,” she explained. “To continue to skate through adulthood, juggling work and family in addition to skating, tells me that they have found a satisfaction, love, and passion for our sport. It’s very cool!  And to take the time out of their busy lives to come to this seminar in Sun Valley also tells me that Sun Valley has a special place in their hearts.”

The Adult Skate week has existed in Sun Valley for years but has been going particularly strong for the past decade. This was largely due to the commitment and effort of national ice dance champion Charles Fetter who passed away this summer. His vision for a beautiful gathering place for like-minded adults to enjoy the sport they love was honored this year.

This gathering is not all work and no play, however. According to Pam, “We start the seminar off with an opening social reception to meet and greet everyone.” The party usually extends well past its scheduled deadline as skaters who haven’t seen each other in a year catch up and new friends are made.

Alison, a Seminar attendee from the Bay area, was all smiles, all week

Alison, a Seminar attendee from the Bay area, was all smiles, all week

Alison Bers, who with her husband and ice dance partner, attended the Seminar for the first time said it was a terrific experience. The couple, who hail from the San Francisco area, have been coming to Sun Valley to skate in the summer for the past five years, but only this year did they decide to sign up for the camp. “We thought it would be a nice way to meet other adult skaters, to learn something and to have fun,” she said.

Alison, who did not start skating until she was 50, said the highlights of the week were the choreography sessions and the twilight dance that she called “superb.” “It was really all wonderful,” she smiled as she unlaced her skates “We are exhausted!

Joan trains with pro Brent Bommentre and they are ready for action!

Joan trains with pro Brent Bommentre and they are ready for action!

Joan Kane Josephson from New Jersey, a very sprightly 79-year-old lawyer, said she really enjoyed Adult Skate week. Joan, an ice dancer, skates at least three days a week with the Philadelphia Skating Club but greatly enjoys her time at the Sun Valley rink where she trains with Brent Bommentre. “I was Brent’s first student,” she laughed. “I love this week because I see people I only get to see in the summer and everyone is so friendly.”

Skating for grown-ups in Sun Valley involves great training, but also time to socialize and enjoy the company of like-minded people

Skating for grown-ups in Sun Valley involves great training, but also time to socialize and enjoy the company of like-minded people

Adult skaters are welcome at Sun Valley all summer long and many take advantage of what is called Coffee Club. Coffee Club meets during the week at 9:05 a.m. and provides a group lesson from either a local or show pro, refreshments and free practice on the session that follows. It also provides great camaraderie and has fostered long friendships over the years. As Sun Valley’s Marilyn Alcamo explained with a smile, “If you can stand up, you can come skate with us!

Figure skating is a sport that can be enjoyed through the years, whether athletes started skating as children or first laced up boots well into adulthood. There is no better way to show this than the spirited, inspiring group who visited Sun Valley last week. Please come back and see us again next summer!

–RES

 

Opening Day for Summer Gondola Operations. June 27, 2015

Head down to the base of River Run June 27th for the opening day of the Gondola.
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Tennis, anyone?

Though Sun Valley is deservedly famous for the adrenaline pumping adventures available in our own backyard (think mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking), we also excel at more mainstream sports like tennis.

Early fall is a perfect time to work on your game at the Sun Valley Tennis Center

Early fall is a perfect time to work on your game at the Sun Valley Tennis Center

In fact, the Sun Valley Resort boasts 17 courts, a fully-stocked Pro Shop, ball machine and the best coaches around. Private lessons and group clinics are available as well as the annual Nike Tennis Camps for adults and children that offer popular sessions every summer.

Last week, I booked a one-hour private lesson for my teenage daughter who was about to head ‘back east’ to school and had signed up to play recreational tennis. Having not picked up a racket in quite a while, it seemed an hour with a pro was the way to go.

Jeremy will help you book your lesson and equip you for optimal performance

Jeremy will help you book your lesson and equip you for optimal performance

We were welcomed at the quaint tennis center by Jeremy who you might recognize from his normal post in the Sun Valley Bowling and Game Room. During the Lodge’s amazing renovation, Jeremy has temporarily moved to the tennis pavilion, bringing his excellent customer service and charm with him.

Nate "the Great" reminded his student that tennis is a game and that games are fun!

Nate “the Great” reminded his student that tennis is a game and that games are fun!

Next up was an introduction to our pro, Nate, otherwise known as “Nate the Great.” With a hopper full of balls, Nate and my daughter claimed a court under the warm late summer sun. Starting with the basics, during the hour Nate fine-tuned her forehand, bettered her backhand, gave value to her volley and sliced up her serve. Though I wasn’t invited to be too close to the lesson, their laughter and smiles were visible all the way to the deck where I sat at a comfortable table beneath an umbrella and enjoyed the view.

Net net? Nate took my daughter from being lukewarm about the sport of tennis to becoming an enthused participant, eager to continue playing into the fall.

Whether you are a serious competitor or novice, it's advantage Sun Valley when it comes to tennis

Whether you are a serious competitor or novice, it’s advantage Sun Valley when it comes to tennis

The other athletes on the courts that afternoon seemed to be equally enjoying traversing the tramlines, chipping and charging or simply refining skills while enjoying a glorious afternoon. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned player, time spent on the Sun Valley courts is time well spent.

Come get outfitted at the Pro Shop steps from the Sun Valley Inn so you look the part of a tennis great

Come get outfitted at the Pro Shop steps from the Sun Valley Inn so you look the part of a tennis great

The courts, located just steps from the Sun Valley Inn and next to the Olympic pool, are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in season. For more information or to book a lesson call 208-622-2156 or email recreation@sunvalley.com. The beautiful early days of fall are tennis time so book your court or lesson today.

Advantage, Sun Valley!

–RES

 

 

 

Warren Miller Entertainment Presents “No Turning Back” at The Opera House. November 1st and 2nd.

“Warren Miller’s 2014 film, No Turning Back, pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead WME to every end of the winter world. We’re taking a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges and mountains had condos and we’re running with it to the steepest peaks around the globe and back to the Mom and Pop hills that define skiing and riding.

Since he began creating films in 1949, Warren Miller has known that as skiers and riders, there’s no need to look back, we have to continuously drive to keep our edge and chase the snow. This year, we prove that not much has changed when it comes to why it is these athletes tilt and turn down mountains and pray for storms. Sheer delight. Welcome this winter season and remember there’s No Turning Back.”

For more information and to watch the trailer visit http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/NTB-Trailer

November 1st Showings at the Opera House: 6:00pm and 9:00pm

November 2nd Showing at the Opera House: 5:00pm

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Yoga On The Mountain. Saturday, September 6th at River Run. 8:45am and 10:00am classes.

 Head down to the base of River Run this Saturday the 6th for complimentary yoga classes at 8:45am and 10:00am. It will be in conjunction with the last weekend of the gondola, so all participants will receive a voucher for a reduced rate on the gondola.
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The Battle is Back

Even though Sun Valley On Ice concluded its star-studded season with a performance from the one-and-only Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek on August 30, things remain hot at the rink in September.

This year's contestants are in it to win it for the non-profit of their choice. Pictured L to R are Bob Polk, Zach Crist, Emilie duPont, Scott Slonim, Christine Davis-Jeffers. Chris Koch reclines. Not pictured are Maggie Acker, Megan Thomas and George Rizzo. (Photo James Bourret)

This year’s contestants are in it to win it for the non-profit of their choice. Pictured L to R are Bob Polk, Zach Crist, Emilie duPont, Scott Slonim, Christine Davis-Jeffers. Chris Koch reclines. Not pictured are Maggie Acker, Megan Thomas and George Rizzo. (Photo James Bourret)

Battle of the Blades … Bigger, Badder and Better than Ever” returns to center ice on Friday, September 5. This community fundraiser put on by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club promises to again raise the proverbial roof. If you missed the sold-out events in 2011 and 2012, Battle of the Blades pairs nine local celebrity amateurs with highly accomplished figure skating professionals. Each competes in a professionally choreographed, fully costumed two-minute routine. A panel of celebrity judges provides 50 percent of the final score while the other half is determined by an audience applause meter. To further inspire community involvement, each contestant chooses a non-profit organization to represent. The top three finishers all win cold hard cash for the worthy organization of their choice.

Contestant Megan Thomas and partner pro Ty Cockrum make it looks easy during a rehearsal (photo Becky Smith)

Contestant Megan Thomas and partner pro Ty Cockrum make it looks easy during a rehearsal (photo Becky Smith)

This year’s contestants and their designated non-profits are (in alphabetical order): Maggie Acker for the Animal Shelter, Zach Crist for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Emilie duPont for the Flourish Foundation, Christine Davis-Jeffers for The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Chris Koch for Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Bob Polk for Community School, George Rizzo for Camp Rainbow Gold, Scott Slonim for The Hunger Coalition and Megan Thomas for the St. Luke’s Foundation. The contestants are taking their preparation seriously. Many have limited skating backgrounds but have spent hours with their partners fine-turning programs that will be wildly entertaining.

Contestant Chris Koch hams it up with partner Stephanee Grosscup

Contestant Chris Koch hams it up with partner Stephanee Grosscup

The pros generously giving their time to the fundraiser are familiar faces from the rink. This years’ pros are (in alphabetical order): Darlin Baker, Brent Bommentre, Ashley Clark, Ty Cockrum, Joel Dear, Stephanee Grosscup, Jonathon Hunt, Kim Navarro and Natalia Zaitseva.

Sun Valley's golden girl, snowboard champ Kaitlyn Farrington returns to the event to inspire all the valley's children. Here, she is shown competing in Battle of the Blades 2012 with partner Eddie Gornik (photo James Bourret)

Sun Valley’s golden girl, snowboard champ Kaitlyn Farrington returns to the event to inspire all the valley’s children. Here, she is shown competing in Battle of the Blades 2012 with partner Eddie Gornik (photo James Bourret)

Sun Valley’s own golden girl, Kaitlyn Farrington who took the gold medal at snowboard halfpipe in Sochi will also be in on the fun. Kaitlyn skated in the 2012 installment of the event in between training sessions in New Zealand. Just back from more intensive training in Argentina, Kaitlyn will graciously return to the rink as a role model to all the children and an honored member of the community.

2012 winner Miles Fink-Debray takes a victory lap with partner Natalia Zaitseva in front of the sell out crowd

2012 winner Miles Fink-Debray takes a victory lap with partner Natalia Zaitseva in front of the sell out crowd (photo James Bourret)

The time-proven team of Lisa-Marie Allen and Gia Guddat are the show’s artistic directors and Nick Maricich acts as Prodution Manager. All three brings collective decades of experience to the endeavor. Additional coaching hours were volunteered by Lisa-Marie Allen, Judy Blumberg, Anita Hartshorn and Stefanie O’Neill and Dawn Peterson.

Battle of the Blades is definitely a community event, meant to generate money to get more children into the lifelong sport of figure skating.

Langely McNeal won gold during Battle of the Blades 2011 with partner Kelly Smith and some killer 80s music. She returns to the event, but this time in the judges chair

Langely McNeal won gold during Battle of the Blades 2011 with partner Kelly Smith and some killer 80s music. She returns to the event, but this time in the judges chair (photo James Bourret)

“After the first two Battle of the Blades, we were able to offer numerous group lessons for skaters of many abilities, all at an extremely discounted rate,” said SVFSC board member Peter Hendricks. “We were also able to bring children to the rink from the area’s elementary schools to take skating lessons during the traditional ski days. Figure skating pros and hockey players worked with students during these very successful afternoons. Our goal with Battle of the Blades 2014 is to continue and expand on these programs and to get kids on the ice who might not otherwise have the opportunity to skate.”

The amazing cast and crew of the 2012 event celebrate doing good and having fun

The amazing cast and crew of the 2012 event celebrate doing good and having fun (photo James Bourret)

This summer, the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club celebrated its 75th year, making it one of the most venerable and long-running clubs in the country and what better way to celebrate.

Surprises await at every turn and some of them are star-studded. Don’t miss the feel good fundraiser of the year. Tickets are only available online at sunvalleyfsc.com. Get yours today and don’t miss out on what everyone will be talking about Monday morning!

Let the battle begin!

–RES