Martinis and Caviar and so much more

On Saturday night, 175 lucky ticket holders made the journey to historic Roundhouse Restaurant to enjoy the Sun Valley Harvest Festival’s popular Martini and Caviar party. A spectacular fall evening followed a glorious Indian summer day and as both the sun and the temperature began to dip, things heated up at Roundhouse.

Your chariot awaits, in this case a gondola to whisk you away to the iconic Roundhouse Restaurant on Bald Mountain

Your chariot awaits, in this case a gondola to whisk you away to the iconic Roundhouse Restaurant on Bald Mountain

With any event at Roundhouse, getting there is half the fun. Sure, big cities have Uber and taxi cabs, but in Sun Valley we have the Roundhouse Express Gondola that lifts off from the base of River Run. The enclosed glass car whisks you to Roundhouse in just a matter of minutes, but they are minutes that truly take you away from the every day.

Mixologist with the most, Ryan Sullivan, weaves his magic at 7,700 feet

Mixologist with the most, Ryan Sullivan, weaves his magic at 7,700 feet

Arriving two-thirds up Bald Mountain is magical, too, as the sun begins to soften. Perched at 7,700 feet above sea level and 1,900 feet above downtown Ketchum, Roundhouse served its first meal in 1939 and maintains a unique place in the realm of Sun Valley dining.

During the vibrant four-day Sun Valley Harvest Festival, this iconic restaurant was transformed as a showcase for the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients as imagined by Sun Valley Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations John Murcko and superb Mixologist Ryan Sullivan.

Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko and his amazing team prepare the freshest locally-sourced fare for patrons Saturday night

Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko and his amazing team prepared the freshest locally-sourced fare for patrons Saturday night

Ryan created four distinct martini drinks featuring local Square One Organic Vodka that uses water from the Snake River and American-grown rye. Tempting choices included hand-crafted drinks utilizing fresh watermelon, citrus and cucumber and blueberries. All refreshing, all incredibly fresh, all delicious. Ryan and his fellow Mixologists made each and every one in tiny batches.

Every space at Roundhouse has its own magic, but the deck was the place to be as the autumn sun began to set

Every space at Roundhouse has its own magic, but the deck was the place to be as the autumn sun began to set

Equally fresh, locally-sourced and delectable fare complemented these wonderful cocktails. Chef Murcko and his experienced team offered stations including fresh lamb carved paper thin with Chimichurri and other tasty accoutrements. Another popular option was Sun Valley’s famous Raclette. Served over toast and roasted potatoes, it was a perfect dish for a cool fall evening. The headline item of the night, caviar, was also in the spotlight. Featuring sturgeon caviar from Fish Breeders of Idaho, Inc., the delicacy was served many ways, from traditional, over Blinis and crème fraiche, to innovative, served over tuna tartar and garnished with peppers.

Partygoers sipped on handcrafted vodka cocktails featuring fresh blueberries and nibbled Raclette

Partygoers sipped on handcrafted vodka cocktails featuring fresh blueberries and nibbled Raclette

Every space in Roundhouse was utilized: from the rustic and charming main dining space, to the expansive wraparound deck providing an unbelievable sunset view, to Averell’s, the smaller dining room with panoramic views of Ketchum located steps from the main dining room.

The mix was a wonderful one of locals and visitors, all coming together to enjoy the best Sun Valley and Idaho have to offer. The entire Sun Valley Harvest Festival, that culminated in an elegant dinner at Trail Creek Cabin Sunday night, offered something for everyone and highlighted our thriving local food and wine culture.

Gray Ottley of Distilled Resources, Inc. sips a citrus cucumber creation crafted with his own Square One Organic Vodka

Gray Ottley of Distilled Resources, Inc. sips a citrus cucumber creation crafted with his own Square One Organic Vodka

Fall is fabulous in Sun Valley and one of the highlights of the season is the rich array of local fare to be savored during harvest season.

We raise a glass to the Sun Valley Harvest Festival for their emphasis on real, local, fresh and carefully prepared food and drink. Cheers!

–RES

A great time was had by all, at the Martini and Caviar party and at all Sun Valley Harvest Festival events

A great time was had by all at the Martini and Caviar party and at all Sun Valley Harvest Festival events

 

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

Sun Valley Harvest Festival. September 18th – 21st, 2014.

“The Sun Valley Harvest Festival embraces the national movement toward sourcing and eating regional sustainable foods. Our goal is to bring food and wine travelers to Sun Valley, Idaho to experience our region during the most beautiful time of the year, enjoy delicious food, learn new trends and techniques, taste great wines, beers, and spirits, and meet some fun and interesting people along the way.” For more information please visit http://www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com

Fall is for Food

Locavores are counting the days to the start of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival 2013

It's almost here!

Foodies are counting down the days to the start of the popular, informative and full-of-fun Sun Valley Harvest Festival, coming to town next week. From September 19 to the 22nd, Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge, the streets of Ketchum and even Roundhouse Restaurant will pulsate with the smells of delicious locally-sourced cuisine, the spectacle of food prep demonstrations, the wisdom and insight of famous guest chefs and the sights of everything you need to improve dinner time at your own home. If you like food – and who doesn’t – this is a can’t-miss weekend.

One of the highlights of four full days of memorable events is sure to be the Martini & Caviar party on Saturday, September 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This year, the event gets even better with a move up Bald Mountain to the historic and charming Roundhouse Restaurant. Perched at 7,700 feet above the valley floor, Roundhouse is probably one of the best party rooms in the Lower 48. And the Martinis and caviar are sure to be as spectacular as the surroundings when Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko creates his culinary magic in the thin air.

Inventive cocktails and caviar -- what could be better?

Inventive cocktails and caviar -- what could be better?

Festivities begin when you are greeted with a glass of Michelle sparkling wine and whisked up to Roundhouse on the gondola. The scenic ride sets the tone for what is to come. Once ensconced at Roundhouse, Murcko, a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist and food visionary, will get the party started in earnest. Carefully crafted hors d’oeuvres featuring local Idaho sturgeon caviar will delight the palate, especially when paired with artisanal cocktails fashioned from Square One Organic Spirits. Mixologist with the most, Ryan Sullivan, is sure to create flavors perfect for the occasion.

Back on the valley floor, Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge will also be a hub of activity all weekend long. Starting on Saturday, September 21, the lawns at the base of Dollar will be transformed into a Harvest Marketplace. Be sure to spend some quality time with hand-selected purveyors from around the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. Specialty food producers and local and regional farmers will be in attendance, and the latest and greatest in kitchen appliances and cookware will be on display.

When dining at Roundhouse, getting there is half the fun

When dining at Roundhouse, getting there is half the fun

Also at Dollar, catch Guest Chef Demonstrations under the big tent all day September 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Join acclaimed chefs including Rodrigo Bueno, Akasha Richmond, Tina Ruggiero, Tal Ronnen and Scot Jones and Malika Ameen who are in Sun Valley from all over the country as they demonstrate topics ranging from “Buy Local, Cook Global,” to “Sweet and Spicy: Unique Twists for Flavorful Baking.” After each cooking demonstration, you will enjoy a sample of the chef’s creation with a specially selected wine from one of the Festival’s featured wineries.

Finally, at this lovely venue on Sunday, be sure to get your tickets to the Grand Tasting. This benefit for the Sun Valley Culinary Institute might be the highlight of your year food-wise. Sample seasonal offerings from local chefs and specialty food makers. Wines, beer from the Sawtooth Brewery and spirits from Idaho’s own Distilled Resources will add to the merriment. The Grand Tasting will also feature 20-minute breakout sessions covering topics from coffee to tea; nut butters to chocolate.

What do you get when you add Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko and caviar? Epicurean magic, that's what!

What do you get when you add Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko and caviar? Epicurean magic, that's what!

But, wait, there is more! Much more! In and around Ketchum, the food and beverages will flow all weekend long. The Restaurant Walk is scheduled this year for Friday, September 20, starting at 5 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square. The Sawtooth Brewery will offer Oktoberfest, Idaho style, on Saturday, a 5B Boots, Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue party on Saturday evening at B. Restaurant keeps the sophisticated local vibe going, as does a River Guide Cooking Demonstration, on Sunday, at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge.

Fresh, locally-sourced food, like that found at the Farmers' Market, is in the spotlight for the entire Festival weekend

Fresh, locally-sourced food, like that found at the Farmers' Market, is in the spotlight for the entire Festival weekend

Relevant, riveting panel discussions round out the agenda.

For the entire Harvest Festival schedule and for ticket information, please click HERE.

Students from the nearby Community School volunteer at last year's event

Students from the nearby Community School volunteer at last year's event

Now might be a good time to start eating just a little less every day to make sure you are hungry for the Sun Valley Harvest Festival. The food is not only plentiful, but divinely delicious. You won’t want to miss a bite!

– RES

SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL

Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22

Now in its fourth year, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival has become the signature food and wine event of the region. Focused on quality and how to incorporate it into your kitchen and lifestyle, the weekend offers attendees an opportunity to learn culinary secrets from the country’s top chefs, taste agricultural wonders from Idaho and the Northwest, savor wines, beers and spirits, and learn from nationally recognized food and health experts. This year the Harvest Festival proudly welcomes celebrity dietician Ashley Koff RD, a self-described Qualitarian, as the event emcee. Also new this year are the Food Mavericks and Food Trends Panels, which will be chock–full of entrepreneurs and experts from well known national brands as well as media outlets including: Prevention Magazine, Reader’s Digest, ABC News Los Angeles, and the Dr. Oz Show. Set in picturesque Sun Valley, Idaho, adventuring foodies will have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, biking and all that the beautiful fall weather offers. So whether it’s a day of learning and tasting with the pros or just sipping wine and artisanal cocktails, check out all the incredible experiences that make up this year’s Sun Valley Harvest Festival.

If you would like more information about our weekend of events, please call 208.450.6430

www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Friday, Sept 21 – Sunday, Sept 23, 2012

Foodie Heaven: The 2012 Sun Valley Harvest Festival will feature regional food, wines and beers from farms, vineyards, and ranches around Idaho and the Northwest. The Festival will take place Sept. 21-23, in one of the most beautiful places in the world, World Famous Sun Valley, Idaho.

Embracing a national movement toward regional food and eating, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival features local, sustainable foods from around Idaho and the Northwest including produce, meats, fish, wines, spirits, and craft beers. The cuisine is unlike any you have experienced before and most of it is purveyed from less than four hours away. Idaho lamb, beef, and trout are the best in the nation, so expect a range of culinary delights featuring all three.

The Festival will also highlight Sun Valley’s extensive and eclectic restaurant scene from superior organic cuisine to local culinary delights.

Beyond supping and sipping, the Festival takes place in one of the most coveted mountain towns, Sun Valley, known for beauty and outdoor adventure including hundreds of miles of unsurpassed hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as one of the most reputable fly fishing destinations in the world. Not to mention the best skiing anywhere.

The Festival will feature the Harvest Festival Restaurant Walk through downtown Ketchum, cooking demonstrations with local and guest chefs from around the country, the Idaho Martini and Caviar Party, Harvest Dinners, the Grand Tasting, and the River Guide Culinary Demonstration.  River food is a unique blend of a love of outdoor adventure with creative culinary thinking……it is the ultimate moveable feast.

Food purveyors, regional and national chefs, winemakers, distillers, and brewers will come together during the festival to educate guests about how best to prepare, pair, and enjoy incredible food, wine, spirits, and beer.

As the tagline says, the Festival will give everyone the opportunity to "Taste, Learn, Experience, and Enjoy" their way through a weekend of fun filled events. Come join us in Foodie Heaven for a weekend of great food, and probably some new friends!

For more details please visit us at www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com.

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

2nd Annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival

September 23 – 25

The weekend of events will focus on regional sustainable foods, wines, spirits and will feature cooking demonstrations and presentations by local, regional and guest chefs, as well as wine, spirits, and beer tastings, an eco-culinary trade show, restaurant walk, and harvest dinners.

  • Restaurant Walk Friday, September 23rd; Ketchum Town Plaza
  • Chef Demonstrations Saturday, September 24th; Dollar Lodge
  • Martini & Caviar Party Saturday, September 24th; Sego Restaurant
  • Harvest Dinners Saturday, September 24th; Local Restaurants
  • River Guide Cooking Competition Sunday, September 25th; Dollar Lodge
  • Red Sky Grand Tasting to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho Sunday, September 25th; Dollar Lodge
For a more detailed event schedule and times, visit www.sunvalleyharvestfestival.com

“Fall in Sun Valley is the best of all…” -Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway wrote about it for good reason: fall in Sun Valley is the best of all and this year is no exception.
Music with Marley and The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival, the gnarly Baldy Hill Climb and even a fun Bocce Ball Contest all kick-off the fall season in Sun Valley.


The Sun Valley Music Festival Saturday, September 25 will bring legends of Gospel to the Sun Valley Pavilion for the first time. The Blind Boys of Alabama interpret everything from traditional Gospel to contemporary spiritual material from legends like Curtis Mayfield, Eric Clapton and Prince. The Blind Boys will be joined by New York City’s Bill Sims Jr. and Lew Soloff, and local’s favorite The Paul Tillotson Love Trio. Tickets are $45 at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at mySVfun.com

Harvest Food & Wine Festival


The Sun Valley Harvest Festival, September 24-26, is strategically planned for this time of year so chefs and participants can take full advantage of the local harvest. Sun Valley’s newest culinary event will offer fun-filled activities centered around sustainable regional food, wine and beer. It will focus on educating about foods available regionally and how to connect with local farmers, and also interesting ways to prepare these foods. For more information visit sunvalleyharvestfestival.com, or call 208-450-6430.

Friday, September 24 the Night Bocce World Championships and the Dick Barrymore Ski Movie Tribute will be held at River Run 6-10 pm.
Marley In The Mountains – Harvesting of the Vibes Reggae concert will feature Richie Spice of St. Andrew, Jamaica and is planned for Saturday, September 25 at 9pm at the Ketchum Town Plaza.

The Baldy Hill Climb starts at 8 am on Saturday, September 25 on the Warm Springs side of Baldy and will be sponsored by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. A long-time local challenge, the Baldy Hill Climb is a great family event. (To sign up call 208-726-4129).

Also, the last day for gondola rides and lunch at Baldy’s Roundhouse will be Sunday, September 26. The Sun Valley Fall Golf Package will come to a close September 25, however, the Late Fall Golf Package begins the next day and will run through the end of the season.

And finally, after participating in all or many of these events, you might like to take a seat in Sun Valley’s Opera House to view "Ride The Divide – 2,700 miles, Canada to Mexico, Alone." The special film will be shown one night only Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm and will be sponsored by Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports and the Elephant’s Perch. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at seats.sunvalley.com

Big October events include The Trailing of the Sheep, October 8-10, the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree October 13-17, The Sun Valley Harvest Film Festival October 22-23 and Crosstoberfest on October 30-31.
For additional information please visit www.sunvalley.com