With Jackson Hole Food & Wine just around the corner (it starts Feb. 28!) we’re ramping up for a weekend of après-skiing, food and wine. Here are five reasons we are getting tickets to the second annual Winter Fest, like, right now. Buy them here.
Chef Richard Blais
Celebrity chef Richard Blais, who you may know from Top Chef, Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack, headlines the signature Winter Fest Wine Dinner dinner at 9,000 feet, presented by First Republic Bank and hosted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The dinner, at Piste Mountain Bistro on March 1, will feature a specially curated menu from Blais paired with exquisite wines from Figgins Family Wine Estates that will elevate each bite.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s festival, and am especially excited to cook at 9,000 feet on top of the mountain,” Blais said. “I’ll be creating some exciting new dishes, like a lobster and ginger ravioli with sherry shellfish butter, as well as a few others that I’ll keep a surprise!”
Until then, he gave Dishing readers a recipe for spicy green pozole (find it at the bottom of the post). “My spicy green pozole is one of my favorite dishes for winter – it’s spicy, savory and salty, perfect for a cold day on the slopes.
Cocktails with Alex Day
Also on Friday, the festival hosts its Cocktail Codex Master Class with famed mixologist Alex Day (from Death & Co in New York and Denver) for a hands-on class in the private dining room at Il Villaggio Osteria. Attendees will learn tips and tricks from Day about how to shake, stir and mix cocktails with top-shelf spirits and by the end of the class, each attendee will have created and mastered a new signature cocktail.
Big Wines, Small Plates
Kicking off the festival on Feb. 28 is Big Wines, Small Plates hosted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at its new Solitude Station. Unless you are in ski school, or attending this event, this might be your one shot at having a meal at this new resort facility. Attendees will experience a menu of small plates from chef Michael Britton of Piste Mountain Bistro, in collaboration with Blais’ team. Find all the dishes expertly paired with superb wines. The evening will also feature an illustrious panel of food and beverage enthusiasts that will take guests on a journey of their own “winter inspired” culinary moments that influenced each wine and food pairing.
Taste of Teton Village
On the final day of the festival, head to Four Seasons Resort and Residences for the ultimate après-ski during Taste of Teton Village. The evening will bring together 15 acclaimed chefs and restaurants from in and around Teton Village, each serving a signature winter dish alongside more than 60 selections of wine, beer and cocktails while local DJ Rocky Vertone spins tunes.
Hotel Deals Galore!
If all this wasn’t enough, find great deals and other packages at local hotels.
Mountain Modern Motel is offering 15 percent off published rates; complimentary breakfast; complimentary skier shuttle trips to and from Teton Village and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
SpringHill Suites Marriott is offering 10 percent off published rates (discounted rate available until Feb. 8). A stay includes access to complimentary fitness center, business center and high-speed internet; complimentary breakfast each morning; lobby bar featuring local craft beers, spirits and snacks; complimentary skier shuttle running trips to and from Teton Village and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
The Anvil Hotel will offer 20 percent off published rates.
The Wort Hotel is offering a Food and Wine Festival package starting at $506 for two-nights between March 1–4. Call 800-322-2727 to book and refer to the package, which includes access to complimentary fitness center, business center and high-speed internet; complimentary breakfast each morning; two complimentary drinks (per adult) at The Silver Dollar Bar; and complimentary skier shuttle to and from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Jackson Hole Food & Wine’s 2019 winter and summer festivals support Hole Food Rescue, a local nonprofit that distributes excess food from grocery stores, bakeries, farms and local businesses to organizations serving the at-risk, in-need residents of Teton County.