A native of Charleston, S.C., Allison Arthur has lived in Jackson Hole for 15 years. During her marketing and publishing career, she worked for Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Snake River Sporting Club and the Jackson Hole Catalogue. As a professional cook, she’s catered dozens of events and currently writes a food column for the Jackson Hole News&Guide. Allison’s favorite question is, “What have you cooked lately?” She never measures (even when she’s baking) and rarely follows a recipe. She doesn’t skimp on butter, salt or chocolate.
Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.
From Charlotte, NC and has lived in Jackson for 8 years. Ali loves chocolate and travel and spends her time in new places seeking out the best chocolate and desserts of the region. Ali owns Chasing Tails, LLC, a new pet care business in town.
Originally a Midwest girl, Meagan first fell in love with the Mountains while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. Looking for the ultimate Mountain Town to move to after college, Meagan knew she had to be in Jackson Hole. She started The Egg, a local blog, as a creative outlet to share with her friends and family a glimpse of the Mountain Lifestyle. The Egg has acquired a popular following and is now the perfect site to discover all of Jackson’s latest events, restaurants, and shopping. Recently teaming up with Dishing, The Egg will write about food, food happenings and, of course, drinks!. On her free time, Meagan enjoys skiing, hiking, blowing glass, and eating all the delicious fare Jackson’s local restaurants have to offer. And she is always ready for a cocktail!
In 2009, Annie retired from medicine to spend more time with her family, to cook, and to write. She writes about food and life in our small mountain town, cooking great food in the backcountry, and her Sicilian-American upbringing. When not testing out recipes on family and friends, you can find Annie hiking, biking, skiing, fly-fishing, struggling to grow Italian vegetables in high altitude soil, and watching her 12- and 15-year old boys play soccer. You can find her recipes and snippets of mountain life on her blog at www.jacksonholefoodie.com.
In her column, Wyoming native Hailey Morton focuses on sharing her experiences, knowledge and interest in wines. She first developed this passion when she lived in Argentina, where she learned about the country’s wines, wine industry and its increasing influence in the global market. She has traveled extensively throughout western Europe, where she harvested prosecco grapes in Italy, led tours in Spanish Cava country and tasted just about any wine she could get in her glass. Putting this passion to work, Hailey began her career in the industry working for Jackson Hole Wine Company. Coupled with a hospitality background (she ran her family’s Jackson hotel), her international experiences and a degree from Georgetown University in international affairs, Hailey brings a unique perspective and approach to the wine industry. Now back in Jackson, Hailey manages the liquor department at the Jackson Whole Grocer and has started dabbling in cheese as the newest manager of specialty cheeses.
Never one to shy away from trying something new, Kim Weiss shares her love of cooking and her taste for experimentation with us each week in The Creative Kitchen. Weiss was born into a family of cooks. Her father was a gourmet. Her aunts could collectively cook circles around anyone, and her grandmother, she claims, “was the best southern cook God put on the face of this earth.” Weiss began cooking for her family and friends at age 10 and hasn’t stopped. While formally schooled as a lawyer and not as a chef, she applies the same kind of creativity to cooking that she once put into crafting a legal argument. Weiss is also the owner of Vom Fass, a store selling gourmet culinary condiments, fruit vinegars, exquisite oils, selected wines and spirits.
Madelaine German is a newcomer to Jackson Hole. A native of Virginia, she studied music in college, and upon graduation headed across the country to Los Angeles, CA for an exciting internship. She quickly figured out that LA studio life was not for her, and has been on “walkabout” since 2008. Madelaine has lived all over the country — ski bumming in Utah, horse wrangling in Colorado, and most recently, beach bumming on Nantucket Island, MA. Her work as a seasonal fine dining food server has been her golden ticket to her adventures and has also cultivated in her a passion for great food and wine. Madelaine is a skier, runner, horsewoman, and yogi, and her column, the “Ski Bum Kitchen,” is a resource for fellow “bums” who are eating to fuel their outdoor pursuits as they live the good life — albeit on a very tight dollar. See her blog here.
Alice likes people and food a lot. That’s why she’s excited to pursue this new adventure with Dishing! She thinks visiting with the people of this fine town while sipping a cocktail, trying a new dish or maybe even dancing is a fantastic way to spend an evening. Alice loves to bring the theatre out in her food experience, wherever that may be. Living in Southern Italy for five years before arriving in Wyoming, she finds her happy place with wine in hand, making Limoncello while feeding fresh pasta and a mean Tiramisu to her friends while humming (loudly) “’O Sole Mio”.
Stacy owns Fisher Fitness, a personal training studio in Jackson, WY. From her meat and potatoes upbringing in the Midwest, Stacy has been on a lifelong cooking journey to create healthy foods that don’t taste “healthy” to better counsel her personal training clients. She has since then tasted, tested, passed and failed many recipes. It brings her great joy when her clients realize that food can taste delicious without butter. Stacy is completely incapable of measuring ingredients or baking, holds infamous sushi parties, and would eat buffalo short ribs everyday if her body allowed.
Originally from Southern California, Malorie was called to Jackson Hole by the mountains and wildlife. With a passion for local sustainability and all things outdoors, she fit right in. She’s a pastry chef by day and creamery salesperson by night. She was classically trained at a Culinary Institute and cooked her way around the country. Since then, she’s taken an interest in hunting and gathering. She believes in growing all you can, hunting for what you can’t, and creating everything else from scratch. Her love for history and nostalgia plays a big role in her lifestyle and cooking. Malorie also enjoys raising chickens, black and white movies, and whiskey.
Jamie is now in her sixth year of what was intended to be a one-year experiment in dramatic lifestyle change from her fast-paced urban New York City to the more laid back rustic Jackson Hole. No question, hiking in the Tetons and tubing the Snake River beats riding the sweltering NYC subway hands down. Plus, her off-season schedule gives her the freedom to indulge her passion for adventure travel and photography…and seeking out exotic, spicy cuisine around the globe. Jamie’s involvement in the food industry began in her high school days when she worked at a popular local bagel shop and it continues with her recent server’s position at the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse. When she’s not working, you’ll find her at one of the many great Jackson Hole restaurants seeking out spicy cuisine and planning her next trip abroad.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Molly learned two things about life: that she didn’t want to spend the rest of it in a city, and that she couldn’t live without diverse, vibrant and delicious food within an arms reach. So, she started cooking. A lot. Then she moved to the mountains. A Jackson resident for 5 years now, Molly is continuing to learn to balance a life of playing in the outdoors, owning multiple pets, growing her own food, working the 8-5 office job and cooking up a storm. She loves toast, campfires, being underwater, fresh tomatoes, Patsy Cline, playing in her garden and capturing every last bit of each seasons.
Blair is an aesthetically inclined mountain girl at heart. She has the typical Jackson story, having first moved to the valley at the age of 15 and since left, just to return, more times that she would like to count. Although always plotting a return move, she is currently living in Chicago pursuing a career in design. When she is not nurturing her new e-decorating business, she works for two of the city’s top interior designers; writes a nationally acclaimed blog, Delight by Design; contributes to Chicago Home + Garden magazine; styles events and has most recently become a freelance web designer. She unwinds by experimenting with new recipes, entertaining friends, running with her dogs, practicing hot yoga and drinking whiskey.
A gluten free foodie with a love for powder, travel and adventure Kära loves to find restaurants that cater to those with food allergies. Originally from Wisconsin, and a true cheese head, she enjoys Packer games and beer, gfree of course. Bread was a staple in her life until she found out she had celiac disease. Now she enjoys the tastes of life wheat free. In her free time she can be found in the mountains hiking, biking or snowboarding. Follow her gluten free finds on her blog gettinbygfree.tumblr.com.
Rona Ferguson escaped to Jackson from Southern California in 1994. She has served in some of the Valley’s best restaurants including the OYG, Osteria, Sidewinders, and now Bin22. Downtime includes her four legged children, gourmet meals prepared by her chef/baker/nursing student husband, and delicious wines from traveling to west coast wine countries. Add a river and mountain bike, and she has found a recipe for the perfect meritage.
Meg Daly has written for Homestead, Jackson Hole News & Guide, JH Weekly, Images West and other publications. She makes a mean coconut curry and an amazing meatloaf but has yet to perfect the art of baking a whole chicken. Her favorite recipe to date is Allison Arthur’s Salted Caramel Apple Cake.