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The Couloir, the Manliest Dining that No Woman Should Miss.

You may have seen Couloir on the Food Network s Manliest Restaurant s or read about it in Men s Health, where it is also described as being one of the manliest places to dine in the nation. Manly or not, no one, man or woman, should miss an opportunity to spoil themselves at the Couloir.

Just a quick 12 mile drive away from Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort s Couloir is a must for anyone visiting the area, especially those of the foodie demographic. Chef Wes latest culinary delights and the incredible view from the top of the Bridger Gondola, make for a perfect ending to any Jackson day. Our experience began with a greeting from the gondola operator, and an offering of piping hot cocoa and cozy fleece blankets for our crisp ride up the gondola, which we glad accepted. 10 minutes later we disembarked from our car 9,095 feet above the valley. Had night not already fallen, I am sure we would have spent a few minutes ogling the view and plastering photos all over FaceBook. If you can, plan to go earlier in the evening to take advantage of the view on the ride up, as well as from the floor to ceiling windows inside the dining room. After checking in with the hostess we saddled up to the bar, where Bonefish, our bartender offered us a number of palate cleansing cocktails that would ready our taste buds for the culinary delights that were to follow. Highly knowledgeable and very much invested in creating each beverage perfectly, Bonefish was an excellent host while we enjoyed our cocktails- I apologize I cannot recall their names, but they were delish! Once seated at our table we were greeted within moments, and then given some time to peruse the menu full of local raised and grown ingredients. Our server returned shortly to answer questions, of which we had many. For each query she was able to give in-depth answers, and even antidotes about the farm from which ingredients came. After much debate we made our decisions and were rewarded with an amuse bush- a warm streuselled apple cream. The General Manager stopped by our table, to say hello and see how everything was so far, of course it was excellent, and we were happy to let him know, he promised to return throughout the night- which he did, never in an overwhelming manner, but instead that of a welcomed friend curious what we truly thought of our evening.

Our appetizers followed, Jason had the Fried Ballard Family Haloumi, over a grapefruit-arugula salad, with pomegranate, and toasted pine nuts, which he described as nothing he had ever had before, a squeaky Greek cheese lightly fried and paired well with the salad. I choose the Braised Rabbit Pappardelle, with crisp pancetta, in a fennel-carrot cream. It was decadent, a bit earthy with the fennel-carrot cream sauce that gave a richness that was not overpowering, but just right and positively divine. Salad came next and again it seemed that I choose the light and fresh Rogue River Pear and Chicory salad, with a healthy portion of goat cheese,  just enough walnuts, and a wonderful vinaigrette of maple and raisins. Jason was a little more adventurous with the Ginger Roasted Persimmon and Watercress. Having never encountered persimmon s before this was a delicious first taste.  Jason and I had struggled on our decision for the main entree, each of us had thought about the wild boar or another dish, we both decided on the other dish- fortunately for us, Chef Wes made an executive decision that we should enjoy the boar as a pre-entree, and we were both thankful he did! When you venture up to the Couloir this season, if you are debating between the Wild Boar and another entree, order the boar. With the tenderness of a long slow roast, and just a hint of a barbequed flavor that played perfectly off the bean salad below, the wild boar is an excellent choice.

When our main courses arrived following the boar, we were already on our way to being very very full, but culinary delights were our reward for perfor Jason it was the Pan-Seared Breast of Duck, served over fried rice with dried cranberry and kumquat preserves. If all fried rice had the depth of flavor that this dish embodied, I might actually like Asian food. I choose the Snake River Farms Wagyu Hanger Steak, with the inventive horseradish potato gnocchi. It is clear that Chef Wes understands that quality beef needs little more than a quick sear to lock in all the flavors and keep the beef as juicy as possible. To finish our meal we ordered shots of espresso to accompany the trio of sweetest that was presented. From right to left, the beet cake- which I must admit I was not sure would be a great choice, was amazingly good. It reminded me of a carrot cake but with an earthy sweetness and it was paired with a caramelized banana. Next, was a molten chocolate truffle, served with vanilla bean ice cream. The truffle had the PERFECT amount of salt, and was just the right size to leave room for the third of the trio a vanilla cream. Had it not been for the espresso, Jason and I may not have made it back home that evening. After so many courses of flawless craftsmanship we poured ourselves into bed, more happy then we had been is quite a long time.

Now take my advice and stop reading this blog right now, contact our concierge- concierge@snowking.com or 307-734-2076 and make reservations for the Couloir during your next stay with us. It doesn t matter if your vacation isn t set begin until next week or next month, you will thank me, I promise. Reservation for Couloir are strongly recommended, especially for the first seating at 5:30pm and for all seatings during holidays, our concierge team can also help set up babysitting for the little one, and transportation should either or those be needed. Seriously, stop reading and make that reservation, the Wild Boar is calling for you!

0 comments    |    Posted by Marisa on Jan 29, 2013 at 9:13 PM
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WINTER FUN!

    WINTER FUN IN JACKSON HOLE 2012 may be drawing to a close, but 2013 is bringing many winter activities to indulge in during your next trip to Jackson Hole. Aside from all the fun there is to be had on a day to day basis, including but definitely not limited to: skiing the mountain resorts, snowmobiling through the national forests, wildlife watching in the national parks, snowshoeing with a park ranger, indulging your artistic side at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and our various local galleries, sleighing through the Elk Refuge, snow tubing down Snow King Mountain, cheering on the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team, and even paragliding when the winds are just right. Jackson is also chalk full of local events that are sure to be a hoot. Below is a list of many big events, for your planning pleasure:

January 5

7:00am to 3:00pm: USSMA Ski Mountaineering National Championships at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

January 8

7:00pm: Backcountry Film Festival, all ages show, at The Pink Garter.

January 10

7:00pm: Chicago s legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City: Laughing Matters will feature some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City s fifty two year history. The Second City is truly a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. at the Center for the Arts.

January 12

7:30pm: Singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, her latest album Let It Burn is nominated for "Best Blues Album" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, at the Center for the Arts.

January 17

7:00pm: Civil Twilight with special guest Michael Scalabrin. The three lifelong friends-brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and Richard Wouters-who make up the Wind-up Records recording group Civil Twilight have been playing music together since they were teenagers growing up in South Africa. Emulating the rock music they heard coming out of Europe and America, from Oasis, U2 and Nirvana to The Verve, The Police, Muse and Radiohead, you can feel that foreign quality in Richard Wouters' somber drum beat, Steven's piano, and Andrew's edgy, The Edge-like guitars. At the Center for the Arts.

January 19

10:00am: 2nd Annual Grand Targhee Snow Bike Race, at Grand Targhee Resort.

8:00pm: The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is America's premier gospel choir and has traveled the globe for 25 years, sharing its joy of faith and raising funds for children's charities. At the Center for the Performing Arts.

9:00pm: Tribal Seeds from San Diego, this award-winning reggae group have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. At the Pink Garter Theater.

January 19 to 21

All day: Wes Barron Speed Series, hosted by the JH Ski Club and JHMR, the series is three SuperG races for U14 and U16 racers in the Intermountain Division of USSA, which will take place on Moran Run on Apres Vous. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

January 21

All Day: Free Entrance to Grand Teton National Park

January 25

6:30pm to 9:30pm: The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. With an exciting Town Square start, fireworks and a free-to-the-public musher party in Jackson, the race kicks off its 2013 season on Jan 25th. Around Town Square.

January 23 to 30

7:00pm: Diavolo, the stunning visual and acrobatic dance company, begin performances at the Center for the Arts

January 31

9:00pm: Portland Cello Project, and Alialujah Choir at the Pink Garter Theater.

February 5

9:00pm: Iration Heatseakers. The islands of Hawaii are not only the biggest influence on Iration's sound they are home to all of its members, the band was born from a love of all types of music and a desire to create something new. Elements of Reggae, Rock, and Pop are mixed with keyboard/synth and melodic vocal lines to create something truly unique. These Hawaiian raised naturally talented musicians look forward to spreading their original sound, aloha spirit, and cutting edge surf culture as far as possible and will continue to make original music. At the Pink Garter Theater.

February 5 to 7

All Day: Special Olympics Wyoming athletes complete in various events at Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts

February 10

7:00pm: The Geoffrey Keezer Trio, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, and Marvin 'Smitty' Smith to Jackson for the spectacular Jazz show you've all been waiting for. At the Center for the Arts

February

15-24 brings Winterfest!

Friday, February 15

5:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

6:00pm: Shriner s Club Calcutta at The Virginian

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. Hollywood Hammers at Snow King Center featuring Country Rock from Kole Moulton & Lonely Road.

8:00pm: Hot Tuna (former Jefferson Airplane) at Pink Garter Theater

Saturday, February 16

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

10:00am-2:00pm: JHSC Moose Chase Marathon at the Trail Creek Nordic Center

12:00pm: Cutter Races at South Park

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. Hollywood Hammers at Snow King Center with Country Rock from Kole Moulton & Lonely Road, at the Snow King Sports and Event Center

Sunday, February 17

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

12:00pm: Cutter Races at South Park

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

President s Day, Monday, February 18

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

2:00pm: Softball Tournament at Powderhorn Park

5:00pm: Snow Bike Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

Wednesday, February 20

All Day: Snow Sculpting Begins at Town Square

4:00pm: Rail Jam at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:00pm-8:00pm: JHSC Wednesday Night Lights

7:00pm Delta Rae, think Mumford & Sons meets Fleetwood Mac -- an Alt-Pop band with four lead singers whose music incorporates all aspects of Americana. At the Center for the Arts.

Thursday, February 21

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:00pm : Gallery Walk at Various Galleries

Friday, February 22

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:30pm: Mason Club s Wine Tasting at Center for the Arts

5:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

9:00pm The Infamous Stringdusters Ski Tour. They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters' live show takes improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd. At the Pink Garter Theater.

Saturday, February 23

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Club Series Ski Race at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

12:00pm: Snow Sculpture Judging at Town Square

12:30pm: Skijoring at South Park

2:30pm : K-9 KegPull at Teton County Fairgrounds

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

4:00pm : Dodgeball on Ice at Teton County Fairgrounds

5:00pm : Calcutta for Ski Jouring at Elks Club

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. the Boston Prospector at Snow King Center with Jackson s favorite 80 s hair band 86.

8:00pm : 49er Ball at The Virginian

Sunday, February 24

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

12:30pm: Skijouring at South Park

Sunday, February 25

7:00pm Mickey Hart Band- Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. At the Center for the Arts.

March 1 to 3 & 8 to 10

9:00am to 3:00pm: The Dick's Ditch Classic, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's premier ski and snowboard freeride/race event, winds over manmade and natural terrain in Amphitheater Bowl. It's a banked slalom, with a thigh-burning course like no other, big prize money for pros, bragging rights and belt buckles for amateur classes. New this year Dick's Ditch will span two weekends, one for skiers and one for snowboarders, both with qualifiers on Saturday and winner-takes-all Sundays. Round one will be March 1-3, Round two will be March 8-10, 2013. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 2

All day: Grand Targhee Adaptive Sports Fun Race, at Grand Targhee Mountain Resort. All funds raised from the 4th Annual Teton Adaptive Sports Fun Race will go to scholarships for adaptive lessons, to support the School Programs as well as for equipment purchases. At Grand Targhee Resort.

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Salem, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 3

8:30pm Leftover Salmon. Their latest album, Aquatic Hitchhiker produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin is Leftover Salmon's first record in eight years and first ever of all original material. "Steve [Berlin] understood where this album needed to go and how we all needed to work together as a band to make it happen" explains Emmitt. Set for release on May 22, the recording process solidified the new Salmon, cauterizing old wounds and allowing fresh ideas to grow over past scars. At the Pink Garter Theater.

March 10

10:00am to 4:00pm: The Jackson Town Downhill featuring the heart-throbbing Mini-Hahnenkamm course on Snow King with divisions for Pro, Recreation, Telemark, Junior, Fat and Baggy and Snowboard. The event is the Club's way of recognizing that skiing - and ski racing - is truly a lifetime sport. At Snow King Mountain Resort.

March 16

7:00am-3:00pm: Caroline Classic (GS) Skiers of all ages are welcome to compete! At Snow King Mountain Resort.

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: 86, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 21 to 24

All Day: World Championship Snowmobile HillClimb, the four day event draws over 10,000 fans and more than 300 snowmobile hill climb racers from all over the US and Canada to the valley, for one of the largest non-profit charity snowmobile events in the United States. Thursday Races begin at 9am and run to 6pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Races will starting at 8am and go through 6pm. At Snow King Mountain Resort.

March 21

7:00pm: Who s Bad, a power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson that has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing. At the Center for the Arts.

March 23

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Mandatory Air, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 25

7:00pm: Donavon Frankenreiter, a protégé of Jack Johnson, the two learned guitar together and hanging out between surfing trips to the beach. Jack Johnson released Frankenreiter s solo album under his label, Brushfire Records in 2004. At the Center for the Arts.

March 30

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Lazy Eyes, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

5:00pm: Mountain Festival Concert, acts still to be announced, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

All day: The 38th Annual Pole, Paddle, Peddle. The four-event race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. The Pole Pedal Paddle is a fundraising event for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and Snowboard programs to Jackson youth. 

March 30 to April 2

All Day: The 7th annual Jackson Hole Mountain Festival, 2013! An incredible event that delivers shameless outdoor fun over a weekend of skiing and snowboarding events, live music and spring sunshine at the base of the Tetons! A FREE concert at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and so much more.

April 20

All Day: The Grand Targhee Resort 11th Annual Spring Cardboard Box Derby. Watch as cardboard artists and mechanics turn little more than cardboard, paper, tape, glue, and string into the most creative sculptures that you can think of like dragons, race cars, UFO's, and other themes.

Should any of these events, or even the activities listed above tickle your fancy, please contact our concierge team concierge@snowking.com or 307-734-2076 and they will provide you with more in-depth information, reserve space for you and your family, and at times even be able to secure a discounted rates! We look forward to sharing all that Jackson Hole has to offer, with you during your next visit!

Fall Dining Deals!

cafe Cheap Eats!  Well not exactly cheap, but for Jackson Hole the off-season specials are a treat.  If you re like most hard working individuals, this time of year is one for pinching pennies prior to the holidays. Here in Jackson, we enjoy the relaxing pace of community and save a few bucks by dining out. Yes, I said dining out. Heck, it s practically the only time I can get to enjoy the higher end restaurants due to the various Two for One s and other eatery specials through Jackson and the Westbank.  Rendezvous Bistro is my personal favorite with their $11 menu and buy one and get the other meal for $2- especially with since that $2 dollars is donated to local charities! Thumbs up for Happy Hour at the Kitchen, with the $5 appetizers and half price drinks you are sure to have any enjoyable evening.  If you like seafood then their "Luxury Shrimp   are not to be missed!  Paired the shrimp with the Heirloom Tomato Salad and a nice glass of wine or specialty cocktail and you are set for a delicious, and cost effective dinner.  I plan on expanding my dining adventure to the other fine dining establishments in the area this Fall, I will keep you posted on what culinary delights I find! Another great deal I recently discovered is www.halfoffjh.com  With a list of not only restaurants, but retail stores and services such as salons, pet services, and computer help, halfoffjh.com offers a Groupon style discount.   This site gives year round specials where you can buy one or multiple vouchers, and are refreshed on Wednesdays with new deals to be had!  Just think with all these saving, a Fall trip to Jackson Hole is beneficial, no crowds, lower lodging rates, and dining deals to be had all around. Book your trip today, before you miss out on the crisp Fall deals!
0 comments    |    Posted by Sara on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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