The Roast of the Town

Photo by Bob Vestal

Even before she became a coffee drinker, Liz Roquet, owner and roaster at Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee in Ketchum, recognized that coffee had a special power to bring people together. The daughter of a konditor, an Austrian baker, Roquet grew up around her family’s café in Ketchum, where she saw customers gather daily for coffee and cake. The afternoon ritual, a tradition adopted from Europe, brought people … Read More

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Draft Legal

photo by Bob Vestal

 At Hailey’s Powerhouse Pub & Bike Fit Studio, bikes, food and beer go together so well, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. There’s certainly a basic connection between a great ride, a good meal and a cold brew. As owner Billy Olson explains with a smile, “The more you ride, the more you can eat and drink.” Flashy new and vintage bikes adorn the … Read More

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Two Idaho Chefs Earn Award Nominations from James Beard Foundation

Taite Pearson and Gary Kucy are contenders for “Best Chef: Northwest.”

Chef Taite Pearson with partner Chef Sarah Lipton

The rest of the country is about to learn what Idaho food lovers know well: that our small towns are home to some extraordinary culinary talent. When the prestigious James Beard Foundation released its “Best Chef” award nominees for 2013 on February 19, two Idaho chefs made the list for the … Read More

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More Fruitcake, Please

Traditional Holiday stollen changes attitudes about fruitcake 

Photo by Guy Hand

For better or worse, it’s fruitcake season. And though, for some, that thought may quell seasonal cheer, those who know the virtue of high-quality fruitcake, like a traditional German stollen, welcome this Holiday standard year after year.

Stollen (also known as Christstollen) is a candied fruit-filled and sugar-covered bread that’s often made with marzipan or almond paste. The … Read More

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