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Passion in Every Pint

IMG_4475“I arrived from Seattle with just $30 in my pocket and a pet rabbit,” says Toni Bogue, founder and operator of Toni’s Sun Valley Ice Cream Co., Immediately enamored by her surroundings, Bogue resolved to find a way to make a living in the Wood River Valley. “I never wanted to leave,” she says.

Bogue started on the path that would lead to her ice cream business during her early days as a server at Ketchum’s Sushi on Second. When the restaurant managers decided they wanted to make their ice cream in house, Bogue readily volunteered.

“I knew I needed a way to make more money if I wanted to stay here, so I grabbed the opportunity,” she explains.… Read More

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The Roast of the Town

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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 together around a decidedly pleasurable occasion. As a result, since childhood, Roquet has associated coffee with happiness and connection. “Coffee has always been a joy for me,” she says.

Roquet became more attached to coffee culture during visits to her family in Austria.Read More

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Draft Legal

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 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 walls, bike parts glisten in cases and are inlaid in table tops like fine jewelry, international cycling races flash on the big screen and many customers sport telltale bike-short tan lines.… 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

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 Northwest region, Taite Pearson of della MANO in Ketchum and Gary Kucy of Rupert’s in McCall.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) awards are considered among the nation’s top culinary honors. Since its founding in 1986, the foundation has sought to recognize, promote and preserve culinary arts in the America.… Read More

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