Last night, we kicked off our first-ever Shore Lodge Culinary Festival and we are proud to report that so far, we are off to an epic start. The evening began with four simultaneous cooking demonstrations by our four celebrity chefs: Wiley Earl of Fork and Alavita, Travis Levi of Bardenay, Patrick Rolfe of Sysco Idaho and, of course, our own Executive Chef Steve Topple. We are also lucky to have Chef Alan Turner, executive chef of Agri Beef Co. on hand to serve as our master of ceremonies.

The demonstrations were highly interactive, giving guests the opportunity to join the chefs right at their prep table and learn from the masters. And in some cases, even try their hand at creating some of the recipes. And what was on the menu, you ask? Pure deliciousness. Chef Wiley showcased a Kobe Gyoza with Maple Chili Glaze, Chef Levi made a Grilled Halloumi Cheese with Tomato Jam, Chef Rolfe wowed the crowed with Himalayan Salt Block Seared Wagu Beef and Chef Topple took a new take on salmon with Curried Salmon Meatballs with Coconut Sauce. We will share recipes for each throughout the coming days, but for now, here are a few photos of last night’s events:

Following the classes, guests enjoyed even more personal time during the Meet the Chefs reception where they enjoyed the fruits of their labors while chatting with our special chef guests.

Today, the chefs will put their camaraderie aside (temporarily) and turn up the heat for the main event: The Culinary King of the Mountain competition. Join us in the Upper Pavilion beginning at 9:30 a.m. to see the four chefs go head-to-head in a fierce battle modeled after Food Network’s popular show, Chopped. Each round, someone will be eliminated after their dishes face our panel of esteemed judges which includes Rex Chandler, owner of Chandlers restaurants, David O’Reilly, winemaker at Owen Roe, and Claudia Mahedy, owner and publisher of Edible Idaho South. The event is free and open to the public so stop in and enjoy the show!

While the chefs are battling in the kitchen upstairs, the downstairs Pavilion will be buzzing with a great Farmer’s Market which is also free and open to the public. Enjoy more than 15 vendor booths including wineries, kitchenwares, bakeries, and much more.

These events wrap up at 1 p.m. and make way for an evening of education. At 3 p.m., Shore Lodge’s Sommelier Dave Boyle will host a wine education class (we may still have a few seats available, call 208-634-2244 to find out!). Then, we will wrap up the night with our sold-out wine dinner featuring Owen Roe Winery and a collaborative menu of courses, each prepared by one of our guest chefs. More on that tomorrow, so stay tuned!