From the Editor's Desk: Fun in the Sun Valley

Sun Valley. The place is synonymous with the rich, the famous, and the elite. Then what, you may ask, were three Gibbs Smith employees doing hobnobbing at the little resort town? We were on a literary and culinary excursion.

First stop in Ketchum, Idaho, was Vintage the most delicious restaurant I have ever dined at. No, I’d say dined is the wrong word. Feasted. Tasted. Enjoyed.

To start were the Spicy Cajun Oysters (for the recipe, see page 37 of Vintage Restaurant: Handcrafted Cuisine from a Sun Valley Favorite). That progressed on to a Flatiron Steak grilled to perfection, covered with wild mushrooms and Vidalia onions sautéed in a wine sauce. It was served with Baked Yukon Gold Gorgonzola Smashed Potatoes (page 137, Vintage Restaurant).

But for dessert, ah, now that was The Delights of the Naked Stranger—a chocolate truffle torte with a toasted pecan crust, drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce, and served with Bachelors’ Berries and a scoop of Mountain Decadence Ice Cream (page 196, Vintage Restaurant).

I’m making myself hungry just thinking about that incredible meal, and even hungrier looking at the sumptuous photos in the cookbook. I’ll have to put that away for now, if only so I won’t drool on the pages.

By then it was time to be off to the concert of the century where you had to have a fortune in the bank, a house in Sun Valley—or an "in" with one of the authors—to attend. That’s right, the only concert of the year featuring The Rock Bottom Remainders happened in Sun Valley last Saturday night, and these three Gibbs Smith employees were privileged to attend as guests of freshman author Sam Barry. His debut book, How to Play the Harmonica and Other Life Lessons, was born that night, so a double celebration was in store.

On hand to honor Sam—and rock the night away for a fundraising gala—were his beautiful wife, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, his brother, Dave Barry, and friends and bandmates Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, and Ridley Pearson, among others. Many songs, dances, and $500,000 raised for the YMCA later, and it was time to rest our heads for a few hours.

The next morning, bleary-eyed but eager for more culinary delights, we headed to Cristina’s restaurant in Ketchum. Smothered in a piquant hollandaise, the Eggs Benedict were marvelous (for the recipe, see page 189 of Cristina’s Tuscan Table). Served alongside seasoned red potatoes and breakfast breads, it was heaven on my tongue.

It was a whirlwind trip by any means, but one that was bursting with fun and excitement. Hmmm. I think I may have to re-create a little bit of that for myself tonight. Now where did I put that copy of How to Play the Harmonica? And those Gorgonzola Smashed Potatoes are sounding incredibly good right now. . .

By Michelle Witte, editor

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