New West knives in WSJ
A recent Wall Journal feature on items and experiences to make summer better included a set of steak knives from New West KnifeWorks.
In an article stylized as a “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” report, the Jackson company was singled out in an item titled “I Paid Steaks Proper Respect.”
“These G-Fusion steak knives from Wyoming-based New West KnifeWorks glide through rib-eye steaks as if they’re butter,” it said. “The serrated edge also stays sharp for far longer than a straight blade would.
“The striking handles — hewed from a durable composite called G10 in a range of colors — do their part to imbue the serving of steak with a sense of ceremony.”
Those who like to try before they buy have an excuse to treat themselves to a red-meat dinner somewhere in the Tetons.
“If you haven’t had a chance to try them out yet, they’re the steak knives used at Amangani, the White Buffalo Club, Snake River Grill and the Four Season’s Westbank Grill,” said Margot Weber, brand and e-commerce manager for New West KnifeWorks.
— Staff report
Journal touts Sporting Club
Efforts to sell a custom-built house at the Snake River Sporting Club got a boost recently from the Wall Street Journal.
The financial newspaper chose the home for its Mansion Global feature, a look at fancy real estate around the globe.
The sales help was “not because of some special skill I have,” said Julie Faupel, an owner of Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, the Christie’s International Realty affiliate in Jackson Hole. Faupel said the Journal called her after seeing it advertised; she has the listing.
Faupel said the interest of real estate writers is natural.
“Jackson is a notable destination, and I think that hikes the PR value, and the Sporting Club has incredible cachet.” She said the selection of the house in question by Mountain Living magazine as a Home of the Year “didn’t hurt.”
The 6,407-square-foot house has five bedrooms and five full and two partial bathrooms. It sits on 2.19 acres along Martin Creek and adjacent U.S. Forest Service land. It has two patios, one reached from the living room.
The property — the house is built on one lot but includes a neighboring lot — is listed at $11.9 million. Faupel said the next-door lot, bought to keep other development at a distance, is probably worth about $2 million of the total price.
Faupel told the Journal that the house is “an incredible synergy of craftsmanship and vision and beauty.” It was built to order in 2016 for the current owners.
The house was designed by Carney Logan Burke architects, built by Teton Heritage Builders and has interior design done by WRJ interiors.
The 1,000-acre Sporting Club lies between the Bridger-Teton National Forest and 5 miles of Snake River frontage and is build around an award-winning golf course. The club also offers horseback riding, archery, clay shooting and kayaking.
Values at the Sporting Club, about 15 miles south of Jackson, benefit by being close to town, Faupel said.
“There are worse markets to bet on,” she said.
— Mark Huffman
We like our burgers
People in Wyoming are among Americans who spend the most at what a recent survey called “hamburger and hot dog restaurants.”
The survey was done by 24/7 Wall St., one of those internet sites that conglomerates a lot of information by computer and presents it for your amusement.
According to the computers and their examination of Google trends, U.S. Census Bureau counts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, last year each and every average one of us in Wyoming spent $342 at hamburger and hot dog restaurants.
That spending put Wyoming at No. 7 in the national rankings.
Hawaii, for some reason, finished first with per capita spending of $379.
New Hampshire and Vermont finished 49th and 50th in burger and dog spending.
The computers also concluded that every person in Wyoming ate 251 burgers in 2012, putting us at seventh highest in the country.
On the other hand, assuming you had a burger in one hand and a hot dog in the other, we came in dead last in hot dogs consumed at 149.
Some extrapolation was involved: The study compared sales at restaurants that listed their “principal menu type as ‘hamburgers’” from the Census Bureau and compared that to population, then used Google searches for “hamburger” and “hot dog” in each state to reach its conclusions.
— Mark Huffman