Westbank Grill gets a makeover
The revamped interior of the Westbank Grill evokes the feel of the mountains rather than the typical Western lodge look.
The main structural change to the dining room at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is the removal of the floor-to-ceiling fireplace facing Rendezvous Mountain and its replacement with floor-to-ceiling windows. Brass fixtures echo the shape of a mountain range, and a large tapestry pays homage to the valley’s native inhabitants.
Accompanying the bright new dining room is a light and sumptuous summer menu from chef Michael Goralski.
During a recent tasting dinner, General Manager Ed Gannon acted as sous chef for the group, expertly searing slivers of ahi tuna and wagyu beef atop a 1,000-degree hot stone on the large, live-edge chef’s table, then serving them with Asian slaw atop a wonton crisp.
The menu includes several other starters and salads as well as an intriguing Mexican street corn bisque for those who need warming on cool summer evenings.
Diners can choose plates that include entree and sides like the sesame-crusted ahi tuna with sugar snap peas, avocado wasabi puree, citrus salad and red pepper coulis, or go for a hearty list of steaks and chops a la carte with the choice of decadent side items. The array of sauces include brandy peppercorn, huckleberry steak sauce, black truffle, Carolina barbecue, chimichurri, horseradish cream and bearnaise. Five desserts are offered as a crowning delight to the meal.
Later this summer, the final phase of the renovation will expand the outdoor dining space on the terrace.
Dinner is served from 6 to 10 p.m.
— Johanna Love
May unemployment at 3%
In May only 429 people were unemployed in a Teton County workforce estimated at 14,452, according to the latest stats from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’ Research and Planning section.
If you weren’t working, were available for work and had made specific efforts to find a job, you were counted as unemployed.
Teton County’s unemployment rate for May dipped to 3%, down from 3.8% a month earlier and 3.8% a year ago.
That wasn’t the lowest rate in the state, but it was close. Niobrara County came in at 2.7% Converse County at 2.8% and Weston and Crook counties at 2.9%.
Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 3.5%, not much different from the country’s 3.6%.
— Staff report