Some artists use knives, not paintbrushes, to perfect their craft.
Artistry of the culinary variety will be on full display at Town Square during the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s signature Fall Arts Festival event, Taste of the Tetons.
The foodie event, always the first Sunday of the festival — Sept. 8 this year — is a classic kickoff.
“We try to feature all the different cultural aspects of Teton County in our 11-day festival,” said Maureen Murphy, the chamber’s director of special events and community affairs. “And so Taste of the Tetons gives the restaurants and the caterers a chance to show off what they can do.”
She has had a lot of nibbles over the years but still remembers a standout dish from three years ago: lamb sliders from Streetfood at the Stagecoach’s Amelia Hatchard.
The Takin’ it to the Streets Art Fair that day goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The food event overlaps it, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets cost $1 each. Each taste requires three or four tickets, with deserts usually coming in at about two tickets.
Murphy said restaurants “always come up with something so unique and different.” Eateries around town “showcase the best dishes at their restaurant; some come and feature local produce and meats.”
Chefs love wowing residents and visitors with their mouthwatering creations.
“It gives the restaurants a chance to show off their creativity as well as the other artists in the community,” Murphy said.
There’s something for everyone at Taste of the Tetons — from piping-hot pizza to ice cream sandwiches, meats and pastries.
A wide range of restaurants will participate, but a full list hadn’t been confirmed by press time. Expect chefs from Snake River Grill and Jackson Lake Lodge to Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas and various Fine Dining Restaurant Group favorites.
Murphy wants to expand the restaurant list this year to those that haven’t participated in the past, including some from the Idaho side of the Tetons.
“We would love to see some Teton Valley participants, too,” she said.
Sampling cuisine from all of Jackson’s finest culinary joints would take months of dinner reservations. But Taste of the Tetons means you just show up and do it all at once.
“It’s just a chance to try something you might not necessarily have had before,” Murphy said. “You can just try different things. You never know what’s going to be there food-wise.” ￼