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The Kitchen


Published in Chef Notes, Jackson Hole News & Guide, June 15, 2011
Shared by Chef/Owner Jarrett Schwartz
The Kitchen


Red Yam & Turnip Hash with Red Curry

1          small yam

1         large purple turnip

½           sweet onion

1          red bell pepper

1          pasilla pepper

1 t         fresh thyme leaf

1         clove garlic minced

Cut all vegetables same size dice, saute over medium heat until tender, add garlic, saute, add thyme, deglaze with white wine.  Add red curry, heat and serve


Red curry

2 T          chopped ginger and garlic

Small handful each basil, cilantro, mint

24 oz coconut milk

2 oz          lime juice

2 oz          fish sauce

2 T          sugar

Saute ginger and garlic, deglaze with white wine, add the rest of ingredients, bring to boil, simmer for 3 minutes, strain. Add salt to taste.

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There is fabulous, fabulous news on the restaurant front. The Kitchen is the short answer. A more rounded explanation is this: the culinary talents of Jarrett Schwartz and his Blu Kitchen has been folded under the entrepreneurial wing of Gavin Fine and the Fine Dining Group.

When I visited with Schwartz a few days ago he shared his thoughts. “Before I opened Blu, I was very excited about having a nice little place of my own,” Schwartz stated. “I thought I wanted to be in charge of everything.”

Having been a restaurant owner on more than one occasion myself, I completely understand. There are too many tiny little decisions to make that take up too much time. It’s great to have a team. It’s less stressful to follow your strengths and let others play to theirs.

Schwartz has always strived for excellence as a chef, from his twelve year stint at Chez Betty in Park City learning French technique to the skills he learned from mentors in Latin and Japanese cuisines. He loves the minimalism of sushi and the blending of all influences into Modern American. He came to our valley as the opening sushi chef at Nikai, then opened Mizu Sushi at the Pines creating some phenomenal artistry.

Both the look and the food at The Kitchen reflect a more accessible, more relaxed environment. The food is straightforward and beautiful, artful and edible. The wine list is greatly expanded as are the beer choices. There is now a bartender to mix some specialty cocktails. It will be fun to sit on the deck on those precious summer nights and explore the choices. (more…)

460° Bread

Published in Chef Notes, Jackson Hole News & Guide, March 9, 2011
Shared by Master Bakers Jerod Pfeffer & Ty Mack
460° Bakery

If good bread is the staff of life then what is excellent, organic European-style hearth bread? It’s a ticket to happiness both in the baking and the eating.

Being a huge fan of bakery breads, I haven’t bought a commercial store-bought loaf in many years. Read labels and you won’t either. Why subject anyone to mediocre quality items filled with dough conditioners, stabilizers and preservatives when you can support local tradesmen and women? I buy from many local bakers. I’m grateful for all of them.

A new addition to the bread selection in the market lately has the name 460°. It didn’t take long to find out more. 460° is the optimum oven temperature to create perfectly crusty loaves. 460° breads in Driggs is a partnership between Jerod Pfeffer and Ty Mack, both Renaissance men. It’s an interesting place to visit. (more…)

New York Beef Striploin, Morel & Asparagus Salad with Peppercorn Sauce

Published in Chef Notes, Jackson Hole News & Guide, March 9, 2011
Shared by Chef Kevin Gries
Cowboy Steakhouse