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Chef Feature | Josh Stanton of the Checkpoint at Hotel NoBo

Growing up in Florida, Chef Josh Stanton opted to join the Navy directly out of high school. After being medically discharged, Stanton picked up a job washing dishes… and discovered his true passion. “I fell in love with the camaraderie of the kitchen,” he says. “I knew I had to pursue a culinary profession.” That … Continued

Chef Feature | Chef Steven Topple of Ragazza di Bufalo, Casa Rossa, Bistro 45

Originally hailing from Portsmouth on the south coast of England, Chef Steven Topple’s first dream was to be a pilot. At the age of 16 he began flying lessons only to discover that he had a slight color blindness. Knowing how strict major airlines are, he chose to change directions and lean into another favorite… … Continued

Chef Feature | Marcus Stewart of Shore Lodge & Whitetail

A nail in the finger was the nail in the coffin for Chef Marcus Stewart’s construction career. Growing up in South Carolina with grandparents who owned a large farm, Stewart always gravitated toward fresh food. Family members who lived nearby raised chickens, pigs, and cattle. All that fresh produce and farm-raised livestock left a lasting … Continued

Chef Feature | Thomas Smith and Janelle Toohey of Frenchies on Third

Thomas and Janelle met in Talkeetna, Alaska. “We have both been industry people for a long time,” says Janelle, “despite our parents’ best efforts.” Janelle was already established at the hotel where they worked when Thomas moved from New Orleans after twelve years of running restaurants in the French Quarter. He was working in the … Continued

Chef Feature | Gary Kucy of Rupert’s at Hotel McCall

On a bustling Thursday with Thai Night specials racing out of the kitchen or a packed house for a special Winemaker Dinner, you wouldn’t know that Chef Gary Kucy never meant to be here. “This career happened completely by accident,” he says. That fateful, happy accident was the result of a high school job at … Continued

Chef Feature | Stacey Kucy of Stacey Cakes

The Connecticut Muffin: an unassuming little coffee shop that we all must thank for the delectable creations we can’t live without. Before the ginger snaps and twixters and lemon clouds and salted caramel cheesecakes, there was a girl who thought culinary school wasn’t the cool thing to do right out of high school. “I went … Continued

Slice of Life: Small Town Big Time

Behind the scenes at Backcountry Boutique and Bella Kitchen By McKenzie Kraemer It is 4am and Mary Gilson is already up checking emails and placing purchase orders. While her lovely shop, Backcountry Boutique, won’t open until 10:30am, she will have put in a full day’s work before the first customer walks through the door. A … Continued

Artful Alchemy

Meet the local brewers merging art and science It has been said that we are either left-brained or right-brained. That either our logical, mathematical, linear thinking left brain is dominant or our artful, intuitive, imaginative right brain is dominant. But recent studies have started to debunk the idea that we can be only one or … Continued

Guided Services: Fishing

The modern, DIY version of learning to fly fish is fairly straightforward: Watch some YouTube videos, take notes on what gear to buy and how to cast a fly rod. Maybe you even Google “Fly fishing near McCall” and find some tips on which flies to try in a handful of nearby locations. So, you … Continued

Guided Services: Ziplining

“It is a completely different perspective,” says Morgan Fuller, Director of Guest and Recreational Services at Tamarack Resort. “Seeing the mountain, the valley, everything from above is so different than what you get from the ground.” The Zip Line Tour at Tamarack Resort is a unique opportunity you won’t find just anywhere. “There is something … Continued

Huckleberry Fever

Huckleberries may quite possibly be the best thing about summer in McCall. These round purple berries have a tart kick that make them the perfect addition to pies, ice cream, pancakes, syrup and more. While you can purchase fresh or frozen Idaho huckleberries at some farmer’s markets, the best way to get your huckleberry fix … Continued

Guided Services: Horseback Riding

For Sky Wilson, taking care of horses is a labor of love. The daughter of two trail ride and rafting guides, she grew up on horseback, with guiding in her blood. Wilson had spent five years guiding for Ya-Hoo Corrals before she and her father purchased the family-owned operation from its long-time owners in 2019. … Continued

Slice of Life: Kelly’s Whitewater Park Academy

Building confidence and community on the water Along a pristine stretch of the North Fork of the Payette River in Cascade, Idaho is Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Built in 2010 by founders Mark and Kristina Pickard, the park was established in honor of Kristina’s late sister, Kelly. Her love of sports and dedication to children are … Continued