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Harvest

Sun Valley chefs recently experimented with ways to use caviar provided by Leo Ray, of Fish Breeders of Idaho Inc.

SUN VALLEY • Setting an octopus on fire, as one chef did a few years ago, apparently isn’t enough adventure for foodies.

That’s why Sun Valley Harvest Festival leaders Heidi Ottley and Ed Sinnott have paired a variety of fly-fishing, mountain biking and farm tours with gourmet meals prepared by local and regional chefs.

The Foodie Adventures will be part of the annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival, which runs Thursday through Sept. 21.

Events range from a free sampling in Atkinsons’ Market showcasing Idaho products to a new family friendly Swine, Wine and Dine event.

During Foodie Adventures on Sept. 20, chefs such as Jen Castle and Blake Spalding will serve a gourmet dinner, possibly with their signature chocolate-chile cream pots, after a tour of Nighthawk Farm south of Bellevue.

Castle and Spalding’s award-winning Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Colo., has been featured in “O” The Oprah magazine, “Bon Appetit,” and “Sunset” magazine.  At the same time, Jackson Hole, Wyo., chef Wes Hamilton, named Best Young Chef in the 2000 National Championship,  will prepare a gourmet meal for mountain bikers after a guided bike adventure near Galena Lodge.

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