Buffalo Bill Continues to Win Hearts of Europeans

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Thanks to Liberty Lausterer for another great feature… this time, Liberty takes us across the pond for a look at how the Europeans view a great Wyoming legend, Buffalo Bill…


by Liberty Lausterer – images credited as noted

Travel Tip:  If you travel to Europe, and happen to enter into casual conversation with a local, BE PREPARED. Be prepared that when an Italian, or a Frenchman, or an Englishman learns you are from WY you may suddenly be given the fanfare and paparazzi usually reserved for celebrity. You have Buffalo Bill to thank for this.

I learned this from a European who wears snazzy black cowboy boots and has an encyclopedic knowledge of William F. Cody. Her name is Julia Stetler. Julia is a German citizen and fell in love with the American west while she lived here as a foreign exchange student. The frontier, Buffalo Bill, and her husband (whom she affectionally calls “her cowboy”) won her European heart.  Now she spends her days as the Associate Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody at the  Buffalo Bill Historical Center of the West in Cody, WY.


Wild West and Congress of the Rough Riders of the World, by Courier Litho. Co., 1899 advertising poster

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show made three European tours between 1887 and 1906. Cody saw himself as a cultural ambassador, whose job it was to impress Europeans and raise their esteem of Americans. Cody timed the shows so they accompanied some of the most significant world events of the time, like Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in London (God Save the Queen!) and the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Europeans were sold. They received the show lock, stock, and barrel.


Publisher: JMP & Lithography.  c. 1889


Of course there’s a lot more to the story (how each country uniquely received Cody and the role of Native Americans). For this and more watch out for Julia’s forthcoming book entitled, European Wild West. In the meantime, don’t worry about impressing anyone, just proclaim you are from WY and hearts will be won.


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LEFTOVERS ARE DELICIOUS — A look at what we talked about last week…

CENTRAL WY FAIR & RODEO — Action in Casper continues through July 14… http://www.centralwyomingfair.com/

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FORT LARAMIE PIONEER CENTER CRAFT & ART SHOW — July 14, 9-4 — Sponsored by Greater Fort Laramie Community Development Association. Contact 307-534-4609 for more information!

LARAMIE JUBILEE DAYS — Action continues through July 15! Parade, street dance, brew fest (more info below!), carnival, and of course, rooooodeooooo…. http://www.laramiejubileedays.net/

ST. JUDE SONGWRITERS GALA EVENT, JACKSON — A gala event benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Held at the beautiful Center for the Arts in Jackson, cocktail/cowboy chic attire. Click here for ticket information!

SHERIDAN WYO RODEO — Action continues through July 15! Parade, rodeo, art show & sale, street dances, pancake breakfast Friday, July 13…TONS of fun for everyone!  http://www.sheridanwyorodeo.com/schedule.htm

GREEN RIVER RENDEZVOUS, PINEDALE — Kicking off today (July 12) and running through July 15, this annual event is fun for the whole family! Lots of information on the mountain man and its significance to our Wyoming heritage. http://www.pinedaleonline.com/RendezvousDays.HTM

INTERNATIONAL DAY, ROCK SPRINGS — A full day to celebrate the many cultures that call Rock Springs and Sweetwater County home! Food, music, tons of fun… http://www.facebook.com/groups/105479482834939/

CHEYENNE ART, DESIGN & DINE — TONIGHT (July 12) from 5-8 PM! Held the second Thursday of every month, April through October! Click here for their website — check their Facebook page for more info!

SARATOGA, JULY 15 — ‘Toga Productions Fundraiser 4-10 pm. The Yard, 106/110 SE River St., Saratoga, WY Come for a great evening of music featuring The Patty Fiasco with Alysia Kraft, the Gary Newcomb Trio and The Lonesome Heroes. Bella’s Bistro will provide a cash bar. Appetizers by several folks. $10 or more, whatever you want to donate to ‘Toga Prodctions so they can continue bringing unique music to the Platte Valley!

ROCK SPRINGS — NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO COMES TO TOWN! — July 15 – 21:  LOTS of rodeo action, and TONS of fun to be had at the Sweetwater Events Complex! This will be a tremendous event — you won’t want to miss it! http://www.sweetwaterevents.com/WebPage119.aspx


CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS KICKS OFF JULY 20!!! CFD IS COMING!!!!! Are you heading to Cheyenne for this world-famous event?! We’ll see you there! http://www.cfdrodeo.com/home/


CODY — YELLOWSTONE JAZZ FESTIVAL, JULY 12 & 13 — We dig jazz in our family — how ’bout you? The Yellowstone Jazz Festival is the perfect time to get a little culture on in the midst of a beautiful Wyoming town… Definitely worth heading to Cody for! http://personal.tctwest.net/~yellowstonejazz/index.html


LARAMIE BREW FEST, July 14 — This annual event coincides with Laramie Jubilee Days and brings hundreds into Historic Downtown Laramie to consume fabulous regional brews and bask in the sunshine. Local breweries like Altitude Chophouse & Brewery and The Library join other Wyoming breweries and regional favorites…definitely a fun event! Patti Fiasco and Lonesome Heroes will be peforming! http://www.laramiebrewfest.com/

CHEYENNE — WWII BOMBER ON DISPLAY: Check out a REAL WWII B-25 Bomber (“Maid in the Shade”) July 12-16 at the Cheyenne Airport! http://www.kgwn.tv/story/19013206/wwii-b




While you’re in Laramie enjoying Jubilee Days, and consuming fabulous brews at the brewfest, be sure to head over to either Altitude’s or Lovejoy’s in Historic Downtown Laramie for some good eats! The specials for the week follow…

Altitude’s Chophouse & Brewery

cucumber and crab dip Highlighted with cream cheese and dill. Served chilled with crackers and fresh veggies. 6.5

pizza special Hand made pizza crust brushed with sweet and spicy amber ale bbq sauce and topped with smoked beef brisket, banana peppers, onions, jalapeños and melted mozzarella cheese. 8.5

fresh sea bass Pan seared and served with harvest rice, steamed asparagus and a pineapple and kiwi salad infused with Solar Wit ale. 17.

new york strip Eight ounce cut of Certified Angus Beef®, grilled to your liking. Served with basil pesto mashed potatoes and grape tomatoes marinated in balsamic vinegar and porter ale. 16.5
On tap Thursday:
old venerable imperial wheat This orange and hazy imperial strength wheat ale displays the hop character of an IPA. An annual Jubilee Days release, Old Venerable is designed to be sipped in moderation. 8.25% ABV.
On tap Saturday:
sparrow chases eagle Brewed on Odell Brewing Company’s pilot system just for Jubilee Days. This hybrid-style ale combines the citrus flavor of a summer ale with a unique sour mash technique and spice additions. A dry, tart and citrusy ale perfect for summer days. 4.25% ABV

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Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill

bbq pork sandwich Shredded pork drenched in bbq sauce and topped with peppers, onions and melted cheddar cheese. Tucked in a hoagie and served with your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or dinner salad. 8.5

steak and shrimp Twelve ounce New York strip grilled to your liking and paired with Cajun spiced shrimp scampi. Served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and your choice of a cup of soup or dinner salad. 12.00

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WYOVORE: Wyoming Food News April 19


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LARAMIE — Altitude Chophouse & Brewery

Here are the specials for Altitude Chophouse & Brewery in Laramie for the following week (through Thursday, April 26) — new specials come out every Thursday!

appetizer special pita pizza — Topped with lamb, basil, onions, tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese. 9.
sweet and spicy chicken — Two baked chicken quarters brushed with an Asian lime chili sauce. Served over cellophane noodles with chili and seaweed infused oils. 13.
pan seared salmon — Served on top of creamy risotto studded with roasted red bell peppers, lemon, basil, capers and fresh oregano. 16.5
steak special — Eight ounce bacon wrapped tenderloin served with creamy mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus. Finished with a dijon horseradish sauce with fresh herbs. 21.
Beer — We are tapping one keg of Sierra Nevada’s special realease, Hoptimum, on Tuesday, April 24th at 5 pm. Scott Cargile from Sierra Nevada and Altitude’s Brewmaster, Nathan Venner, will be in the bar to talk beer throughout the evening.

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LARAMIE — Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill

Here are the specials for Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill in Laramie for the following week (through Thursday, April 26) — new specials come out every Thursday!

chicken churasco salad — Fresh spinach topped with grilled chicken breast and a pineapple and peach salsa. Served with a side of Portuguese spicy red pepper sauce. 8.00
ham and swiss panini — All natural, preservative free black forest ham and melted Swiss cheese stacked on a croissant bun. Accompanied by your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or a dinner salad. 7.50

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CODY — The Terrace Restaurant & Bar

The Artini Festival last Saturday (April 14) was another HUGE success! The event was held at the Terrace Restaurant & Bar in Cody, and was sponsored by the Park County Arts Council. Thanks to all who came out and participated — and to those wonderful artisans and mixologists out there! A few images from the event…

Cece Tolin of Vintage in Casper with her floral martini creation!

Lisa’s Black Sambuca…winner of Best Display

And the winner was…….Ginger Martini with Red Pepper Flakes

Artini inspired food

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JACKSON — Green Drinks Return!

Green Drinks JH — Tuesday, April 24 — Join Green Drinks JH at Lotus, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Please join Green Drinks JH this Tuesday at Lotus! Come to connect with green thinkers, hear about some exciting projects going on in the community, and stay for 2-for-1 dinner!

Shelley Simonton from the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project will be discussing the Eco-Fair. Lotus Cafe will discuss their green business practices.

Hope to see some of you there. And, as always, please walk, ride your bike, carpool or take the START bus to the event!

Special thanks to Lotus Cafe for hosting, and the US Green Building Council and JH Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in either hosting or presenting at a Green Drinks JH event, please email Green Drinks JH.



Kati Hime, Editor



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Wyovore: Wyoming Food News – April 12


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For the Wyoming foodies (from epicureans to great grub lovers), we are excited to offer a regular blog post dedicated to culinary happenings in the Cowboy State. Find weekly specials, updates and news from restaurants and other food services state-wide — and if you have a restaurant or food service that you’d like to see featured in this blog, email us at editor@wyolifestyle.com for more info!

JACKSON — Snake River Brewery:  Snake River Brewing has turned to a full can and keg brewery! The brewery made the move from bottles to cans for many reasons — a highlighted list:   cans are better for beer (oxygen & UV light are kept out); their cans are made in Worland, WY (we love local!); the lighter cans take less fossil fuels to ship; cans are great for local recycling centers… We’re digging it!

265 S. Milward, Jackson — 307-739-BEER

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JACKSON — Nani’s Cucina Italiana:  This off-season, Nani’s special offer is a $22 create your own, 3-course dinner (choose from any salad, pasta, glass wine or individual dessert). All off-season, Nani’s will donate $2 per 3-course dinner or per entrée of equal or greater value as well as offer you the opportunity to match Nani’s donation  to gather enough money to fund the creation of at least one garden of Slow Food’s Terra Madre movement across Africa. Visit the Thousand Gardens in Africa website for more information on this program!

242 N. Glenwood, Jackson — 307-733-3888

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GOSHEN COUNTY — Table Mountain Vineyards:  It’s no secret that we dig darn near everything that Patrick and our other buds over at TMV put out there. Read Patrick’s latest column in the current issue of Lifestyle (“A Sprinter Walk Through the Vines”), and check out this video they put out of the Sandhill Cranes migrating past the vineyard… Is it food? No. Is it made by a rocking Wyoming winery? Yes. As you prepare for your summer adventures, I highly recommend placing Goshen County on your list:  visit Fort Laramie National Historic Site and fill your brain with some amazing Wyoming history; then journey over to nearby Huntley and visit the winery. Their tasting room is full of good wine AND good Wyoming-made products…


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CODY:  The Terrace Restaurant & Park County Arts Council host Artini Fest 2012 on April 14

The $25 ticket price when purchased in advance — $30 at the door) provides a lively evening on Saturday, April 14 at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, 525 West Yellowstone Avenue in Cody starting at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance at The Terrace (contact them for more locations for ticket pre-sales,) and of course at the door on the day of the festival – tickets are limited. All proceeds from this event benefit thePark County Arts Council. For further information, please call The Terrace at 307.587.5868 or the Park County Arts Council at 307.899.6693.

Shake out your favorite cocktail attire and head to Cody for a stirring night of Martinis and Art!

525 W. Yellowstone Ave, Cody — 307-587-5868

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LARAMIE:  Altitude Chophouse & Brewery Weekly Specials

Weekly specials hit one of Laramie’s favorite eateries every Thursday — so stay tuned for more weekly goodness from this sophisticated yet welcoming gathering spot for food, brew, cocktails and more in Historic Downtown Laramie…

first course – fried mozzarella salad: Spinach, tomatoes and roasted bell peppers tossed in a basil pesto vinaigrette and topped with breaded and fried fresh mozzarella. 8.
grilled pork loin: Topped with apple slices sauteed in butter with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted pecans. Served with creamy mashed potatoes. Accompanied by a cup of soup or a dinner salad with your choice of dressing. 14.
italian sausage and ricotta manicottiTopped with a sundried tomato cream sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. Accompanied by a cup of soup or a dinner salad with your choice of dressing. 12.
new york strip: Twelve ounces of Certified Angus Beef® brushed with house made root beer bbq sauce and grilled to your liking. Paired with a side of garlic fries. Accompanied by a cup of soup or a dinner salad with your choice of dressing. 18.

320 S. 2nd St., Laramie — 307-721-4031

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LARAMIE:  Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill Weekly Specials

Lovejoy’s is a favorite with the locals — meet with friends, take in a train or two as they whiz by right out the window, and take in the atmosphere. Great place to unwind after work or a weekend adventure around Southeast Wyoming. Check out this week’s specials, beginning on Thursday April 12:

chicken churasco: Grilled chicken breast, fresh pineapple, red bell peppers and shredded lettuce tucked in a warm pita with Portuguese spicy red pepper sauce. Accompanied by your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or a dinner salad. 7.50
grilled sirloin: Six ounces of Certified Angus Beef® grilled to your liking and topped with mushrooms, tomatoes and red bell peppers sauteed in a garlic butter sauce. Served with creamy mashed potatoes and your choice of a dinner salad or homemade soup. 12.

207 S. 1st St., Laramie — 307-745-0141

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‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor



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Plan a Ski Movie, and See it Snow!

Well, I did it again. I planned a trip, and it snowed. So if you’re grumpy about the arrival of winter in Wyoming, I’m afraid you have me to blame. It happens every year during bridal fair season, and this year we added presenting ski movies to our list of special events — so henceforth there will be snow. (Sorry.)

For me, though, I LOVE snow!!! A gentleman I know calls me a ‘Wyoming Road Warrior’. I take that as a compliment. My father the Highway Patrolman calls it insane. I think that is part of the definition of ‘Wyoming Road Warrior’ — a little bit of courage and insanity mixed together — and add some 4-wheel drive. 🙂

I left last Friday morning for a 3-day adventure in northwest Wyoming. What an adventure it was, too! I arrived in Jackson and had lunch with my friend Tim Harland, VP of Sales & Marketing for Snake River Brewery in Jackson, and author of our column, “The Beer Made Here”, which takes an educational approach to the life and times of brew in Wyoming. I enjoyed lunch and a tour of the brewery — this business really strives to work in tandem with the community of Jackson, and they have grown by leaps and bounds. (They also make a pretty tasty pulled pork sandwich, although I had to give Tim my fries, it was so filling — it was either that or his story of fried bologna and ketchup sandwiches that made my lose my appetite.) 🙂

While waiting for our Jackson screening of Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” to begin, I went shopping in downtown Jackson. If you’re there, do NOT miss MADE, in Gaslight Alley! I bought a really fun and funky glass ring for $15. Seriously. John, the owner, makes beautiful works of glass art, including Steamboat belt buckles! They are COOL! As always, I enjoyed my time shopping in Jackson — the shopping is where the West meets New York. Always a treat for me!

Our movie screening was decent — the JH High School was very accomodating, and the ski coach, Cody Hansen, was a great help. We had a modest crowd, but it’s a good start to our work there. We’ll be there next year and will look to grow on what we started!

I stayed in the most ADORABLE inn. The Inn on the Creek. Oh my GOSH is all I can say! This inn combines a handful of comfortable yet luxurious rooms that are contained within a quaint stone cottage that overlooks ‘the creek’. My room was the Goldeneye, with a jacuzzi tab and gas fireplace in my bedroom, complete with votive candles! I felt a little guilty about being there by myself — but the jacuzzi tub soak and a good book helped ease that guilt slightly. 🙂 Breakfast was served to my door right on the nose, with my specifications made when I checked in. The staff was so gracious and friendly, and I will definitely put this on my list of repeats. Bravo!!!!!

I hit the road on Saturday morning and headed to Cody by way of Dubois, Riverton, Shoshoni and Thermopolis. My Road Warrior status was challenged slightly as snow was falling on a slick road over Togwotee Pass. The beautiful scenery welcomed me to Dubois, and I was excited to see that the Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration was taking place! I enjoyed meeting members of the tree committee as well as an online friend from the area! It was a fun, short stop!

The rest of my trip was uneventful, and I always love traveling through the Wind River Canyon. What a town Cody is! I had a great time. My hosts highly recommended Cassie’s for supper and brunch Sunday morning, and they were absolutely spot on. I recommend the rotisserie chicken, which was HUGE! For brunch, I had the cream cheese stuffed french toast with berries and whipped creme…it was absolutely enormous and decadent! The Bloody Marys are known as some of the best in town. The atmosphere is very cozy, and the history just oozes from the walls. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. The manager is always greeting guests and making sure everyone is well cared for. When I arrived, I was greeted by probably half a dozen employees! The live music was a nice touch for my Saturday night visit, and I can imagine how much fun one can have on their dance floor!

Sunday morning pre-brunch I enjoyed the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. What a gem! I could go on and on about all that I loved…the historical models, the displays, the William Cody antiques and family memorabilia, the Plains Indians exhibit, the Yellowstone displays…just outstanding. Definitely one not to miss! Post-brunch, I took a drive up to the Buffalo Bill Dam (BEAUTIFUL!!!) and stopped in to see the Irma Hotel. Another historical gem not to be missed — built by William Cody and named for his daughter, the hotel celebrated its centennial in 2002. I also had only a moment to explore downtown shops before the Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Cody, so I popped into Reindeer Ranch on Sheridan Ave. WOW!!! The beautiful Christmas decorations were jaw-dropping. The store is a mixture of historical components and fun holiday decorations. I could have spent a LOT of time in that store!

I felt very privileged to experience the arrival of the tree in Cody. The turn-out was impressive, and the excitement was electric! It was fun to be a part of that energy, even if it was for a brief moment — we had some movies to put on!

Our two screenings of Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” in Cody went over VERY well! The Sleeping Giant Ski Area staff were great at connecting with the public, and the attendees were very supportive of the resort. We had a great turn-out, people had fun, and it was a real joy working with the staff. Tony and the staff of Big Horn Cinema were AWESOME, and extremely accommodating! I’m excited to go back next year!

The drive home was slow, with snow the entire way from Cody to Laramie. Levi waited up for me as always to get home, and we rolled into bed at 3 AM — but it was worth it, it was a GREAT weekend!

Til next time — I’m logging the miles and excited to see where the adventure takes us next!


Kati Hime