Winemaker’s Dinner Teams Table Mtn Vineyards + Altitude Chophouse in Laramie

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Table Mountain Vineyards creates amazing Wyoming wine, from the grapes to finished product — and you can sample their wine + a special menu at Altitude Chophouse & Brewery selected to perfectly accompany it. Join us for our Winemaker’s Dinner, part of our Food + Photo Festival, on May 30 at 6:30 PM. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, and purchases close Thursday, May 29. Tickets are available on our website — click here!

The menu:


  • Mini crab cakes with roasted bell pepper aioli
  • Table Mountain Vineyards selection — Frontenac Gris


  • Mixed greens with fresh mozzarella, dried figs, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Table Mountain Vineyards selection — Cowgirl Blush


  • Penne pasta with vodka tomato cream sauce
  • Table Mountain Vineyards selection — Cowboy Reserve


  • Chicken marsala with fresh asparagus
  • Table Mountain Vineyards selection — Rooster Red


  • Chocolate thimbles filled with chocolate mousse
  • Table Mountain Vineyards selection — Cherry Rush

Photography Opportunities in Wyoming!

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Our 2014 Food & Photo Fest hits Laramie May 30 & 31! Check our website for tickets to any of our wide variety of events…plus, our photography competition deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 4 at midnight! Guidelines online – and email with any questions!

Proceeds benefit Black Dog Animal Rescue of Southeast Wyoming!

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 30

6:30:  Winemaker’s Dinner, Altitude Chophouse & BreweryFeaturing a special menu designed by Altitude & Table Mountain Vineyards and TMV wine — limit 50 tickets $45/ticket

7 – 10 PM:  Decadent Desserts Night, Alice Hardie Stevens CenterEnjoy yummy desserts and view our photography competition entries! $25/ticket, $15/ticket for children 10 & younger

Saturday, May 31

9 – 11 AM:  Outdoor Photography Workshop with Cliff Cox & Dana Gage Utilizing structures found throughout Downtown Laramie, with and without models. Focusing on composition, lighting and the uses of depth of field. Hands on course for all levels of experience. Limit 20 students. $25/ticket — or participate in all 3 photography classes for $60

10 AM -12 PM:  Historical Photography of Svenson, Ludwig & Brande families, Ludwig Photography Studio — FREEExperience the history & beauty of Wyoming – featuring over a century of work by generations of the Svenson, Ludwig & Brande families.


10 AM – 12 PM:  Edible Art with Sweets Cakes & Pastry — Learn how to create visually appealing desserts & edible art through hands-on instruction led by the lovely & talented ladies at Sweets Cakes & Pastry! Students also bring home something delicious to enjoy. Class limit 10. $45/ticket


11 AM -12 PM: Wine Tasting, Pairing & More Priceless Knowledge with Table Mountain Vineyards’ Patrick Zimmerer — FREE! Want to learn more about wine from the Wyoming wine expert? Learn the nuances of wine production, tasting and pairing with your favorite foods. Please RSVP at no charge on our website for this event to help us plan facility needs!

1 – 3 PM:  Beauty & Fashion Photography with Ken Stoecklin of Beartooth Photography — Beauty/Fashion/ Hi Key lighting & shooting for the composite; all done with speedlights and quick but effective retouching; with student participation. $25/ticket — or participate in all 3 photography classes for $60

2 – 3 PM:  What Makes a Great Beer Local – and Amazing? with Altitude Chophouse & Brewery’s Brew Master — Love a great beer – but unsure how it becomes so awesome? Learn about the ingredients of beer, how ingredients are resourced, and what makes Altitude’s great beer local. Impress all your fellow party-goers at the next dinner party or beer fest. And of course…tasting is included. Class limit 20. $15/ticket

2 – 4 PM:  Centerpiece Arranging 101 with Fresh Flower Fantasy — Learn the art of creating a beautiful centerpiece for your next dinner party! Hands on instruction & a beautiful arrangement of your creation to take home led by Fresh Flower Fantasy. Class limit 15. $35/ticket

3 – 5 PM:  Post Processing Photography Course with Chuck Egnaczak — Chuck is a regular to teaching and photography, with an expertise in post processing. Max class size of 20 students. $25/ticket or $60 for all 3 photography courses

Dinner is Served – in Laramie! Enjoy dinner at Laramie establishments — we’ve invited Laramie restaurants to provide a special deal for our Wine & Photo Gala ticket holders on May 31… Eat out before you come & party with us! Keep checking our website festival page for updates on restaurants providing specials across Laramie!

7 – 10 PM:  Wine & Photography Gala — Sample delicious wines, hors d’oeuvres & desserts. Silent auction will be held to benefit Black Dog Animal Rescue of Southeast Wyoming. $45/ticket or $80/couple.

Beau Johnston presents Lightroom Workflow Overview Workshop – Casper

We were thrilled to brag on the talented Beau Johnston in our current Sprinter 2014 issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine! His upcoming event is definitely one to check out if you’re in the Casper area…

Monday, May 5, 7:30 – 8 :30 PM
Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation — 2211 King Blvd, Casper
FREE event

Beau will be presenting the workflow he uses when editing photographs to the Casper Photography Association. This will cover how he imports images into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, utilize metadata, organize and rank his photographs, edit photographs in the Develop module, and export images for printing and online use.

Visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP and ask questions

From Wyoming Author Bill Sniffin:  New book features Wyoming’s favorite places – here is your chance to participate

Your area along with other places all over Wyoming will be featured prominently in a new book planned for distribution this fall.

The coffee table book  MyWyoming: Stories and Photos of 101 Fascinating Places is by Bill Sniffin.  It is the followup to the very successful book published in 2012 called Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders. Format for the new book will be similar to the old book including 30-plus photographers and 14 foldout photos that are 13”x30” in size.

Sniffin is soliciting stories and photos from people all over the state for inclusion in the new book. Persons should send stories about their favorite places to or send to PO Box 900, Lander, WY 82520. Editors will try to match up the stories with beautiful photos of that area. Stories will be 150 to 500 words in length.

Persons with outstanding photos of Wyoming are encouraged to submit them, too. They will be paid for the use of their photos.

Top-notch Wyoming photographers like Dewey Vanderhoff, Woody Wooden, Randy Wagner, Dan Hayward and Scott Copeland were included in the last book and will be featured again in the new book.

The earlier book sold 14,000 copies over a 15-month period, making it one of the best-selling books in Wyoming.


WY Foodie: Recipes + Il Villaggio Osteria

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A new recipe — thanks to the Wyoming Beef Council!

Orange-Chipotle Skirt Steaks

Total recipe time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 to 6 servings


1-1/2 pounds beef skirt steak, cut into 4 to 6-inch pieces

2 medium oranges, divided

2 cups chopped tomatillos (4 to 5 small to medium)

1/2 cup chopped red onion

2 to 3 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon salt


Juice of 1 medium orange

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine Marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steaks in food-safe plastic bag; turn steaks to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Grate 1/2 teaspoon peel from 1 orange. Cut this orange and half of remaining orange into segments. Chop segments into 1/2-inch pieces. Combine orange peel and segments, tomatillos, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin and salt in medium bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut remaining 1/2 orange into wedges; reserve for garnish.
  3. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 7 to 12 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 8 to 12 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Carve steaks diagonally across the grain into thin slices; season with salt, as desired. Serve with tomatillo salsa. Garnish with reserved orange wedges.

Test Kitchen Tips

To cut orange segments, cut off both ends of orange with paring knife. Stand orange on 1 cut end and slice vertically (top to bottom) to remove peel and white pith in strips. Follow curve of orange with paring knife to remove as little flesh as possible. Cut each segment free by slicing down on both sides of surrounding membranes.


I saw this on Table Mountain Vineyards‘ Instagram & had to share… Here’s how Patrick made this summer heat-beater:  3 parts light red wine/rose’; 3 parts tonic; 1 part Campari. YUMMO!


JACKSON: Il Villaggio Osteria Offers An Italian Dining Twist

3335 West Village Road, Teton Village  307-739-4100  visit their website

In February 2008, the Fine Dining Restaurant Group brought a taste of Italy to Jackson Hole with the opening of Il Villaggio Osteria. The Osteria is located inside the Hotel Terra, the state’s first LEED certified property and only the fifth in the United States. With its 12-seat wine bar and eight seat salami bar, guests can enjoy a glass from our extensive wine list or watch as imported meats and cheeses, sourced from the country’s finest purveyors, are hand-sliced to order. House made pastas, sausage stuffed olives, beautiful wines and exquisite entrees round out the extraordinary multi-course menu.

images courtesy Fine Dining Group, Jackson Hole

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WYOMING FIRST: Table Mountain Vineyards


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This week we are featuring Table Mountain Vineyards from Huntley, Wyoming

Patrick Zimmerer, Huntley, WY


Table Mtn Vineyards (or TMV) started growing grapes in 2001 and began producing wines in 2004.  The winery was inspired through owner Patrick Zimmerer’s Senior Thesis project while at the University of Wyoming.  Patrick and his sister, Amie later competed in the University of Wyoming 10K Business Plan competition — they won first prize along with seed money to start the project.

Table Mountain Vineyards is Wyoming’s largest vineyard and winery – producing 100% Wyoming grown and made wines.  The vines are a cross of wild and wine grapes in order to survive Wyoming’s climate.  While the grapes are a bit different than traditional varieties, the winery is able to grow and produce its product from vine to wine in Wyoming.  The winery processes anywhere from 20-40 tons of grapes per year.

Additionally, the winery has just finished construction of its new winery facility featuring a grand room for large groups, event hosting and functions.  The tasting room is located just a few miles from Huntley, WY – (around 80 miles NE of Cheyenne on HWY 85).  The winery is currently open by appointment during its harvest season.

The winery will be featured later this fall on “America’s Heartland” on RFDTV and PBS stations across the US as part of a segment featuring Wyoming agriculture.

The wines typically retail around $15 per bottle.  The winery produces 10-14 varieties of grape and fruit wines.  All the wines are “Farm to Table Wines” meaning the fruit is sourced from local vineyards and fruit growers in Wyoming.   The winery produces wines with truly “Wyoming Character” and Spirit such as Cowboy Reserve, Rooster Red, S.O.B. Raspberry Wine, Stampede White, and many more. Its most unique wine is Wyoming Nectar – a honey wine w/Cinnamon. The wine style is traditionally known as Mead – one of the oldest fermented beverages in the world and is made from local beehives in the area.

TMV Wines are located in over 70 retail outlets in Wyoming, sold through its tasting room in rural Goshen County near Huntley, and direct shipped to various states & WY through its website TMV is a proud sponsor of many events and organizations throughout the year – you can find their wines this week at the Wyoming Women’s Expo in Casper and the Saint Mary’s Wine tasting this November in Cheyenne.

TMV Winery Offers Custom Labels for weddings, reunions, and special events. We’re also thrilled that Patrick writes in every issue of our Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine — and we featured an article on Table Mountain Vineyards in our first issue of Wyovore, our bookstore-exclusive publication!

The winery currently is open by appointment – visit for more information or contact the winery at 307-459-0233
— Twitter @tmvwinery


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ON THE CALENDAR: September 21, 2012


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A look at events coming up throughout the state…

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Check out the website for schedule and lots of info on this annual run, an ultra distance event included in the popular Black Hills Trail Running series.


Presented by the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming College of Business, the level one seminar is a valuable opportunity for business education. Contact Cyndi Garretson-Weibel for more information:


Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services invite you to the Wyoming Broadband Summit at the Little America Hotel and Convention Center in Cheyenne Oct. 23, 2012. Join the effort to address broadband expansion, adoption, innovation and opportunities to build a faster, connected future for Wyoming. For more information, contact Troy Babbitt, Enterprise Broadband Coordinator, Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services, at 307.777.5648 or email


From 5-9:30 PM at the Museum of the American West (Red Barn and Schoolhouse), enjoy music and lots of fun! Tickets $10, kids 12 & under are free.  Click here!


LARAMIE: ALWAYS A COWBOY8K/5K SEPTEMBER 22:  The Wyoming cross country teams will participate in the 11th annual “Always a Cowboy” 8k run/5k walk Saturday at 9 a.m. at Undine Park in Laramie.

The event is an annual race held in memory of the eight Wyoming cross country student-athletes whose lives were taken on September 16, 2001. Undine Park is located at 5th Street and Ord in Laramie.

Prizes will be awarded, and everyone has a chance to win raffle prizes. Entrance fees are $20 before 5 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 19, and $25 after the 19th leading up to the race. A registration form is available — click here.

All proceeds are donated to the University of Wyoming cross country and track and field programs.


JACKSON:  Jackson Whole Grocer 5th Annual Harvest Festival — see the image below for more information!

HUNTLEY: Table Mountain Vineyards turns purple!

Harvest season is in the works at Table Mountain Vineyards in Huntley! Click here to check out some images from one of the hardest working companies in Wyoming… And stay tuned to their Facebook page for information on their upcoming TV appearance!

LARAMIE: Altitude Chophouse & Brewery and Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill Specials


chipotle chicken sandwich Sliced chicken breast brushed with chipotle sauce and topped with applewood smoked bacon, melted cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. Served on a kaiser with your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or dinner salad. 8.5

pizza special Eight inch Italian pizza crust topped with capicola ham, salami, spicy Italian sausage crumbles, marinara sauce, Italian seasonings and melted mozzarella cheese. 8.5

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appetizer special Sundried tomato and goat cheese dip, served warm with toasted focaccia bread. 6.5

marinated salmon Fresh salmon drenched in a mildly spicy soy and pineapple marinade and baked on a bourbon soaked cedar plank. Served over white rice with asparagus. 16.5

new york strip Twelve ounce cut of Certified Angus Beef®, rubbed with rosemary, oregano and garlic and grilled to your liking. Served with roasted Yukon Gold
potatoes and balsamic marinated tomatoes. 21.5

grilled shrimp Spiced with a fragrant blend of tumeric, cumin, cayenne and coriander. Served over sweet and spicy coconut rice with a garnish of almonds and candied ginger. 14.

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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 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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