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High Country Inn News 2003

We are excited about having our first tea at the inn, and hope if we have a good turnout, there will be others! Next Sunday, December 14, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., our first Holiday High Tea will take place. We will be entertained by Patrick Donnelly and his Irish harp, and I hope everyone will enjoy the lovely decorations and good food to be offered. This is also a benefit to help the needy with Christmas food baskets here in our area. We hope you will help spread the word, invite a friend, and make reservations to come! We'd like your reservations by December 12, please.

Our only other holiday event for the public will be our Christmas Brunch, Sunday, December 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. On the menu will be our wonderful Angus Pride US Choice prime rib, and many other dishes to satisfy a hungry appetite for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner! A special bonus will be entertainment during the afternoon with Cathy Curtis and Chris Dion, on piano and guitar, singing a variety of tunes, from traditional carols to humorous ditties. We will also offer champagne Mimosas along with fruit punch and other beverages from our bar. Celebrate the season with us at the High Country Inn! Price is $15 adults, $7 children. Reserve by December 19, please.

We hope to offer an open house for all our loyal patrons to welcome in the new year. We'll let you know if that comes to be. In the meantime, have a joyful holiday season, and know that we are grateful for your support this second year of our new business!

10-28-03 High Country Inn presents check to Haag Fund
The Fall Winemaker's Dinner held last Saturday at the High Country Inn was deemed a fund raiser to augment the huge benefit held for the Haag family the same evening at the Armory. Six bottles of Carmela wines, several packages of homemade biscotti and part of the proceeds from each dinner, accumulated a sum of $225, which was handed over to the account at America West Bank. "Since we already had our event scheduled for the same night of the benefit, we thought we would do what we could to help out, noted Jo Moore. "We had a small, intimate group, but our guests were generous!"

Country Catering is very involved with the Clearwater Valley Hospital's annual fund raising efforts, especially the upcoming Harvest Moon Cruise on Saturday, November 8. Each year we provide the meal, donating back a good portion of the proceeds after paying food and labor costs. We'd like to invite everyone to attend this year's gala event, and support the hospital's efforts to update their Radiology Department. Tickets are available by calling the hospital at 208-476-4555, or visit one of the following stores: Barney's Excell, IGA, Johnson's Jewelers in Orofino or Kamiah, or Potlatch Credit Union in Orofino. An evening of entertainment awaits you with a fabulous floor show, band and dancing, and our Funny Money Casino. Several "getaway" and memorabilia prizes will be offered for raffle, using the funny money earnings of guests.

10-14-03 Annual Fall Winemaker's Dinner Becomes Fund Raiser
The second annual Fall Winemaker's Dinner, scheduled several months ago for Saturday, October 25, has been deemed a benefit event for the Trevor Haag family, in conjunction with the spaghetti feed and auction planned for the Armory on the same evening. Owners of the High Country Inn, Jo and Dick Moore, will contribute $5 from each dinner that evening, in addition to donating several bottles of Carmela fine wine, to be signed by the winemaker, Neil Glancey, and vineyard owner Roger Jones, to be auctioned towards the benefit. Some fine desserts and other sweets will be also offered for auction, adding to the festive air of the evening.

Reservations are now being accepted for the fine gourmet dinner, which will feature Angus Pride US Choice New York strip steak Bearnaise as the entree for the multi-course meal. The dinner will begin with a seafood hors d'oeuvre, accompanied with a matching wine, and proceed through soup, salad, sorbet, entree, dessert, and chocolate courses, all with samples of appropriate wines.

The gala affair will present an opportunity to chat and learn about the fine art of winemaking from award-winning Neil Glancey, and to visit with the winery's owner, Roger Jones, who also owns a large produce company in Boise, and for years was the major supplier of potatoes for Pringle. Call 476-7570 or e-mail for reservations jomoore@thehighcountryinn.com

Benefit Winemaker's Dinner
$5 from each dinner to the Trevor Haag Family, in addition to donation of several bottles of Fine Carmela wines to be signed and auctioned, along with desserts and other sweets! Enjoy the finest in gourmet dining and help with the benefit!

Angus NY Strip Bearnaise served in our elegant setting!
$35 person, includes dinner, wines, and chocolate course

Coming in November Prime Rib Saturday, November 15

9-2-03 Guest Chef at High Country Inn this Week
All oriental food enthusiasts are invited to this week's Casual Friday at the High Country Inn, where guest chef Constancio Cleto will be working with Jo and Dick Moore in the inn's state-of-the-art professional kitchen. On the menu will be an eclectic array of oriental finger food favorites, known as a "Dim Sum" buffet, as well as a delicious soup and Filipino specialties such as Pansit noodles.

Chef Con has had a number of experiences cooking in restaurants as well as in his own home kitchen with his mother, Gloria, and he and Jo have been talking about getting together and cook ever since the inn opened last year. "We're looking forward to having a lot of fun this Friday," said Jo, "and we're even entertaining friends from Kansas who will be pressed into service, as are all our house guests!"

Other events in the planning are an authentic Hawaiian Luau on September 25, Sunday Dinner

8-11-03 High Country Inn Offers Full Service Entertaining
The High Country Inn, now in its second year of operation, is beginning to realize the many opportunities to serve the public in a variety of ways. Besides being able to offer full-service catering both off site and on, the beautiful professional kitchen boasts plenty of space to teach aspiring cooks, with a raised counter and ten swiveling bar chairs for students and visitors to watch the cooking in progress.

This month saw the first wedding to be held outdoor in the Sunken Garden , and the inn now specializes in offering first class Bed and Breakfast accommodations for the bride and groom, with a package that includes brunch the following morning for family, and an ideal setting for visiting with out-of-town guests while gifts are opened. With the wedding held recently for Renne and Dave Shoen, the inn was "home base" from setting up on Friday afternoon, then decorating and picture-taking before the wedding, until the last guest left on Sunday in mid-afternoon.

Other events which the inn has begun to host are spur-of the-moment private dinner parties for guests from out of town. One day's notice is usually all that is required, and a custom-made dinner is ready to be served in beautiful surroundings. Lunches and teas may also be hosted at the inn, with a minimum of ten guests. The inn has recently been host to Red Hat Societies, first one from the Lewiston-Clarkston area, and soon will host a newly-formed group from the Kamiah area. Groups from Craigmont have expressed interest in teas as well as cooking classes.

Cooking classes will be offered whenever a group of six can be formed, with a topic which the group wants to learn more about, whether it be breads, certain ethnic dishes, or cooking techniques in general. Classes may be held either on Saturdays or during the week, according to student needs. The day includes a gourmet lunch, snacks, and the products which students make to take home. Those who are interested in being on a call list for classes should contact the inn at 476-7570. Instructor will be Jo Moore, owner of the inn and Country Catering.

Birthdays and anniversaries are special occasions at the High Country Inn, and are recognized with a card and small token gift. Dining out as a special occasion is available with the "Dinner Club' which is open to the public, and will begin its fall schedule on September 20. Guests do not have to sign up for membership, and may make reservations for the individual monthly dinners, which will be offered through November. Another Winemaker's Dinner is also in the offing for late fall.

Holiday parties can be booked for small or large groups, to be held during the month of December. More than one small group can be booked with another, and still afford privacy and special attention for those attending. There will also be at least one or two holiday dinners offered for the public. Other public events are advertised weekly in the Tribune, as well as on the web site and through e-mail newsletters, which may be subscribed to by clicking this link.

We are looking ahead to the holidays, we will offer homemade cookies on holiday plates to give as gifts, as well as gift baskets containing our Carmela Lewis and Clark labeled wines and other homemade goodies.

Next fine dining dates are:
October 25
November 15

7-28-03 Wine Enthusiasts Call for Encore!
Several new patrons attended the High Country Inn's Summer Wine Tasting, including four couples from Craigmont and one couple from Clarkston, content with making the long drive to be a part of the inn's unique setting, warm hospitality, and delicious food. The new wines presented by Carmela's winemaker, Neil Glancey, were a big hit, especially the Semillon and pinot noir. The excellent pinot was produced in such limited quantity, however, that it is being restricted to where it is being sold, and it is quite pricey at $25 a bottle. The inn, however, hopes to secure a few bottles for its special clients who have requested a bottle for gift-giving.

The new Lewis Clark commemorative labeled wines are becoming especially popular, and are available in three vintages: Chardonnay, Merlot, and a beautiful blush named River's Mist. These wines are being retailed by the High Country Inn, and may be ordered for shipping, also. A special perk is to have the bottles signed in gold ink by Carmela's winemaker, Neil Glancey, just as is done by book authors!

The wine tasting was so enjoyable, that the guests present requested that the inn definitely host a Wine Maker's Dinner in the fall, and they all promised to bring more friends! The date will be set as soon as we know when this year's harvest will be done, and that is reliant on the summer heat and what it does to this year's crop. All of Carmela's wines are produced from Idaho grapes, most from the Carmela vineyards, located on the Snake River outside Glenns Ferry.


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