If you work in a restaurant, marriage proposals are good for business. Happy couples lift the mood in the entire dining room and often turn into lifelong customers. That once-in-a-lifetime experience for them is pretty routine for restaurateurs.
High-end restaurants with nice decor can count on someone popping the question every week or two.
There may be no more purely American food than the epic slab of meat known as a steak. Sure, the Argentines and Australians have their own take on it, but nothing says “US of A” like devouring a piece of beef bigger than your head in the bold attempt to get your name on a plaque.
It’s 5:30 in the morning, but Rex Chandler is already up and waiting in line at Honolulu’s public fish market, and he’s as excited as a kid about to be admitted to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The sounds and smells of the open sea and fishing boats unloading their catch assault his senses, bringing back memories of his 20-plus year run as the king of seafood at his Waikiki restaurant, Nick’s Fish Market, which began his 40 year career in fine dining.
That career extended through Newport Beach, where The Rex Restaurant was rated the best seafood restaurant in southern California 11 years running. When he moved to Sun Valley in 1993, where Chandler’s became a fine dining icon for over 15 years, he had to forego his passion for seafood because it was all but impossible to get fresh, prime fish to Idaho. Still, he harbored dreams of one day being able to share his love of Hawaiian seafood with his new-found home.
Chandlers Restaurant today announced that for the third consecutive year the downtown Boise fine dining destination has been awarded the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. Company founder Rex Chandler said Chandlers is honored to be the only restaurant in the state of Idaho to receive this prestigious award not only once, but three times.
“We think this third recognition, being so challenging to achieve at all, let alone in back-to-back competitions, places Chandlers among the world’s outstanding fine dining experiences,” Chandler said.
The kitchen is heating up once again as Idaho’s top chefs prepare to battle it out for one of the Gem State’s most sought-after titles, Culinary King of the Mountain. On April 11, McCall’s Shore Lodge will host the cooking competition as part of the resort’s second consecutive Spring Culinary Festival, April 10-12. Joining the iconic resort’s own Executive Chef Steven Topple will be Chris Kastner of CK’s Real Food in Hailey, Idaho; Wiley Earl of Àlavita and Fork restaurants in Boise and Aaron Wermerskirchen of Juniper on 8th, also in Boise.