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The Hawaiian Connection
The Hawaiian Connection

The Hawaiian Connection

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.

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Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator's “Best of Award of Excellence”
Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”

Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”

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.

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‘Culinary King of the Mountain’ Returns With New Lineup of Top Idaho Chefs

‘Culinary King of the Mountain’ Returns With New Lineup of Top Idaho Chefs

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.

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5 Things Forbes Loves About Idaho

5 Things Forbes Loves About Idaho

Start your meal off at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant with Pacific oysters (choose from Kumamoto and Shigoku) on the half shell before indulging in items like the surf and turf (Aussie tail and a petit filet mignon with asparagus hollandaise and pommes frites) or pan-seared Atlantic sea scallops served atop truffled potato cakes with shiitake mushrooms marinated in a buttery citrus sauce. Salivating yet?

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Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey
Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey – Best of Boise, Among Other Things…

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey – Best of Boise, Among Other Things…

The restaurants and bars in the City of Trees — Boise, Idaho, that is — boast appropriately beautiful woodwork, rambunctious yet overly courteous staffs, and craft cocktails which speak to the town’s once rough-and-tumble Western ways as much as they speak to the posh, cosmopolitan environs which infrastructure of industry and economy have brought to the place. After spending some time there, I found the best way to experience the town’s sprawling night life was to walk from place to place, watering hole to watering hole, before laying your head to rest for the night.

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Nampa Company’s Documentary to World Premiere at Sun Valley Film Festival
Nampa Company’s Documentary to World Premiere at Sun Valley Film Festival

Nampa Company’s Documentary to World Premiere at Sun Valley Film Festival

The film chronicles the history of viticulture in Idaho and explores the future of this burgeoning industry. It was produced by Peppershock Media of Nampa, with support from the Idaho Wine Commission, Idaho Department of Agriculture, the Idaho Commerce, division of Tourism, and many of Idaho’s wineries and vintners.