Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Itís delightful and delicious

Community Libraryís Our Moveable Feast is a culinary benefit

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo. Diana Walkerís photo of Queen Elizabeth and President Ronald Reagan is from her book ďPublic & Private: Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency.Ē Walker will donate a family portrait as an auction item for the Community Libraryís Our Moveable Feast benefit.

What do "Papa Doble," Dom Perignon and a week in Provence, France, have in common? All three will be part of The Community Library's Our Moveable Feast benefit on Sunday, March 13, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the library in Ketchum. The benefit is a fundraiser to assist the library with its services and cultural programming, which is free to the Wood River Valley community.

This year's theme, "Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess and Other Culinary Comedies," will include an Ernest Hemingway cocktail, "Papa Doble," from the Cornerstone Bar & Grill upon entry into the library's grandest party of the year. In addition, rooms adorned with festive décor throughout the library have been inspired by the books "Insatiable" by Gael Greene, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake!" by Sloane Crosley, "How's the Squid?" by Jack Ziegler and "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain.

Fine wine will be served in the audio visual room and cocktails will be served in the children's library and at the fireplace. In addition, this year the library will include coffee and coffee drinks in the regional history library.

The lecture room will be the site of the silent auction with décor based on Alan Richman's book "Fork It Over." Special auction items include a week at a condo in Provence, France, a week in a condo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a week in a London flat, a week in a serenity cabin in Copper Basin and a week in a vacation home on the Mexican Riveria.

Other auction items include delectable dinners in private homes including a Tuscan Feast prepared by Cristina's, a Ketchum Grill dinner and cooking demonstration by Chef Scott Mason, an authentic Moroccan dinner for eight and an Italian farmhouse dinner for eight.

Also for auction are several wine lots, including a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, vintage 2000, with an Opus One Napa red table wine 2005. Other wine lots include Ridge Lytton Springs 2008 with a Ridge Geyserville 2007 and a nine-liter bottle of Far Niente 1990 Chardonnay and a collector's magnum 1.5 liter of 1985 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco.

Much of the food provided for Our Moveable Feast will come from the valley's finest chefs and restaurants, including Cristina Ceccatelli Cook of Cristina's, Ciro restaurant, caterer Judith McQueen and Michel's Christiania Restaurant.

Last but not least is an exciting auction item offered by part-time Sun Valley resident Diana Walker, an internationally acclaimed photojournalist who served as Time magazine's White House photographer for two decades through five administrations. Walker has donated a family portrait she will take in July or August. She will deliver black-and-white primary digital images with color raw files on a CD. The winner will be responsible for the printing.

"We are overwhelmed by generosity," said Colleen Crain Development Director. "We have new people helping we have never had before."

Tickets for Our Moveable Feast are $100. For details, call 726-3493 or visit

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