Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mon Dec 14, 2009

Mark Jackson - Owner - Bad Rock B&B Columbia Falls, MT 
Bad Rock Country Bed and Breakfast, selected as one of the top 12 inns for the US and Mexico by Country Inns Bed and Breakfast magazine, and just 20 minutes from the west entrance to Glacier National Park, rests on 10 rolling acres in a gorgeous farming valley of open fields interspersed with battalions of towering pine trees. Enjoy our spectacular views of the nearby 7,200 foot high Swan Mountain Range, the magic of our quiet countryside, the wild geese flying overhead, and the coyotes howling at night. Almost all of our guests are here to see Glacier National Park. We have all the information you will need to drive and hike in the park and to make your vacation here in Montana a complete success: what to do and when to do it, travel times, the best restaurants, etc. (We have the finest restaurants you could expect to find anywhere right here in the Flathead Valley). Make the most of your vacation, a Bad Rock 'base camp' is as good as it gets. Our enthusiasm for what we offer is difficult to contain. Besides being selected as one of the top 12 inns by Country Inns Magazine, we are inspected and approved by AAA Mobile and the Montana Bed and Breakfast Association. We offer three beautiful guest rooms in our house, which is furnished with Western Indian art, and five rooms in three square-hewn log buildings, white gas log fireplaces and beautiful, handmade lodge pole pine furniture.  Our Breakfast Menu feature a different breakfast every day, like: Belgium waffles heaped with wild Montana huckleberries, Grizzly Big Bite - served on jalapeno biscuits, a mixture of eggs, cheese and chorizo sausage, Montana Potato Pie, (the Jones Sausage winner), a combination of Swiss cheese, ham, hash browns and spices and Sundance Eggs, in the Mexican style served on a tortilla with the most delicious, Made - In - Montana (and almost fat free) sausage you have ever tasted. For guests desiring a breakfast on the lighter side, there is always Mark's delicious mix of dry cereals. Guests are encouraged to linger at breakfast, where the conversation will likely center on yesterday's hiking experiences, current activities at Glacier, and the latest grizzly bear stories. A half acre of lawn surrounds our house, while the log buildings have been built right at the edge of our field where alfalfa grows, just the way the settlers lived.

Joel Fisher "Wine Guru"
The wine columnist for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California. He was a Contributing Editor of Patterson's Beverage Journal. From 1999 to 2006 he was a wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles and is a founding  partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California. Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, Joel is also a member of Patterson Magazine's tasting panel. Joel travels extensively through "wine country" and frequently broadcast live from vaious winerys & vineyards.  Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK) and was awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of the Wine Work Book now in its 6th edition.  In 2004 he co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne. In June 2006 he again led a program, "Wine and Cuisine of Iberia," to Spain and Portugal. In the 1960's, Joel M. Fisher (JMF) served in many Washington positions, including as Public Relations Director to Charlie Rhyne's World Peace Through Law Committee, before returning to California to teach. Two years later he was awarded the Ford Foundation supported National Committee Fellowship and was appointed Director of the Arts and Sciences and State Legislative Divisions of his party's national committee. As part of the 1968 presidential campaign, Fisher operated in 13 states.

Susie Norris  "Chocolate Bliss: Sensuous Recipes, Spa Treatments, and Other Divine Indulgences"
SUSIE NORRIS is an artisan chocolatier, pastry chef, culinary school instructor, and TV producer. Her chocolate business, Happy Chocolates, was featured on Food Network and in More magazine and the New York Times Magazine. She has served as associate chef/instructor at the California School of Culinary Arts (Le Cordon Bleu Program). She lives in Los Angeles, California, and the Berkshires, Massachusetts. Chocolate is universally prized by serious foodies, health-minded dieters, discerning hedonists--and by every woman who ever breathed. CHOCOLATE BLISS is a celebration of all things chocolate: every type and flavor, its health and beauty benefits, origins and ecological influences, and tasting, gifting, and baking. Recipes, resources, and luscious photos entice readers to give in to their cravings without guilt.