Saturday, April 17, 2010

Artini Festival - a view of Cody Wyoming ........... .......via Art - Creative Martinis + Fabulous Food

When day dreaming of the Wild West what comes to mind is sage brush, Rocky Mountain vistas, beautiful starry skies, and Buffalo Bill cowboy types. 

And while all this exists right here in Cody, Wyoming, Lynn and Karl Lampe, owner of Geysers at the Terrace Restaurant  and Catering Company, on the road to Yellowstone Park, bring much more to the table. 

Lynn and her talented staff are hitting it out of the park with Geysers on the Terrace’s eclectic and often changing dinner and bar menu featuring fresh seafood, outstanding steaks and burgers, pastas with decadently delicious sauces and innovative recipes that turn the ordinary into the “X tradinary!!

Couple that with 21 micro and craft beers on tap, friendly quick bar service, views of the world's tallest Geyser and genuine western hospitality and you really cann’t help but have an enjoyable dining experience at Geysers on the Terrace, whether you are a local or just visiting for a few days like me.  

Hi, I'm Lisa Teiger, co-founder of caterBuzz, a owner of CuisinEtc Catering and Special Events,  a boutique NYC catering concern, a food stylist, culinary fashionista and roving caterBuzz catering reporter, coming to you from NYC but always going beyond !!! 

We hope that you will consider Caterbuzz as your traveling eye for the inquisitive professional catering guys and gals around the globe.  Sharing and learning from each others as only like minded professional caterers can do, through pictures, stories, questions and answers, available here on and also on our facebook caterBuzz group page, a private forum for the catering community.

the Wyoming Artini Festival, Cody

"evolution" an artsy martini glass
by mixologist Chris Williams 
of Geysers on the Terrace, Cody, Wy

Our very first caterBuzz blog post is all about the Wyoming Artini Festival, (produced by Lynn Lampe of Geysers on the Terrace and the Park County Arts Council) from a caterers point of view and we are thrilled to share the photos and story with all of you and hope that one day we will be visiting one of your fabulous events and sharing your fabulousity with our fellow catering buzzies.  

Walk in to Geysers on the Terrace bright and airy new restaurant, which has been re-incarnated from it's previous use as a banquet hall and you are struck immediately by the western decor mixed with eclectic worldly touches that Lynn and Karl have brought back from their world travels. A series of Moroccan lamps hanging over the hostess station create a warm welcome as you enter the dining area.

Geysers on the Terrace sits on a rock bed overlooking the Shoshone River.  Directly below the restaurant is a natural hot springs.

A wall of windows brings the beautiful blue skies of the high dessert and a continuous stream of sunshine, casting a golden glow on the warm wood paneling and beautiful museum quality display cabinets that typically showcase local art work exhibits.

which for the past 
few weeks have been “ the Museum of Martini Art”.

Happy Hour in Old Italy
by Debbie Jeffreys Goodman 

beer-tini art glass

quails egg as martini olive

"The Sip"  by Anne Toner
Wyoming Artini Festival

Every where you look there is some thing beautiful that draws your attention and accentuates the art community that Cody attracts.

Local Cody Artists have found a gallery space at Geysers on the Terrace, and the changing media, which includes pottery by Steve Schrepferman, colorized photographes by Kathy Singer, as well jewelry and photo cards for sale, creates an atmosphere where visual art becomes the backdrop for the artistic dinner menu and drinks selections guests come to enjoy.

The premier Wyoming Artini Festival, a joint effort of the Cody's Park County Arts Council and Geysers on the Terrace Restaurant and Catering, Cody’s Premier Restaurant and Caterer was a smashing success bringing together over 350 of the regions artists and art lovers, and raising thousands of dollars for the Cody's arts programs.                    happy guests enjoying the martini tastings

The evening was organized 
around the fusion of Art and Martinis –

12 mixologists from the region 
spent the night shaking away, 
impressing the guests 
with their martini creations with fantastic 
enticing names such as
the Triple XXX Tini

the Everlasting Gobstopper 

the Terrace Evolution

Sweet Buzz 
a close call for my personal favorite
and the People's Choice Winner

Broken Club 

Razatini By Crystal

Just Dessert's Malted Choco- Tini


and my personal favorite 
and the winner of the best of the show... 
the Flaming Passion.
recipe for flaming passion martini
Lisa McDonald, Jill of All Trades

1 oz grey goose vodka
1/2 oz malibu passion fruit liqueur
1 oz passion fruit juice
pulp of 1/2 a passionfruit
fill empty fruit shells 1/4 way up
with everclear, float in glass,
light up.
Let Flame burn itself out
before removing fruit shell
or before drinking!!

Each mixologist put their personal spin and touch on their bar station, visually showing the judges and guests a full sized version of their martini creation as well as delightful mini martini samples for the festival participants.

Even the Cody cowboys 
were drinking martinis tonight!

Complimenting the martinis, local Cody artists submitted paintings, murals and decorated martini glasses to fit the theme and all the art work  was displayed through out Geysers on the Terrace and was available for purchase through silent auction bids with the funds raised going to support the Park County Arts Councils Programs.

Throughout the Wyoming Artini Festival,  Geysers on the Terrace completed the artistic festive atmosphere with a martini grazing station and delectable waiter passed temptations adding to the enjoyment of the evening.  

As the representative of Caterbuzz and a NYC boutique caterer myself, I am thrilled to be able to bring the exciting  ideas that we can all use back to you, my fellow buzzies.  You can bet that CuisinEtc Catering and Special Events will be bringing a bit of the wild west back to our catering events in New York City via offerings such as buffalo meatballs and cowboy caviar, not to mention the fabulous flaming passion martini that won "best of show".

Visiting with other caterers is always an amazing experience and the learning and sharing never stops.  

Geysers on the Terrace's Chef Ian and I batted ideas back and forth and in fact, he and I came up with the cowboy caviar offering as a last minute addition - a fusion of east meets west .... New York City to Wyoming served on Asian spoons....  How's that for taking fusion to a new level.

Martini Grazing Station
Giant Martini Glasses 
Filled with 
Martini Marinated Olives
Decadent Warm Lobster 
Artichoke Fondue 
with Artisan Breads

Handmade Whimsical Flatbreads

Vodka Infused Buffalo Meatballs

Double Crème Brie 
Frosted with 
Pom Pom Pomegranate 
Vodka Chipotle Glaze

Gin + Gorgonzola 
Blue Cheese Torta 
Crusted with Spicy Pecans

Lynn used a series of beautiful martini glass ware and soaring martini looking centerpieces to complete the station look.

Waiter passed hors d’oeuvres, assuring that where ever you were in the crowded room, there was always something to nibble on,
Chef Ian McKenzie's whimsical mini corn dogs with squirty tubes of sweet + spicy grape chipotle sauce, this was a great twist on a childhood favorite, bringing smiles to the faces of guests who thoroughly enjoyed both the taste and the unique concept.

the always popular and scrumptious Terrace hors d’oeuvre
– Andouille Sausage Stuffed Baby Bella Mushrooms

Innovative Cowboy Caviar passed on Asian Spoons
with crispy bacon, white beans, fennel + a few secret spices + herbs.

Tempting Tandoori Chicken Salad nestled in Belgium Endive Spears

Traditional Brushetta with a dice of Roma tomato, fresh basil, garlic + herbs served atop capicolla ham on sliced baguette rounds offered on an artists palette

The buzz at Geysers on the Terrace was filled with the murmurs of mmmnnn “this is delicious”, “oh look at that art piece”, “what’s in this drink”, “what fun”, ah and “yes please I would love one of those hors d’oeuvres”, “It’s so yummy I need to have another!”

Here's to you Cody, Wyoming
see you next year at the annual Artini Festival

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