This Week’s PLANET Picks

By on February 24, 2015

022515planetpick.leadCraft cocktail cool

Next time you order a craft cocktail, take a moment to note the love and attention poured into your libation. From exacting technique to house-made, quality ingredients, craft cocktails taste noticeably different than a regular ol’ mixed drink drowning in high fructose corn syrup.

On Saturday, The Rose will host a craft cocktail recipe book signing by Death & Co., a craft cocktail house out of East Village, New York. Death & Co. served as Dom Gagliardi’s inspiration to open The Rose, which he has done with the help of the Death & Co. folks. David Kaplan is co-founder of Death & Co. “Great cocktails have actually been a rather slow development in comparison to the culinary revolution of the late 60s and early 70s,” he explained.

While we have discovered how quality ingredients enhance what we eat, Kaplan noted that it’s only been in the past 20 years or so that we’ve realized the same is true in the cocktail world. “Once you’ve had a thoughtfully prepared meal with great ingredients it’s hard to go back to frozen packaged food; the same is true for great cocktails. Once you’ve tried a great drink you want access to more, and so the culture continues to grow.”

Kaplan noted the quality control involved in each elixir before it makes its way to the Death & Co roster: “Before [cocktails] appear on a menu we’ll do a tasting of each drink, give feedback and try variations and only settle on a drink when we all love it. We’ve had some of the most talented folks in the industry behind our bar and it shows in the cocktails.”

Get your hands on the newly released Death & Co. craft cocktail recipe book, that features carefully devised recipes like The Conference, the Elder Fashioned, the Joy Division and the Aperitivo Julep, just to name a few, during a happy hour and book signing Saturday.

Death & Co Happy Hour and Book Signing

When: 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday

Where: The Rose

Wallet: Free


Photo credit: Richard Goodwin

022515planetpick.elkTaming wild roads

Each year, motorists in Teton County slaughter more than 150 mule deer, elk, and moose. Blood is indeed on our hands, but new solutions that have the potential to work in Jackson Hole have sprouted in other communities in Wyoming, Montana and Canada. Wildlife crossings, which allow animals to bypass busy roads and highways, have reduced vehicle-wildlife collisions by 90 percent.

On Wednesday, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance will host a talk on wildlife crossings featuring renowned wildlife scientist Dr. Anthony Clevenger.

Siva Sundarsen is the conservation director for the JH Alliance. He says we need not look further than Daniel, Wyoming, for an example of successful wildlife crossings. “Almost 100 percent of the 3,000 pronghorn and about 2,000 mule deer that use the ‘path of the pronghorn’ migration corridor are now using the trapper’s point overpasses and underpasses, near Daniel. Wyoming,” he explained.

Before these crossings were installed, 702 animals were killed on a 27-mile stretch of Highway 189/191 during one five-year period.

In Teton County, there has been significant research to indicate collision hot spots and critical migratory routes where crossing structures would be appropriate, Sundarsen said. This includes stretches on Broadway to segments of Highway 22 over Teton Pass.

Learn about the potential to protect wildlife in Jackson Hole during Clevenger’s talk Wednesday. Guests are also invited to enjoy the museum’s Wild Wednesdays dinner by the Rising Sage Café and free admission to the museum galleries from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner reservations are recommended: 732-5434.

A Road Runs Through It: Mitigating Road Impacts In Wildlife Habitat

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday

Where: National Museum of Wildlife Art

Wallet: Free

Info: Call Skye Schell at 733-9417 to RSVP or for more info.

Photo credit: Mark Gocke

Storied secrets

The ancient art of storytelling has long been a fasinating tool of human expression. On Tuesday, Teton County Library hosts Cabin Fever Story Slam at Pinky G’s.

Storytellers will throw their names in a hat, from which 10 will be chosen to engage the audience with their tales. This month’s theme is “Secret,” and storytellers who take the stage will get free pie and a chance to win prizes.

National Storytelling Network reminds us of why storytelling is such a valuable form of expression: “Storytelling involves a two-way interaction between a storyteller and one or more listeners. The responses of the listeners influence the telling of the story. In fact, storytelling emerges from the interaction and cooperative, coordinated efforts of teller and audience.”

And, “In storytelling, the listener imagines the story,” whereas in traditional theatre or film, the audience is not granted this same imaginative freedom.

Cabin Fever Story Slam

When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Pinky G’s

Wallet: Free

Info: Find storytelling tips at

About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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