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Culinary Festival Recap + Recipes

The dust has settled but the enthusiasm remains as we look back at the first-ever Shore Lodge Culinary Festival. The three-day event celebrating all things epicurean was nothing short of, well, epic. From acclaimed chefs competing in our inaugural Chopped-style “Culinary King of the Mountain” competition to foodies taking part in highly interactive cooking demonstrations, the weekend was packed-full of exciting culinary events.

Whitetail Club members got in on the action as well, many of whom had the chance to join the chefs right at their prep tables, getting first-hand culinary tips from the masters themselves. If that wasn’t enough, guests also enjoyed the festival’s Farmer’s Market and, of course, a wide selection of gourmet food accentuated by world-class wine from a variety of northwest regional wineries, including Owen Roe Winery.

We could go on and on about the delicious food prepared throughout the festival, but if you weren’t there you just might not get the full effect. So as we promised, we’ve compiled the four featured recipes prepared from each of the festival’s chef-led cooking classes. For a closer look, click on the links below.

Steve Topple – The Narrows Restaurant, Shore Lodge
Curried Salmon Meatballs with Coconut Sauce

Wiley Earl – Fork and Alavita Restaurant, Downtown Boise
Kobe Gyoza with Maple Chili Glaze

Travis Levi – Barde nay Restaurant, Boise
Grilled Halloumi Style Cheese with a Complimentary Tomato Jam

Patrick Rolfe – Sysco Food Services, Idaho
Himalayan Salt Block Seared Wagu Beef


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    Whitetail Club Named to Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

Whitetail Club Named to Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

It’s been a great off-season for the golf program here at Whitetail Club. At the end of 2013, we were honored with an inclusion on Golfweek’s 2014 list of Best Resort Courses. Now, in the first few months of 2014, Whitetail Club has earned yet another-nod from the acclaimed sports publication. We are proud to be included on Golfweek’s Best: State-By-State Courses You Can Play, 2014. Only five Idaho courses were named to the illustrious list so we are in great, and exclusive company.

“To be honored not once, but twice in a single awards season by one of the industry’s leading publications is a true accomplishment,” said Dan Scott, general manager of Whitetail Club. “Our team of accredited golf professionals and highly-trained groundskeepers work tirelessly to provide the premier golf experience in central Idaho to both Whitetail Club members and Shore Lodge guests.”

Designed by Roger Packard and two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North, our 18-hole, par-72 course extends 7,200 yards and serves as an important link in the Idaho Golf Trail. With a driving range, putting practice greens, and chipping greens, as well as a 3,500-square-foot full-service clubhouse complete with pro shop, restaurant, lounge, outdoor patio, locker rooms, swing-training equipment and analysis tools, bag storage and panoramic views, there is a lot for golf enthusiasts to love about playing the links at Whitetail Club. And we sincerely appreciate you taking notice, Golfweek.

First-Ever Spring Culinary Festival

Snowy McCall is heating up with excitement as the first-ever Spring Culinary Festival inches near. This April 4-6, our own executive chef Steven Topple will welcome three other top Boise chefs for a weekend of education, competition and yes, incredible eats.

Alongside our hometown favorite, the special chef guests will include: Chef Travis Levi, Bardenay; Chef Wiley Earl, Fork and Alavita; and a special guest who will  be revealed very soon.

Here’s what the chefs have in store for Whitetail Club members and Shore Lodge guests:

Friday, April 4 | Cooking Classes + Meet The Chefs Reception
Chefs will gather and kick off the weekend with an evening of education and entertainment in which guests are welcomed to one of four simultaneous cooking classes, each taught by a featured chef. Afterward, mix and mingle with our celebrity guests during a special Meet The Chefs reception, including heavy passed appetizers and a no-host bar.

Saturday, April 5 | Culinary King Of The Mountain competition
The chefs will go head-to-head in a fierce competition inspired by Food Network’s hit show, “Chopped,” emceed by Agri Beef’s ever-entertaining Chef Alan Turner. Each chef will lead a team of four sous chefs – the first lucky 16 to book the exclusive Chef’s package – through three, thirty-minute rounds of cooking. Each round (appetizer, entrée and dessert) will feature a mystery basket of ingredients to be incorporated into the given dish. Our esteemed panel of judges will include: Rex Chandler, owner of Chandlers restaurants; Guy Hand, managing editor of Edible Idaho magazine; and David O’Reilly, winemaker at Owen Roe Winery. Following each round, the panel will evaluate the plates based on presentation, taste and incorporation of the mystery ingredients. After an elimination following each round, […]

Winter Workouts for Golfers

McCall has been a winter wonderland for months now. Flakes fall softly as we sit by the fire, powder pours as we carve the slopes and our once green course is currently a pristine expanse of crisp white snow. It is truly a beautiful thing but we haven’t for a moment forgotten what lies on the other side of the season: golf.

While golf itself is a seasonal sport, the preparation and maintenance can be a year-round commitment for avid players. That in mind, Whitetail Club Head Golf Professional Todd Bindner offers fitness advice, strength training and tips to club members year-round. He draws on the training he’s received while earning multiple certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Titleist Performance Institute, the leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. Todd’s specialized off-season programs allow players to maintain and improve their skill set despite having a snow-covered golf course.

A number of Todd’s great tips are designed to be executed indoors, be it at the gym or right in your living room. Here are a few to try on your own:

  • Indoor Putting Drills: Putting is perhaps one the best segments of the game to can be perfected indoors. Grab a couple of extra clubs and check out these quick tips for better gauging distance and keeping your putt in line.
  • Improving Stability: A good golf swing starts in the stance. Exercises to maintain a stable core are a key component to keeping your swing strong in the off-season. A medicine ball and a few aerobic steps will help get you there.
  • Improving Posture: Building on a better core, […]

Brian Scott Makes Daytona 500 Debut in Whitetail Club Chevy

This past Sunday marked a very exciting milestone for Whitetail Club and the town of McCall. For the first time in his career, Idaho native Brian Scott competed in NASCAR’s most prestigious event: the Daytona 500. Despite some challenges during the race, the town and the club is still abuzz with pride for our hometown hero.

In only his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Brian qualified in the 12th position at Daytona International Speedway. Behind the wheel of the awesomely orange No. 33 Whitetail Club Chevrolet, he quickly made his way into the top five. Unfortunately, a rain delay soon followed. Upon getting the race underway again, the No. 33 team experienced some radio issues followed by the Whitetail Chevy getting caught in three on-track accidents. Despite the setbacks, Brian went on to finish 25th overall. Click here for the full recap from Richard Childress Racing.

We could not be more proud of Brian and his team for their ‘never give up’ attitude at Daytona and beyond. “My guys never gave up and worked extremely hard to keep our Whitetail Chevrolet running as best as can be all day long,” said Brian. And in the end, that’s all you can do. Great work and congratulations to everyone! We look forward to seeing more of McCall and Brian on a national NASCAR stage.

Winter Wellness Weekend

Throughout the year, Whitetail Club is dedicated to bringing our membership top-tier programming to support their four-season lifestyle. Our team orchestrates everything from golf clinics to snowmobiling treks and hiking outings to rafting trips. Needless to say, life in McCall can be an incredibly active one and thus we simultaneously focus on taking care of our bodies just as often as we push them to the limits of adventure.

That in mind, Whitetail Club’s annual Winter Wellness Weekend commenced again in January to bring our members deeper insights into maintaining mind, body and spirit. In addition to our year-round resources, our highly trained staff teamed with area experts for two special days of education and experience focusing on well-being from the inside out. The group enjoyed sports conditioning classes, a skiing adventure, physical fitness tips as well as massages and skincare insights from The Cove. But one of the best things we learned came from the kitchen, of course! Here is one healthy recipe to try during your on- and off-season training:

Egg White Frittata
2 onions
2 red bell peppers
10 button mushrooms
1 lemon
1 quart egg whites
8 oz. goat cheese
2 oz. butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1. Julienne onions, mushrooms and peppers. Sweat in a large saute pan with butter.
2. Juice lemon into the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Grease baking pan and add vegetable mixture.
4. Add egg whites and place the pan into the oven.
5. Bake for 20 minutes.
6. Pull out of the oven, and stir the contents. The frittata should be partially cooked, and stirring it will help ensure it finishes cooking evenly.
7. Add goat cheese to the top of the egg mixture and return to the […]

The Locati Collection Mountain Home Plans

Late last year, Whitetail Club announced an exclusive partnership with renowned Montana-based architect Jerry Locati. The award-winning Locati has designed countless homes in a number of iconic communities and we are simply thrilled to have his talents now here in McCall.

The program offers three mountain home plans, expertly designed by Locati and available for customization by future Whitetail Club homeowners. He explains: “By participating in this program, the buyer can focus on the fun things; outfitting the kitchen to gourmet standards, adding state-of-the art electronics, selecting cabinetry, flooring, trim and even structural details that fit their budget and taste. The floorplans are designed to easily adapt to the any of Whitetail Club’s homesites, and can be easily expanded to add additional bedrooms or bonus rooms.”

Additional information has now been published, highlighting the details of the three available mountain home plans.

Plan 1 – with 3,606 square feet of living space, this plan offers a manageable option for active families that may be seeking a seasonal second home. Four bedrooms are accompanied by a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a functional mud room and outdoor patios and golf course views.

Plan 2 – the largest plan at 4,347 square feet, this plan boasts 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths in a spacious, open layout. Ideal for the hillside homesites with scenic vista views, this plan offers an expansive covered patio that extends from the double-sided great room fireplace. Other defining features include a private master suite patio and a large entertainment area that is great for a game room or in-home theater.

Plan 3 – with 4,130 square feet of space, this two-story plan offers 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The […]

Top Home Design Trends for 2014

With the New Year newly upon us, architects, designers and builders are looking ahead for fresh inspirations for 2014. Due to their rather permanent nature, home design trends tend to ebb and flow at a slightly slower pace than a number of other evolving practices. Thus identifying the latest and greatest at the start of a new calendar year is a task for the experts.

Here are a few of the top home design trends that are on the radars of custom homebuilders for 2014:

Open Concept Kitchens: Making a transitional shift over the past couple of decades, popularity of the open concept kitchen continues to grow in 2014. As seen above in Whitetail Club’s Lakeview Ridge showcase home, the kitchen is designed to be a gathering space and serves as a focal point of the home. To better complement the look, appliance designers have created products to seamlessly blend into the space and thus make the visual transition into the family room that much easier.

Neutral Dominance: While we have become accustomed to pops of bold, neutral palates are taking over in 2014. Color will still be showcased in smaller doses, but look for homes that trend toward ‘subtle glamour,’ meaning neutral tones with rich details.

Water Saving Standards: While ‘going green’ is nothing new, a number of custom homebuilders and owners are opting for even more water-saving appliances to save both their resources and their money. Touchless faucets have become increasingly popular as they cut down on excess water use, not to mention increase convenience.

To see more on the top trends for 2014, check out the full article on CBS News.

National Geographic Names McCall A Best Secret Ski Town

The secret is officially out. Our beloved town of McCall, Idaho has been named among the Best Secret Ski Towns of North America by National Geographic Adventure! Those that own homes in Whitetail Club and have been coming to McCall for generations know why. Those that have yet to discover the hidden gem are in for an exhilarating treat.

McCall is home to the critically acclaimed Brundage Mountain, a playground for winter sports lovers that happens to be located just minutes from Whitetail Club. What makes it so great for skiers? For starters, Brundage boasts an invigorating 1,800 foot vertical drop and receives more than 300 inches of annual snowfall. Couple that with old-school charm, friendly locals and lift ticket prices that are anything but steep and you are in for an incredible day on the slopes.

Whitetail Club members enjoy ease of access to Brundage, with a complimentary shuttle complete with ski valet assistance to the mountain which is located a short 10 minute drive away. Also in the immediate area Tamarack and the Little Ski Hill are all well-known local ski slopes with fast and fun downhill runs.

Simply put, McCall is a skier’s paradise that is not to be missed. But don’t just take our word for it – see what National Geographic has to say. Click here to read the full article.

Whitetail Club Introduces the Locati Collection

An exciting development has made its way to McCall as award-winning architectural firm Locati and Associates has created three spectacular semi-custom home plans exclusively for Whitetail Club. As shown in the images above, The Locati Collection was imagined by firm principal and renowned Montana-based architect Jerry Locati, who sought to add convenience to the custom designed homes and building process.

The luxurious mountain homes start at 3,500 square feet and can be configured to more than 5,000 square feet of living space. The plans begin with four bedrooms and four and a half baths, and can be customized upwards from there.  All homes are designed to embrace the scenic mountain-lake views for which Whitetail Club is celebrated, and can be adapted to virtually any homesite within the community’s 1,300 acres. Owners can purchase the custom designed home’s floorplan and, if desired, work with Locati or a builder of their choice to make it their own.

We are thrilled to partner with Locati who is a celebrated leader in the high-end residential market. His work has earned him the 2013 American Institute of Architects Merit Award for Design Excellence as well as multiple Best in American Living and Gold Nugget Awards for home designs over the past decade.

For more information on this exciting new program, contact the realty team at 877-634-1725 or complete the online guest registry.