July – where did you come from? So stealth you are, showing up out of the blue (flyby June, you are also to blame). Despite our delayed reaction to full-swing summer, we realized we still have a lot to look forward to, particularly this month.
For starters, July signals the start of the Jackson Hole Farmers Market. Last weekend’s debut bodes well for a bountiful summer. We brought a bevy of new treats, from walnut-glazed morning rolls to trays of focaccia squares and our summer-only sesame semolina bread (the perfect picnic loaf). Every weekend will see new specials – this Saturday, we’ll bake monkey bread, croissant dough folded with sweet spices and chocolate nibs into pie-shaped loaves. Be sure to stop by; we sit across from the western flank of Mountain Trails Gallery on Deloney Street.
Then on Sunday, our pastries will participate in the first Modern in the Mountains home tour of six contemporary homes around downtown Jackson. This initial installment will be followed by a second batch on August 17. The tour runs from noon to 5pm on Sunday, and costs $30 per person per tour or $50 for two tours (dually defined as one person attending both July and August tours, or two people attending the same tour, as in friends going together Sunday). Persephone treats will greet tour-goers in the featured homes. To buy tickets or for more information, visit the Modern in the Mountains website.
On July 24, we are thrilled to be playing a small part in a star-studded night benefitting the Center for the Arts, featuring the Pat Metheny Unity Group and Bruce Hornsby with Sonny Emory. We are amazed by this musical mashup: jazz great Metheny has nabbed 20 Grammies and Americana adventurer Hornsby brings his widely diverse chops to the stage. On tour together, these revered troubadours will be feted with a full evening event in Jackson, starting with a cocktail reception in the Center Lobby at 7pm with light hors d’oeuvres donated by Fine Dining Restaurant Group. The concert begins at 8pm. After the show, we will pass desserts paired with champagne. As a Center benefit, tickets cost $350 for orchestra seats, $250 for the first two rows of the balcony and $150 for the rest of the balcony. With only a handful of seats remaining, buy yours at the Center box office.
The next day, July 25, we dive into a truly special dining experience: a two-night-only pop-up restaurant featuring Lebanese cuisine prepared by beloved Jackson architect Nona Yehia (who, among her many accolades including Vertical Harvest, designed our cafe). Lemons & Parsley, a Beirut bistro at Persephone, will only exist for two evenings – July 25 and 26 – and feature a panoply of savory specialties – imagine an endless mezze followed by family-style platters of red snapper and lamb. The set menu will cost $65 per person, plus a cocktail-wine pairing for an additional $30. With room for only 36 guests per night, we will start accepting reservations this weekend; book your seat online.
Beyond our boldface appearances, we have also donated our goods to a variety of good causes. For the Jackson Hole Art Fair, we have provided all of the supplies for Dancers’ Workshop’s lemonade stand (the Art Fair runs from Thursday through Sunday at Miller Park). On Sunday, look for our donated auction lot at the Tanzania Sundowner, an evening hosted by InterConnections 21 to support Jackson students building a library on the Maasai Steppe and featuring acclaimed author Alexandra Fuller (buy tickets here). A night not to be missed (and the perfect cap to an afternoon spent touring modern abodes).
July, in spite of our shock at your sudden arrival, we’re ready for you!