If you’re a thrill-seeking foodie who loves adventure, then the Main Salmon Wilderness Gourmet is your perfect getaway. Combining exciting Class III whitewater with beautiful mountain scenery, and riverside gourmet meals, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better way to “do it all” than on an OARS Wilderness Gourmet trip.
Chef: Michael Trevors aka Rhody
Vintner: Precept Wine, Pacific Northwest
Chef Rhody comes to our Wilderness Gourmet trip with over 30 years of gourmet experience and has cooked in some of the finest establishments in the country. Classically French-trained, his repertoire transcends many cultures and ethnicities. He has been a regular chef on our Middle Fork wine trips for many years and always garners rave reviews with his wild, Idaho-centric menu featuring trout, duck, and buffalo. When not on the river, he can be found cooking backstage at many popular festivals in the nation for some of the best musicians around. Personable and full of colorful stories, Chef Rhody adds a fun element while offering fresh, made-to-order dinners in challenging environments.
As the Pacific Northwest’s largest, privately held wine producer, Precept Wine has over 30 years of experience in the industry resulting in more than 800 combined best buys and scores over 90 points. Founded in 2003 by Andrew Browne and Dan Baty, Precept is a world-class wine producer with vineyards in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and New Mexico.
About This Trip
Spend your days on the Main Salmon running exciting whitewater and hiking to breathtaking locations you only get to experience from the river, as your guides provide you with a deep well of knowledge about the history, geology, and archeological importance of your surroundings. You may even get the chance to soak in a hot spring. When you stop for a delicious picnic lunch, perhaps you’ll join in on a river game or simply soak up the sun on the sandy beach. As you make your way downriver, the time spent on the Salmon is sure to leave you in awe. And hungry. But don’t worry, for your inner foodie the best is yet to come….
After pulling into camp for the day, everyone will unload the rafts, and you can find the perfect spot to set up your tent for the night. Get cozy, and then make your way over to start sampling delicious Precept wines, perfectly paired with delectable h’ordeuvres. You can join the chair circle to continue getting to know your newfound friends, or you might decide to break out your gear and fish for trout. Soon, Chef Rhody will have a meal prepared, guaranteed to knock your Chacos off.
Be ready to have Chef Rhody wow you with his gourmet brilliance, serving up dishes made with fresh, local ingredients that put a spotlight on the best Idaho has to offer. You’ll sit at linen-draped, candlelit tables with your fellow rafters and break bread. The conversation will be flowing, as will the wine, and an abundance of laughter will fill the air. As you head to bed with a satisfied stomach and happy heart, you’ll ponder the memories made that day as the mellifluous river lulls you to sleep.