Chris Kastner, CK’s Real Food
Chris Kastner of CK’s Real Food makes eating and buying local the theme of his Hailey restaurant. He also believes in sustainability, which is why he grows a garden behind the dining room, where berries and vegetables are frozen and canned for year-round use. Vegetable waste is composted and used as fertilizer.
“Local food is more than just flavor and for a chef the fresher you can get it the easier it is to make great food because you don’t have to do much to it.”
Big delivery trucks aren’t the norm at CK’s Real Food. Over the years, farmers from Shoshone to Emmett have grown accustomed to coming through the back door of Kastner’s kitchen to hawk their goods.
“They deliver a couple of times a week so I talk to them at least two to four times a week. We have four or five of them that we support and they come around and it is really fun. It’s a good relationship.”
The results of this labor of love? An eclectic and seasonal menu that might feature anything from squash blossoms from Kastner’s garden to trout and figs grown in Hagerman to Lava Lake Lamb and beef from northwest-based Double R Ranch.