This Week’s PLANET Picks

By on March 18, 2015

In the name of the horn

Photo credit: Amanda White

Photo: Amanda White

Jackson, Wyoming – When Amanda White traveled to South Africa for a course on wildlife ranger training, her close encounters with its indigenous animals sparked a newfound love. She would soon learn, however, that the rhinos and elephants she was enamored with face an uncertain, often horrific fate.

“Many animals [in Africa] are victim to illegal wildlife trade,” White said. “[Rhinos and elephants] are critical to the African ecosystem and are on a course for extinction in our lifetime.”

White detailed the gruesome slaughter that many of these animals endure at the hands of wildlife poachers, who peddle rhino horns in Asian countries, where some people still falsely maintain that the horns are an aphrodisiac and cure for diseases.

“Many times they are still alive while poachers take machetes and chain saws to their faces,” she said.

In preparation for her third trip to South Africa, where White is volunteering with a conservation project, she is throwing a fundraiser for Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center. Money raised will go directly to Hoedspruit’s efforts to raise awareness and provide education, wildlife rehabilitation and anti-poaching teams.

Hope for the horn

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24

Where: Town Square Tavern

Wallet: Bring cash for a silent auction

Info: [email protected]

 

The Lucky ingredient

Photo credit: Caroline Zieleniewski

Photo: Caroline Zieleniewski

It’s no secret that organic, local foods enhance our health and are good for the planet, but price tags on wholesome fare limit its accessibility for a lot of working folk. The new Lucky’s Market, opening in Jackson Hole this week, will help shift this pricey paradigm.

The Boulder, Colorado-based grocery chain of about 15 stores, which champions local, organic, sustainable and traditionally crafted foods, while also selling mainstream items, celebrates its grand opening Wednesday at 974 West Broadway.

But don’t let Lucky’s grocery chain stature fool you – a key component to the company’s culture is peddling local fare. At least 10 percent of the products on its shelves will be sourced from valley vendors.

“We make good quality food attainable and affordable to everyone, that’s something that is new to this community,” said Bob Millsap, store director for the Jackson Hole Lucky’s.

Millsap quips that he was literally born into the grocery business. From the age of 12, he worked in his family’s grocery stores. After college, he became director of grocery merchandising at Wild Oats Markets and then head of operations at Sunflower Markets before consulting for and running Jackson Whole Grocer until last year. The Lucky’s store director, a.k.a. KHOL’s The Hole Enchilada, gleams when discussing one of the market’s key features: “Our produce department is huge,” he said. “We always have an abundant variety of fresh produce at fabulous prices. It’s the first thing you see as you enter the store.”

In addition to a chromatic spread of fruits and veggies, Millsap noted that Lucky’s offers lunch deals such as two slices of hand-tossed pizza for $4, a salad bar at $6.99 a pound, sandwiches starting at $4.99, and half a sandwich and soup for $5.99.

Millsap also is anticipating the popularity of Lucky’s meat department, reminiscent of an old-school butcher shop. “We smoke our own bacon,” he said. “That is a key signature item for us.”

Lucky’s commitment to all things local includes a partnership with Jackson nonprofits. During its grand opening today, Lucky’s will present $20,000 in donations to Friends of Pathways, Community Resource Center and Vertical Harvest. One day a month the market also will donate 10 percent of its sales to a local nonprofit.

Lucky’s Market Grand Opening and bacon-cutting ceremony

When: 10 a.m., Wednesday

Where: 974. W. Broadway (Whole Grocer’s old location)

Wallet: Free

Info: www.luckysmarket.com

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