The People’s Banquet, Featuring Steven Rinella

The People’s Banquet reprises the foodie event of the year in Jackson Hole’s premier performing arts center for a celebration of the local food system. The evening begins with cocktails and hor d’ouevres, followed, at 6:30 p.m., by a presentation by renowned hunter/gatherer Steven Rinella. After an onstage interview with Whit Fosburgh, CEO / President of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and Q&A from the audience, the banquet begins at 8:00.


Steven Rinella will keynote the 2016 People’s Banquet, Jackson Hole’s “foodie event of the year.”

Tickets for The People’s Banquet featuring Steven Rinella are available here. Both food and Mr. Rinella’s presentation are included in the cost of the ticket. Alcohol is not.

An avid outdoorsman, award-winning author (The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine; Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter; American Buffalo) and host of the popular TV show MeatEater, Mr. Rinella is one of the country’s fiercest proponents of America’s public lands heritage.

Rinella’s presentation will shine a light on the conservation ethos of hunters and anglers, our public lands as an American birthright and responsibility, and two cornerstones of Jackson Hole’s food heritage: hunting and fishing.

After his presentation, Rinella will be interviewed by Fosburgh, who joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as president and CEO in June 2010. His organization currently represents a coalition of 42 partners with a mission of guaranteeing quality places for Americans to hunt and fish.

Both Rinella and Fosburgh were instrumental to the creation of the Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation.

Whit Fosburgh by Dusan Smetana

Whit Fosburgh. Mr. Fosburgh, President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, will interview Mr. Rinella as part of the 2016 People’s Banquet. Photo: Dusan Smetana

In June 2015, at The Conservation Recreation Summit in Grand Teton National Park, Fosburgh shared a video of Rinella discussing The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation—a set of principles that has guided wildlife management and conservation decisions in the United States and Canada since 2001—with Summit participants, who agreed that a similar set of principles could be applied for the benefit of outdoor recreation and conservation interests alike.

The resulting Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation were introduced at the 2015 SHIFT Festival and have since been adopted by organizations around the country.

In his career, Rinella has spoken to a wide range of audiences about his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer. With humor and irreverence, he discusses the hunting lifestyle, wild game, the ethics of hunting, and the spiritual need for wilderness.

His talks are punctuated with stories of amazing and sometimes absurd adventures, such as getting poisoned by wild mushrooms, charged by a grizzly, bowled over by a moose, and nearly crushed by a wild boar that fell from the sky under very strange circumstances in the central highlands of the Philippines’ Luzon Island.

Rinella’s numerous books have been awarded the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. American Buffalo was named one of the best fifty non-fiction books of 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle.

SHIFT’s popular celebration of the local food system, The People’s Banquet pairs local chefs with local farmers, cheese makers, bakers and brewers to create small plates sourced from local ingredients to create the most delicious evening in Jackson Hole.

Tickets for all elements of The 2016 SHIFT Festival can be found here.


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