Taste of the Tetons

FALL FOR JACKSON HOLE: Taste of the Tetons is taking place in Jackson's Town Square today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost is $1 per morsel (examples: smoked Tasmanian salmon tartare served on a cucumber chip; tiramisu with espresso sauce in a pumpkin bread bowl drizzled with rum. The event is part of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, through Sept. 16, which includes the ever-popular Quick Draw Art Sale and Auction, a gallery walk and a contemporary art event, as well as the Western Design Conference (307-733-3316; www.jacksonholechamber.com).

Queen spotlighted

THE UNITED KINGDOM is capitalizing on the upcoming movie "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," starring Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I. VisitBritain, the country's tourism promotion organization, has partnered with Universal Pictures to bring the history of Elizabeth: The Golden Age to life with a movie map and special Web site (www.visitbritain.com). Available in October, the map and Web site will showcase locations, destinations and attractions featured in the motion picture. The dedicated Web site will feature in-depth visitor information about Queen Elizabeth I, key destinations and related attractions, a downloadable Elizabeth: The Golden Age-themed movie map, film trailer, and movie and cast information. Beginning in October, the free Elizabeth: The Golden Age movie map will be available by calling the VisitBritain contact center at 800-462-2748.

Some of London's sights that were the most significant to Queen Elizabeth I are Westminster Abbey (www.westminster-abbey.org), where she was buried after her death in 1603; Tower of London (www.hrp.org.uk), where before she was queen she was imprisoned and interrogated at Queen Mary I's request; Whitehall Banqueting House (www.hrp.org.uk), the only remaining part of Whitehall Palace where the queen hosted elaborate banquets and spent nearly a quarter of her reign.

Visitors will also want to stop by the National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk) to see the Tudor Gallery Exhibit. The portraits are shown in chronological order, beginning with a room devoted to the early Tudors and their predecessors. A room housing the collection of early portrait miniatures completes the suite of Tudor Galleries. These exquisite objects include Nicholas Hilliard's earliest portrait of Elizabeth I, painted in 1572, showing the queen bedecked with jewels and flowers, as well as portraits of her courtiers and favorites, including Sir Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh.

E-mail: kclayton@desnews.com

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