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Fork Preview, Drinking Made Easy and Eagle Saturday Market

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A sizable crowd gathered outside the Boise City National Bank Building on First Thursday, Feb. 3. The anxious throngs weren't there to gawk at art or swirl nips of local wine, but rather to catch a glimpse inside the recently renovated space that will soon house downtown's newest eatery, Fork. Serving the oh-so-common but difficult to define "Northwest casual cuisine," Fork is a new venture from Cameron Lumsden, former chief operating officer at Flatbread Community Oven.

Though the restaurant's interior is mostly empty, save for a number of polished wood tables and chairs, the renovation has gone a long way in changing the vibe of the once chilly space. Warm wood paneling wraps around the building's stately marble columns, and soft light falls across the long, wrap-around bar and ample, ceiling-reaching wood shelves. The revamp seems to reflect Fork's more laid-back, comfort-food-focused menu.

Items like seared lollipop lamb chops and rosemary Parmesan french fries rub up against chicken pot pies, local ale-braised short ribs, and buttermilk-fried chicken and cheddar waffles. The focus, according to Lumsden, is on local and seasonal produce, and regionally raised meats and fish.

Fork will officially open on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 21. 199 N. Eighth St., 208-287-1700, boisefork.com.

If watching other people get tanked is your idea of a good time, tune into HDNet on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. to watch Zane Lamprey--the dude with the sweetest gig and most overworked liver in television--take on the Boise booze scene. Host of Drinking Made Easy, Lamprey stopped into the City of Trees to sample a 10-minute martini at Chandlers Steakhouse and some locally distilled hooch from Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery, as well as to challenge his buddy Steve McKenna to a back-seat french fry eating contest. For an HDNet channel finder, visit drinkingmade-easy.com.

The Eagle Saturday Market is accepting vendor applications for its weekly art and farmers market, which kicks off on Saturday, April 16, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 15, at Heritage Park in downtown Eagle.

The Eagle Arts Commission, which hosts the market, is seeking purveyors of fine art, crafts, local produce, herbs, flowers, pottery and more. Applications can be downloaded at eaglearts.org and a vendor meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle City Hall. For more info, call 208-921-0477 or e-mail eagleartscommission@gmail.com.

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