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Inaugural Sunnyslope Food and Wine Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

And Paleo Shack brings parsnips to the people

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Food truck fans tired of sliders and fried spuds now have a healthier option. The Paleo Shack debuted its mostly organic lean meats and local veggies at the first anniversary of the Food Truck Rally Sept. 6.

"The whole idea is to give people the option to eat healthy when they're on the run," said Paleo Shack co-owner Brandon Rogers. "Especially for people that are trying to stay away from gluten and grains and dairy."

Paleo Shack's menu is a three-step process. First, you select from an assortment of baked veggies like Brussels sprouts, kale, beets, parsnips or sweet potatoes. Then, you pick a protein such as grass-fed lean flank steak or wild Pacific-caught mahi mahi. And finally, you choose a sauce to drizzle on top, like coconut cream horseradish, Carolina barbecue or salsa verde.

"Everything is baked, and then right before it's served, it's all flash-fried ... on a grill with coconut oil," said Rogers.

John Tansey, Rogers' business partner, will be manning Paleo Shack's kitchen.

"So far, we're just doing events," said Rogers. "We're working on finding a permanent location but that might not happen until next spring."

Rogers and Tansey ultimately hope to have three kiosk-style Paleo Shack locations around the Treasure Valley and eventually expand into California.

You can find the Paleo Shack at the Idaho Health, Beauty and Fitness Fair Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, at Expo Idaho. For more info, visit thepaleoshack.com.

And moving from workout grub to wine, Caldwell is hosting the inaugural Sunnyslope Food and Wine Festival from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16. The grape fest will feature three days of wine-tasting, local food and live music.

Friday and Saturday tasting stops include: Huston Vineyards, Bitner Vineyards, HAT Ranch Winery, Williamson Orchards and Vineyards and The Spot Pavilion in Marsing. On both days at 6 p.m., there will also be special winemaker dinners offered.

On Sunday, the party moves to Ste. Chapelle Winery for an afternoon of wine, local vendors, raffles and a performance by American Idol second runner-up Kimberley Locke.

No parking is available at the wineries, but a free festival shuttle will transport participants from the Sienna Hills parking area, located off Karcher Road between S. Indiana Ave. and S. Florida Ave. Attendees can also buy a shuttle ride to Caldwell for $15 per day or $40 for the weekend.

Tickets range from $30-$150 for all three days. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit sunnyslopefestival.com.

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