In this edition of Boise Weekly, a yearlong project comes to a close.
This time last year, we made some drastic changes to our Food section, discarding the double restaurant reviews and turning our attention to the Year of Idaho Food, a yearlong examination of what local food is in Idaho--beyond the potato. Boise Weekly's coverage was spearheaded by writer Guy Hand, who ultimately became a driving force behind the Year of Idaho Food with his work not only in Boise Weekly, but also on his blog, Northwest Food News and his Boise State Public Radio segment Edible Idaho.
When Hand and I sat down over breakfast at one of Boise's most-local-centric restaurants one Saturday morning in the fall of 2010 to game plan BW's Year of Idaho Food coverage, we fretted that we wouldn't have enough material to make it through 52 weeks of original content. A year later, the list is as long as it was when we started. Certainly, the more we report on the local-food movement, the more stories we turn up. Although Boise Weekly officially wraps up the Year of Idaho Food with this week's story on Page 25, we have no intention of simply moving on. Throughout 2012, Hand will continue to follow the stories of local food wherever they lead.
Also in this week's issue, I'd point your attention to Citizen. Recently, I found myself breaking down just what the role of the Capital City Development Corporation is for a Boise transplant. Given some of the large-scale projects on the drawing board for the city, it's an interesting time for new leadership at CCDC. BW sat down with the organization's new director, Anthony Lyons, who at first blush, couldn't be more different than his predecessor, Phil Kushlan. Read that interview here.
Finally, congratulations to the winners of Boise Weekly's 10th annual Fiction 101 contest. Your lovely, short-short prose is evidence of the talent that Boise tends to foster, particularly in literary circles, and we're quite happy to share your stories. To our judges, once again, thanks for your time and thoughtfulness.