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Skip Brunch This Mother's Day

And swing by some of these food- and wine-themed events

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Mother's Day brunch is big business. Restaurant kitchens crank out eggs benny and glazed ham by the truckload as moms sip mimosas in their floral finest. But if you want to ditch the stereotype and shake things up this Mother's Day, there are a number of other food-filled ways to treat your favorite lady.

On Saturday, May 12, The Cake Ballers and Eye Candy Event Design will host a special Mother's Day event to coincide with the Capital City Public Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their headquarters at 720 Idaho St., Ste. 40. Attendees can design a gift box for mom filled with cake balls, macaroons and other candies and take free photos in a booth provided by Two Photography.

Speaking of markets, the East End Market at Bown Crossing will swing back into gear on Mother's Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and continue every Sunday until Oct. 14. Grab a cloth tote and cart mom to Bown to shop for local produce, plant starts, eggs and specialty foods.

If mom is more into local liquids, take her to Sawtooth Winery at 13750 Surrey Lane in Nampa for an afternoon of riesling and syrah sipping. The event will offer samples from multiple Idaho wineries from noon to 5 p.m. and feature mobile grub from B29 Streatery and Archie's Place. Boise Rock School and Amy Weber will provide the tunes while the youngins are entertained with a special appearance by the Sawtooth Yeti. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door, and under-21ers get in free.

Another 2C winery is hosting a similar bash on Mother's Day--Hell's Canyon and sister brand Zhoo Zhoo will have a wine-tasting throwdown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The St. Lawrence Gridiron food truck will be on premises serving a specially designed wine-friendly menu, Purple Sage Farms will sell herbs and kombucha, and there will be booths from McClaskey's Glads, Wine Country Wood Chips and Idaho's Bounty. The first 50 moms in attendance receive a free Zhoo Zhoo's stemless wine glass.

If you'd rather kick it Garden City style, take mom to Payette Brewing Company at 111 W. 33rd St. to celebrate the brewery's first birthday from noon to 8 p.m. In addition to offering lots of suds, there will also be eats from RiceWorks and Calle 75 Street Tacos and mom's first beer is free.

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