Change is afoot in the Food section. Last week, we welcomed Guy Hand to Boise Weekly with his first piece, "The Grub Chronicles," which introduced the Year of Idaho Food.
For those who don't know Hand, here's the short version: He's the brains behind online food and agriculture magazine Northwest Food News, the voice of Boise State Public Radio's "Edible Idaho" and former restaurant critic for the Idaho Statesman. (For the long version--the one that includes his hardship stint as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit photographer--check out Citizen on Page 10.)
Starting this week, Hand will publish one piece each week for a year in tandem with the Year of Idaho Food, a year-long, hyper-local, community-driven dialogue on food in Idaho, conceived by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. I suspect that as 2011 finds its stride, you'll start to hear a lot more about the Year of Idaho Food. Hand's "Edible Idaho" on Boise State Public Radio will offer weekly stories on the Year of Idaho Food, events are planned throughout the year in conjunction with the project, and Monday, Sept. 5, has been named the Day of Idaho Food. But it's not just a giant media/locavore lovefest. Many of the stories you'll read or hear in this series are about the ways in which we can circumvent the industrial food system, but many explore the economic, cultural and social challenges of doing so. And perhaps most importantly, anyone is invited to contribute--even you, BW readers. Submissions are being accepted for stories, photographs and videos of food and agriculture in Idaho. Visit nwfoodnews.com and click on "Year of Idaho Food" for submission guidelines.
Between Hand and the Year of Idaho Food, there's much to ... ahem, digest ... about our changing food coverage, and I'll continue to walk you through the evolution of the Food space in the weeks to come.
One final note on this edition: Congratulations to the winners of the ninth annual Fiction 101 contest. For the first year ever, we'll ask our winners to read their prize-winning entries for an audience. That'll go down First Thursday in February at Rediscovered Bookshop. Details at boiseweekly.com and in coming editions of Boise Weekly.