Friday, April 3, 2015

State and Lemp's Kris Komori Nominated for People's Best New Chef

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Kris Komori examines a bundle of Chinese long beans at Boise's Orient Market.
  • Kris Komori examines a bundle of Chinese long beans at Boise's Orient Market.

Food and Wine
recently released its anticipated 2015 Best New Chefs list. To coincide with that, the magazine also announced 100 People's Best New Chefs from 10 regions across the United States: California, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York Area, Northwest & Pacific, Southeast and Southwest.

Kris Komori, chef de cuisine at Boise’s State & Lemp, was nominated in the Northwest & Pacific region.
Here’s why Food and Wine thinks Komori is amazing:

“Because he left Portland, Oregon, for Boise, Idaho, where he’s taking the town’s tiny, burgeoning dining scene to new heights: Each night, his single five-course tasting menu combines seasonal elements with, as he puts it, 'tons of cool textures' (and colors and flavors) in dishes such as scallop with pea puree, grilled apricots, salted plums and truffle oil.”

They also named Komori's "quintessential dish," which Boise Weekly readers might recognize from our recent Asian Fish Cook-Off: Sake-cured sardine with ground cherries, leek ash meringue and puffed wild rice

Voting is currently open to the public to crown The People’s Best New Chef in each region. You can vote for Komori until Wednesday, April 8 by clicking here. Results will be announced Thursday, April 9. 
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Photos: Boise Fry Co. and Guru Donuts Hold Friends and Family Night at New Downtown Location

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 10:54 AM

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Outside, the fog was dense but inside the new shared location of Boise Fry Co. and Guru Donuts, the air was thick with the smell of french fries and the sound of James Orr performing.

With its high ceilings, exposed brick and shiny metal surfaces, what was once home to Le Cafe de Paris (204 N. Capitol Blvd.) has been transformed from a Parisian-style eatery to a moody, strategically lit hangout. Paper bags filled with coffee lined one wall near Guru's side, while taps of house-brewed sodas with unusual flavors like apple pie lined another on BFC's.

Stay tuned for more information about an official opening.

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  • The Guru
A Boise Fry Co. cook gives a thumbs-up - HARRISON BERRY
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  • A Boise Fry Co. cook gives a thumbs-up

Bags of backlit coffee line one wall. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Bags of backlit coffee line one wall.
James Orr dishes with a Guru employee - HARRISON BERRY
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  • James Orr dishes with a Guru employee

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Get'cher Free Pizza in Meridian at Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Blaze a trail to the Village at Meridian today for a free pizza from new-to-Idaho build-your-own pizza chain, Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza.

To celebrate its grand opening in the Gem State, the California-based chain is offering a free 11-inch pie to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.The promotion runs today, Friday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Blaze Pizza features an assembly-line format that allows customers to create their own thin-crust pizzas from ingredients like applewood bacon, arugula, cherry tomatoes, gorgonzola and fresh basil. The pizzas are cooked in a hot, open-flame oven and are ready to eat in three minutes. The Meridian location also features wine and craft beer, along with gluten-free dough and vegan cheese for those with dietary restrictions.

A Blaze media reps say the chain has hired extra staff for today’s promotion “so the line will move quickly, ensuring a limited wait time for guests.” The chain’s free pizza record is 1,773 pies, a number the company hopes to top today.

Blaze Pizza is located in the Village at Meridian, 2206 North Eagle Road, between Chipotle and Noodles and Co.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Saint Lawrence Gridiron is the home of tasty grub and occasionally free outdoor movies. This time, they're showing Dead Poets Society, a tribute no doubt to the recently deceased actor/comedy legend Robin Williams. 

Gather your friends and head over late in the evening as the movie will begin around 9:30 p.m. There is no fee for the screening, but if you have any common decency you'll probably order something off the menu since you're taking up their patio space. 

FREE. 9:30 p.m. Saint Lawrence Gridiron, 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-830-7030,

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Take the opportunity to enrich your life with culture at the Festival of India. 

The event features ancient Indian dance, drama and music and yes, there is an authentic buffet. Bring your friends and enjoy a leisurely Sunday evening - George Harrison would be proud. 

6:45 p.m. FREE. Boise Hare Krishna Temple, 1615 Martha St., Boise, 208-344-4274,
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

"I'm tired," you say to yourself. "Tired of pickles not having their own festival." I've got some good news for you, friend. 

It just so happens that the Corn and Pickle Festival is going down at Vogel Farms Country Market and you're invited. You can get your fill of pony rides, egg washing demos, hay rides and barbecue, among other things. No word on whether there will be a Corn vs. Pickle showdown, but if there is, brace yourself. 

10 a.m. FREE. Vogel Farms Country Market, 9501 Robinson Road, Kuna, 208-466-6928,
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Do you like to nosh? Are you fond of sipping?

You can do both of those things, as well as listen to jazz, at the McCall Jazz Festival Nosh and Sip, an event hosted by Curtis Stigers that benefits the Shepherd's Home. You'll also get to meet the musicians. It will be like VH1's Behind the Music, except you're right there when it all goes down. 

6:45 p.m. $75-$130, Rupert's at the Hotel McCall, 1101 N. Third St., McCall, 208-634-8108,
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

You know what stinks? Rotten tomatoes. No, not the movie rating website, the crop. Nothing is worse than perfectly good produce gone bad. So how do you manage to get the most out of your haul?

Learn how to properly harvest the fabulous fruit as well as pick up recipes at Preserving Tomatoes: Methods & Recipes, presented by the North End Organic Nursery. Now there's no excuse for not having the best salsa at the party. 

6 p.m. FREE. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769,
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

You love pancakes, and they love you. If you don't believe it, pinch the extra, unnecessary layer of fat protecting your vital organs—that's all carbs, baby.

A few more won't hurt, especially when they are consumed in conjunction with a rodeo, in this case, the Snake River Stampede. A parade will follow shortly after the morning meal. You don't have to ride a raging bull while you enjoy breakfast, but the more spirited attendees may find this to be a memorable occasion.

7 a.m. $3-$5. Downtown Nampa, 12th  Avenue and First Street.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Saint Lawrence Gridiron Resurrects Outdoor Movie Night

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

705 W. Bannock St. has changed hands a few times, to say the least. In days of yore, past establishments took advantage of the outside wall and projected movies for the enjoyment of restaurant patrons and passers by. And now, Saint Lawrence Gridiron is bringing movie night back in all its summer cinema glory. 

Order some food, drinks, snuggle up to the one you love or sit alone in a sophisticated manner and watch The Royal Tenenbaums this evening. There is no cost for the film viewing but for Pete's sake, if you're going to sit in their space order some food (also, order it because it's really good). Having fun on a weeknight is kind of like stealing a base - if you're good and loose, you can pull it off. Tonight, steal that base. 

9:30. FREE. Saint Lawrence Gridiron, 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-433-5598,
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