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Bacon and Brewforia Bown Announce Openings

Plus the Idaho Foodbank's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

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Chef John Berryhill is pretty stoked about bacon. So stoked that he's opening a new bistro named after the porky product on Wednesday, May 11, adjacent to his fine-dining spot Berryhill and Co.

Bacon will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving sandwiches, salads and soups alongside eight to 10 different types of bacon. But if you still question Berryhill's "porkseverance," check out a Youtube video he posted of himself talking about bacon in various accents. Some highlights include the Italian mobster: "Berryhill, Bacon, Boise. Es three words, but es one thing, ehh?" The Irishman: "Thirty-three percent more flavor than the competition." Or the sideways-cap hick: "My mama always sid that bacon wuz the best way to a girl's heart. Well, I never did get the girl because I guess I always ate tha bacon mysaelf." To watch the video, visit youtube.com/user/johnelvinberryhill.

In other opening news, Brewforia hopes to open its second location in Bown Crossing on Friday, May 6. The spot will feature 600-700 bottled beers and 10 rotating taps, which will always include at least one nitro, one cider and one local beer. The restaurant will also expand the Brewforia-Meridian menu to include more than just pizza and wings.

"It'll be a different menu. We're still working on it right now," said Brewforia-Bown owner Chris Oates. "The main concept is taking the flatbread that we have out at the current location and turning them into sandwiches, essentially. And we'll also be adding some other small plates."

In more feel-good food news, the Idaho Foodbank is preparing for the 19th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. The event, which is the country's largest single-day food drive, takes place on Saturday, May 14. Residents are asked to leave a bag of non-perishable foods--including items like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice and cereal--next to their mailbox to be picked up by postal workers. The Stamp Out Hunger donations, which accounted for 27 percent of all the food-drive food collected last year, is then sorted by Idaho Foodbank volunteers. To volunteer for this event, contact Cathe Scott at volunteerservices@idahofoodbank.org.