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Food advocates from across the state will convene at the Riverside Hotel Tuesday, Oct. 28, for the 2014 Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security, put on by the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Janey Thornton, U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, along with luncheon speaker Hattie Kauffman, a former correspondent and news anchor for ABC and CBS and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho.

Workshops include "Blueprint for Idaho: Snapshot of Today, Picture of Tomorrow," a discussion centered on whether Idaho is ready for a state plan to address food security, and "Local Idaho Food Systems," a workshop that highlights community and state partnerships and programs that improve local food access and support farmers and producers.

For more information and to register, visit idahohunger.org.

Speaking of food conferences, Boise State University will host The African Culinary Heritage Conference, an examination of "African food as a lens into Pan-African heritage, culture, influence and well-being." The event will take place Friday, Nov. 14, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Boise State Student Union Building's Simplot and Jordan Ballrooms; and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 4:30-10:30 p.m. at The Powerhouse Events Center.

For more information and to register, visit sspa.boisestate.edu/anthropology/african-culinary-conference.

Speaking of African cuisine, an array of new businesses--including The Gurage, an Eritrean and Ethiopian grocery, and Loba African Fashion and Fresh Produce--are now open at the Boise International Market, located at 5823 W. Franklin Road. Other open shops include Gorkha, a Bhutanese-Nepali grocery featuring Asian staples like rice, dal and gundruk; and Sarah's Market, a Middle Eastern market offering Arabic women's clothing and household goods. For more information on The Boise International Market, visit boiseinternationalmarket.com.

In other opening news, the former Green Chile space at 5616 W. State St. has officially been transformed into The Local. The spot has plenty of windows to let in natural light, an array of dark wood tables and a long, sleek bar with glassware hung upside down from minimalist shelves.

The menu includes options like shredded pork street tacos for $3 each, or a cheese board with five small-batch cheeses, bread and accoutrements for $18. Local beers include Edge Brewing Co.'s Odelay Vienna Lager and Woodland Empire's Hall and Oatsmeal Stout, both $5. For more on The Local, visit facebook.com/thelocalboise.