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Crooked Flats and 3 Girls Truckin' Open

Plus updates on Taste 208 and the Shore Lodge Culinary Festival

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Longtime local catering company 3 Girls Catering has gone mobile with a new food truck dubbed 3 Girls Truckin'. According to co-owner Gretchen Pelsma, the truck is going a different route than other local food trucks.

"I don't know if we're ever going to have a set menu," said Pelsma. "We're going to do whatever is local and fresh that weekend."

Recent menu items have included a breakfast burrito with pork carnitas, peppers, caramelized onions and scrambled eggs, along with a waldorf chicken wrap with a side of mac 'n' cheese. But you're not likely to find 3 Girls Truckin' parked on the street serving the lunch crowd.

"We've talked to food truck people that are successful here and they have a lot more success doing big events than sitting on the side of the road waiting for people to show up," said Pelsma. "So we're already booked for [Idaho] Green Fest and Taste 208."

For more info on 3 Girls Truckin', visit facebook.com/3girlstruckin.

Speaking of Taste 208, the wine, beer and spirits tasting event has moved outdoors this year to Hyde Park on Eastman Street between 12th and 13th streets. The event will take place Saturday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and include ample booze samples along with a limited amount of free snacks. Food will be available for purchase from 13th Street Pub & Grill and Parilla.

This year's event also includes a $55 per person VIP Lounge, and a $5 after party at 13th Street Pub at 10 p.m. with acoustic bands, drink specials and an after-hours food buffet.

For more info on Taste 208, visit taste208event.com.

In other food event news, McCall's Shore Lodge is hosting a Culinary Festival Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6. The three-day gastronomic get-together includes a cooking class and a chef's reception Friday night. On Saturday, four Idaho chefs--including Shore Lodge Chef Steve Topple, Fork/Alavita Chef Wiley Earl and Bardenay Chef Travis Levi--will square off in a Chopped-style competition to be crowned Culinary King Of The Mountain. Other festival events include a wine education class and a winemaker's dinner featuring Owen Roe wines.

Ticket packages are $699 per couple or $499 per person and include admission to all events along with a two-night stay at Shore Lodge. There are also Total A La Carte Package tickets available for $247.55 and Winemaker's Dinner tickets for $119.83.

For more info, call 208-634-2244 or visit shorelodge.com.

In brews news, Crooked Fence Brewing announced it will be expanding its empire to the former Woodriver Cellars location at 3705 Hwy. 16 in Eagle. The new space has been dubbed Crooked Flats and will house Crooked Fence's brewing facilities and offices, along with a tasting room, a restaurant and a grassy outdoor event space. The vineyards surrounding Crooked Flats will be developed into housing.

"We're looking more at creating more of an estate-style brewery or an attraction where people can come here and spend the majority of their day," said Crooked Fence's Kelly Knopp. "So we're actually not focusing on getting bigger to go outside the state, or getting more draft handles, we're trying to be a little more self-reliant where we have the facility and the capability of having Crooked Fence fans drink our beer and just be a little bit more self-sufficient that way."

Knopp confirmed that the Crooked Fence Barrelhouse will remain open at 5181 N. Glenwood St. and that the brewery is hoping to keep its tap room at 5242 W. Chinden Blvd. open, as well.

"There's a couple of permits we have to make work with the federal government to have that many locations, but it's looking like we're going to be able to do it," said Knopp.

The Crooked Flats restaurant will be open Wednesday through Sunday and serve an upscale pub menu, including local elk finger steaks, lamb sliders and a seared ahi salad.

The space also plans to host outdoor concerts featuring local and national touring acts.

"We're making good on the promises that were made prior to us buying it," said Knopp. "So there's about 12 weddings we have to get through this summer. Going into next summer, we're going to do less weddings and more concert series and special events."

The Crooked Flats Grand Opening party goes down Saturday, March 29, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., with live music from Dan Costello and Hillfolk Noir.

For more info, visit the Crooked Flats Facebook page.

In local wine news, Garden City's Coiled Wines was named 2014 Idaho Winery of the Year by WinePress Northwest. Coiled, which shares space with Cinder Wines and Telaya Wine Co. in the 44th Street Wineries warehouse, is owned by Leslie Preston and has received numerous accolades for its dry riesling.

"[Preston's] 2012 Dry Riesling ranked as one of the Pacific Northwest's best last year, landing at No. 44 on The Seattle Times' top 50 wines of 2013 after winning best of show at the Idaho Wine Competition," wrote Eric Degerman of Wine Press Northwest.

In other Idaho wine news, there's a new documentary in the works called Idaho Wine, From Bud to Taste Bud.

According to the doc's website, "This feature length documentary will explore from bud to tastebud--including culinary features. It will highlight the past and fruitful future, as well as educate and explore modern agricultural, specifically viticultural, practices by seamlessly blending the voices of those whose lives are impacted by the Idaho wine industry."

The film is being directed and edited by Drew Allen and produced by his wife, Rhea Allen, president and CEO of Peppershock Media. They plan to release the documentary this fall.