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Cucina di Paolo Launches Food Truck at Boise Farmers Market

And Sweet Valley Organics hosts Outstanding in the Field


Bench Italian eatery Cucina di Paolo is shaking up the street eats scene by launching a "Mobile Response Unit" at the new Boise Farmer's Market, Saturday, April 6. (For more on BFM, see Citydesk.)

"We were enlisted by Karen Ellis along with Janie Burns, who is the president of the new Farmer's Market, to consider bringing our truck down each Saturday morning and serving breakfast from 9-11 a.m., and then a light lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.," said chef Paul Wegner.

When the truck is at the Boise Farmer's Market--in the parking lot on 10th and 11th streets between Front and Grove streets--it will be called the Boise Farmer's Market Cafe.

"We're going to be using the products from the market," said Wegner.

Wegner and his wife, Mary Jean, were some of the founding members of the Capital City Public Market, where they sold prepared lasagnas and chicken pot pies. Now, they'll be slinging those same foods along with fresh-cooked fare at BFM.

"The new market, the idea is to go back to our roots--our food-centric roots--which is what the other market kind of got away from," said Wegner.

The truck will also roll out to other events and locales, but those details have yet to be nailed down.

Moving from a farmers market in a parking lot to Outstanding in the Field, the celebrated pop-up dinner tour will rumble into Sweet, Idaho, Saturday, July 20.

Founded in 1999, Outstanding in the Field dinners have taken place on farms and mountaintops, as well as inside refurbished barns and sea caves. For OITF's first foray into Idaho, it will set up its long tables at Sweet Valley Organics, where James Beard-nominated chef Taite Pearson and Sarah Lipton from Della Mano in Ketchum will dish up locally sourced fare. Tickets are $180 a pop.

Speaking of unique culinary experiences, Taste 208 is hosting a few dinners before its main event Saturday, April 13, at the Powerhouse Event Center. A five-course winemaker's dinner is slated for Thursday, April 4, at 13th Street Pub and Grill, and a five-course distiller's dinner highlighting local spirits will take place Thursday, April 11, at Fork. Tickets are $75 a person and available by calling 208-331-3400.