First, the bad news. Sweetwater's Tropic Zone closed recently, packing up all the tropical fun just as the weather is threatening to start acting like summer. So long, curried goat. I, for one, shall miss you.
For BW Card holders, that's particularly disappointing news, especially if champagne and the raw bar were just your thing. Following the loss of Sweetwater's, however, a new restaurant is coming onto the BW Card program. The magical mystery dinner tour known as Mystique will be an operational member of the BW Card this week. The Pocatello-based restaurant serves dinner Monday through Saturday by reservation only at its Boise Spectrum location, and if one were to judge a restaurant simply by its slim menu pickins, it looks like a night at Mystique is about the dinner theater-style magic show perhaps a little more than it is about the food. Also new to the BW Card in the very near future is Eddie's Wood Fired Dogs in southeast Boise. Run by the geniuses who brought us Boise Blue Cow (and believe me, anyone with a handful of kids in tow knows exactly how genius the help-yourself frozen yogurt method is), Eddie's smells like a camp fire and offers a menu that reads like an encyclopedia of meats that fit into a hot dog bun. (Mystique: 1410 S. Entertainment Ave., 208-375-2141. Eddies: 2325 Apple St., 208-331-3647.)
And in the DIY department of food, Idaho Preferred, the Department of Ag's program to champion all things local, is starting a cooking class series at Pottery Gourmet this month. Get a lesson on what's grown and raised locally, as well as a tutorial in how to cook it. This month's class is Friday, June 11, with a lesson that includes croquettas, Idaho trout, huckleberries and--of course--potatoes. For the full menu, more information on the class or to register, call Pottery Gourmet at 208-368-0649.
If you fancy yourself quite the chili cook, Skydive Idaho is hosting a chili cook-off Saturday, June 12, 6-7 p.m. Enter your pot of hot stuff for $5 or spectate for free. For information, contact Skydive Idaho at 208-455-0000.