B-Town in Hi-Def
Pizzalchik's tie-dye-wearing, drum-banging chef and owner, Brad Breakell, received a visit from the film crew of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" last week. The organic PizzleDrizzle ale flowed freely as a crowd of regulars celebrated with Breakell's staff and family while the film crew focused on Pizzalchik's hand-tossed pizzas and addictive, house-made ingredients like elk sausage and roasted jalapeno poppers. With blinding portable stage lights and a boom mike in hand, the popular Food Network show's host, Guy Fieri, and crew also covered six other area holes-in-the-wall, like the kitschy Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine and the Basque hangout Bar Gernika, as well as Westside Drive In, Rick's Press Room in Meridian, The Orchard House in Caldwell and the Kodiak Grill atop Highway 21 between Lucky Peak and Idaho City. Fieri says to look for the Boise episodes in about two months; featured shop owners should know the exact date in about a month. And expect these favorite Boise hideouts to be packed in the very near future.
On the Up and Coming
Boise Art Museum's 22nd annual Beaux Arts Wine Festival is on the horizon. Get your best black ready for Friday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. Steve Eaton provides the tunes while you sample your way through decadent appetizers and sip on a few short pours from more than 250 wines. Tickets are $40 per person at BAM's gift shop, or get them at the door or online at idahotickets.com for $50. More info at boiseartmuseum.org.
Consider the festival to be the training event for the annual Culinary Walk-About the following week. Thursday, April 9, 6-9 p.m. is the 12th annual benefit for Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to homebound seniors in Ada and Elmore counties. Participating restaurants include Bistro Italia Steakhouse, Chef Lou's Westside Drive In, Dawson Taylor, Blue Moose Cafe, Goody's, Arid Club, Tower of Chocolate, Berryhill & Co., Bardenay, Cucina de Paolo and Brick 29. Tickets are $50 per person through the Central District Health Department. Call 208-327-7460 for more information or tickets.
This Week's Wine and Dine
This week's suggestion is technically next week, so you'll have plenty of time to plan ahead. All you foodies out there who brag about supporting local, it's time to really put your money where your mouth is. Chef John Berryhill and local winemakers from Cinder, husband and wife team Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr, will be hosting a five-course dinner with wine from Cinder. Local restaurant, local wine ... you can connect the rest of the dots. Now go make your reservation.
Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m., Berryhill & Co., 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553, berryhill-andco.com.