If you want to recreate the swampy, deep-South vibe from O Brother, Where Art Thou?--minus the striped prison jumpsuits and one-eyed Bible salesmen--embark on your own Homeric journey out to Seasons Bistro Wine Bar and Catering in Eagle on Saturday, June 11. The restaurant is hosting a Southern seafood boil with crawfish, crab, shrimp, potatoes and corn. Musician Mike Compton, an acclaimed bluegrass mandolinist famous for his work on the O Brother soundtrack, will perform alongside locals Chicken Dinner Road Band. Tickets are $30 a pop and the pot gets boiling at 5 p.m. For more information, call 208-939-6680 or visit seasonsdelicatering.com.
In other Eagle news, longtime patio fave River Rock Ale House celebrated its official grand re-opening on June 6 as The River Rock Eagle. Former owners Todd Lancourt and Greg Butcher sold the restaurant in April to Phillip Mason and his wife Diana. According to manager Aly Morrow, the spot has downsized and tweaked its menu to focus on higher-quality, better-value fare.
"The new menu, it's a lot of the old favorites, just made better," said Morrow. "We've upped the portions, gotten better-quality stuff. We added a few things, a few vegetarian items ... we're just trying to make it better quality for your money."
In addition to lowering drink prices across the board, River Rock will also feature a rotating weekly menu called the Fresh Sheet, which will offer dishes like a barbecue pulled pork sandwich, maple barbecue salmon and top sirloin with prawns.
"All our soups are made from scratch now, all our dressings are made from scratch," said Morrow. "We didn't change the menu a ton because everyone loves all the stuff ... we really wanted to get down to the core of our ingredients and make them as good as we can get them."
Speaking of market fresh, the Capital City Public Market has just launched two new weekly features. Every Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., marketeers can hit up the Chef at the Market booth, which will feature seasonal produce-cooking demonstrations with chef Abby Carlson, who will be joined by a rotating cast of Boise Co-op chefs and local guest chefs. Additionally, the Market Kids Club will run June through August from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grove Plaza. Kiddos ages 4 to 10 may participate in hands-on art, food and agriculture projects, like kite-creating and pizza-making with fresh market veggies. For more info, visit seeyouatthemarket.com.
Downtown's iconic, line-out-the-door breakfast joint Goldy's has officially grown too big for its benny. Owners are opening a second coffeeshop/wine bar/retail location around the corner at 625 W. Main St. in coming weeks.
"We're just kind of in the stages of making sure everything's running and training and everything," said Goldy's co-owner Wanda Martinat.
Aptly titled Goldy's Corner, the new venture will offer espresso drinks, bakery goods, mimosas and wine, and aims to be a gathering spot for savvy out-of-towners.
"We have people that stop by when they have breakfast here from out of town, they want to know where to go or what to do. If they have three to four days in the city, they want options," explained Martinat. "So we're going to try to make it an information center."
Goldy's Corner will stock local pamphlets and publications, like Boise Weekly, and a chalkboard listing local events. In addition, it will have a retail arm offering Goldy's merch--like its original seasoning and granola--and an array of other potential gift items from Think Boise First businesses. Goldy's Corner will be owned by Martinat's son Michael Hendrichs and is slated to open at 6:30 a.m. and close at about 9 p.m.
"You'll see all of the same faces here helping over there, but I don't want to spread myself too thin and have two mediocre places," said Martinat.
In other expanding news, Pie Hole owners Jason and Russ Crawforth have entered a licensing agreement with Diversified Franchise Concepts, based in Eagle, to grow their popular late-night pizza business. According to a recent article in the Idaho Business Review, Diversified plans to open 12 new Pie Hole franchises in Idaho and neighboring states "based on foot traffic, nearby bars and a cohort of college students."
Two new Pie Holes recently flung open their doors in Moscow and Pocatello, and Diversified is looking at possibly opening restaurants in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Nampa, Caldwell and potential B-markets like Weiser and Ontario, Ore. They hope to eventually take the concept national.