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Taste of Idaho and a plate of paella


Local Food Walkabout

And I quote: "Paying attention to Idaho Preferred Month is one of the best things you can do as a foodie each year. Know who your local farmers and producers are and support them year round." Regular Food News readers may know that I've just quoted myself there. If you read that and thought, "Yeah, that's all well and good, but exactly how do I do that when things like the Locavore Express are already sold out?" Here's how: Taste of Idaho.

This weekend, gathers a crowd of local producers and stuffs them onto the floor of the Qwest Arena so you can get to know a little more about buying Idaho food products. In addition to an arena of vendors, the Chef Challenge will also take place. Local chefs face off

Iron Chef

-style in a duel to impress judges with meals made of all-local ingredients. Last year, the folks at Idaho Preferred gave me a seat at the judge's table and not only was I forced to stuff my face with amazing food and wine all day long (yep, hardship duty) but also it was actually a pretty good time watching all those chefs slice and dice as fast as they possibly could.

Stop by the Qwest Arena Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information at

Paella on Your Table

The Basque Market is having one of its paella and tapas classes when it divulges the secrets of the deceivingly simple Basque rice and seafood dish. This is one of the market's most popular classes, so if you don't get on the horn the minute you read Food News, you may have to wait until November's class.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m., $30. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208,