Friday, Sept. 8, is the last day to reserve tickets for the third annual Nampa’s Taste of Idaho event, to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. This is when a multitude of Nampa-area chefs will be taking over the green space at Lakeview Park, 1304 7th St. N., for a celebration of the harvest and the dining scene in Canyon County.
The lineup of chefs includes Nick Duncan (Monsoon Asian Grill), Nate Lindskoog (The Tower Grill), Nanci Canary (Basics Inc.), Stephen Weston (“In the Wild Chef” author) and Brick 29 Bistro’s Dustan Bristol, who was nominated three times for a James Beard Award. The event will also feature creations made by students from Nampa School District’s Culinary Arts Program.
This year’s menu will boast a big spread of scratch-made food, including Snake River Farms brisket with chimichurri sauce, a harvest chopped salad, skillet corn, green beans, roasted spuds, and grilled peaches (marinated with Sawtooth Winery Riesling) with a scoop of ice cream.
Tickets ($35 per person) can be purchased at nampa.com/tasteidaho or by calling (208) 466-4641.
Grimaldi’s introduces fall menu items
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at The Village at Meridian recently added a breakout menu of fall offerings that supplements its regular menu of Italian-inspired appetizers, salads, and brick oven-blistered pizzas and calzones.
The fall menu will be available through Nov. 30. It includes a wedge salad ($10/stacked high with romaine, bacon, cherry tomatoes, red onion, Gorgonzola crumbles and creamy blue cheese dressing) and a Buffalo chicken pizza (three sizes/$18-$24) topped with fire-braised chicken breast, hot sauce, mozzarella, Gorgonzola and celery.
On a sweeter note, try the chocolate cheesecake ($6) or caramel apple cheesecake ($6) with a cinnamon-sugar cookie crust, diced green apple, thick caramel sauce and a puff of whipped cream. These desserts will run through Nov. 1.
Grimaldi’s also offers a Stoking Social Hour (that’s when the cooks stoke the coal-fired brick oven for the busy night ahead) from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Get $2 off draft beers and wines by the glass, and save $2 on the bruschetta and antipasto appetizers. You can also get refreshing green apple sangria ($10), a seasonal drink that’s available through the end of November.
Culinary Road Trip: Head to Park City for James Beard dinner
Listen up, all you serious foodies: The James Beard Foundation, based in New York City, will be making a stop in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, Sept. 16, as part of its nationwide Celebrity Chef Tour.
You don’t want to miss out on this culinary extravaganza. A gaggle of James Beard Award winners and nominees will be putting on a multicourse wine dinner ($225 per person, tax and gratuity included) at the Riverhorse, 540 Main St., from 6 to 10 p.m.
The lineup of chefs includes host Seth Adams (Riverhorse), Neal Fraser (Redbird and Vibiana, Los Angeles), John Murcko (Firewood, Park City), Shawn Armstrong (Montage Deer Valley Resort), Sheamus Feeley (SF Hospitality Group, Colorado) and award-winning pastry chef Dahlia Narvaez from the Mozza Restaurant Group in Los Angeles. Mozza restaurants are owned by Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich and Nancy Silverton.
For reservations, go to jamesbeard.org/ celebrity-chef-tour. Please don’t call the Riverhorse restaurant to make reservations.