Idaho Chefs de Cuisine, the Gem State’s chapter of the American Culinary Federation, announced its “Chef of the Year” recently.
Chef Christopher Zahn, owner of Zee’s Rooftop Café, was tapped for the annual award, which is chosen by a quorum of Idaho Chefs de Cuisine members.
“Chris is part of all our fund-raising events. He’s always willing to help out,” says Sarah Mallard, president of Idaho Chefs de Cuisine. “We all think he’s a rock-star chef.”
Besides running a busy daytime deli in the penthouse spot at the C.W. Moore Building, 250 S. 5th St., Zahn also finds time to do lots of catering (he’s an accomplished florist as well) and farm-to-table dinners at local wineries.
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“He’s such an easygoing guy, even in the tornado that surrounds him,” Mallard says.
Zahn can often be found cruising the Boise Farmers Market looking for impeccably fresh foodstuffs to use at his deli and at various catering events.
Speaking of Idaho Chefs de Cuisine, the organization will host its annual Night of the Living Chefs fund-raising event Oct. 26 from 6-10 p.m. at the Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St.
Just in time for Halloween, this culinary soiree will bring together around a dozen local restaurants and chefs hellbent on dishing up ghoulishly delicious treats.
Expect to see a buffet spread of spooky-themed dishes from Reel Foods Seafood Market, Sweet Chef, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse and Gramercy Park Pizza and Grill, to name a few.
Proceeds from the event ($25 per person) will benefit the local American Culinary Federation Scholarship Fund.
Tickets can be purchased at acfidahochefsdecuisine.com or at the participating restaurants.
MARIE CALLENDER’S PIE SALE
Got a hankering for pie?
Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery, 8574 W. Fairview Ave., is offering a sale on whole pies through Oct. 31.
For $7.99 (pie tin included), people can choose from a lineup of more than 30 pies, including apple, blueberry, lemon meringue, pumpkin, peach, banana cream, coconut cream and more.
Pies are typically in the $11.99 to $15.99 range, so this is quite the deal. To see the entire selection of pies, go to mariecallenders.com.
Phone: (208) 375-7744
PUMPKIN PANCAKES AT IHOP
It’s that time of year again when pumpkin proliferates its way into just about everything.
To that end, all International House of Pancakes locations in the Valley will be dishing up pumpkin pancakes from now until Jan. 3.
Order a tall stack of these orangey pancakes ($7.59)—made with comforting pumpkin pie spices—blasted with a big puff of whipped cream topping.
For those wanting more pumpkin, try a pumpkin coffee ($2.49) topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice sugar.
Treasure Valley IHOP locations: 7959 W. Emerald St. and 3599 Federal Way, Boise; 3525 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian; 1420 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., Nampa.
SMURF TURF SMORGASBORD
Boise State University’s Conference Services offers a lunch buffet at the Bronco Zone on the third floor of the Stueckle Sky Center (overlooking the blue turf) on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The lunch buffet ($10), with a rotating menu that changes each day, is not open to everyone, but it’s available for Boise State Alumni Association members, current and former faculty and staff, Bronco Athletic Association members and President’s Club donors.
The menu for Oct. 14 includes chicken piccata, mushroom risotto, quinoa cakes with roasted tomato glace, a green salad and soup of the day. On Oct. 15, expect to find meatloaf with mushroom veloute, couscous with stir-fried veggies, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, a garden salad and soup of the day.
Reservations are recommended and can be made at studentlifeforms.boisestate.edu/cs/conferenceservices/bzonereservations or by calling (208) 426-2699.
Free parking is available in the West Stadium lot. Once Bronco Zone guests park, they will need to enter their parking space number into the kiosk at the Gate F entrance.
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