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Buy tickets now for A Chefs’ Affaire

El Gallo Giro is dishing up tacos on Main Street in Downtown Boise.
El Gallo Giro is dishing up tacos on Main Street in Downtown Boise.

The 18th annual A Chefs’ Affaire next month will pay homage to Woodstock and the hippy-trippy 1960s.

Calling the theme Foodstock, it will happen from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St.

In terms of décor, don’t be surprised to find lots of tie-dye, a profusion of flowers and even a decked-out VW bus. The Retreads will perform classic rock songs from the psychedelic days.

The event, a fundraiser for The Idaho Foodbank, brings together more than 20 local chefs and culinary arts students from Renaissance High School in Meridian, who will be pairing their food creations with wines from the Snake River Valley.

Six courses of seasonal fare will be put out by the course captains and their respective teams.

JUMP’s Jered Couch and longtime Boise chef Alan Turner are in charge of the appetizer course, which includes a crepe torta with romesco sauce and spiced marcona almonds paired with Indian Creek Winery Syrah.

Richard Langston, from Richard’s Café Vicino, will handle the salad course, a watermelon salad with cucumber, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese tossed in a blistered shishito pepper vinaigrette, matched with Cinder Off-Dry Riesling.

Dan Hihath, from Sockeye Grill and Brewery, is putting out a fish course that includes beetroot sockeye salmon with citrus, paired with Hat Ranch Winery Barbera.

Dean Fuller, a corporate chef at Albertsons, will dish up beef tournedos au poivre (think pepper steak) with duck fat-cooked red potatoes and Cognac-glazed carrots with orange, honey and tarragon, which should play well with a big Bitner Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Emmeli Mayo, from Emmeli’s Cake, is in charge of the dessert course, an ornate Edible Fairy Garden that works in concert with Koenig Vineyards Riesling.

Tickets ($100 per person or $1,350 for a table of 10) can be purchased at (208) 336-9643 or idahofoodbank.org. Don’t wait too long to buy tickets, though. Last year’s event sold out.

El Gallo Giro comes Downtown

El Gallo Giro recently opened in Downtown Boise at 615 W. Main St. next to Amsterdam Lounge.

This is the second location for the popular Mexican restaurant, which the Prado family has owned and operated in one form or another (first as Acapulco, then as El Gallo Giro) at 5285 Glenwood St. in Garden City since 1987.

The menu is mostly the same in Boise as it is in Garden City. Appetizers include fiery chicken wings with tangy tamarind sauce ($9.95), beef taquito bites ($7.95) and bacon-wrapped, chorizo- stuffed jalapenos ($9.95).

Also expect to find salads, chimichangas, tacos, enchiladas and big smothered burritos. The restaurant is known for its various molcajete dishes ($14.75-$19.95) served in sizzling lava stone bowls with a side of beans, rice and tortillas. Other entrées include chicken mole ($12.95) and pork chile verde ($11.25).

El Gallo Giro also offers a late-night menu outside in front of the restaurant (10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday) that features taco packages ($5 for two; $6 for three; $8 for four; and $10 for five) chosen from a list that includes al pastor pork, carne asada, chicken and pork carnitas.

Check out Taco Tuesday, when you can score endless tacos (served with rice and beans) all day for $8.

The restaurant serves a large selection of bottled Mexican beers, draft brews, margaritas, cheladas and wines by the glass.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (late night) Friday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Phone: (208) 488-4757.

Online: elgallogiroboise.com.

New doughnut shop in Meridian

Sweet Sensations Donuts opened Aug. 15 at 1735 W. Franklin Road in Meridian near the corner of Linder Road.

Owners Kim and Sophie Lee recently moved here from Dallas, where they ran a successful doughnut shop for several years.

Expect to find lots of freshly made cake doughnuts, raised doughnuts (such as maple bars and chocolate doughnuts), crusty apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, éclairs and cream puffs. Single doughnuts range in price from $.99 to $1.69. You also can get various sausage rolls ($1.09-$3.99), a croissant sandwich ($4.99) and a breakfast burrito ($2.99).

Sweet Sensations Donuts is open 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

Phone: (208) 887-2118

Waffle Me Up debuts on Capitol Boulevard

It’s official. Waffle Me Up opened Aug. 20 in the former Guru Donuts spot, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., next to Boise Fry Company.

Owner Hector Garcia has dished out liege-style Belgian waffles at the Boise Farmers Market for four years, but moving into a permanent location seemed like a logical progression for his mobile-food business.

“When I was under the tent (at the Boise Farmers Market), I wanted a food truck. Then, after getting the food truck going, I thought opening a restaurant made sense,” he says.

Garcia will continue to operate the mobile business at the Boise Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays).

Waffle Me Up is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Online: wafflemeup.com.

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