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Chill out at Ceviche Pop-Up soiree in Boise

Wild Plum Events & Eats plans a ceviche event on Saturday, July 22.
Wild Plum Events & Eats plans a ceviche event on Saturday, July 22.

Wild Plum Events & Eats is putting on a festive Ceviche Pop-Up soiree on Saturday, July 22, at its new event center in the former Dutch Oven Café spot, 1621 N. Orchard St., in Boise.

From 4 to 8 p.m., Wild Plum owners Alex Cardoza and Tara Morgan will be rolling out their stylish food truck and setting up tables and chairs (and even a few kiddie pools so folks can beat the heat) in the back parking lot.

The menu features an a la carte lineup of citrusy ceviche and other tasty Mexican eats. They will be selling rockfish ceviche with scallops, fresh cherries, shallot, basil and cilantro ($8), shrimp and avocado ceviche with shaved serrano peppers and cilantro ($8) and vegan ceviche with watermelon, pickled shallot, fermented chilies and basil ($6).

Besides the ceviche offerings, the food truck will also be pumping out deep-fried fish tacos on house-made tortillas with slaw ($6), tortilla chips with freshly squashed guacamole ($5) and refreshing desserts designed with adults in mind.

Wash everything down with a chilled bottle of Mexican beer or a glass of Prosecco or rosé wine.


Owyhee Tavern offers barbecue on Saturdays

The Owyhee Tavern, 1109 Main St., recently started offering BBQ & Brews from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in The Owyhee building parking lot. The weekly event capitalizes on the crowd that congregates at the Boise Farmers Market, which sets up kitty-corner from the restaurant from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The restaurant brings in its 18-foot smoker trailer, a shade-throwing canopy and tables and chairs so people can get comfy and enjoy the wafting smell of barbecue smoke.

“We typically use apple wood, but we sometimes use cherry wood. And we always use a little bit of mesquite too,” co-owner Barry Werner says.

The menu includes slow-smoked beef brisket and Kurobuta pulled pork, which are turned into sandwiches ($10) and street tacos ($6 for two) with house-made salsas. You can also purchase the barbecued meats by the pound (brisket: $10/half pound and $18/one pound; pulled pork: $8/half pound and $14/one pound), served with slaw and ranch-style baked beans. Additional sides, including Cajun-spiced jojo fries, cost $4.

“A lot of people are buying it and taking it home for dinner,” Werner says.

As for the beer part of the equation, you can score ice-cold cans of Payette Brewing North Fork Lager and Rustler IPA.


Eureka! introduces new brunch menu

Eureka!, 800 W. Idaho St., recently launched a new weekend brunch menu, offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The California-based gourmet burger restaurant and bar now offers eye-openers such as a big breakfast burrito, bread pudding French toast with blueberry compote, chilaquiles (ranchero tortilla chips with two eggs, avocado, pico de gallo, feta and sour cream), avocado toast and a classic breakfast plate packed with two eggs, house potatoes, sliced baguette and a choice of sausage or bacon. Or go for the crispy fried chicken and sweet corn bread topped with whipped salted butter, bacon and jalapeno-infused maple glaze.


Coming up…

Make plans to venture down to the Basque Block Friday-Sunday, July 28-30, for the annual San Inazio Festival, which celebrates all things Basque with lots of food, drink, dancing and music.

See Scene next week for more details.