The Capital City Public Market starts its 23rd season on April 16.
Due to the construction of City Center Plaza, this year’s market will run down the 8th Street corridor from State to Main streets. It happens Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Dec. 17.
Each week, around 130 to 140 vendors show up with a wide range of arts and crafts, artisanal foodstuffs and local produce, meats and cheeses.
New food vendors this year include Darjeeling Momo dumplings, Nature’s Indulgence Granola, and Lime and a Coconut Thai food, to name a few.
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Also expect to find Meriwether Cider Company and a host of wineries from the Snake River Valley.
The market also has some new programs this season, including the Two Bits Kids’ Club and Field of Dreams, a booth that gives potential agricultural vendors the chance to introduce their products to the market crowd.
Online: capitalcitypublicmar ket.com
New market in West Boise
The West Boise Saturday Market kicks off its inaugural season April 16 next to the Boise Public Library branch at the corner of Ustick and Cole roads.
The new market, sponsored by Art Zone 208, will set up on a patch of grass in front of the art gallery at 3113 N. Cole Road. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 22.
Here you will find around 20 to 25 vendors selling jewelry, soy candles, reclaimed barn-wood furniture, artisanal foods and more.
Food vendors will include handcrafted chocolates by Nezzy’s Brazilian Sweets and Honey Sweet Treats, which will be on hand with honey, flaky baklava, toffee, cookies and other baked goods.
On April 16, expect to find Big Mike’s food trailer there dishing up barbecue and other grab-and-go items. The market plans to have a different food truck each week. There also will be live acoustic music throughout the season.
West Boise Saturday Market hopes to add more vendors as time goes on.
Online: facebook.com/ artzone208
Big K BBQ to grow
Big K BBQ, at 3409 Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, is expanding into the adjoining space, which used to be the 34th Street Deli.
Owner and pitmaster Steve Kubinski is pounding out a wall so people can order food at the counter and simply stroll into the new dining room area, where there also will be a pub room with a pool table and jukebox.
The current spot is around 800 square feet, and the expansion gives his business another 1,000 square feet of usable space.
Kubinski is banking on the allure of beer and barbecue.
“There will be upwards of 20 beers available from Garden City breweries,” he says.
Some of these brews will be on tap, but he plans to serve bottled and canned beers as well.
“We’ll definitely have 16-ounce cans of Pabst. Got to have that,” says Kubinski, who hails from the Midwest.
Besides beer, the barbecue joint and deli also will serve wines from nearby Garden City wineries.
Kubinski is known for his tasty barbecued meats that he smokes with a blend of hickory and apple wood in a custom smoker. The menu includes pulled pork sliders, baby back ribs, grilled kielbasa and a tri-tip sandwich served on toasted garlic bread.
With the expansion and the later hours, don’t be surprised to find new menu offerings such as some combination barbecue plates meant to feed several people and a brisket special on Friday nights.
Kubinski said he hopes to have everything completed and open by mid-May.
Big K BBQ is currently open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, but it will stay open until 8 p.m. on those days once the renovation gets finished.
Sur La Table cooking classes
Sur La Table, 3540 E. Longwing Lane, at The Village at Meridian puts on a plethora of hands-on cooking classes in its slick exhibition kitchen. Why not learn some new culinary tricks just in time for spring?
On April 19, Daisy Lewis is offering a Spanish Tapas Party class ($69 per person) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here, you can learn how to make garlic shrimp, grilled asparagus wrapped with Serrano ham, a traditional Spanish tortilla and crema Catalana, a sweet and custardy dessert.
On April 22, Frank Finney is teaching Date Night: Springtime in Paris ($79 per person) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to make dishes such as grilled asparagus with chive butter, sweet pea soufflé, pan-seared salmon with white wine pan sauce and mousse au citron with fresh strawberries.
To reserve a spot, call (208) 888-1215.
Check out the entire cooking class schedule at surlatable.com.
The April 8 restaurant review of The Counter, 3505 E. Monarch Sky Lane in Meridian, contained incorrect information. The fast-casual chain has more than 40 locations in the United States and abroad, and the first restaurant opened in 2003.
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