Restaurant News

New restaurant to open at Village at Meridian this month

The wine-dispensing system at Bodovino in Boise has been popular since it opened in BoDo. A second location is slated to open this month in Meridian with a larger food menu.
The wine-dispensing system at Bodovino in Boise has been popular since it opened in BoDo. A second location is slated to open this month in Meridian with a larger food menu.

Bodovino is opening a second Treasure Valley location on Saturday, Aug. 27, and the food menu will be noticeably larger than its wine-bar concept at 404 S. 8th St. in Boise.

The new Bodovino Ristorante will be in Fountain Square at The Village at Meridian, situated in the former Cacicia’s Cucinas Old World Sicilian Foods space, 3630 E. Monarch Sky Lane. It will offer a full-blown Italian menu.

Antipasti offerings include cauliflower crocchettes (baked cauliflower cakes with aged parmesan and herbs), roasted eggplant caponata on crostini and erbazzone (baked puff pastry with aged parmesan, pancetta and greens).

Expect to find pasta dishes such as linguini with kale, spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and ricotta-goat cheese gnocchi with toasted walnut-thyme butter sauce. Other entrées include artichoke risotto, pan-fried salmon fillet with citrus butter and pan-seared lamb chops with rosemary and garlic in a white wine and Dijon reduction.

Don’t be surprised to find desserts such as chilled limoncella zabaglione and silky Prosecco mousse with vanilla bean-peach puree.

Bodovino Ristorante in Meridian will feature the same modernized, self-serve wine-dispensing machines (made by WineEmotion) that have made the BoDo spot popular since it debuted in 2013. Fifty-six wines will be available in the machines at The Village, in addition to bottled wines, draft wines and handcrafted brews, and a full-service cocktail bar.

The Bodovino charge cards that activate the wine-dispensing machines will work at both locations.

Bodovino Ristorante will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.


Salsa Fest at NEON

North End Organic Nursery, 3777 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, is hosting its fourth annual Tomato Salsa Festival on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The family-friendly event, which works in conjunction with Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s Tomato Independence Project, offers tomato lovers the opportunity to try all kinds of fresh salsas made by professional chefs and amateurs alike. Boise Co-op is donating the organic tortilla chips for the tasting.

The event is free, including the salsa tasting and entertainment, but food and beverage vendors will sell their products separately.

Besides a salsa-making contest (registration available until Aug. 20 at, expect to find fresh tamales from Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant and other spicy offerings. Libations include brews made by Barbarian Brewing and Meriwether Cider Co., and Payette Brewing is producing a special chili pepper-infused beer for the event. Potter Wines also will be on hand serving jalapeno wine lemonade and other wines.

In addition to the prepared food, there also will be a farmers market where you can score fresh produce from Waterwheel Gardens, Morning Owl Farm and White Raven Farm. Live music will be provided by Alturas, and there’s face painting and a bounce house for the kids.

New food at the Fair

The Western Idaho Fair begins Aug. 19 at Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., and runs through Aug. 28.

Some folks come to the fair just for a taste of the food. Whether it be Pronto Pups slathered with yellow mustard or a Jones Onion Burger or the infamous Idaho Ice Cream Potato, the Western Idaho Fair has 57 food vendors to take care of the hungry masses.

This year, expect to find a handful of new food vendors in addition to the longtime standouts. Taste of Nigeria offers grilled chicken with jollof rice, spicy snail sticks and aromatic bean cakes. Bodacious Pig is dishing up tasty barbecue and bread pudding. Basilio’s Tacos, a popular mobile vendor around the Valley, will pump out spicy street tacos.

For those with a serious sweet tooth, check out Daisy’s Italian Ice (plus gelato ice cream) and Candy Land, which serves Mexican-style candy galore.

The Western Idaho Fair is open noon to 11 p.m. daily, except for the last day of the fair (Aug. 28, Idaho Statesman Day), when it runs from noon to 9 p.m.


Nampa’s Taste of Idaho

It’s time to start thinking about the second annual Nampa’s Taste of Idaho event slated for Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Lakeview Park, 1304 7th St. N.

This year’s food-and-libation celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. features the fare of four local celebrity chefs paired to Idaho brews and wines.

Here you will be able to taste culinary creations by Dustan Bristol (Brick 29 Bistro), Randy King (“Chef in the Wild” author), Michael Zeller (Simplot Culinary) and Stephen Weston (“In the Wild Chef” author).

The beer and wine lineup hasn’t been finalized at this point, but expect to find brews from Nampa’s Mother Earth Brew Co. and a bevy of wines from the Snake River Valley.

If you buy eight or more tickets now (through Aug. 31, by calling (208) 466-4641), it will only cost $30 a head. Single tickets ($35 per person) can be purchased online at You must RSVP by Sept. 8 for single tickets.\

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