Scroll through social media and you’re sure to stumble across a stunning shot snapped at Wild Root Café & Market, one of Boise’s most photogenic new haunts. The Eighth Street café specializes in artfully plated breakfast and lunch fare with a local, seasonal focus.
“I’m a visual person and I think it translates to the cuisine that we put forward,” said co-owner and chef Michael Trebbi. “Obviously I have an emphasis on presentation, to the frustration of my employees sometimes.”
Sunny side up eggs droop like a Dali painting down a shard of toasted baguette that’s crowned with a tuft of microgreens and paper-thin radish coins.… Read More
Ron Bitner spent decades traveling the world to teach. Today, people come to him to learn. Bitner welcomes guests on the deck of his wine tasting room in Canyon County’s Sunnyslope region. His close-cropped gray hair and calm demeanor add a dash of gravitas that balance his eyes wrinkled by years of frequent smiles.
Although he is only 80 miles from Midvale where he grew up, Bitner’s journey circled the globe. Since semi-retiring as a world expert on leafcutter bees, Bitner has focused on winemaking. He and his wife, Mary, harvest fruit from vines Ron planted in 1981 as he was launching his entomology career.… Read More
By Jessica Murri
Michelle Kwak spent hours crafting a round vanilla birthday cake stacked with gingerbread peppermint crinkle and a layer of nutmeg marshmallow topped with a shiny chocolate ganache.
Standing in her North End kitchen, Kwak, the pastry chef at State & Lemp, used a propane torch to toast the marshmallow and melt the ganache, then carefully laid thin pieces of broken chocolate on top in a mosaic pattern. She filled a pastry bag with white frosting and took a deep breath before piping: “Happy Birthday Fred!” across the top.
Kwak has never met Fred—and she probably never will.… Read More
In the early part of the 20th century, Harry Guleke became one of the first non–Native Americans to float the remote 150-mile section of the Salmon River from Salmon City to Lewiston. He built 32-foot wooden scows to navigate this stretch through one of the deepest gorges on the continent. Part of Captain Guleke’s legend was his riverside Dutch oven cooking, a culture that thrives among present-day “river runners.”
From the east, an 80-mile roadless stretch of the main Salmon intersects with the Little Salmon at the quiet town of Riggins, perched unpretentiously above the bend where the divergent river cuts north.… Read More