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There’s much to love about Boise

16 Boise Rock School helps kids hit the right notes in music — and in life

Author Tony Doerr’s incredible year

24 Movie lovers have four film festivals to attend in our region in next few weeks

38 Downtown Boise’s restaurant revival 46 Telaya Wine Co. is about family 50 A way to add more flavor to your beer

52 Get ready for Idaho Gives on May 7 26 Resort towns offer more than skiing

12 Spring fashion includes fun colors, retro styles and cool jewelry 14 What’s new for Treasure Valley shoppers? Columnist Tanya Carnahan has the scoop on several new stores

54 Celebrating winter in McCall 28 Hardscaping project helps Meridian couple gain new outdoor living space

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There’s a lot to love about living in the Treasure Valley Dear Reader, It’s been a weird, wacky February. Seasonably warm temperatures have brought spring-like days and budding plants. At my house, there are a couple of Bogus Basin fans who hope that winter is still far from over. But, for my part, I haven’t missed the winter chill or the winter driving. (It seems like we got enough of that earlier in the season.) This faux spring and James Patrick Kelly’s story about Downtown Boise’s restaurant revival (starting on page 38) got me thinking about everything I treasure about living in our Treasure Valley — whatever the season. Easy access to the Foothills and Greenbelt. Awesome libraries. Downtown Boise and its restaurants (especially patio dining!). Treefort Music Fest. Alive After Five. Public markets. The Record Exchange. The elegant Idaho Capitol. The statuesque new Eighth & Main building. The Village at Meridian. The Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Fishing in the Boise River. Our growing winery and brew-

pub scene. Nearby McCall and Sun Valley. There’s so much to do and love here — you just have to get out and do it! So use this issue as a start to your Southwest Idaho bucket list. James’ story about the many new restaurants that have opened in the last two years in Downtown Boise is a great starting point. And both he and Dana Oland have ideas for fun things to do in our region — from film festivals (related story, page 24) to the Spring Culinary Festival at Shore Lodge in McCall (related story, page 26). And one last reminder: With the real spring around the corner and more folks out and about enjoying the very reasons we live here, remember to slow down when driving in Downtown Boise, near bike paths and wherever people are moving and gathering by foot and on two wheels. It’s up to all of us to keep the Treasure Valley safe — and fun — for all.




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Boise writer Tony Doerr’s life changed in 2014 in ways that have yet to be seen. It happened with the unexpected popular success of his book, “All the Light We Cannot See,” which he launched at a benefit for The Cabin last May.


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Doerr’s earlier books and short stories regularly received critical praise and garnered coveted awards, including several O’Henry and Pushcart prizes, The Rome Prize, The Story Prize and the London Times Story Prize. But none achieved the kind of runaway, widespread readership of “All the Light,” his second novel. He crafted it over 10 years of meticulous research and writing. It became the best-selling fiction novel, with its combined hardcover and digital sales, for 2014, and continues in the top 10 on book sales lists across the country. “I don’t know why,” he continues to say through it all, and it’s a puzzle he’s happy not to solve now that he’s off the book-tour trail and back home in Boise’s Highlands neighborhood. Doerr moved to Boise with his wife, Shauna, who grew up here, in 2003. They have twin boys who are now 10. Life in town hasn’t changed much since the book came out, he says. He writes each day in his Downtown office, enjoys hiking and mountain biking in the Foothills, and hangs out with his family and friends. Though he has yet to see a royalty check, the idea that he might be able to afford to focus on work for a while is highly appealing, he says. “I’ll definitely have more options and can relax a bit,” he says. Doerr started work on “All the Light We Cannot See” in 2004, the year that his first novel “About Grace” came out and the twins were born. He whittled away at it over the years, carefully crafting his story about a young German boy and blind French girl growing up on opposite sides during World War II. Both are desperate to survive and struggle to do what’s “right” in their worlds. Doerr’s work quietly speaks to basic humanity during times of war, something that obviously resonates with his readers today. His bite-sized chapters flash between their two storylines, making his rich and often baroque descriptions and dense prose about the natural sciences and radio very approachable. The real heart of the book is in his two touching main characters. Marie-Laure is blind yet “sees” the world through her experience very clearly. Werner is a brilliant radio technician who is lifted out of harsh poverty by the Third Reich and then is destroyed by it — eventually lost in darkness. Their stories intersect in a poignant time in world history as the walled French city of Saint-Malo lay under siege by American forces in 1944. The novel earned Doerr a spot as a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. Though he didn’t win — the award went to Phil Klay’s “Redeployment” — Doerr’s sales ballooned in the following weeks. Then in early December, President Obama bought Doerr’s book and created another surge in sales. More than a million copies of the book have been sold. Recently, Costco put in a large order, and the book is in its 29th printing

It’s been quite a ride so far. What one word would you use to describe it? Overwhelming!

What was it like being at the National Book Award festivities? It was spectacular and fun and nerve-wracking all at once. The ceremony was held at Cipriani Wall Street, which is a gigantic and gorgeous ballroom with 70-foot ceilings and a Wedgewood dome, and everyone was supremely dressed up, and there were a lot of flashbulbs — well, a lot for the book world. The fiction award was the

catch up on Doerr’s books If you loved “All the Light We Cannot See” (Scribner, 2014), you might want to revisit or discover Doerr’s earlier writings. “MEMORY WALL: STORIES” (Scribner, 2011) features six short stories connected by the thread of memory. The title story about a woman trying to reclaim her life from Alzheimer’s won Doerr The Story Prize.

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“THE DEEP” (2012) is a short story about a young boy in early 20th century America who is born with a hole in his heart. It was first published in Zoetrope All-Story in 2012 and is in the paperback edition of “Memory Wall.” It won Doerr the London Times Story Prize. “FOUR SEASONS IN ROME: ON TWINS, INSOMNIA, AND THE BIGGEST FUNERAL IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD” (Scribner, 2007) is Doerr’s memoir about the year he spent in Rome with his wife, Shauna, and their toddler twins, during his Rome Prize fellowship that coincided with Pope John Paul II’s funeral. “ABOUT GRACE” (Penguin Books, 2004) tells the story of David Winkler, a man obsessed with weather who has precognitive dreams. When he dreams that his infant daughter will drown in a flood, he travels to try to avoid what he believes is the inevitable. “THE SHELL COLLECTOR: STORIES” (Scribner, 2003) is Doerr’s first story collection. It’s eight stories tackle transcendence, redemption, love and the exploration of nature. Doerr will talk about his work and sign books from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 at Meridian Middle School, 1507 W. 8th St. All his books will be for sale on site, with 20 percent of sales benefiting the Meridian Library.

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very last event of the evening, so I had a long time to worry that I was sweating through my tux. The best part was seeing my beautiful wife in a fancy gown.

Whose autograph did you get (or wish you had gotten)? At the tables next to ours were Marilynne Robinson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roz Chast and Louise Glück — all legends. Neil Gaiman was there, looking like he’d just come from dinner at Hogwarts; I probably should have gotten his autograph for my sons.

Have the logistics of your Boise life changed with the book’s success? Not much. I still get tea at Dawson Taylor, mail stuff at the post office and wander around Albertsons trying to find vanilla extract.

What do the boys think about all the attention you’re getting? Let’s ask them! Henry says, “It kinda sucks when you’re gone all the time.” Owen adds, “Yeah, I don’t like when you’re gone a lot.”

Has the book’s success changed your perception of your work? Thankfully, once I’m at my desk, and my email is turned off, things like reviews and social media tend to fall away, and I just go back to work like I always have.

Does the book’s success make you calm or make you nervous? Both. I’m thrilled to have found more readers; every writer wants an audience. But at the same time, I don’t like disappointing people, and taking risks with my future work means I’m bound to disappoint some folks. In the end you just have to stay true to your own interests and hope some readers are generous enough to come along for the ride.

What’s the next project and do you think you’ll spend 10 years on it? I’m playing with three different ideas right now. And, nope, I don’t think my agent will be thrilled if I take 10 more years to complete one of them.


Shauna and Tony Doerr attended the National Book Awards banquet in New York City on Nov. 19. Doerr says he had the time of his life meeting his fellow finalists and rubbing elbows with some of the best writers in the country.

it. Hopefully, they’re respectful to the material but by the time this happens I’m usually done with it and ready to move on.

Are there other stories of yours being made into films? Yes, a Japanese filmmaker, Yoshifumi Tsubota, is making a film of “The Shell Collector,” and an Irish film company optioned a story I wrote, “Procreate, Generate,” about a couple trying to have a baby.

You’re so funny and your books are so serious. Have you ever thought of writing something funny? I get that a lot. I like to write essays that are funny, and I like giving talks and people are expecting this bald serious guy. It’s fun to play with that perception. I can’t say it’s a conscious choice. My work is more reverent. I try to lighten things occasionally. Or at least have lighter complications that modulate the levels of despair. It might be fun to write a comedy some day, but I have so much respect for that genre. I know how difficult it is.

What’s on your playlist?

You’ve traveled to so many exotic places to write. Where is the next place you’d like to visit?

Beethoven. Yo La Tengo. And Curtis Stigers. (Are you reading this, Curtis?)

Istanbul. I’m pretty sure a future project will be set there, so I’m headed there this spring.

Who or what inspires you?

Have you gotten any interest from Hollywood about a movie deal?

Orhan Pamuk’s “My Name is Red” (Vintage Reprints).

Yep, 20th Century Fox bought the option on the same day the novel came out. (The option recently moved to Fox Searchlight.) If they ever start filming, I’d love to go see 10

What three films would you most like to watch on a trans-continental flight? “The Godfather,” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Her.”

What’s your guilty pleasure? Homemade gigantic chocolate chip cookies.

What’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? McCall.

In all of history, with whom would you most like to dine? Maybe the Buhl Woman, a young PaleoIndian woman who lived and died near Buhl about 11,000 years ago. I’d love to see how much she knew about what plants to eat in our yard, if she brought any weapons, what she’d wear. Would she have shoes? Would she freak out if I gave her a Dorito?

What advice helped you the most in your life, and who gave it to you? Hustle. My dad gave me this advice approximately 25,000 times when I was a kid: before, during and after every sports game. Now, of course, I find myself saying the same thing to my kids. What’s the old proverb? Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Reading, being outdoors and my wife.

What are you reading?

What’s your motto? Be kind to people.

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f you’re anything like me, you think winter should end right after New Year’s Day. Honestly, without major holidays to look forward to, it’s hard to find motivation to do much in the gray days of winter. Fortunately spring is right around the corner, which for the fashion-conscious brings lighter days and brighter color palettes to lift our spirits. That is to say, spring usually brings those things — the fashion trends this year might prove to be another story entirely. On the runways of spring 2015 fashion shows this year, some not-very-springlike trends emerged. Case in point: Ironic black ruled the runways at brands like Vera Wang and Sally LaPonte, Louis Vuitton showed eel skin leggings and velvet prints, and Marc Jacobs paraded his models down the catwalk in ankle-length military-style jackets. What gives? Why, it’s the ’70s baby! This spring is all about tapping into your inner folk music-fest ’70s chick. Groovy, right? Pantone’s color of the year is Marsala, a 12



muted plumish red that reminds one of a vintage pair of burgundy boots worn postCoachella, with the dusty coating of musicfestival mud still clinging to their leather. Lighter colors will still be popular this spring, but in muted tones of khaki, gray, and pastel pinks and blues. However, bold jewel-tone prints will still be popular, particularly in patchwork materials, florals, stripes and psychedelic patterns. Bright colors will always be spring staples as well, and the brights for 2015 are practically glowing. Keep your eyes peeled for neon pink, green, orange and yellow. Major trends to try:

Remember culottes? They’re back, and as the third best-selling fashion item in the United Kingdom, they’ve paved the way for the return of bell-bottoms and wide-legged trousers. Choose high- or mid-waisted styles. Fitted with a flared bottom, or wide-legged from hip to ankle, whichever look suits your figure and personal style. But stow your “blingy” jeans, ladies; think ’70s instead, with fringe, patchwork and lighter washes. (The jeans above are from Piece Unique & Shoez Downtown.) Looking ahead, this wide-legged trend will translate into baggy Bermuda shorts on women for summer.

2. LACED-UP DRESSES & BLOUSES Again, throwing back to the ’70s when everything was tied or accented with leather straps and strings, look for lace-up pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe (like this blouse from Ruby Lou Boutique). It doesn’t have to be “hippie” styled, though; sportswear dresses and tops will have laced-up details and hanging strings as well.

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some fashionable events PROM EXTRAVAGANZA USA: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Ford Idaho Center. New local store Paige’s Boutique (see story about new stores on page 14) is partnering with the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council to put on this event, which will feature young men and women from local high schools modeling the latest spring prom fashions. The youths will be part of the collaboration and event planning and will learn about marketing and the inner workings of large events. Proceeds from the show benefit the CATCH (Charity Assistance to Community's Homeless) program, a local nonprofit that helps people in need find and afford housing. Tickets $10 general, $15 VIP at BALLET IDAHO SPRING FASHION SHOW: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at The Crystal Ballroom, 802 W. Bannock St. in Boise. Spring fashions from local boutiques will grace the runway and be worn by Ballet Idaho’s gorgeous dancers, followed by a unique, intimate sneak peek performance inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Enjoy champagne, appetizers, a raffle and a silent auction. Tickets $55 general, $75 VIP at


3RD ANNUAL TRASHION SHOW: 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 W. Main St. in Boise, hosted by Bombshell Salon. The “Trashion” Fashion Show benefits Idaho Rivers United and global clean water initiatives. What is a Trashion Show, you ask? Participants make costumes from recycled/100 percent post-consumer materials and enter to win prizes. More information coming soon at BOISE PHILHARMONIC ANNUAL GALA: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden in Garden City. What makes this fashionable? You need to dress in accordance with this year’s theme — 007, License to Thrill (a black tie/James Bond inspiration). Tickets available now at WINE WOMEN & SHOES: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at The Boise Centre. Designer shopping, savory food bites, wine tasting, fashion show, “Key-to-the-Closet” drawing, “Best in Shoe” Contest, Charming “Shoe Guys.” Dress code for this event is polka dots as in “Connect the dots ~ Be there ~ Be fabulous!” Tickets available soon at


The easiest way to transition your winter Crystals, heavy metal, stars and other wardrobe into spring is with your outerwear. celestial bodies will be hot for spring, along Instead of your standard black or brown with leather accents and fringe. Again, a coat, opt for white, pastel blue, clear or heavy ’70s influence is the key here. Statemetallic. Silver or gold jackets are a fun ment necklaces are large and dramatic; look way to add flash and sass to your spring for pendant necklaces, especially in gold. ensemble. (The faux fur coat here is from (The jewelry pictured here is from Urban Forever 21, paired with a hat from NordOutfitters.) strom. The raincoat came from 6. FOOTWEAR, pictured with boots from TJ Maxx and a dress from Forever 21.) White sneakers dominate the spring fashThe second major outerwear trend started ion landscape, worn with everything from last fall and is continuing into shorts to suits and fancy spring: ponchos and capes. A A look at some dresses. Old-school brands cape adds instant drama to Adidas, Converse and of the new stores like any outfit, no matter what Puma are all the rage. you have on underneath. Another major footwear in the Valley And ponchos tap into that trend is the next generation PAGE 14 ’70s vibe so perfectly; just of last season’s gladiator santhrow one on and you’re easydal: lace-up-to-the-knee breezy-groovy. pumps. They’re stunning and a major fashion statement, but watch out for striped tan 4. NEONS lines in the warmer months. Also trending: slip-ons, Birkenstocks, cut-out flats, loafers, Get glowing! Neon handbags and shoes lace-up anything, kitten heels, knee-high are a fun way to brighten up rainy spring days. Athleticwear in particular has brought boots, mules, mule-heel hybrids, flat Mary Janes, platform sandals and creepers. this trend into mainstream fashion, with colorful sneakers, flash fabrics and bright OTHER NOTES trim to help joggers and runners stand out and stay safe on the roads. Also, look for sheer tops and skirts, Major brands like Alexander Wang, Top- patchwork materials, the karate or wrap shop, Unique, Lacoste and Burberry are belt, polka dots, vertical stripes (nautical), jumping on the sporty-clothing trend, polo shirts/sportswear, square necklines, called “normcore” by those in the know. floral hippie-inspired long dresses and lay(The neon green tote pictured here is from ers, defined waist and drop-waist options Coach.) and military-inspired looks.




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What’s new for local shoppers? BY TANYA CARNAHAN SUGARBUMS INTIMATES 168 N. 9th St., Boise

This new store, launched by former professional figure skater and Treasure Valley resident Nicole Prehn, aims to be the Sephora of intimates and lingerie. This home-grown success story started in 2014 after Nicole began selling luxury lingerie items online and out of her home. She now has a huge online presence and a Downtown shop with more than 5,000 fans on Facebook. With a carefully curated selection of highend and hard-to-find lines like La Perla, Eberjay, Cosabella, Zimmerli of Switzerland, and For Love and Lemons (my personal favorite), Nicole has crafted a posh and romantic boutique you’ll want to truly take your time in. From nighties and bras (in a wide-ranging variety of sizes) to sweaters, activewear and jewelry, everything in this shop is refined, yet approachable. If you are so inclined, you’ll want to visit the “Sugar Shack” room toward the back of the store, an adults-only section stocked with exclusive intimate toys and boudoir wear.

DOMESTIC BLISS 214 N. 9th St., Boise

From one-of-a-kind vintage finds to urban contemporary designs, Domestic Bliss has a splendid collection of blissfully unique home furnishings, décor and gifts, along with personalized customer service to help you find the perfect gift or exactly what you need for your home.

PAIGE’S BOUTIQUE 450 S. Meridian Road, Suite 75, Meridian

Paige’s Boutique is a unique store specializing in bling — including purses, hats, belts, jewelry, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and much more. The shop carries a wide variety of dresses from various top designers, such as 14


Milano Formals, Jovani Fashions, Mac Duggall, Party Time Formals and Alyce Paris. Paige’s also carries tuxedos. Dresses and tuxes are registered by events to ensure no one will show up at a party in the same outfit. Paige’s Boutique is hosting Prom Extravaganza USA in March (see the box on page 13).

baby equipment store for bargain hunters that opened in October. Clothing ranges from preemie to maternity, plus juniors, women’s and men’s, too. There’s a huge play area for kids to entertain themselves while you shop nearby. Be sure to check out the $1 racks for great deals.



350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise SKECHERS — with shoes, apparel and

accessories for men, women and children — is now open at Boise Towne Square on the lower level. Skechers is a popular brand for the entire family and offers comfort and fashion in a variety of styles, including flipflops, casual wear and athletic wear. THE WALKING COMPANY is a leading specialty retailer of comfort footwear and accessories, bringing its customers the best brands from around the world, including ABEO, Dansko, UGG Australia and more. The staff is trained to help find the best shoe or orthotic fit for you. The Walking Company will open in March, on the lower level next to J.Jill, across from Sephora. CHARLOTTE RUSSE, a chain established in 1975, offers a broad choice of trendy fashion, clothes, shoes, dresses, jeans, jewelry and accessories at “value” prices. Their most fashionable young women are referred to as “Charlotte Girls.” The new store will occupy 4,449 square feet on the lower level in the Dillard’s wing. Charlotte Russe is expected to open in May.

DOLLAR DIVA 6898 W. Fairview, Boise

Dollar Diva is a children’s resale and

Not a new store, but a really cool business for families in the Treasure Valley. Make your little princess’s dream come true, with a hosted tea party or princess encounter party with one of the following characters: Cinderella, Elsa, Anna, Belle, Snow White, Alice or The Queen of Hearts. Founded by Allison Terenzio Ruiz, resident actor and artistic educator for Treasure Valley Children’s Theatre, Storybook parties were inspired by her beloved grandmother, who left Allison her extensive tea set collection when she passed away. Parties are customizable for your family’s needs and budget.

YE OLDE SWEET SHOPPE 222 N. 9th St., Boise

Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe, a family-owned business where nostalgic and modern candy and memorabilia are sold in a magical setting, has opened in Downtown Boise, its second location in the Valley. (The original store in Eagle is at 99 E. State Street.) Feel like a kid in a candy store again with more 150 jars of sweets, old-time favorites and candy bars. Enjoy an old-fashioned bottled soda or indulge in some quality chocolates.

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LOOM FINE RUGS & ARTFUL OBJECTS 4515 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City

Tamera Bennett, the owner of former shoe store Protocol in Downtown Boise, recently opened Loom, a specialty retailer of handmade floor coverings. All the rugs in Loom are wool, cotton and silk, and a majority come from Pakistan, where they are handcreated by Afghani refugees in an ancient tradition of craftsmanship. Loom also sells Persian rugs, semi-antique rugs from the 1930s and ’40s, and museum-quality pieces. Tamera also crafts vintage up-cycled fashions for her Etsy store (, and creates hand-made casted and vintage/remade jewelry, which she sells at Loom and online. She hopes to expand her store soon to include curated art works and hold fashion events and art shows.

SHOEHOUND SHOE STORE 123 E. Aikens St., Eagle

Owner Aimee Ricci began selling cool shoe styles out of clothing boutique The Club in Eagle, expanding into the space next door when it became available in December. Aimee wants women to leave her shop with a quality shoe they’re going to love a long time. Trendy, unique and budget-friendly styles are available from brands like Madeleine, OTBT, Poetic License, Pleaser, Bamboo, LamO slipper shoes, Misbehave and more. Check out the Bernie Mev shoes, which have hand-weaved uppers that conform to the shape of your feet, and thick memory foam insoles that cushion your step.

NEON/J. MICHAELS/REUSE MARKET 3777 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City

The North End Organic Nursery and J. Michaels (florist-wine-chocolates) both have moved to the former Costume Shop building. The ReUse Market (recycled materials for art projects and more) also has its store in the building.

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Boise Rock School rolls into Boise’s cultural scene The group — which is starting to transition to a nonprofit — is reaching out to kids across the Valley

ABOVE: About 60 kids each day pile into Boise Rock School to pick up instruments and play the music they love. What began as loosely organized camps has evolved into one of the city’s strongest cultural institutions. Above, from left, are Naomi Yager, Caelen Lampe and Adam Elmenni. RIGHT: Indie punk-rock

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STORY BY DANA OLAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHERINE JONES When the indie punk-rock trio Hollywood Hotel hits the stage at this year’s Treefort Music Fest, it will mark a turning point for Boise Rock School — founded eight years ago with a mission to inspire kids to learn music by playing their favorite songs. Some young musicians who did a stint at Rock School were in local

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bands that have played at Treefort, and the Rock School produces a music stage during the fest, but this is different. Hotel — Tanner Abney, 15; Gannon Matthews, 13; and Drake Semanic, 14 — is the first 100percent Rock School product to get into Treefort independently. The three boys met as little kids during Rock School summer camps in 2009. Tanner couldn’t see over this cymbals, and Gannon and Drake were swallowed up by their instruments.

Taught and nurtured over the past seven years by Rock School founders Jared Goodpaster and Ryan Peck and others, they’ve grown up playing on Rock School stages at Downtown block parties and festivals. They now are working on their second album. “It’s cool to look back to see how far we’ve come,” says Tanner. “I don’t think I would be doing this if we hadn’t gone to Rock School. We would never have met.”


Hollywood Hotel started playing together as young kids, directly at left, and continue to rock today, far left.



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The Wooden iPods: Michael Wilson, 12; Ian Williams, 12, on guitar and vocals; and Ewan Williams, 11, on piano, practice weekly at Boise Rock School with drummer Colin Pfister, 11 (not pictured).

Hollywood Hotel and Boise Rock School are now coming of age as the school works to extend its presence in the Treasure Valley music scene. It might seem a hard argument to make that a program that teaches kids to rock like AC/DC or croon like Sam Smith can help change the culture of a city, but that is what’s happening, “In another five to 10 years, we’ll see the real impact Boise Rock School will have,” says musician and Treefort co-founder and director Eric Gilbert, who selected Hollywood Hotel for this year’s lineup. “I think we’ll see more kids from Idaho out there,” Gilbert says. “They may be integrated into different music scenes, but they’ll trace their musical roots back to Boise.” In fact, after Hollywood Hotel was a done deal, Treefort announced that Rock School singer and songwriter Annika Klein, 16, also will be in the lineup backed by Peck, Andrew Stensaas and BRS students.

Charley Beebe, 9, keeps the beat during her Boise Rock School class. Kids get to learn on the latest equipment, including electronic drums.

ROCK SCHOOL IS IN SESSION At 4 p.m. on any given weekday, a stream of kids rush through the doors at Boise Rock School, located just outside the Downtown core. This is the class no one wants to be late for. The former auto repair shop that houses BRS received a makeover in 2012 that transformed it into a musical mecca. Its concrete walls and sliding glass garage doors ring with the cacophony that seeps from a row of classrooms. Classic and alternative rock, pop and indie folk all mix in the common area, accented by high pitched little-girl squeals and riotous laughter. In one room, the members of the recently formed Wooden iPods play a mix of indie to classic rock, with help from guitarist Jeff Cochran. Cochran, like most Rock School teachers, plays music locally. Here, he makes suggestions, helps clean up chords and focuses students on the structure of the song. This one is “Sail” by Awolnation. “We should play a Beatles song next,” says the iPod’s keyboardist Ewan Williams, an 11year-old Trailwind Elementary student who also plays guitar, bass and violin, the latter in his school’s orchestra. 18

Ryan Peck coaches 11-year-old Vaughn Myers on bass at Boise Rock School. Peck co-founded the school to give kids like Vaughn and his bandmates a way to explore and enjoy music.

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The group agrees and the kids put their favorite Lennon-McCartney song forward. This is one of the aspects that makes Boise Rock School different: The students drive the curriculum. Teachers coach and nurture, rather than push and prod, and let the kids go as far as they want. “I like that you get to pick your own songs and that you get to play with kids your own age and make friends,� says Ian Williams, 12, Ewan’s cousin and bandmate. Goodpaster and Peck came up with the formula for this adult-guided and kidinspired approach in 2007. “We ask the kids. ‘What inspires you? What are you listening to?’ Then we give them the skills to play that,� Peck says. No one learns the exact same music in the exact same order. There is no book to follow.

SUMMER DAY CAMP START They held the first camp at Koelsch Elementary with a handful of borrowed kids. “We called up our friends with little kids and said, ‘We want to try this curriculum we just wrote,’ � Peck says. “ ‘Can we experiment on your kids?’ � A year later they formalized Rock School in 2008 and had about 40 regular students. They had outgrown another space, a base-


Lucas Williams, 9, works with instructor Aaron Connolly at Boise Rock School. The goal is not for every kid to be a rock star, but for each of them to know that music can always be part of their lives.



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Boise Rock School ment room at Boise Contemporary Theater and then hopscotched their way across town from the Foothills School to Bronco Elite. Today, Boise Rock School lives in its own building at 14th and Idaho streets Downtown. Its programs and vision have bloomed into a multimedia, three-pronged community program that is changing the lives of thousands of kids in The Treasure Valley and beyond. Now, with more than 20 musicians who teach the more than 300 kids who fill the Rock School each week and the hundreds more in the school and community programs they produce, Rock School is set to roll. Peck and Goodpaster created a nonprofit arm called Rock on Wheels in 2012 that is taking off, and they recently added Juno Arts, another arm that is for digital arts, such as sound recording, video-game development, graphic design and filmmaking. Peck and Goodpaster’s vision is growing bigger every day as the organization becomes a greater cultural influence, catching the notice of Mayor Dave Bieter in 2013 when he gave Boise Rock School the Mayor’s Award for Arts Education. “That was an amazing moment,” Peck says. “I fell in love with Boise again that day we accepted the award. It’s rare that we look up and see what we’re doing from an outside perspective, like the city’s. It was an epiphany: I think if you’re humble and you’re gracious, Boise, as a community, wants you to succeed.”

ROOTS OF ROCK SCHOOL It’s a good thing that Goodpaster and Peck didn’t learn to play guitar as kids. If they had, Boise Rock School would not exist. “Both of us started playing music seriously after high school, and that was a huge driving point for this,” Goodpaster says. “What if we’d played in bands since we were 8 years old? How would our lives be different?” That question hung over their lives when Peck and Goodpaster met in Stanley in the late 1990s. They were both in college — Peck doing graduate work at Idaho State University, Goodpaster was an undergrad at University of Idaho — and they worked summer jobs as guides for The River Company and played in The Halos of Mojo. “We were the band in Stanley and we were terrible,” remembers Peck, laughing. Peck had started music lessons as a kid growing up in Denver. His family moved to Twin Falls when 20

Sign up for classes at Boise Rock School, 1404 W. Idaho St., or book Rock on Wheels at or by calling 572-5055. Check out BRS’s Treefort stage from noon to 4 p.m. March 28 and noon to 2 p.m. March 29. Play like your kids at the new monthly Adult Night, starting March 12. You’ll get coaching and a chance to perform. $10; includes a Crooked Fence beer.

Peck was in high school and he got discouraged. “I always had it in my head that I had no ability,” Peck says. “But I picked up the guitar again and Dave Matthews was around, and I was like, I can do this.” Peck took music lessons while he earned his master’s in biology. Today, he also plays bass and piano in the rock fusion duo Edmond Dantes with Stensaas. Peck teaches biology as an adjunct professor at BSU, produces the Music From Stanley concert series and co-runs Rock School. Goodpaster didn’t play music as a kid, but it became a serious hobby while he earned his undergraduate degree in history. Then guitar became an obsession in the three years he lived in the Czech Republic teaching English as a second language. He spent a year teaching in New York before

he returned to Idaho to pursue his master’s in education at Northwest Nazarene University. When he and Peck started Rock School, Goodpaster was teaching in the Boise School District. Now he teaches music and co-runs Rock School full time. The path to Boise Rock School started with an exploration of their personal frustrations and limitations, Peck says. “It was a long process in my brain. I was thinking back to when I was a kid,” he says. “I did things that didn’t lead anywhere, like sports, which I really wasn’t interested in. And I thought, man, ‘How different would my life be if in junior high and high school if I had been passionate about music?’ I talked about it with Jared.” They came up with the Rock School model — no auditions required, no experience necessary. Kids choose the music they want to play — rock, country, jazz, whatever — and the instructor adapts. Goodpaster focused on curriculum writing for his master’s so he was able to whip up the method’s structure, and he continues to write worksheets that the kids use to progress and build their skills. Even the littlest kids don’t learn on songs like “Farmer in the Dell”; they start with something like AC/DC’s “Back in Black” or another rock classic. They work through arrangements that gently nudge kids to improve their skills. Goodpaster’s worksheets cover all occasions, from basic chord progressions to mixolydian mode of the major scale.

Kennedy Lamer, 9, takes a break and plays around with a drum kit at Boise Rock School.

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“You can tailor a song. You can teach the most beginner kid in the world to play anything,” Peck says. “Then if they were super advanced, we can mess with it a little bit.”

NO PROFIT TO NONPROFIT When Peck and Goodpaster started Rock School, they both had full-time jobs — Peck was a guest lecturer in Boise State’s biology department; Goodpaster was teaching at East Junior High. So, they never felt pressured to make a profit. “Not that you could ever get rich teaching music to kids. It was a personal thing for both of us,” Peck says. “It was more like this fun thing to do. We didn’t intend it to make money or to have to do invoicing or whatever. We weren’t really thinking forward.” That tripped them up as Rock School became more successful and still wasn’t paying for itself. “Our first priority was all-access, so we just ate it for the first four years,” he says. Then they got smart about the business side of things, learned an accounting program and started turning things around. But the lesson they took away was that the school operated like a nonprofit, so why not make it one? During 2012 and early 2013, they pulled together a board of directors and got their 501(c)(3) designation. Although they still have the Rock School as an S-corp, the nonprofit side is taking over. “We’re shifting from everyone’s welcome to come to us — and that’s still the mission — but now we’re going out and finding those kids,” Peck says. Rock School has grown steadily since 2008. Without even trying to, it has become the big fish in the Idaho’s kid-rock scene. The national chain School of Rock opened a franchise in Eagle in 2010. It made a small noise for a couple of years, and then quietly faded away while Boise Rock School grew. Since Rock School became a nonprofit, businesses have stepped up to help support the school’s mission. Lululemon in Meridian raised funds last year with its annual “Flame,” a night of yoga, dance and meditation at the Eighth & Main Building. It will do the same on Feb. 28. Recently, 10 Barrel Brewing made Rock School a beneficiary for an event, and in 2014 Whole Foods donated funds from its bag credit program. And Crooked Fence Brewing Co., created Rock on Wheels, a red ale, donating a percentage of its sales to Rock School. Peck and Goodpaster have collaborated with other nonprofits by creating programs with The Cabin, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and TrICA (a local dance and arts program for children). Its nonprofit arm, Rock on Wheels, goes to private and public schools, plus juvenile

Boise Rock School co-founder Jared Goodpaster helps his class at the Montessori Academy in Eagle learn a song using melodicas.

At Watch some of the Boise Rock School kids in action in a video by Dana Oland.

corrections, Interfaith Sanctuary (a Boise homeless shelter) and Hays House, a shelter for at-risk kids. One of the regular stops is in Horseshoe Bend for the school district’s 21st Century Community Learning Center, a federally funded after-school program. Rock School is in effect the district’s music program for kids in fifth grade and above. “We throw around the word ‘cool’ a lot, but this really is,” says Kim Hall, the program’s director. “Rock on Wheels fills a void. They’re on instruments, learning notes. Their heads are bopping, and they’re smiling ear to ear. This is an opportunity for these kids to shine that they might not get in other areas of their lives.” This is Rock on Wheel’s second year in Horseshoe Bend. When the district lost its funding to bring Rock School in for this school year, Peck and Goodpaster applied for and received an Idaho Commission on the Arts grant to continue the connection. “It’s important to those kids for the program to be able to go to them,” Peck says. “I mean those kids are right there, so you think it would be no big deal, but they literally might as well be in Timbuktu.” Going nonprofit and developing these programs also changed how they teach, Goodpaster says. “We have 20 kids in a class (in the Rock on Wheels programs), so you can’t bring 20 guitars or sit around and watch five kids play at a time,” Goodpaster says. “So, we’ve had to customize programs that work. Now, we’re not always teaching rock. We teach music.”

The Rock on Wheels teachers bring melodicas, a keyboard you blow into, and use other approaches to music that are less about electric guitars and drums. They teach music theory and how to read notes with the melodicas, and use hand drums and clapping to teach rhythm.

WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? One of the best gigs Peck and Goodpaster did was when they backed Barrett Coyle, now 12, at her kindergarten talent show. Then 6, Barrett blew her school away. “They were awesome and the kids thought it was pretty cool,” Barrett says. “It was super cute,” remembers Barrett’s mom, Stephanie. When Goodpaster first put a guitar in Barrett’s hands, she wasn’t sure what to do but she figured it out quickly. She had been singing since age 3 and played piano a bit. “Music is my forte,” she says. “I love Rock School. It enhances my musical ability. It’s helped me be more comfortable on stage and to be more confident in my life.” She now plays in a newly formed folkrock duo with her Rock School friend Cymmetry Rice. Barrett wants to be a marine biologist but would like to have a couple of albums under her belt before she dives underwater completely, she says. “I already wrote and recorded one song at Boise Rock School,” she says. “It sounded so cool.” Hollywood Hotel’s Gannon Matthews, now a seventh-grader at Eagle Middle School, got a guitar for his 6th birthday. “I thought it was kind of cool,” he says. “I

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just three years, Treefort has established itself as one of the Treasure Valley’s signature events. One of its keys is encouraging the greater creative community to come on board and produce their own “fort.” “We try to represent the scene in Boise as a whole,” says Treefort director Eric Gilbert. “So, it reflects things that are happening organically already.” There are now many other “fort” options in addition to the music, including Storyfort, produced by The Cabin; Comedyfort, produced by the Downtown comedy venue Liquid; and Skatefort, which again will take over Rhodes Park with music and skating events. The festival has also been a boon to Boise’s local music scene. This year, along with Boise Rock protégées Hollywood Hotel, you’ll find that about 40 percent of the bands are local, Gilbert says. “This is becoming a training ground for local bands,” he says. Bands must apply through the same process as the touring acts. They must have a professional package, including a bio, set list and photos. That is preparing them to compete outside of Boise. And it’s working, Gilbert says. “Last year I saw that the local bands are getting it,” he says. “They’re preparing a special set, they’re using lighting differently and trying to present their stuff at a higher level.” That fact, along with Gilbert’s Duck Club Presents that produces music throughout the year, is taking the local music scene to a new level. And that was the original mission Gilbert and his co-founders Lori ShandroOuten and Drew Lorona set out on when they created Treefort.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION A five-day all-access pass is $139 general until March 1, $159 after; $119 for 20 and younger for access to all-ages venues and other forts until March 1, and $139 after; The Zip Line ($299) gets you all-access plus frontof-the-line privileges; The Secret Handshake pass ($999) gets you all of the above plus limited, escorted access backstage. It also includes a 2015 Duck Club season pass. There are a limited number of Handshake passes available. Info: Bonus: Treefort pass holders also get admission to the other forts listed below by showing their wristbands. Other forts:


COMEDYFORT will expand on last year’s comedy showcases with an official fort event at Liquid, 405 N. 8th St., on March 25-29. It will feature local and headlining comics each night. It’s free for pass holders, $10-$12 per show for the public if space is available. THE TREEFORT FILM FEST will showcase emerging filmmakers and independent films March 25-29. You’ll find screening, filmmaker forums and workshops at The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., and in a tented venue at The Modern Hotel, 1304 W. Grove St. A five-day Film Festonly pass is $20. STORYFORT will feature readings and performances from regional, local and national fiction writers, poets and storytellers. This year, nationally known author Laura van den Berg and Fast Company editor-at-large Jeff Chu will headline the event. It’s free to Treefort wristband holders and the public if space is available. HACKFORT will be March 26-28 at The Owyhee, 1109 W. Main St. It is an extension of Boise State University’s Bronco Appathon, an app development competition held on March 6-8 at BSU. You’ll hear presentations of the winning apps, discussions on technology, innovation and creativity. A Hackfortonly pass is $20. YOGAFORT will happen March 27-29 at the Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St. Dance and yoga classes will be taught by certified instructors from studios around the West, including nationally known instructor Micheline Berry, and some will be accompanied by live music. A Yogafort-only pass is $50. SKATEFORT, produced by Boise Parks and Recreation and the city’s skate community, will feature skateboard and music events at Rhodes Skate Park, under the I-184 overpass on 16th Street, throughout the festival. KIDFORT will present a Roadshow that will perform an ’80s revue with Boise new wave band Popsicle at various Treefort venues, along with other performances and kid activities March 27-28. TREEFORT PERFORMANCE ART will run throughout the festival. James Sharp of Red Light Variety Show is spearheading the effort to liven up the streets with performance artists, from jugglers to stilt walkers. ALEFORT BREW FEST will feature more than a dozen local and regional breweries. Look for it near the main stage. It’s for 21 and older, and you gotta pay for beer. TRUCKFORT: OK, not really — but you will find a fleet of Boise’s food trucks and carts throughout Downtown during the festival.

wanted to be like Jack White.” The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” was the first song he remembers learning. Peck and Goodpaster arranged performances for the kid rockers, from the Boise’s Got Talent competition at the former Donnie Mac’s in the Linen District to the Rock School stage during the last Treefort. Getting that stage time was key, Gannon says. “I think it’s made a big difference,” he says. “It boosted my confidence and now we just get up there and play. It even helps when I have to get up in front of the classroom and answer a question.” Maura Romano, 16, started playing guitar at Boise Rock School at age 11 when she was a student at Anser Charter School. “They did a workshop at school with us called Garage Band. Jared handed me a guitar, which I never thought of playing, and I loved it,” she says. Maura started taking private lessons from Peck and has played with several bands during the past few years. Today, guitar is her strongest instrument. She also sings and plays keyboards in a Boise Rock School band. “At first I was afraid to get out of my comfort zone and just wanted to stay with chords,” Maura says. “But then I started writing my own stuff with solos. I sat down one day and just played scales for hours. That’s when I got the courage to start playing harder stuff.” For Barrett’s mom, Stephanie, the journey has been life-changing for her daughter and their family, she says. And it’s been fun to be part of the Rock School phenomenon. “I’ve watched them grow and the cool way they’ve integrated themselves into the community,” Coyle says. “They’re a good team. I’m super inspired by those guys. They’re one of the bright spots in this community.” But Rock School’s biggest success — and its legacy — may be that it empowers kids to find their own way in whatever path they choose by using their creativity and what they learned from their love of music. Kids can do it while they play sports, like Hollywood Hotel’s Matthews, who is on his school’s basketball team; or even if they want to become not a musician but a neurologist, like Wooden iPod bassist Michael Wilson, 12. Both say they want to keep music part of their lives. “Our biggest goal is to get collaboration and creativity into places that might not have it — be it Horseshoe Bend or Hays House, wherever,” Peck says. “And for us that means music and all the stuff that comes with it, the healing power and just the fun of it. Then we want to take the next generation to the next level, for them to become more passionate and talented and creative. It’s more fun to be around people who get excited about stuff. “We want kids to be stoked about life.”

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Idaho film festivals get things rolling


he local film scene keeps growing and so do the number of film festivals. This year, our area will support four from February to June. Here’s a look at what you will see (so far).

ARTS NOTES By Dana Oland

FESTIVAL WITH A CAUSE Sun Valley’s Family of Woman Film Festival runs Feb. 26-March 1 at the Sun Valley Opera House. It will expand this year by bringing two of its films to Boise State University for free screenings and discussions with filmmakers. The BSU screenings will be at the Special Events Center on Feb. 25 and 27. Family of Woman sheds light on the issues confronting women and girls globally through films, lectures and discussions. TV comedy writer, screenwriter and author Peggy Elliott Goldwyn founded the festival in 2008 as part of her work on the board of the United Nations Population Fund, an organization that works to ensure women and girls everywhere have access to reproductive health services. “I was supposed to raise awareness of women’s global issues,” Goldwyn says. “I felt that coming from the film 24

business, I would do it through showing women’s stories rather than talking.” Goldwyn and the festival have helped bring women’s issues to the fore, such as acid attacks on women in Pakistan, girls struggling for education in Afghanistan and female genital mutilation in Mali. This year’s films are themed around “Women and Their Dreams” and are particularly relevant to what’s happening in the world. “There are several global volatile situations reflected in what we’re showing,” Goldwyn says. The festival opens in Sun Valley on Feb. 26 with “The Supreme Price,” a Nigerian documentary about Hafsat Abiola, who founded the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria and works to advance the status and rights of Nigeria’s most marginalized

population: women and girls. It also will screen in Boise on Feb. 27. Filmmaker Joanna Lipper and Abiola will be at both. You can see the Iranian film “Sepideh,” about a young girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut, in Boise on Feb. 25 and in Sun Valley on Feb. 27, with a post-film discussion by Barbara Morgan, former NASA astronaut and distinguished educator in residence at Boise State, and filmmaker Mona Rafatzadeh at both. Find the schedule, Sun Valley ticket information, hotel specials and other perks at

THE BIG GUNS IN SUN VALLEY Sun Valley Film Festival, March 4-8, is growing in its role as an insiders festival — meaning you’ll see fewer stars and more producers, screenwriters and directors from across the spectrums of local, independent and studio films. The fourth annual festival will expand from four to five days this year with more events, such as “Coffee Talks” with industry pros like actors Bruce Dern and Bill Paxton, aprés-screening parties and more than 60 films.

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Boise Music Week 2015 This year, the festival will launch a new award to recognize a film artist’s entire career. Film legend Clint Eastwood will receive the first Lifetime Vision Award. The actor and director will attend the festival, but details of his visit were still in the works at press time. The 2015 lineup includes several world premieres and a Clint mix of national, international Eastwood and Idaho films, including “Cut Bank,” a thriller co-starring Dern, John Malkovich and Liam Hemsworth. You’ll see works-in-progress and a preview of Idaho resident Scott Glenn’s “The Barber.” The newest element is The Bruce Dern Film Lab that will bring together the writer, producer and director of a nearly completed film for a screening followed by a discussion of their filmmaking process. “The Descendants” co-screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon will run this year’s Screenwriters Lab that will give one lucky screenwriter out of hundreds of submissions the chance to have a table reading of his or her script by professional actors. The Future Filmmakers Forum will offer middle and high school students a chance to submit a short film and attend the festival. The best student-made shorts will receive a screening, and there are cash prizes for the best overall film and best film by an Idaho student. Tickets: The Film Lover’s Pass ($150) includes all screenings, the Screenwriters Lab and Coffee Talks; The Party Pass ($150) will get you into all the schmoozing events, including the Festival Lounge; The Ultimate Pass ($500) gets you all of the above and a few other perks; Boise State University students can get a pass ($100) that works like a sampler, with tickets to a smattering of screenings, parties and other events, including the Screenwriters Lab. Find hotel discounts, buy tickets and keep up with the schedule of films and events at

THE EDGIER FEST The Treefort Film Fest puts the focus on emerging filmmakers and cutting-edge independent films. It’s organized and co-curated by award-winning filmmaker Benjamin Morgan and film programmer Ian Clark. They also co-curate the Eastern Oregon Film Festival in La Grande. That’s where Morgan met Treefort Music Fest co-founder Eric Gilbert. Gilbert’s band Finn Riggins played at EOFF, and Gilbert collaborates to book the bands. Morgan came to Boise for the first Treefort, when Gilbert showed a few films at the Egyptian Theatre. That inspired

Morgan to write a proposal for developing a stronger film presence during Treefort. There’s an organic relationship between music and film, Morgan says. “We’re (EOFF) a film festival first and there is music on the side. Treefort is the other way around,” Morgan says. “The music festival is a behemoth, so this year we’re trying to figure out how to position ourselves.” The Film Fest (not Filmfort) will take over a tent at The Modern Hotel, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, March 25-27, and one screen at The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, March 27-29. Morgan began rolling out film announcements earlier this month. The first two are the feature-length documentary “Tomorrow We Disappear,” about the Kathputli Colony, an enclave of artists in New Delhi that was razed to make way for a skyscraper, and “Buffalo Juggalos,” a documentary short that explores the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, N.Y. Juggalos are followers of the band Insane Clown Posse. Booking a festival is a year-round job of networking, Morgan says. But now in its third year, it has a bit of a reputation and is getting more submissions. This year you’ll see a block of films programmed by FilmMaker Magazine, plus a selection of Idaho films. The Film Fest also will collaborate with Hackfort to produce a digital music and literary publishing and film distribution forum at 1:30 p.m. March 27 at The Owyhee, 1109 W. Main St. Morgan also is planning to write and produce his own movie in Boise in the summer, directed by Boise filmmaker Zach Voss. “I’ve fallen in love with Boise,” Morgan says. “It’s a pretty unique town with the way it invests in arts and culture. And the people are so nice. I’d like to do for film what Eric is doing for music with Treefort.” Films are included in your Treefort all-access pass, or it’s $20 for a five-day Film Fest-only pass. Find out more about Treefort and all its related events on page 22 or go to

THE NEWBIE FEST There is a grass-roots effort to create a Boise International Film Festival. The dates are set for June 18-21 at venues to be named later around the city. Organizers Lana Westbrook, a network media specialist, and Matt Williams, film fan and the father of actor and filmmaker Connor Williams, promise a slate of international documentaries and feature films, shorts, parties, panel discussions and visiting filmmakers. The festival is taking submissions through March 2 via Look for more details in the coming months. You can follow the festival’s development at

The 97th annual celebration of music and theater known as Boise Music Week will produce concerts — both big and small — throughout Downtown Boise, May 1-9. You’ll see and hear everything from jazz to gospel, folk dance to big band swing, and the centerpiece production of a full-scale musical at the Morrison Center. THIS YEAR’S MUSICAL is “Gypsy,” the musical retelling of the life story of burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee. It tells the true story of Lee and her sister June Havoc, who both went on to successful performing careers as adults, while they were being raised in the waning days of vaudeville by their hard-boiled, single-minded, even monstrous stage mother, Rose. This is the first time BMW has produced “Gypsy.” There has been some controversy about the choice, admits production committee head Allyn Krueger. “But this is Music Week, so you know it will be a tasteful production,” she says. Still, it’s up to parents to decide if it’s right for small children. Larry Dennis will direct the show that is filled with iconic songs by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, including “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. May 6-8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 9 at the Morrison Center. Check the Idaho Statesman in April for more information about tickets and other Music Week details. Also, this year marks the second annual Jazz Night. Last year’s was standing-room only. For 2015, the group received a Morrison Foundation Grant to produce it at the Morrison Center. All events are free. SCHOOL NIGHT, performances by Boise School District choirs, orchestras and bands, kicks things off at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Taco Bell Arena. THE MUSIC IN THE PARK outdoor concert will be noon-4 p.m. May 2 at the Gene Harris Bandshell at Julia Davis Park. “ALL THAT JAZZ” will feature Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia, Cherie Buckner and The Kings of Swing at 6:45 p.m. May 2 at the Morrison Center. Free tickets will be available at the Center’s box office in April. CHURCH NIGHT, performances by area choirs, will be at 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral of the Rockies, 11th and Hays streets. THE ORGAN RECITALS will be at 12:15 p.m. May 4-7 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, 518 N. 8th St. THE SHOWCASE OF AREA TALENT will be at 7 p.m. May 4 at Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave. INTERNATIONAL DANCE NIGHT, performances by community dance groups, will be at 7 p.m. May 5 at Timberline. THEATER ORGAN CONCERT AND SILENT MOVIE will be at 12:15 p.m. May 8 at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. Find more information about the lineup at FEBRUARY 2015


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The Spring Culinary Festival returns to McCall’s Shore Lodge on April 1012 — and foodies can participate in all the action with the special VIP chef’s package. Right, teams get into the game at last year’s Culinary King of the Mountain event. PHOTO BY KATIE ZINN / PROVIDED BY SHORE LODGE

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SUN VALLEY SERENADE When you’re done hitting the slopes on Baldy, catch a flick at the historic Opera House in the Sun Valley Village. This beautiful Tyrolean-inspired building has an illustrious history, dating back to 1937 when it opened at the resort. Sun Valley Resort had just opened in 1936, and right away it became a popular hangout for Hollywood luminaries like Errol Flynn and Clark Gable. This might help to explain why the Opera House was lucky enough to score an early copy of the legendary film “Gone with the Wind,” which played at the theater not long after it debuted in 1939. Today, the theater has been lovingly preserved, and it recently received a complete digital projector overhaul, including new sound equipment and a screen. The Opera House, which is the premier venue for the upcoming Sun Valley Film Festival, slated to take place on March 4-8, shows current-run films throughout the 26

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year, and it hosts a plethora of arts and cultural events. The 1941 smash hit “Sun Valley Serenade,” starring John Payne and Glenn Miller and his orchestra, was filmed at various locations around the resort. The movie gets shown (for free) every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The movie plays in the guest rooms at the resort on a continual loop as well. The theater also has a long tradition of showing ski adventure films by Warren Miller, who was a ski bum at the resort in his early days. For movie listings and times, go to Sun Valley Resort offers a stay-and-ski package that starts at $162 nightly (per person, double occupancy). This mid-winter deal runs through March 28.

Sun Valley Lodge is currently closed for major renovation. Construction should be completed by June. For now, guests can stay at the Sun Valley Inn or in one of the resort’s many condominiums and cottages. For reservations, call (800) 786-8259. How about taking in a hockey game after frolicking in the snow? Sun Valley Suns (, a men’s amateur hockey team that plays its home games at the resort’s indoor ice rink, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. There are still a few games left on the home ice before the team heads to the Black Diamond Hockey League championship (March 13-14) in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Suns take on Boulder, Colo., on Feb. 21, followed by other home games on Feb. 27-28 and March 6-7.

MCCALL IS CALLING Who needs an excuse to go to McCall? But here are a few good ones anyway. Brundage Mountain (www.brundage. com) recently completed a beautiful expansion of its main day lodge, which includes a new and improved rental shop and more outdoor deck space near Smoky’s Bar & Grill.

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Head to Brundage for Musical March, a monthlong concert series featuring Drifter Still (March 7), Innocent Man (March 14), Carter Freeman (March 21) and Mark Holt (March 28). Shore Lodge has turned into foodie central in recent years.This grand resort along the shores of Payette Lake will be hosting its second annual Spring Culinary Festival, slated to take place April 10-12. Culinary King of the Mountain (April 11), the main event at this year’s festival, will pit two Boise chefs against each other in a cooking competition styled after Food Network’s “Chopped.” Shore Lodge’s executive chef, Steven Topple, has lined up Wiley Earl (Alavita, Fork) and Aaron Wermerskirchen (Juniper) to go head to head, with the help of their team of sous chefs. Get package and ticket details at Shore Lodge offers several package deals throughout the year; among them is the “Foodies Furlough,” which includes lodging (starting at $279 a night, double occupancy) and a four-course dinner at The Narrows, the resort’s fine-dining restaurant. To make reservations, call (800) 657-6464.

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A POKEY STATE OF MIND Take a little trip to Pocatello, a half hour from Pebble Creek Ski Area. There’s more going on in this sleepy town than people imagine. Stephens Performing Arts Center (, an opulent theater perched on a hill above the main Idaho State University campus, is an excellent venue to take in plays and concerts. Upcoming shows include composer William Joseph, who will be performing on March 7 with the Teton Chamber Orchestra. On April 8, don’t miss Neil DiamondThe Tribute, featuring Rob Garrett’s popular King of Diamonds. While you’re in Pokey, make sure to check out Don Aslett’s Museum of Clean (, an impressive museum that celebrates all things clean with a huge collection of vintage and antique vacuum cleaners, washing machines, tubs, brooms and more. This place is perfect for the germaphobe in your family. Enjoy a stroll or a bike ride along the Portneuf Greenway, an 11-mile system of interconnected recreational trails that winds through the city. For maps and more information, visit www.portneufgreenway. org. For Pocatello lodging and dining information, go to

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Sometimes backyard magic can happen without involving a single blade of grass. That’s what happened at the home of Louis and Jo Anna Hansen in the Saguaro Canyon neighborhood in Meridian. They moved to Idaho in 2010 after many years in Ohio. Louis is originally from Filer and a Boise State graduate, class of ’71. They have now have been married for 11 years and had made annual visits to Idaho for many years. “He always told me, ‘I am moving back to Boise, Idaho, so if you don’t want to leave Ohio, then we wouldn’t work out,’” 28

Jo Anna said Louis would remind her while they were dating. So when Louis took a job as a construction defect litigation adjuster with Berkley North Pacific Group in 2010, they needed a place to live in the Treasure Valley. They wanted a single-level home, and Jo Anna wanted a courtyard. They found a home that they liked, but the landscaping was incomplete, the gate wasn’t attached yet, and Jo Anna admits it was rather plain. But they liked the location and the 2010 price, so they bought the house before Jo Anna had a chance to see it in person.

Hardscape project transforms Meridian couple’s outdoor living space As sometimes happens, the Treasure Valley can be a magnet; the Hansens were soon followed to Idaho by their youngest daughter and Jo Anna’s sister. Even though the landscaping was in, it still didn’t have quite the right fit for them. The fence was starting to sag a bit, and it was time to do some tweaking. “It just kind of morphed into what we have today,” Jo Anna said. The morphing started small. They would put concrete on the side of the house and


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Jo Anna and Louis Hansen, at left, rethought their entire yard in order to eliminate most of the small patches of lawn and add some definition and more useable spaces throughout their yard — from the front, above left, to the backyard, directly above. Hardscaping elements and tinted LED lighting now encircle the entire house, and the new stone design is more conducive to better interaction at backyard get-togethers. BEFORE PHOTOS, FOUNTAIN PHOTO ON PAGE 31 AND MAIN YARD PHOTOS ON PAGES 32 AND 36 PROVIDED BY LOUIS HANSEN. ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYLE GREEN / KGREEN@IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM. FEBRUARY 2015


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after fix the side gate. “Then she wanted a firepit,” Louis said. “But I didn’t want it to look like anybody else’s. And I thought if we were going to do that, we should have a fountain, too.” They hooked up with Tim Fellin of T&R Masonry, the team that did the original masonry work for their home. (T&R does the masonry contract work for Boise Hunter Homes.) The ideas went back and forth; the firepit became a firepit table, planter boxes grew in number, lighting and electricity were added, and the ideas started to come together with the help of inspiration from Sunset magazine, T&R’s landscape designer and other sources. “It’s gone through a lot of changes and a lot of insanity,” said Samantha Barrientos, the daughter who followed them to Idaho and now goes to the College of Western Idaho. “The important thing to us was that it flowed and didn’t look like it was pieced together,” Louis said. 30

Samantha, though, wasn’t convinced turning the backyard into an all-encompassing hardscape project was going to achieve any desired family haven. “I thought, ‘Oh no. You guys have a gorgeous house, what are you talking about?’ ” she said. “I have a slab of concrete in my backyard — why would you think that?” She also shook her head when she heard how many dozens of lights would be added to the backyard. “It’s going to be crazy bright,” she thought. But opinions can change once someone sees the end result of a project. “I would live out by their firepit if I could,” Samantha says today. “But it’s not anything I would have thought of. I think a lot of the neighbors had the same reaction I did. But everybody loved it. It got rave reviews, that’s for sure. I heard the word ‘amazing’ a lot.”



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Soothing sounds of the new threestone fountain, above, add to the backyard’s ambiance. The Hansens “remodeled” to add some other features, such as the firepit table at left, to the backyard to make the area more suited for outdoor living and entertaining.




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The new backyard still has some spots of whimsy thanks to Jo Anna Hansen’s clever use of yard art.

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STARTING FROM SCRATCH T&R Masonry has been doing these kinds of projects for several years now. One crew does new construction and another crew works on outdoor living spaces and paver driveways. Fellin says more people these days are putting money into “their own oasis,” rather than purchasing a vacation home or taking expensive vacations. And hardscaping can be a great option because it lasts “forever.” “It’s not like a deck that requires maintenance,” he said. But just because it’s easy to take care of doesn’t mean it’s easy to throw together. “You really are giving birth to something,” Fellin said. “Everything was gone, right down to the dirt,” Louis said. About the only thing that remained was 32

a pair of juniper trees out front. Otherwise, trees were pulled out, irrigation drip lines were pulled out, and a trench was dug around the house to ensure a proper drainage system. The air-conditioning unit needed to be removed to create access in the back for the Skid Cat. It was offline for almost two months during the hottest part of the summer. Lack of air conditioning was probably the biggest challenge during the entire three-month project, which speaks well for the whole planning and construction process. As the project grew, so did the required solutions to pull it off. All of the years Louis has spent with defective construction litigation means he is aware of the things that can go wrong. Drainage was clearly important. He has seen more than his share of drainage prob-

lems over the years in his profession. “Because of what I do, I’m kind of a pain, ... ” he said. “He drove me nuts, but it was OK,” Jo Anna said with a laugh. “Louis is the kind of client I want,” Fellin said. Together they figured out how to incorporate the basement ventilation through a planter so it would be both efficient and aesthetically pleasing. “We tried to anticipate what the issues would be, not just now but further down the line,” Louis said. The planter boxes are all independent structures, too, which can eliminate future problems; 6-inch conduits were put under the pavers for the plumbing and electrical systems; low-voltage LED lights were put

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after before The front yard also went through a makeover, creating more defined planting areas and helping cut down on water usage. The new space is also easier to maintain. In both the front and the backyards, the stonework consists of stand-alone elements that won’t push against a fence or other structures. Almost hidden is the small courtyard entrance, which offers additional privacy and more spots for planting.

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The new definition in the Hansens’ yard is clearly visible in the top photo. The new rock planting boxes offer lots of room for plants and other outdoor ornamentation.

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T&R MASONRY (Tim Fellin and co-workers did the rock work. Carmen Webber is the landscape designer.) T&R Masonry can be reached at 989-9680. P & H ELECTRIC EXCALIBUR METAL DESIGN in Meridian did the firepit table cover. Homeowner Jo Anna Hansen worked with Jeremy Adams, who designed the cover and the metal pieces for the project.


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seminars, shows help you find inspiration RETHINKING IDAHO LANDSCAPES Boise Centre, Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $30 for Idaho Botanical Garden members and U of I Master Gardeners and $40 for nonmembers. Register by Feb. 27 online, or call 343-8649. The Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho sponsor this daylong forum with keynote speakers and topics that cover irrigation, edible landscapes and garden design, including ideas and hints for those tricky parking strips and driveway and alley “hellstrips.� rethinking-idaho-landscapes/ See the Idaho Statesman’s special “TREASURE VALLEY GARDENING� MAGAZINE in your paper on Wednesday, March 18. You’ll find lots of ideas for creating special spaces and getting your garden growing this year. Look for a list of upcoming plant sales that benefit nonprofit groups and a calendar of other events for gardeners.

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Unseen is the effort that went into an efficient drainage system, as well as a solution that was created for more unobtrusive crawlspace ventilation. Find some tips and advice about masonry projects on page 37.

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after under the planter caps; and 110 outlets were placed in every planter for potential future use. (Christmas lights, anyone?) “You don’t ever see 75 percent of the job,” Fellin said. Jo Anna’s job was somewhat easier. “I did nothing but go pick out stones and rocks,” she said. She does underplay some of her role, as she often supplied Gatorade, muffins or lunch to the workers in her backyard. “I feel like if you take care of your contractors, they’ll take care of you,” she said. Speaking of rocks, a lot of effort went into choosing just the right rocks for the firepit. Let’s just say that the choice of those blue rocks, along with the orange flames of the fire, make for a rather appropriate color combination in this Broncoloving town. After it was all completed at the beginning of October, the couple invited neighbors over for a small party to both show off their backyard and thank the neighbors for their several months of construction patience. What they saw was a lovely firepit table that will seat a large gathering (it now has a custom cover, too), a three-stone fountain, numerous planters — including stepped

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Masonry projects shouldn’t be entered into lightly STORY BY DUSTY PARNELL SPECIAL TO TREASURE MAGAZINE

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planters in the corner to add height — all new pavers, concrete on the sides, a mahogany half-wall to block the view of the air-conditioning unit, and about 80 or 90 LED lights around the house, amber in back, white in front. Most are placed under the planter caps (which double as seats), and nary a one shines into anyone’s eyes. Nor do the lights leak into the neighbors’ yards. “This is actually a pretty cool yard,” Samantha said. “It turned out great.” “They did it right,” Fellin said. While all that (low-maintenance) concrete may seem a bit much to some, the side of the house opposite the firepit is the perfect spot for a rousing game of cornhole. At least that’s what they call it back in Ohio. Some people around here will likely recognize it as bean bag toss. And back to those missing blades of grass: Actually, they did keep a square out in the front yard. “We didn’t want to make it look like a concrete jungle,” Fellin said. That means Louis can still go out and mow the lawn whenever he’s in the mood for two or three minutes with his mower. “He takes pride in that little patch of grass,” Samantha said.

Dusty Parnell is a freelance print, radio and video journalist who has worked in the Treasure Valley for more than 25 years.

If you’re thinking of creating your dream outdoor oasis to enjoy this spring and summer, the time to start planning is now. Check out a home show or seminar and start meeting with contractors to get bids. Local garden centers are also sources of good ideas. And a warning if you are thinking of hardscaping: It’s not as simple as just bringing in some rocks and pavers and strewing them about. You have to think about the physics of building walls and such. There is irrigation and drainage to consider. And it is not the easiest thing to rip out and start over. It takes a lot of planning. It takes a pretty good-sized budget, too. How much does it cost? “Twice as much as you think,” said Louis Hansen, who entirely re-created the backyard of his home. “As you go along, more things will be added. The wish list gets bigger.” If you’re wondering about budget, envision the price of a nice, open-ended kitchen remodel as your starting place. In the Hansens’ case, they spent well north of a kitchen remodel, with a significant chunk of that going just for the LED lighting. (Which is pretty darn cool, by the way.) To be fair, though, they revamped the entire yard area — back, front and both sides. “If you’re going to do it, do it right,” said his wife, Jo Anna. “This is our retirement home,” Louis said. “This is not an investment.” “It was money well spent,” she said. “Instead of a cabin, we have this,” he said. “This isn’t wanting a new door for your house,” said Tim Fellin, of T&R Masonry. Fellin’s company did the original masonry work for the home, and the Hansens called him back for this big project, along with his landscape designer, Carmen Webber. Fellin warns that a person needs a solid understanding of the scope of such a project. The biggest problem he’s seen over the years is that about 75 percent of people wish they had done their project differently. “You have to be ready for a journey, because there are things that come about,” he said. “And you have to be willing to pay for what you want. It’s not for someone who wants to be thrifty or who is


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looking for a bargain, because then you’re not going to get what you fully wanted. You’re always going to be let down.” “You’ve got to have patience to do a project like this,” Louis said. The starting place for a hardscape project really takes place entirely in your head. We are so entrenched with the idea of grass that the first step is to be inspired. The Hansens found their inspiration in a magazine. Inspiration can also come from home shows, neighbors or Pinterest. And find the right contractor for you. Fellin says his starting place is what he calls a “communication contract.” It starts with understanding the final goal. Do you like a quiet evening with just your spouse or a couple of friends? Or do you like to have the occasional big bash with 30 or 40 people? It goes back to planning, knowing your own needs and finding a contractor who can relate to your goals. Everybody needs to have the same vision. “My job is to make the picture even better in real life,” Fellin said. “My forte is understanding what would work for you, but it’s the architect’s job or landscape designer’s to put it all together.” When it’s all done, you have a beautiful and functional, low-maintenance yard. Plants and shrubs create a colorful accent along with nonintrusive lights, a soothing fountain and a friendly firepit. The Hansens anticipate their water bill to be less than half what it was in previous summers. Those are a lot of things to put in the win column. FEBRUARY 2015


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Lunchtime is busy at On The Fly on the second floor of the Eighth & Main building in Downtown Boise.


t n a r restauurgence res IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, MORE CHOICES ABOUND AS NEW EATERIES REDEFINE DOWNTOWN BOISE’S RESTAURANT SCENE STORY BY JAMES PATRICK KELLY SPECIAL TO TREASURE MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARIN OSWALD The dark dining days of the Great Recession seem to be a thing of the past as evidenced by a spate of new eateries that have recently opened in Downtown Boise. This restaurant resurgence, if you will, has helped to recharge a dining scene that sputtered through some tough economic years. “We are always looking for originality, and many of these new places are putting out creative food. It’s good for everyone,” says Dave Krick, who’s been a bellwether over the years in the Downtown corridor with his Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Alehouse. Folks who dwell in the Downtown area are particularly noticing this spike in new places to dine. “The dining scene seems like it’s in a good spot right now,” proclaims Karen Ellis, 38

who has lived Downtown for six years and is the director of the Boise Farmers Market. She also founded the Capital City Public Market in 1994. “There are a lot of new choices, and lots of places are using local food well.” Ellis and her husband, Wayne, dine out around four times a week. “It definitely causes us to not cook as much as we should, with all these great options within walking distance,” she says. But as most people remember, the restaurant scene wasn’t always so rosy in the new millennium. 2008 was an especially rough year for restaurants in the Boise area, particularly in the Downtown corridor. Several longtime eateries, such as Mortimer’s, The Milky Way and even the Gamekeeper, shuttered their doors due to a plummeting economy.

“We loved The Milky Way. We were sad to see it go. But we like what Jered [Couch] is doing there now,” Ellis says. She’s referring to The Dish, which chef Jered Couch resurrected in the former Milky Way spot in July 2013. Couch previously owned The Dish at Lake Harbor back in 2002-2005, and he eventually closed the eatery to open SixOneSix in Downtown Eagle. SixOneSix had a good run — from 2006 to 2009 — but he had to make the heartbreaking decision to close the restaurant after seeing his business substantially drop off. “It was a hard thing to do, for sure. I could have re-conceptualized and not gone so fine dining, because nobody was spending money during the crash,” Couch explains. “But I didn’t know where the economy

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ABOVE AND RIGHT: Chef Jered Couch pre-

pares food for a packed lunch crowd at The Dish as Chantel Martin readies to serve her guests.

was going at that point. I don’t think anyone knew how bad things were going to get.” After working a corporate chef job (with Thomas Cuisine) for a few years, Couch got the itch to jump back into the restaurant game, but finding the perfect location was imperative. “I always had it in the back of my mind to open a new place, but it had to be in the right spot. I really wanted to be in Downtown Boise,” Couch says. “The Milky Way was a great restaurant,

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and when the economy started getting better and that space became available [after it was a sports pub for a while], I didn’t think twice about jumping on it.” After a total makeover, Couch and his business partner Brian McGill, who owns Willowcreek Grill and Raw Sushi, debuted the restaurant to rave reviews. The Dish, on the street-level of the art deco Empire Building, boasts an eclectic design, with lots of cozy booths with whimsical patterns, set off by stark concrete walls. Let’s just say that it’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Couch also has a penchant for eclectic menus that are both quirky and accessible, not to mention all over the map in terms of global flavor profiles. Currently, diners can get appetizers like Mediterranean-inspired pita “nachos,” pork belly lettuce cups with Bing cherry sambal and crispy kimchee fries topped with grilled Korean beef and spicy aioli. Entrées range from sautéed shrimp and cheesy grits (with braised fennel and ovenroasted tomatoes) to a pan-seared pork chop (with Moroccan carrot puree and fig jam) aptly called “Figgy Piggy.” But the restaurant is not above serving burgers, either. How does a big burger with Brie, truffle aioli and red onion marmalade sound? Vegetarians will find plenty to eat here as well, because Couch believes that meatless cuisine shouldn’t be an afterthought. He does wonderful things with quinoa and other ancient grains. The Dish keeps around 10 draft handles of local and regional craft brews, as well as a wine list that focuses on Northwest wines.

MEANWHILE, ON IDAHO STREET 2013 also saw the opening of Alavita — just around the corner from its sister restaurant, Fork — on Idaho Street. This contemporary Italian eatery and bar specializes in housemade pasta and other Mediterranean specialties—all made from scratch with a Northwest bent. Chef Wiley Earl’s seasonal menus, which are chock-full of local food, include standout dishes such as butternut squash ravioli, roasted chicken saltimbocca and Barolobraised beef short ribs. The stylish bar area is a great place to grab a glass of wine and appetizers, like deconstructed bruschetta and steamed clams with white wine, pancetta and peppers.


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back in the day, completely retooled the small space that had been a revolving door of eateries over the years. These two renegades, along with chef de cuisine Kris Komori, elevated the bar by offering Boiseans a taste of modernist cuisine — a big-city culinary style that fuses science and food into an alchemy of culinary astonishment. The multi-course tasting menus change with the seasons, and the whimsy of the kitchen. And let’s not forget all the local food that comes in the back door. Diners sit at a communal wood table and share a dining experience that’s unparalleled in the City of Trees, or anywhere in Idaho, for that matter. Since the menus are always changing, diners will never know what to expect from week to week. A recent menu started things off with a velvety celery root soup constructed with citrus kosho, miso, truffle and a cocoa nib. The main course consisted of a succulently braised cube of beef adorned with black trumpet mushrooms, pearl onions, black garlic and pickled ume, paired with claret (red blend) from Idaho’s Split Rail Winery. Those who were lucky enough to try this menu concluded the night with a yule log, a pinwheel of mochi sponge cake (with chocolate and chestnut) served with persimmon ice cream.



On The Fly owner and chef Dustan Bristol creates a savory BLT for a lunch patron.

State & Lemp recently resurrected its Saturday Night Supper Club, where latenight diners (service at 9 p.m.) can enjoy a scaled-down food and wine experience for about half the price.

2013 was definitely a harbinger of good things to come for the local dining scene. In many ways, these new concepts bolstered confidence for others to open establishments in 2014.

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A BUSTLING FOOD ROW The 8th Street corridor saw several openings last year, especially in the Eighth & Main building, where Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria and On the Fly rotisserie deli gave diners a gamut of new options. The buzz of this new building, along with all the other new construction projects in the Downtown area, has been a boon for everyone, even for longtime restaurateurs who compete for the same bucks. “We’ve actually seen about a 10 percent bump in business [at Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Alehouse] since Eighth & Main opened,” Krick states. Dustan Bristol, chef-owner of Brick 29 in Nampa, debuted On the Fly earlier this year—up the escalator on the second floor of the Eighth & Main building. Bristol always wanted a place in Downtown Boise, but his original idea possibly included an upscale pub or an eatery similar to Brick 29. But the small space forced him to rethink his concept. “I didn’t actually plan to open a deli, but it seemed like the best concept for the spot,” Bristol says. “And it already seemed like there were enough pubs and bars around here anyway.” An upscale deli concept seemed like a perfect fit for the tallest high-rise in Idaho.

“We definitely get a lot of in-house clientele, as well as other people who work in the Downtown area,” he says. The deli goes beyond just opening cans and tearing open bags of cold cuts; Bristol and his crew make much of the food from scratch, including the cured and rotisserieroasted meats used in the sandwiches. On the Fly was designed with efficiency and quickness in mind. Diners simply walk in the door and head for a row of reach-in refrigerators packed with freshly made sandwiches, deli salads and other offerings. Good picks include the chicken salad sandwich (pocked with fennel, tarragon and walnuts) and the ultra-creamy egg salad sandwich (smeared with smoky bacon jam)—both made on custom-made bread from Gaston’s Bakery. Diners can also order panini sandwiches, which are made behind the counter where the baked goods and a rotating array of seasonal soups are kept. The 8th Street corridor continued to flourish in 2014 with the opening of Juniper and The Mode Lounge. Juniper, in the former Cazba spot, is a concept where food and craft cocktails are given equal treatment. Chef Aaron Wermerskirchen has built relationships with area farmers and food artisans, and this is evidenced on his creative seasonal menus. Diners will find plenty of snacks and

small plates (meant for sharing) like duck confit spring rolls and bison meatballs in tangy tomato sauce. The handmade pretzel with an ale-spiked cheese sauce and stone-ground mustard is a good pick as well. Larger plates include dishes such as smoked salmon linguini, chicken-fried trout and chips and a big, grass-fed beef burger with crispy shallots and bell pepper aioli. Just down the way, at the corner of 8th and Idaho streets, The Mode Lounge added to the craft-cocktail scene with a beautiful renovation of the former Grape Escape wine bar spot — in the historic Mode Building. Here, bartenders concoct a bevy of culinary-inspired cocktails mixed with housemade syrups and tinctures. But food is hardly an afterthought. Even though the place doesn’t have a real kitchen per se, it turns out a small menu of inventive raw offerings that play well with the line-up of craft cocktails and other adult beverages — after all, it’s a bar. Sip a cocktail or two while enjoying a cheese and charcuterie plate. Other small plates include prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and a disc of sumptuous steak tartare with Dijon, chopped shallots and a raw quail egg.


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A major renovation of The Owyhee was completed in 2014. The former hotel is now an upscale apartment building with retail and restaurant space. Kindness, a restaurant with a seasonal bent that debuted at The Owyhee earlier this year, offers nuanced food throughout the day in a bright, open space. At night, diners can start things off with assorted grilled flatbreads, creamy wild mushrooms on crostini and toothsome gnocchi with maple syrup, cayenne and velvety butternut squash puree. Order another glass of wine and continue into the entrée portion of the menu, where dishes like a kurobuta pork shank (braised in red wine) and wild Alaskan salmon with a roasted tomato relish await diners with larger appetites.

Grind Modern Burger has also helped to change the restaurant landscape in the Downtown area. Beer-and-burger geek Rick Boyd and his business partners recently relocated their popular gourmet burger joint from Eagle to the former Table Rock Brewpub spot. This just-add-brew space has allowed him and his newly assembled team of brewers the chance to make handcrafted beer for the first time—under the PostModern Brewers label. As the name suggests, Grind Modern Burger specializes in progressive burgers, and to that end, the kitchen staff grinds its own beef and other meats for the various patties. Sink your teeth into a delicious Homestead burger—built on a crusty bun with pancetta, tomato confit, gooey white cheddar and a fried egg on top—washed down with a rye Irish stout.

A MODERN UPDATE The kitchen at the Modern Hotel and Bar recently underwent a much-needed expansion, giving chef Nate Whitley more room to strut his stuff. Plus, the Modern recently added a new brunch program (8 a.m. to 2 p.m., FridaySunday) thanks to all that new kitchen space. Whitley’s seasonal menus incorporate French and Latin concepts in a contemporary manner, and he goes out of his way to round up local foodstuffs. During the evening, besides inventive craft cocktails, expect to find appetizers like a wild mushroom empanada and smoked sturgeon rillettes with a mustardy gribiche sauce. Whitley’s pan-seared Idaho trout (with rutabaga puree) and beef bourguignon (with wild mushrooms and ricotta dumplings) surely keep diners coming back as well.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Just around the corner, on Capitol Boulevard, Reel Foods Fish Market recently debuted a new oyster bar, where during the day diners can get quickly prepared raw and cooked seafood offerings. Slurp some freshly shucked Pacific oysters while enjoying a glass of dry Idaho Riesling. Other raw delicacies include ceviche and spicy tuna poke. Diners can also get seafood chowder, shrimp cocktail, fish and chips and assorted sandwiches, as well as prepared seafood items that can be taken home and heated up for dinner. Boise doesn’t have many all-vegetarian restaurants, so the meatless crowd was literally frothing at the mouth when Kind Cuisine Cafe debuted on State Street last year.

Besides seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches, Kind also has shared plates like assorted pita pizzas, black bean chili nachos and a hummus plate with cashew cheese and kale chips. As you can see, last year was a good one for the dining scene in Boise, and it looks like this trend will continue into 2015 and beyond. Prost, a German bar and eatery, with locations in Seattle and in Portland, is slated to open this spring on the 8th Street corridor near Red Feather Lounge. Here, Germanophiles will find a multitude of imported German brews on tap, served in big, hefty glasses. In terms of food, expect to see bratwurst sandwiches, smoked liverwurst, German potato salad, big pretzels and other beerfriendly Bavarian treats. Capitol Cellars is another soon-to-open place that’s raising curiosity around town. This politics-themed restaurant and wine bar is expected to open some time this year in the former Mortimer’s spot at the corner 5th and Main streets. City Center Plaza, which is scheduled to be completed in 2016, kitty-corner from the Eighth & Main Building, is another exciting urban renewal project that will bring with it more dining options. “It’s going to be huge for Boise. I think there will be three restaurants in that building. It all helps to bring people Downtown,” Krick says.

James Patrick Kelly, a restaurant critic for the Idaho Statesman’s Scene magazine, is the author of the travel guidebook “Moon Idaho.” The seventh edition will hit the shelves later this year. He also teaches journalism at Boise State University.

a few of the newer places Downtown and near the Downtown core THE DISH 205 N. 10th St. (208) 344-4231 Lunch and dinner ALAVITA 807 W. Idaho St. (208) 780-1100 Lunch and dinner STATE & LEMP 2870 W. State St. (208) 429-6735 Dinner only ON THE FLY 800 W. Main St., Suite 200 (208) 344-6833 44 Breakfast and lunch, grab-and-go dinner items

Lunch and dinner, weekend brunch

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 800 W. Main St., Suite 110 (208) 426-8000 Dinner only

THE MODE LOUNGE 800 W. Idaho St. (208) 342-6633 Dinner only, weekend brunch during the warmer months

FLATBREAD NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA 800 W. Main St., Suite 230 (208) 287-4757 Lunch and dinner

KINDNESS 1109 W. Main St. (208) 629-7444 Breakfast, lunch and dinner, weekend brunch

JUNIPER 211 N. 8th St. (208) 342-1142

MODERN HOTEL AND BAR 1314 W. Grove St. (208) 424-8244

Dinner and weekend brunch GRIND MODERN BURGER 705 W. Fulton St. (208) 342-0944 Lunch and dinner REEL FOODS FISH MARKET 611 S. Capitol Blvd. (208) 342-2727 Lunch only KIND CUISINE CAFE 4628 W. State St. (208) 367-9000 Breakfast and lunch, plus dinner on Friday and Saturday

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Boise Brewing is a popular Downtown stop for both its beer and distinctive signage.


Sockeye’s new Fairview Avenue brewpub. WOODLAND EMPIRE ALE CRAFT 1114 W. Front St., Boise BOISE BREWING 521 W. Broad St., Boise (208) 342-7655 CLOUD 9 BREWERY 1750 W. State St., Boise (208) 336-0681 SOCKEYE GRILL & BREWERY 12542 W. Fairview Ave., Boise (208) 322-5200 CROOKED FLATS 3705 Highway 16, Eagle (208) 286-9463 HAFF BREWING 4340 Chinden Blvd., Garden City (208) 830-0441 Find the brewery on Facebook


Check out these new brewpubs and taprooms around town BY JAMES PATRICK KELLY Boise’s craft-beer scene continued to flourish last year with several openings. Woodland Empire Ale Craft debuted in early 2014 near the corner of 11th streets next to the PreFunk Beer Bar. This microbrewery turns out a bevy of flagship and seasonal brews, like pale ale, stout and black IPA. Beer geeks were also happy about the much-anticipated opening of Boise Brewing, a community-supported microbrewery in Downtown Boise’s Central Addition district. The taproom is a great place to blow off steam with a pint (or two) of handcrafted brew. The brewery, which also has an incubator program for up-and-coming brewers, produces IPA, extra pale ale and a Saisonstyle ale, to name a few. Cloud 9 Brewery also made a splash when it debuted last year in a strip mall at the corner of 16th and State streets. This nanobrewery and pub, next to Janjou Patisserie, produces small batches of certified-organic brews, such as blonde ale, porter and double IPA. The seasonal pub-

grub menu, which features appetizers, burgers and sandwiches, plays well with the line-up of handcrafted beers. Sockeye Grill & Brewery recently debuted a new super-brewpub at its behemoth canning facility in West Boise near the corner of Fairview Avenue and Cloverdale Road. Here, diners can nosh on upscale pub fare while quaffing some of Sockeye’s flagship and seasonal brews. Enjoy an order of crispy sockeye salmon cakes, washed down with a pint of Winterfest ale. The fun and funky folks at Crooked Fence Brewing Co. recently opened Crooked Flats at the former Woodriver Cellars winery site on Idaho 16 in Eagle. The sprawling facility features a brewpub called Dine 16 Gastropub, and it hosts live music (inside and outside) and lots of other events throughout the year. Haff Brewing recently opened on Chinden Boulevard in Garden City next to Cobby’s Sandwich Shop. Expect this microbrewery to solidify its position in Garden City’s burgeoning craftbeer scene in the coming years. FEBRUARY 2015


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Carrie and Earl Sullivan are the entrepreneurs behind one of Idaho’s growing wineries — Telaya Wine Co.

Telaya Wine Co. grew out of a reality check Wine leads Sullivans from ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ to boys in the picking bin


t’s cliche for vintners to say they were inspired to become a winemaker after a sip of something extra-special shook their world. In the case of Earl and Carrie Sullivan, the driving force to create Telaya Wine Co. was an international business deal reminiscent of a verse from “Cat’s in the Cradle,” the 1974 chart-topping folk ballad by the late Harry Chapin. Lucrative work allowed the Sullivans to live in Boise, but the job consumed Earl at the expense of their young sons. “I was closing a deal with a pharmaceuti46

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cal company in Israel, and I was doing the deal on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day rather than being with my kids,” Earl said. “The Israelis didn’t care anything about Christmas, and their attorneys in New York

didn’t care about Christmas either.” “My son Jack had just turned 3 years old, and Ty was a newborn. Carrie told me, ‘Was this the best use of your time?’ ” Earl said. “That crushed me.” Carrie vividly remembers that 2007 holiday season — and how it led to the launch of Telaya. “The deal went through, but it most definitely resulted in a re-setting of priorities,” she says. They soon decided to become players in Boise’s emerging wine industry. They created a unique brand name (pronounced

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tuh-LIE-uh) by blending two of their favorite places — the Teton Range and playa, the Spanish word for beach. “We were down in Mexico taking some time off and realized our lives were not heading in the trajectory we wanted,” Earl said. “We wanted to find something we were passionate about, which was wine.” Chemistry, agriculture, sales, entrepreneurship and hard work were not new to Earl, who grew up on a farm in Kentucky. His career took him to the Pacific Northwest on occasion, and Seattle remains a special place, particularly Pike Place Market after he proposed to Carrie there 22 years ago. “We got engaged right in front of the pig,” he said. “Maybe I’m not the most romantic guy in the world.” Eight years later, they moved to Boise to raise their family in the Treasure Valley. By the summer of 2008, just months after that post-Christmas trip to Los Cabos, they began making wine. “This winery is our opportunity to teach our kids the work ethic we learned,” Earl said. “My dad and grandfather were hardworking, sometimes at the expense of themselves and their families. The reason we are successful is because of these examples, so I want to teach my kids all of the

positive parts of those examples.” Top wine grapes in the Snake River Valley for anything other than Riesling are contracted and in short supply, which prompted the Sullivans to look toward Washington’s expansive Columbia Valley. They started by producing two barrels of wine from the 2008 vintage, but their first commercial vintage was 2009. Connections led them to Charlie Hoppes, owner and winemaker for Fidelitas Wines on Red Mountain. It was through Hoppes — named Seattle magazine’s 2013 Washington Winemaker of the Year — that Telaya established relationships with top Washington vineyards such as Champoux, French Creek and Gamache. Boise winemaker Kathryn House, who also has mentored the Sullivans, introduced them to renowned grower Dick Boushey. Telaya relies on Washington for its top barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier. “It’s a real challenge to ripen Cab most years in Idaho, and my customers like Cab,” Earl said. “We’re not hiding that. We’re proactively telling people, ‘We’re probably always going to do a Washington Cab.’ ” While the Sullivans have a following in Seattle, Spokane and the Tri-Cities, the primary market for their 2,500 cases is

Boise. And they do make most of their wine in Garden City at the Cinder Wines production facility on 44th Street. They’ve also shared the space and tasting gallery with winemaker Leslie Preston’s Coiled Wines brand. “We weren’t interested in burdening ourselves with debt so much that we couldn’t make the type of wines we wanted,” Earl said. “It was a conscious choice to utilize somebody else’s facility in the short term, but it also was a process of having access to winemakers who were willing to teach and had facilities they were willing to teach in.” This spring, Telaya likely will move its tasting room and Idaho wine production to give Cinder owners Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr more space for their own thriving winery. If all works out, Telaya will stay in Garden City. “Joe and Melanie have been fantastic to us and continue to be fantastic to us,” Earl said. “They are growing big and fast, and while Melanie and I agreed that we would move out, they are hugely supportive of us.” Telaya’s Columbia Valley wines will still be produced under Earl’s direction at Hoppes’ Wine Boss facility in Richland,


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Wash. Those include an oak-influenced 2013 Chardonnay ($25) from French Creek and 2013 Viognier ($17) from Boushey Vineyard. “Growing up on a farm, I already understood some of the agricultural practices,” Earl said. “I’m able to have a conversation with a farmer probably in a different way than a lot of winemakers who haven’t spent a lot of time on a farm. We’ve just developed a long-term relationship and friendship, and Dick and I actually do things on a handshake, which is kind of nice.” Their flagship wine is a Syrah-based blend named Turas — the Irish word for journey — and their latest vintage is the most critically acclaimed bottling in Telaya’s young history. Last fall, the 2011 Turas ($30) merited praise from Sonomabased critic Dan Berger. Earlier this year, it also received a 90-point rating from Wine Enthusiast magazine, marking the first time a Telaya wine has reached the 90-point plateau. While the 2011 Turas features Champoux Vineyard, within the next year, Telaya will release to customers some of the first wines it created with Idaho fruit — the 2012 vintage. The Sullivans already sell Olta Red, a blend from the Snake River Valley, directly to restaurants, and their portfolio from the 2013 vintage will be 80 percent from Idaho grapes. Some members of the Idaho wine industry quietly complain that the Sullivans don’t buy 100 percent of their fruit from the Snake River Valley. “I think that is short-sighted,” Earl said. “The best thing for Idaho is for us to make the best wine we possibly can. If I bring in high-quality Washington juice and make that sing, then my customers will have more faith in trying my wines made from local fruit. I have more customers than not who tell me, ‘Please don’t stop making Washington wines.’ “I probably explain it more to people in the industry than the consumers,” he said with a chuckle. “Consumers are used to seeing ‘Columbia Valley’ or going to Walla Walla, which is an easy drive from Boise. It may actually make our sales process a little easier. Consumers are willing to give us a shot because they recognize Columbia Valley or some of the names we’re able to put on our bottles because of our growing relationships. And the Idaho Wine Commission has been incredibly supportive of us before we even had Idaho fruit in our profile.” Earl graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky., with a science degree and worked two decades in the pharmaceutical industry, where he managed, developed and sold a number of companies. He met Carrie while at Centre (Class of ‘93) prior to her graduate studies in molecular genetics at Texas A&M and her doctorate in veteri48

Telaya’s Earl and Carrie Sullivan

about Telaya Telaya wines are available at finedining spots Barbacoa, Chandlers and Fork, high-end grocers such as the Boise Co-op and Whole Foods, and wine merchants A New Vintage Wine Shop in Meridian and Erickson Fine Wines in Eagle. If you want to try the Sullivans’ best wines, then you’ll need to join their wine club. The small-lot offerings — 2011 Champoux Vineyard Syrah, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Gamache Vineyard and 2010 Clann Red Wine from Champoux — have been lapped up. They’ve since switched their focus to Red Mountain for Cabernet Sauvignon. Members also soon will have received a Mourvèdre from the Snake River Valley. Telaya Wine Co., 107 ½ E. 44th St., Garden City (in its current space with Cinder, so be on the lookout for a new address), 208-557-9463 and

nary medicine from Ohio State. They now work as consultants in their respective fields so they can buy grapes, barrels and winemaking equipment. “Our philosophy is that we only make wines that we would drink,” he said. “You are not going to see a really sweet wine from us. You are not going to see a soft red.” The Sullivans methodically have grown Telaya into a company supported by assis-

tant winemaker Hailey Minder, tasting room manager Heather Hayes and event coordinator Miranda Ririe. A focus of Ririe, who previously worked for Earl’s consulting company, is orchestrating the imaginative events surrounding Telaya’s wine club. They’ve catered Southern cuisine for one release party — Wine and Swine Pig Roast. Last fall, they rented out the three floors of the renovated Owyhee Plaza for a celebration that revolved around wild game. “We love to throw an amazing party where people come and bring their friends, have a great time, stay too late and enjoy themselves to the point that when they walk out, they go, ‘Wow! That was so much fun that I can’t wait for the next one,’ ” he said. For their spring beach party, they brought in 500 pounds of sand, “which took us three weeks to finally sweep out of the winery,” he chuckled. Those hootenannies have helped them recruit a solid base of 500 loyal members into their wine club, and those fans routinely can spot Jack and Ty working for their parents, performing minor chores around the winery, greeting customers and helping set up for events. During harvest, they don safety glasses, bright orange safety shirts and harvest hats that read, “Harvest Rat.” “The kids ask about equity in the winery, and they ask about customer service,” Earl said. “We talk about them starting in the cellar and working their way up. My oldest, Jack, he’s tried to make me sign an employment contract, and he’s wanting to invest in the company already.” Much has changed for Earl Sullivan and his young sons since that international business deal done on Christmas Day 2007. Instead of being haunted by the melancholy final verse of Chapin's song (“And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me, he’d grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.”), Earl dreams of a bright future alongside both boys as they work the wine trade with their mother. “In 2012, the first year Ty helped out during crush, we have pictures of him standing in the middle of a pick bin because he’s too short to get out of it,” Earl chuckled. “He can see everything, but nobody can hurt him with a piece of equipment. Last year, he was actually doing pumpovers, holding the hose and trying to understand why we’re spraying back and forth. “When we look back to that day on the beach, when we decided what we wanted to do,” Earl added, “those are the days that remind me that we made the right choice.” Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman run Great Northwest Wine, a news and information website. Learn more about wine and see more of their stories at

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Pub owners, connoisseurs can mix it up pint by pint BEER NOTES By Patrick Orr


’ve always been pretty much a purist when it comes to my beer. For the most part, I like to stick with four ingredients — barley malt, hops, yeast and water. Call me a Reinheitsgebotter. One of the things that still amazes me after all these years is how many different flavors, aromas, colors and degrees of viscosity our best brewers can whip up from those four ingredients. It seems the craft beer industry, however, isn’t as enamored of those four ingredients as I am anymore. So many beers these days have additional ingredients. Fruit, spices, peppers, chocolate and coffee are ubiquitous. So many beers these days are aged in whiskey and wine barrels. It’s like an adjunct flavor arms race. Sometimes these combos work for me, but most times they don’t. I’m pretty much a pale ale, IPA, stout, porter, barleywine guy — American-style versions of UK beers. I’d rather drink beers where the hop varieties provide subtle citrus, spice, mint and floral flavors and aromas. That being said, I do have some favorites that break the German Purity Law. I love a good coffee beer, like Kona’s Pipeline Porter or Fort George’s Java the Hop. Rogue’s Chocolate Stout and Willoughby Brewing’s Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter are in my all-time top-10beers-ever list. However, you often can’t get those brews because they may be seasonals or special brews or just not available in our area regularly. Or you may not feel like what’s currently on store shelves. Or you may have an idea of your own on what foodstuffs — or dry hops — might elevate a beloved beer to a new level. That’s where the Randall comes into play. Created in 2002 by the lupulin freaks at Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, “Randall the Enamel Animal” is a vacuum tube device where beer gets pumped from a keg through a chamber of fresh hop flowers — where the beer soaks up all those fresh



Even beer purists like to experiment sometimes, and the Randall (And Randall Jr., pictured above) helps add new flavor to a favorite brew.

hop flavors and aromas — before it is strained for sediment and deposited in your pint glass. People pretty quickly figured out it didn’t just have to be hops in the Randall — it Chris could be anything they Oates wanted to infuse in a brew. Fresh fruit, wood chips, spices, coffee beans, whatever. The Randall expands options to a pub owner or brewer who wants to try funky flavor combos. Locally, I don’t think anyone does it better than Chris Oates at

Bier:Thirty Bottle & Bistro pub, 3073 Bown Road in Southeast Boise. Oates, who was a beer/food blogger before he opened one of Boise’s best beer bars, is always trying something cool. “We used the Randall last summer with grapefruit and oranges for (Uinta Brewing’s) Hop Nosh IPA, and it could be my favorite that we’ve ever done,” Oates said. “We did it in the summer, and it was so bright and refreshing. People went crazy for that. “Another favorite is when we ran Odell’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout through cherries and coffee beans in the Randall.

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Patrick Orr is a former newspaper reporter who has covered the craft beer scene in Boise (and rest of the U.S.) since 2001.

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Janice Fulkerson, back right, executive director of Idaho Nonprofit Center, leads a conference phone call with Idaho Gives committee members Beth Markley, front left, Michelle Larson, back left, and Casey Bender to generate ideas for the event.

Voice for Idaho nonprofits CENTER IS PLACE TO TURN FOR ADVICE, OPPORTUNITIES BY ALLISON MAIER Looking back on her first year as executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, Janice Fulkerson is struck by one thing. “Nonprofits across the state impact the quality of life in every community,” she said, “but a lot of people don’t connect what it does for them.” She frequently asks people if they can list the nonprofits that have influenced their day-to-day existence. Do they work out at the YMCA? Own a shelter dog? Enjoy art and theater events? Hike on well-maintained trails? The organizations they can thank for that are the kind of nonprofits her center represents. In fact, 501(c)(3) organizations employ 50,000 people in Idaho. About 425,000 volunteer for these groups. Idaho ranked second nationally, behind Utah, in per capita volunteers, according to a report last year by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship. The Nonprofit Center, which grew out of 52

Idaho Gives WHEN: 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 7 WHAT: A day for anyone to donate as much as they want to their favorite Idaho nonprofits. Award money for organizations that attract the most donors and random cash prizes will also be given out. WHERE: Online, at, though there will also be events throughout the community for “fun and frolic,” says Janice Fulkerson, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. REGISTRATION: Nonprofits have until April 3 to sign up. Details are available at the Idaho Gives website.

coffee and conversations among a group of organization leaders more than a decade ago, now represents more than 470 nonprofits and is building a network of business affiliates interested in collaborating with those organizations. It’s gearing up for its

third Idaho Gives event this spring — a 24-hour online fundraising spree that has become one of its central opportunities for nonprofits looking for a way to attract extra donations — and, perhaps most importantly, awareness. And it continually offers seminars, webinars and round-table events, as well as an array of other opportunities. “I think that the Idaho Nonprofit Center just seems to be meeting more and more needs of the sector every year,” said Heather Meuleman, development director for the Lee Pesky Learning Center, which offers services for students with learning disabilities and support for families. It has been a member of the Nonprofit Center since 2008.

THE DAY TO DAY The thing about nonprofits, Meuleman said, is that their bottom line is not about dollars and cents, it’s about how big of an impact they can have. For that reason, their overall mission and daily operations are different than those of for-profit businesses. At the same time, she said, nonprofits can’t get away from the business aspect.

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They are, after all, employing people and managing money. The Idaho Nonprofit Center is on hand to answer questions about some of those technical aspects of the job — nitty-gritty things like human resources matters and health insurance. For that reason, an average day for the Idaho Nonprofit Center involves fielding a lot of phone calls, Fulkerson said, and talking through the challenges organizations are facing. If the center can’t offer advice on its own, it can call on a network of partners to provide training. Organizations have to pay a fee to become Nonprofit Center members — between $50 and $600 a year depending on their operating budget. In exchange, they get an array of perks, including reduced fees for the training and events the center holds, updates on how legislation of interest to nonprofits is progressing, grant information, and discounts on products and services — everything from online backup to donor tracking software. More information about membership and opportunities is available at the center’s website, That wealth of resources can be invaluable for people like Anne Glass, who set out to start an organization to raise money for underfunded children’s food programs in Idaho. She gathered a committed group of business minds with solid credentials but little knowledge of the nonprofit world. The Nonprofit Center was one of the first places she called, looking for direction. Feed the Gap, now 2½ years old, is expected to pay for 11,000 emergency meals at 27 schools in the Boise district this school year. Through the process of growing her organization, Glass has found the Nonprofit Resource Thursdays that the center holds each month particularly helpful, with discussions about topics facing organizations in the state and chances to network. “We really like that the Idaho Nonprofit Center values collaboration,â€? Glass said. Peggy Jordan, now two years in as director of communications for the Idaho Youth Ranch, was also new to nonprofits when she took the job. Through the Nonprofit Center’s events, she’s gotten to know people with jobs similar to hers from other organizations. For the most part, she said, “the stereo-

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THE DAY OF GIVING A yellow sticky note on the calendar above Fulkerson’s desk serves to remind her of the past successes of Idaho Gives: $578,735 raised from 6,192 individual donors for 541 causes in 2013, the inaugural year; $782,862 raised from 7,566 donors for more than 660 causes in 2014. The goal this time around is simple: “We want it to be bigger than last year,� she said. That includes aiming to impact more cities this time — places such as Nampa, Payette or Burley that have been underrepresented in the past. The concept of an online charity giving day is not unique to Idaho — similar events have proven to be successful across the country, raising millions of dollars in places such as Seattle and Minnesota and drawing attention to groups communities might not otherwise know about. The Idaho Nonprofit Center adopted the idea at a time when the economy was picking up, though nonprofits were still struggling. Glass “can’t say enough good things� about what Idaho Gives was able to do for Feed the Gap. Though her nonprofit is new and had very little name recognition last year, it managed to rank No. 8 in donations among the smaller nonprofits that participated. Her group raised $2,860 from 62 donors. Because the 26 individuals who work for the nonprofit offer their services pro bono, pretty much all of that went directly toward purchasing food for children, she said. Meuleman and Jordan say awareness is the biggest advantage they receive from Idaho Gives. Jordan was pleased to see the social media attention the event drew to the Idaho Youth Ranch, along with a group of new donors. The organization raised $2,980, and Jordan enjoyed watching other nonprofits she supports bring in money as well. “It always surprises and humbles me how generous Idahoans can be,� Jordan said.

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