Dang, Boise. We asked, and we have received. A while back, we slapped your wrist for being behind the food-truck times. But these days, we're in food-truck heaven, dripping bits of pulled-pork grilled cheese and sloppy joe on the pillowy white clouds. Now, there are three new trucks that have motored through Boise's pearly gates: an Asian teriyaki truck, a soul food truck and a barbecue truck.
The RiceWorks LLC Teriyaki Truck is located at 456 N. Kimball Place in the WDS Global parking lot. The truck offers "authentic Asian food," including egg rolls, crab rangoon, teriyaki beef and sweet-and-sour shrimp. Though RiceWorks states its business hours as Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., check its Facebook page at facebook.com/riceworksllc for daily updates.
Another addition to the Boise food-truck family is the Brown Shuga Soul Food Truck, located at 9275 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City near Maple Grove. Brown Shuga is a side project of Yvonne Anderson-Thomas, who runs the catering company A Piece of Cake. The menu rotates daily and features Southern home-cooking classics like pulled pork, chicken legs, brisket and fried catfish, along with jambalaya, collard greens, mac and cheese, cole slaw and baked beans. There is also an array of finger-licking desserts like sweet potato pie, pecan pie, peach cobbler and red velvet cupcakes. For more information, call 208-794-0605, visit facebook.com/brownshugasoulfood or follow @boisesoulfood on Twitter.
Down the road is the Cutter's Grand BBQ truck, which has been open since June at 4983 Glenwood St. The grills get smoking Thursday through Saturday, with lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at 4:30 p.m. For more info, visit cuttersgrandbbq.com.
On the non-mobile front, Goldy's Corner, the new retail-wine-bar-coffeeshop-community-gathering-place around the corner from Goldy's Breakfast Bistro is now also serving dinner. The menu is peppered with diner classics like a bacon burger, ham melt, California wrap and a chicken club. According to the menu, Goldy's Corner will serve dinner from 5:30-9 p.m. It will also have a pretty slick happy hour, featuring $3 glasses of wine, $3 jumbo mimosas and half-priced beer from 5-9 p.m. For more info, call 208-433-3934.
Out in Nampa, Think Nampa First will host a Summer Social on Tuesday, July 26, from 5:30-8 p.m. on 14th Avenue South between Second and Third streets south. The event is a meet-and-mingle opportunity for local business owners and guests, and will feature wine tastings from Bueno Cheapo Vino and hors d'oeuvres from La Belle Vie. For more info on Think Nampa First, visit thinknampafirst.org.
Speaking of keeping it local, Sustainable Community Connections is hosting its inaugural 20X20 fund-raising event, which offers 20 local courses for $20.
The event will go down at Red Feather Lounge on Sunday, Aug. 21, and feature 10 different tasting-size portions of local grub served up with 10 beer/cocktail pairings. Red Feather will shut its doors to the public for the event, which is limited to 120 attendees.
The 20X20 program encourages Boise residents "to build a strong local, living economy in Idaho" by pledging to purchase 20 percent of their goods and services from locally owned and independently operated businesses, ensure that 20 percent of the food they consume is produced locally, invest 20 percent of their assets in local banks or credit unions, ride their bikes 20 percent more and reduce electricity and water usage by 20 percent.