Cafe Vicino Gets James Beard Nod and Crooked Fence Hosts Anniversary Party 

Local chef Richard Langston nominated for award

The 2014 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced Feb. 19, and Chef Richard Langston of Boise's Cafe Vicino is the sole representative from Idaho.

"I was blown away; I don't think I've still processed it completely," said Langston, who serves seasonal Italian fare at his intimate North End restaurant. "It's just such a huge honor."

Langston joins 19 other chefs in the Best Chef: Northwest category, including Chris Ainsworth from Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen in Walla Walla, Wash; Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland, Ore.; Ethan Stowell of Staple & Fancy in Seattle, Wash.; and Cathy Whims of Nostrana in Portland, Ore.

"It's pretty rarefied air if you look at some of those other chefs from the Northwest that are on there and the restaurants they work in," said Langston.

Last year, Gabriel Rucker of Portland, Ore.'s Le Pigeon took home the Best Chef Northwest crown. Chef Gary Kucy at Rupert's in Hotel McCall and Taite Pearson at Della Mano in Ketchum were Idaho's nominees.

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City Friday, May 2, and Monday, May 5. But Langston says the nomination is already bringing in business.

"We already had some people come in the restaurant just last night that had already heard," said Langston. "They were like, 'We figure we'd better come down here before you get so busy we can't get in.'"

And in other local recognition news, former Boise Weekly contributor Guy Hand is a finalist for a 2014 International Association of Culinary Professionals Digital Media Award. Hand has been nominated in the Single Food Focused Video category for his short, Making a Meal.

The video--which features colorful, behind-the-scenes footage shot at Boise's State & Lemp--can be viewed at

Moving from awards to celebrations, Crooked Fence Brewing is hosting its Two Year Anniversary party Saturday, March 1, from 6 p.m.-midnight at the Powerhouse Event Center. The shindig will feature CF brews along with eats from Archie's Place, P. Ditty's Wrap Wagon and Boise Fry Co. There will also be live music from Reilly Coyote, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats and The Country. The event is 21 and up and costs $2 at the door.

And in closing news, three prominent Boise establishments announced they're shutting their doors. Le Café de Paris closed up shop Feb. 23; Café Ole's BODO location will shutter Friday, Feb. 28; and Brewforia's Grind Modern Burger in Eagle will shut down Saturday, March 1. Brewforia's Meridian store and Café Ole's locations at Boise Towne Square and 3284 E. Pine St. in Meridian will remain open.

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