Man v. Food and Wine Fest 2009 

Boise Food Scene Gets Its 15 Minutes

First it was Food & Wine Magazine. Then it was "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." And now, just as Boise eateries are being featured in Guy Fieri's Food Network show, another foodie is moving in with video cameras and lots of national attention. This week, Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" rolls into town with host Adam Richman and his entourage. Like all who came before them, "Man v. Food" called BW to ask for a few pointers before they came to town. Despite my best efforts to get the crew over to my house for a lesson on fingersteaks and fry sauce, they did the gastronomically smart thing and politely declined. OK, OK, I'm kidding ... I don't cook fingersteaks, and I don't make fry sauce. I leave that up to native Idahoans.

Richman's mission, however, is most definitely to seek out food that's unique to his destination, so we're pretty sure he'll find some fingersteaks and fry sauce somewhere along the Idaho highways. In Boise, he'll be taking on food at Big Juds, Rockies Diner and Flying Pie Pizzaria. Our best guess on food at each of those joints is the big-as-your-head burgers, the Rockies Challenge and the double habanero pizza, but that's just a guess. As this edition of BW goes to print Tuesday, Aug. 11, the crew will be filming at Rockies Diner. Thursday is Big Juds and Friday is Flying Pie. I plan to check out at least one filming session, and I'll report back next week with photos.

And while we're talking about Boise food on television, word has it that Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine is up next on the "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" schedule and will air Monday, Aug. 31.

This Week's Wine and Dine

This week, the wine event is most definitely Wine Fest 2009 on the Basque block. Once again, Grove Street between Capitol Boulevard and Sixth Street will be blocked off for a giant outdoor party. Taste hundreds of domestic and imported wines, and when the need for a little food strikes, tapas will, of course, be for sale.

The event is Friday, Aug. 14, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Get four tickets for $100. Individual tickets are $27 in advance or $30 the day of. Proceeds benefit the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Reservations and tickets at 208-343-2671.

Sneak preview for next week: Eagle Food and Wine Fest Aug. 21-22. Information at

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