January Restaurant of the Month: Angell’s

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Angell's - Boise, IDAngell’s Bar and Grill Renato
 is a local, family owned and managed restaurant in downtown Boise. Established in 1981, Angell’s boasts a stylish and contemporary dining atmosphere while serving a sophisticated selection of current trends, seasonal ingredients and regional flavors of the Pacific Northwest.

Angell’s offers a nice local selection throughout their menu including Double R Ranch and Snake River Farms beef, Hagerman Farms trout and local produce from Ohana Farms and Grasmick Produce.

“After sampling and visiting the local farmers we fell in love with the quality of the product. Doesn’t even compare to what we were purchasing through the normal purveyor channels,” said owner and CEO, Russell Dawe.

Angell's - Idaho troutTheir innovative menu features a wide variety of seasonal and regionally inspired preparations of aged beef, chops, chicken, pasta and fresh seafood. We recommend trying the Double R Ranch Filet Mignon – this 8 oz. hunk of meat is seasoned with Angell’s classic dry rub and perfectly prepared to your liking, accompanied by a house made Idaho potato cake surrounded by local seasonal veggies. Another house specialty dish is the Ruby Red Hagerman Idaho Trout Flourentine – a true local Idaho favorite with the Chef’s flair.

Angell’s also serves Laughing Dog and Sockeye Brewing craft beer and wine from Williamson Winery. They have a delightful full-service bar, and pour seasonal cocktails featuring local fruits, juices, berries and a selective array of the highest quality spirits and liqueurs. Get happy for their 2-For-1 Happy Hour every weekday from 4:30-7:00pm which includes all of their house wines, draft beer and well drinks.

Whether you live in the Treasure Valley or you’re just passing through, Angell’s Bar and Grill is a must try!

Hours: Monday-Sunday 4:30 PM to close
Reservations: 208.342.4900
Please visit their website to check out the menu and for more information.



Resolve to Eat Local in 2016

New Year, new resolution.

This year, instead of pinky-promising yourself you will stay on that new fad diet and give up carbohydrates, why not commit to doing something different that’s good for you and your community? Make 2016 the year you resolve to live local and eat the amazing agricultural products we grow and produce in this wonderful state. Even during these cold winter months you can find quality local items on grocery store shelves. We also have some mighty fine wineries and craft breweries here in Idaho, as well as many restaurants that proudly serve local foods, beers, wines and spirits all year-round. They might not be carb-free, but it’s ok to treat yourself occasionally!

Read on to discover our list of local products including produce, meats, frozen foods and specialty items that are available all year long, as well as a list of local restaurants and retailers where you can find these Idaho-grown items.

Fresh Produce:

Irish potatoes casseroleIdaho-grown items include potatoes, onions, apples, garlic and winter squash. Potatoes and onions are always a great staple to have in your kitchen and there are still local apples floating around in January. Look for Fortress, Symms and Garrett Ranches apples at your local retail stores including Paul’s, Walmart, Albertsons and Winco.


brisketAnother Idaho raised product that is always in season. Look for local beef, lamb, pork, bacon, sausage, elk, chicken, trout and venison when out shopping for your next meal. Try something different like Idaho raised yak meat from Howling Winds Farm. Look for some of our amazing Idaho meat and fish producers including 24 West Ranch, Black Pine Deer Farm, Clear Springs Foods, Falls Brand, Snake River Farms, Double R Ranch, Lava Lake Lamb, Fish Breeders of Idaho, Gutierrez Family Farms, Homestead Natural Foods, M&N Cattle, Sisler Ranch, Snedaker’s Fine Swine, Vogel Farms. (Click on the ranch name for more info.)


dairyDid you know? Idaho is the third largest dairy state in the nation. We have an abundance of locally produced dairy products available all year-round. Look for milk, cheese, butter, cream and other products from Darigold, Meadowgold, Eden Creamery, High Desert, Wood’n Goat Garden, Ballard Family Dairy and Cloverleaf Creamery at retail stores including Walmart, Albertson’s, Winco, Whole Foods Market, M&W Warm Springs Market, Paul’s, and Rosauer’s, Vogel Farms Country Market. Too busy to run out to the store? Boise Milk Co. will deliver Idaho dairy goodness right to your front door. Choose Idaho processed products like Precious® brand string cheese to pack as a snack in your lunch or for a quick on-the-go treat. The local dairy products in this state are limitless!

Beans & Lentils: 

Zursun Lentils in BagsAdd a different kind of protein to your diet and shop for local beans and lentils. 13 Foods has frozen, ready-to-use garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and lentils grown right in the Palouse area! Look for their products in the frozen section of your local grocery stores. Prefer dry beans? Zursun heirloom beans and legumes can be found at the following locations here.


Fresh baked breadIdaho breads range from artesian loaves to sliced sandwich breads. There is no excuse to NOT buy locally made breads, pastries and baked goods! Breads from Zeppole’s, Great Harvest Bread Co. and Alpicella Bakery are all made with Pendleton flour right out of Blackfoot, Idaho.  These breads are not only made in Idaho but also use Idaho ingredients.

Specialty Products: 

Wagner's MustardWhether you’re looking for on-the-go energy, your daily chocolate fix or a savory snack, Idaho has an abundance of local, specialty foods that you can find in stores everywhere. Look for honey, jelly, jam, baking mixes, bars, soup mixes, syrups and more. A few of our favorites include: Cowboy Tom’s flapjack mix, Kaufmann Farms hearty barley soup mix, The Berry Ranch and Baker Ranch jams, jellies and fruit syrups, D’arcy’s Bakeshop pasta sauces, Fat Daddy’s caramelized onions and BBQ sauces, Fitz Wraps, Fresca Mexican Foods corn chips and tortillas, Homemade by Dorothy huckleberry, jams, syrups, baking and hot cocoa mixes, Litehouse dressings, Legacy Farms jams and jellies, Backcountry Bars, Pepper Fusion soy sauces and pepper jellies, Casa Valdez tortillas, Wagner mustard, Treasure Valley Salsa and Zacca Hummus!

honeyLooking for Idaho sweet honey nectar? Check out our Idaho Preferred brands including Browning’s Honey Co., Cox Honey Farms, Gorder Honey Company, Reisinger Apiaries, The Honey Store, and Treasure Valley Honey & Bees Corp.! Chocolate lovers rejoice, we have some of the best local hand-dipped chocolates, gourmet fudge and confections in all the land – Weiser Classic Candy takes the cake in satisfying all of your sweet-tooth needs.


beerMost of us (over 21) have already hopped on to the Idaho alcohol beverage train. However, if you haven’t, check out what our wonderful state has to offer in the wine, craft brew and spirit category. The best part about these beverages? They are not only brewed, distilled or bottled here in Idaho, they are also made with Idaho-grown hops, barley, grapes and potatoes!

Wine3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Bitner Vineyards, Cold Springs Winery, Colter’s Creek Winery, Crossings Winery, Huston Vineyards, Indian Creek Winery, Sawtooth Winery, Snake River Winery, Ste. Chapelle Winery

BeerEdge Brewing, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, Payette Brewing Co, Sockeye Brewing

Spirits44 North Vodka

Looking for a non-alcoholic bottled beverage? Try Starkey Spring Water, bottled right here in Council, ID. The water comes from an ancient geothermal spring near the Weiser River  in the Idaho Mountains.


Venison Meatballs - Rupert'sLove dining out? So do we. And lucky for us, we can continue to make local choices when eating outside of our own kitchens. Chefs and culinary experts in Idaho have done a fantastic job of sourcing locally grown ingredients when possible and producing wonderful seasonal menu items and year-round staples. Check out all of our Idaho Preferred restaurants who have made a commitment to serving-up local dishes all throughout the state.


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Last Minute Local Gifts

With only a few days left until Christmas, many of us are scrambling to find that perfect last minute gift or something special to bring to a holiday party. Out of time and ideas? Consider adding a touch of uniqueness to your procrastination present this year and give something local like a classy bottle of Idaho wine from 3 Horse Ranch, Bitner, Cold Springs, Colter’s Creek, Crossings, Huston, Indian Creek, Sawtooth, Snake River or Ste. Chapelle! Pair the wine with an artisan cheese from Ballard Family Dairy, Eden Creamery or Wood’n Goat Garden and add a spicy Idaho mustard, sweet honey or jam to make it a unique gift basket or hostess gift. Too busy for basket building? Vogel Farms Country Market has All Idaho Gift Packs and Baskets and Homemade by Dorothy has Bounty of Idaho Foods Gift Basket wrapped and ready! From sweet to savory – they have something for everyone on your list.

The hardest person to buy for is the person who has it all – so why no treat them to a night out on the town at a local restaurant! Grab a gift certificate at some of our Idaho eateries all over the state that do a fantastic job of sourcing local, seasonal ingredients. Check out this year’s Restaurant of the Month features for some ideas! Or find a complete list of all the Idaho Preferred restaurants here.

Take the Local Pledge on our homepage and receive our monthly newsletter full of local goodness featuring what products are in season, delicious recipes, local news and events, and the restaurant of the month.

Need more ideas? Contact the Idaho Preferred Christmas Elf for more local gift inspiration! Happy Holidays!

December Restaurant of the Month: DiLuna’s

Di Lunas - SandpointLooking for a special holiday meal at a restaurant that serves local, homemade food? Well look no further than DiLuna’s Neighborhood Bistro in Sandpoint. DiLuna’s offers a blend of regional cuisines from around the world made with fresh, locally produced ingredients. For breakfast, try the amazing Three Sisters Skillet – their twist on a traditional vegetarian Native American dish with grilled polenta, roasted butternut squash, white beans and toasted corn stacked high with seasonal veggies – it’s a unique and delicious way to start your day. Prefer something with meat? Try Sharp & Sweet – sharp cheddar melted over sweet potato hash browns served with northwest style thickly sliced bacon, sausage or ham.

DiLunas - lunchLunch lovers must have The Best Burger in Town, a 1/3 pound ground sirloin with two strips of hickory smoked bacon and local cheddar cheese and we highly recommend choosing the fresh fries as your side. Or try the Idaho Smoked Trout Salad with sharp Tillamook white cheddar, apples and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Late night locavores can start dinner off with a mouthwatering appetizer like the Warm Brie cheese drizzled with berry infused honey, topped with almonds and served with apples and house bread. Then prepare yourself for the toughest decision of the evening – the main course! With so many wonderful entrées on the menu, it’s hard to choose between them all. Be sure to ask your server what foods are locally sourced, as the menu varies by season.

DiLuna’s also offers live music throughout the week. Check out who will be playing next on their website. Hosting your own event or party and not very kitchen savvy? Good news! DiLuna’s has a banquet room for reserve or they offer catering on-site at your location of choice. Check out their catering menu here. Whether you live in Northern Idaho or you are travelling over the holidays, be sure to stop in DiLuna’s for some good music, great company and fantastic food in a quaint and cozy ambiance. Bon Appetit!

Reservations: 208-263-0846
Location: 207 Cedar Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

Game-Changing Leftover Turkey Recipe

Leftover turkey crowding your refrigerator?

leftover turkey tostadaJazz up your leftover bird and try this tasty Turkey Tostada with Refried Lentils recipe. This local dish makes a great meal on its own or as an appetizer while watching the big game! If you don’t have lentils on hand, try repurposing your mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. Use local products whenever possible to make this homemade dish homegrown!

Serve to your adult friends with local beer and wine. We are loving Payette Brewings salute to local with their new North End Granola Stout made with Wildflour Bakery Granola and Meridian IPA made with Meridian-grown hops! You can find these limited release beers in 6-packs at the Boise Co-op in Boise and the at new store in Meridian.

Prefer a little vino with your tostada? Perfect. Try 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, which just won a gold medal at the Great Northwest Wine competition. They have also updated their packaging with a clean, stylish new look!

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards New Look











Local Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Looking for a special gift idea? Consider locally grown and produced Idaho Preferred® gifts that are not only unique, but also support local agriculture and the economy.

DIY Baskets: Specialty food baskets are the perfect gift because they can be personalized for each person on your shopping list. Create a unique basket with Idaho specialty foods including jams, jellies, syrups, honey, soup and baking mixes. A breakfast basket including Cowboy Tom’s Flapjack mix, The Berry Ranch or Baker Ranch jam or fruit syrups, huckleberry cocoa mix from Homemade by Dorothy and healthy, hearty Backcountry Bars will be sure to please the “morning person” on your gift list.  Create a more savory basket with Idaho Preferred Wagner mustardTreasure Valley Salsa, hearty Barley Soup mix from Kauffman Farms and Zacca Hummus.  Don’t forget, local honey makes a great gift and ships well to friends and family from out of state to give them a sweet taste of local! Find a list of Idaho Preferred honey producers here.

beerFor Beer Lovers: Why not get a little crafty yourself and put together a holiday gift basket that includes a six-pack of their favorite micro-brew from Sockeye, Edge or Payette Brewing, along with some local meats and cheese? Each brewery features a unique variety of craft beers including seasonal flavors. They also offer the option of filling a growler of beer currently on tap – make a growler basket your friends and family will enjoy refilling all year long!

Local Idaho Wine and ChocolatesThe Wine & Spirit Enthusiast: Another great gift idea is an all-Idaho wine basket. It is easy to create a collection to please even the most discerning palate – from award-winning Riesling to rich and complex Tempranillo.  For a list of Idaho Preferred wineries click here or go to www.Idahowines.org.

If your adult friends and family are not wine and beer drinkers, consider Idaho spirits like potato and huckleberry vodkas from distilleries such as 44 North Vodka – perfect for holiday celebrations.

Ballard Cheese plateCheese: Nothing quite completes a holiday gift basket like delicious Idaho cheese. Pair a block of cheese with any Idaho foods and beverage basket, or give an all-cheese basket like one of these special gift selections from Ballard Family Dairy and Cheese. For something unique, try the Idaho Golden Greek Grilling cheese. This delicious Halloumi-style cheese will brown in a skillet without melting and goes great on local bread drizzled with Idaho honey or a dollop of Baker Ranch raspberry jam. Try making this Grillin Cheese Appetizer for your own holiday party or include it on a homemade recipe card in your gift basket! Ballard’s also offers a wide range of other cheeses such as Idaho White Cheddar, Truffle Salt Cheddar, Pepper Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Feta, and several flavors of fresh cheese curds (squeaky cheese) that can be found at retailers throughout the state. You can find a complete list of these cheese here. Idaho cheese is also available at local retailers including Walmart and Whole Foods Market.

Fresh baked breadBread: Let’s face it, we all love carbs. Breads and pastries also make excellent gifts during the holidays. Add some carbolicous local goodies to your basket with some delicious freshly baked bread from Zeppole, Alpicella or Great Harvest Bread Co.!

Chocolate: How could we forget chocolate?! Find decadent chocolate toffee from the Toffee Cottage in Emmett or amazing specialty chocolates made with Idaho ingredients from Weiser Classic Candy.

apples, flour, eggsFor Your Martha Stewart Friend: Do you have someone that loves to cook or bake on your list? Start with the Idaho Preferred cookbook that features over 100 recipes that use Idaho ingredients all grouped by season. Add some ingredients to their basket like Idaho flour from Idaho Grain and Flour Mills or Harvest Ridge Organics, local eggs from Vogel Farms, local honey, Idaho sugar, local apples, sweet potatoes and dairy products from Cloverleaf Creamery,  Darigold or Boise Milk. Add a touch of fancy and consider including Idaho sturgeon caviar, American style Kobe beef from M&N Cattle or lamb from Lava Lake Lamb or Gutierrez Family Farms.

Last Minute Local Gifts: No time to build a basket and need a gift in a pinch? We got you covered. Run out (or even call, some restaurants take payment by phone) and grab a gift certificate to a locally owned restaurant that features seasonal, Idaho ingredients on their menu. Restaurants all over the state are supporting Idaho farmers and ranchers by serving local foods on their menus. Visit our list of local restaurants that serve an abundance of Idaho-grown foods. Know of a restaurant in Idaho that does an amazing job of sourcing local foods that you don’t see on our list? Please let us know by contacting Idaho Preferred team member, Emily Klodowski.

This year, give thoughtful gifts made from the highest quality foods and beverages, produced locally by Idaho farmers, ranchers, winemakers, brewers and specialty food producers. Happy holidays and local gift giving!

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Support Local Nursery

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Just because the weather is cooler and the leaves have fallen, doesn’t mean that all of Idaho’s beautiful nursery and forestry products are out of season. Local nurseries, greenhouses and tree farms offer plenty of horticulture for your home this winter. Using sustainable geothermal heat, Idaho nurseries offer a lovely variety of Christmas crops! Geothermal heat is the cleanest and smartest way to heat a greenhouse with zero industrial waste.

Look for local nursery items in retailers, farm stands and outdoor markets that run through December and are marked with an Idaho Preferred® logo tag.

Create your own holiday table centerpieces and floral arrangements for around your house or give to friends! Get a freshly cut Christmas tree this year from from Wissel Farms.

Find holiday poinsettias now at Idaho Preferred® greenhouses and at your local retailers including: Albertson’s, Paul’s Market, Rosauers, and Atikinson’s Market in Ketchum and Hailey.

Ward’s Greenhouse

Warm Springs Greenhouse


November Restaurant of the Month: Bittercreek/Red Feather

Bittercreek_Red FeatherOur November Restaurant of the month is a local tag team – Bittercreek Alehouse and
Red Feather Lounge
in Boise serve up a one-two punch of Idaho goodness in both solid and liquid form. These Boise favorites are located off of the biker-friendly 8th Street downtown. Although together, each restaurant creates a unique experience on its own.  Both restaurants use 100% grass fed and finished Bartels farms beef and Lava Lakes lamb. Have a burger-off with your friends and try one from each – can’t pick a winner? – don’t worry, neither could we.

Both restaurants make local and ethically produced food a priority and encourage you to ask your server, “hey, what’s local?” when you sit down to order. Check out their impressive list of Idaho food sources.

Red Feather serves locally sourced, inventive food and creative cocktails, and has been voted as one of Boise’s best brunch places in 2015. Dive into one of their amazing egg dishes made with 100% Vogel family farm local eggs. Feeling young at heart? Try their Green Eggs & Ham. Stay all day (why not?) and imbibe on their artfully crafted cocktails while satiating your hunger with items from their mouth-watering menu like the local organic Turkey Swiss & Bacon Burger which comes with your choice of fresh cut Idaho fries, daily soup, seasonal green salad, black bean quinoa or seasonal veggies. You can even book their private wine cellar for special parties and events.

Bittercreek, the local-loving alehouse, serves Idaho pub grub and a fine selection of micro brews. To start, we recommend noshing on some beer battered Ballard Cheese curds or the Duck, Duck, Poutine and wet your whistle with a locally crafted brew. They always feature local on their draft selection that is updated every day around 3pm so you always know what’s on tap. Tantalize your taste buds and try the Spicy lamb burger, or keep it classy with the Rosemary Seared Idaho Trout. Did we mention Chorizo and Truffle Potato pizza? Oh yes, we did. Making a food selection (take a look) will be the most difficult decision of your day – we recommend coming back, often, to try it all!

Every day from 3:00-5:30pm both joints have an eco-friendly Low Power Happy Hour they coined “Local with the Lights Off” featuring local fare from Idaho near and far – Cabolo’s Orchard, Flying Pig Farm, M&M Heath Farms, the Fish Breeders of Idaho and A+ Turkey Ranch. Not to mention $3 local brewskis and $5 Idaho wines and a Fuzzy Leopard made with a local herb Cordial. Next time (or every time) you are downtown be sure to check out this locavore dynamic duo.

Red Feather Reservations: 208.345.1813
Location: 246 N 8th Street, Downtown Boise

Local Pumpkin Beer is Perfect for Halloween

All Hallows’ Eve is upon us and we are super pumped about EDGE Brewing CO.’s Squashbuckler Pumpkin Porter seasonal craft brew made with 100% Idaho Pumpkin from Dorothy’s Farm and Idaho barley. Stop in their brewery to hangout, grab a bite and imbibe in local brew or two. In a rush? Grab a few growlers for this weekend’s Halloween bash. Or visit one of the other locations listed below. As always, please be safe and drink responsibly.

Edge LogoEdge Squashbuckler

Find it at the following locations before it’s gone!
Albertsons Stores (#184 Columbia, #101 16th & State, #189 36th & State, #177 McMillan, #182 Eagle), Bittercreek Ale House, O’Michaels, TVC Inc. (Gowen/Beacon), Bier:Thirty Bottle & Bistro, The Bird Stop

Edge Brewing Company was born from a community of beer enthusiasts looking to explore great beers across a multitude of styles brewed right.
Passion, knowledge and experience blended together to bring an innovative and exciting range of beers to the Northwest and beyond.

Pumpkin Mania

Idaho enjoys a healthy bounty when it comes to growing pumpkins. Our favorable growing conditions allow the local pumpkin harvest to produce many varieties that are rich in color and flavor! Pumpkins are a member of the squash family and contain an important phytonutrient called beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is essential for good eyesight and proper growth.

Pumpkin Recipes to Try This Fall:

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Fresh Pumpkin Pie                                                          Pumpkin Gnocchi


  1. Pumpkins_Pace_for pie_08880% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is avaialbe in October.
  2. Pumpkins are FRUITS! – they are a winter squash in the Cucurbitacae family, which includes cucumbers and melons.
  3. Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antartica.
  4. Pumpkins take between 90 and 200 days to grow. Each pumpkin has over 500 seeds!
  5. There are over 45 different varieties of pumpkins!


Watch this video about Idaho Pumpkins.