What makes a chili recipe the best there is? The judges at this year's Chili & Salsa fest will have to figure that out for themselves as they award entries of chili—and salsa—in this year's competitions. At Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, the scents of fall food mingle in the air, making it tricky for patrons to decide whose wares to sample. And as evening comes on, so does the crowd, as the event shifts to watching college and NFL football on the big screen.
Oftentimes, sipping on a cold beer is just something to enjoy—not something to ponder the origins of. But for the two guys behind Kilted Dragon Brewing, it's a labor of love. When Jeremy Canning and Cory Matteucci met, they shared a common interest, not just in homebrewing, but in brewing something different. Joining forces, the two eventually outgrew their homebrew rigs and upgraded on all fronts—starting their brewery in a large space with brand-new equipment and eventually launching a tap house, where they can regularly be found pulling pours. Today, the two hand craft a dozen unique, original beers, including seasonal favorites that rotate through the taps throughout the year.
Seasoned potter and glass blower Zion Warne has been exploring the freedom of three-dimensional medias for more than 15 years. At his eponymous art studio, he continues to turn vibrantly colored molten glass into delicate ornaments, intricate sculptures, and dangerous toothbrushes. In his downtime, Zion teaches this intricate art to others during private lessons and workshops. He and his experienced staff help students of all abilities safely carve out shapely paperweights, vases, and bowls while unleashing their creative sides.
With proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club and Idaho Select Player's Fund, BAM Jam incites three-on-three hoop wars between players of all ages and skill levels, with 142 teams playing on 22 courts its first year alone. Grab two buddies or half an octopus and take part as downtown Boise transforms into an eight-block, multicourt labyrinth of bracketed competitions, with divisions designed to evenly match third-grade female dribblers, men older than 40, teenagers older than 20, and elite adult and high-school players as all vie for netted glory. With a guaranteed minimum of three games per team, even ragtag Lilliputian trios can pursue quixotic competition in the city streets—all under the keen eye of the BAM Jam monitors, who keep conduct sportsmanlike and mischievous backboards from wandering off to the concession stand midgame.
Throughout the year, Promote Idaho’s staff oversees expos that showcase local vendors that cater to events such as weddings and holiday parties. In the spring, the business partners with the U.S. Army to host the Treasure Valley Man Show, where guests listen to live music and mingle among muscle cars before entering duck, goose, and turkey-calling competitions.
The Front Climbing Club has attracted a crew of passionate setters and climbers with various outdoor-climbing experience, earned while climbing around the world. The staff brings this knowledge to its route setting, filling the 10,000-square-foot space with bouldering routes and top-roping walls that will boggle the mind and body like a kiss from Albert Einstein. Instructors lead these climbing and bouldering classes as well as training sessions, either teaching the fundamentals or helping attendees of virtually any age and skill level master more advanced techniques. Also offered are yoga classes and a full array of strength and cardio equipment, which can provide year-round conditioning training. The Front runs afterschool kids’ programs and camps, helping young climbers hone skills needed for teamwork and concentration. The club's pro shop also keeps visitors prepared for climbing excursions by allowing them to stock up on specialty supplies, including rock shoes, ropes, alpine and ice gear, and training equipment.