The Boise nonprofit will focus on local ingredients and sustainability while bringing gourmet meals, snacks, and beverages to Shakespeare patrons

BOISE, Idaho (March 31, 2022) – City of Good will be the official and exclusive food and beverage provider for Café Shakespeare during Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 2022 season, beginning May 20.

Established in March of 2020, City of Good mobilizes people and businesses to address community needs through a sustainable food system and an inclusive economy. Their largest program unites Boise restaurants like Bittercreek, KIN, Roots Zero Waste Market, and Certified Kitchen & Bakery with local growers to address food insecurity among children, families, and refugees. Their signature fuel kits feature creative, restaurant quality, ready-to-eat meals delivered weekly to members of the Boise community. City of Good will take their existing fuel kit model and build a Festival season menu with offerings from several partner restaurants.

City of Good joins the ranks of past Café Shakespeare vendors Petite 4 and a’Tavola, who each brought their own creativity and flare to the Café menu in previous Festival seasons.

“This is such a natural fit for our organization, said City of Good Executive Director, Britt Udesen. “We will use our existing restaurant and grower partnerships to produce unparalleled meals, snacks, and beverages that highlight local food products. And best of all, proceeds will support our programs serving those experiencing food insecurity. It’s truly a win-win.”

Dave Krick, Bittercreek owner and member of the City of Good Board of Directors, will bring his culinary and food system expertise to the Café, ensuring that diners have a mix of price points, access to unique local ingredients, and a variety of food options. “Our goal is to provide an inclusive experience where attendees can avoid the burden of shopping and food prep, grab a blanket and program, and find exactly what they want on site.”

And what do patrons want?

“We are still developing the menu, but we envision offering a mix of à la carte items like salads, sandwiches and sweet treats, plus signature picnic kits with charcuterie, smoked fish, nuts, olives, cheeses, and bread. Our focus, as it is with all City of Good food programs, will be on local ingredients.”

Not to worry, Idaho Shakespeare Festival patrons can expect a menu similar to what they know and love from past years. “The main difference for this season is that patrons will have a direct impact on their community. By purchasing food from the Café, they will support restaurants, local makers, and members of our community who are struggling with food insecurity,” said Idaho Shakespeare Festival Managing Director, Mark Hofflund.

Single tickets for the 2022 Shakespeare Festival season go on sale Friday, April 1. The season runs May 20-September 25.

“This really is delicious food with a purpose, adds Krick. “And don’t worry, there will be plenty of ‘cakes and ale’ for all.”