Thursday, October 8, 2009

Breakfast with Scott-Behind the Menu

Kevin & I joined Scott Nickleson of Behind the Menu for a lovely breakfast & chat at Le Baron's in Nampa. Scott sent me a Tweet the other day asking if I would be interested in joining him for a quick bite & interview, so we settled on a locally owned place in Nampa. It's always interesting meeting someone who you have only talked to online: we had chatted a bit through Twitter & Facebook, but never met in person...

It was fun to chit chat about online networking, Twitter, local businesses, & Behind the Menu; a new website/project Scott is involved with that promotes locally owned restaurants, eateries, & markets in the Treasure Valley: check it out at All the twitter talk makes me want to go buy a new phone!!

Anyway, thanks for breakfast Scott: hope to see you at the next TweepUp!

Here is what he had to say....

Amber Conger, artist & sculptor, Refinerii ( along with
her business partner and husband, Kevin, met us at Le Baron's Honker
Cafe this morning to discuss their artistic endeavors and to also talk
about one of their favor...ite Nampa restaurants.

Refinery was selected to create "Origin" (
which is the centerpeice in the new City of Meridian City Hall. It's a
wonderful piece of art and you are encouraged to go see it. Amber told
of her utilization of her blog to keep the stakeholders updated on the
progress, a very creative use of blogging.

We first became aware
of Refinerii's work through Twitter, another social networking tool, as
she discussed both her art works and her creative jewelry (which we
admit to having acquired a few pieces of). You can find Refinerii on
Twitter at You can see her etsy shop at
where you can see she uses salvaged metals & found
industrial objects and transforms them into one of a kind works of art.

Amber selected Le Baron's Honker Cafe because she enjoys the homey feel and
home cooking available there. We all had great farm style breakfasts.
After we finished our meal, we were able to meet with Ronald Le Baron,
who, along with his son, Ryan, own and operate the cafe. It was
apparent Ronald was very busy finishing up with the breakfast rush and
preparing for the lunch rush, but he was kind enough to spend a little
time with us to discuss his cafe. Ronald covers the morning - noon
shift and Ryan takes it from there - a great father / son team, preparing
affordable home-style fare.

You can find Le Baron's Honker Cafe at 1210 2nd Street South, Nampa, Idaho. The are open from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm.