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BOISE, ID, November 19, 2004 - The wait is over. The "2005 Foodservice Event Planner," produced by the Idaho Potato Commission and Restaurants & Institutions, is now available! So plan your month. Plan your year. Just plan your menu around the innovative recipes highlighted each month from leading chefs around the nation.
A useful tool for every foodservice professional, the planner highlights important dates to remember from conferences and trade shows to holidays and special occasions. And while the dates are a reminder of opportunities for unique or seasonal menu planning, the eye-catching recipe photography provides the inspiration. This year's planner spotlights ethnic recipes in American dining and each month also includes helpful tips and quips from chefs and the IPC.

"The cover shot is an Idaho® Potato and Chicken Stir-Fry recipe from Andy Kao at Panda Restaurant Group," says Don Odiorne, Vice President of Foodservice for the IPC. "The dish really demonstrates the versatility of the Idaho Potato while also capturing the notion of how American diners have incorporated ethnic foods into their day-to-day routines."

In addition to Kao, the following chefs and recipes are featured in the calendar: James Barnett, Unique Restaurant Corporation (Idaho® Potato Tortilla); Michael C. Brown, Metro Restaurants (Wasabi-Dusted Idaho® Potato Chips); Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Talula (Smashed Idaho® Potatoes with Chorizo); Brett Freifeld, Damon's Grill (Idaho® Potato Salad with Jalapenos); Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja (Idaho® Potato Risotto); Dudley McMahon, Sizzler USA (Mediterranean Herb and Pesto Roasted Idaho® Potatoes); Julian Medina, Zocala (Idaho® Potato and Huitlacoche Soup with Oaxaca Cheese Croutons); Marcus Samuelsson, Aquavit (Crispy Idaho® Potatoes); Priscila Satkoff, Salpicon (Salpicon Scalloped Idaho® Potatoes); Rich Vellante, Legal Sea Foods (Idaho® Potato Samosas); Brooke Vosika, Four Seasons Hotel (Idaho® Potato Pancakes with Chanterelles, Walnut and Basil Oil).

To view these recipes or browse the IPC's archive of more than 200 recipes, visit The 2005 Foodservice Event Planner will be distributed with the December issue of Chain Leader magazine.
To request a free copy of the 2005 Event Calendar, contact Don Odiorne with the Idaho Potato Commission at (208) 334-2350, or via email at

Although Idaho is famous worldwide for its premium potatoes, some consumers don't realize that only potatoes grown in the Gem State can wear the "Grown in Idaho" Seal. Both words Idaho® Potatoes and the "Grown in Idaho®" seal are federally registered Certification Marks that certify to consumers that they are purchasing genuine Idaho Potatoes that have been grown in the state of Idaho.