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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch, senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced the selection of Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise in Twin Falls as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for August 2022. Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise will be recognized for its contribution to the community in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.

In 2002, Tom and Megan Ashenbrener began Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise after transforming the 118-year-old historic building that previously housed a hardware store owned by Tom’s father Rudy Ashenbrener. Now, Rudy’s is known for having the largest selections of kitchen gadgets in the northwest and being the oldest continually operating retail store in Twin Falls.

Rudy’s offers a variety of classes on food technique, artisanal bread baking, and how to throw a dinner party. Rudy’s is a well-loved gathering place for Southern Idahoans to explore the vast collection of wine and beer or expand their knowledge of the latest culinary trends.

“Rudy’s has found its way into the hearts of many Idahoans through opportunities to experience new products, tastes, and techniques,” said Risch.

“Congratulations to Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise and its employees on being the Idaho Small Business of the Month for August 2022,” Risch continued. “You make our great state proud, and I look forward to your continued growth and success.”

Background: Idaho is consistently ranked one of the best places in the country to do business. Each month, Senator Risch selects an Idaho small business that exemplifies the Idaho values of hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and exceptional commitment to community.

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