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Wine and Dine at 8th Street Wine Co.

Boise residents who shed a tear when Milford's closed its doors almost two years ago should be pleased by what's become of the space so many foodies loved for so long. Locally owned and as dedicated to a mission of fine food as its predecessor, 8th Street Wine Company opened its doors Thursday, July 20, serving what owner Erik McLaughlin calls "fun, delicious food" and housing one of the finest collections of wine in town.

"It's not complicated," says McLaughlin, who, together with his wife also owns Taste and Richard's in Hyde Park. "It's a fun community place where it's not about wine, and food, and atmosphere, but how each of those things conspire to create a fun, lively and enjoyable experience."

Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant's menu is an eclectic mix of choices, which have sampled from international cuisines of all flavors. Big Plates, named for their geographic locale of origin, include the Mediterranean, Arabic, French and Idaho (an offering to the potato state's gods featuring smoked trout, chevre, elk apple sausage, russet potato chips and lentil pate), in addition to cheese and oyster plates. A macro perusal yields little out of the ordinary—salads and soups, entrees and desserts—but pay close attention to the details of the menu and you'll hear the whispers of sweet nothings: ginger melon soup, coco rice, Lebanese salad, Bangkok shrimp noodles, chicken pot pie, champaign Jello parfait and the thoroughly tempting tempura banana and Nutella sundae.

The cocktail selection is as equally assorted as the food menu, and the restaurant's wine selection boasts an impressive 50 by the glass. Liquor snobs will enjoy a single malt selection that ranges from a Glenlivet 12 to a Macallan 25 and a rare find, the über-top-shelf tequila Patron Plata. Situated next to the restaurant is a retail wine store with nearly 1,000 selections, any of which diners can purchase and take to dinner in the restaurant.

For McLaughlin, 8th Street Wine Company is about "having fabulous food without having to make an event out of it." And, despite its association with high-end Richard's, McLaughlin says the aim of 8th Street Wine Company is to reflect the less-serious side of serious food. "We just wanted to have a fun, light-hearted restaurant where all the fabulous things about food, wine and friendship exist," explains McLaughlin. "It's not a revolutionary or evolutionary thing," he says in comparing 8th Street Wine Company's opening to his two Hyde Park restaurants. "It's something from scratch for us and it's from the heart."

8th Street Wine Company, 405 S. 8th St., Suite 100, 426-WINE.

Wine For Wishes

The third-annual Wine for Wishes Art Fest to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation takes place Sunday, August 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Winery at Eagle Knoll. The festival includes arts and craft booths and free wine tastings from area wineries, as well as food and musical entertainment.

For more information call 345-9474 or visit www.idahowish.org.

Meals Vols Needed

Five hundred meals are delivered to elderly Ada County citizens every weekday thanks to the volunteers who give up their time as drivers. And drivers are currently needed to help ease the load some volunteers are currently carrying. Don't think you have time to volunteer? Some conscientious community members have the Meals on Wheels program deliver meals to their office and deliver during their lunch hour. Now you feel like a slacker, don't ya? If leaving the office to feed yourself everyday is challenge enough, gather up a gaggle of friends and coworkers and divvy up delivery days. (Micron, Blue Shield of Idaho and Boise Parks and Rec are all doing it.)

For more information on how to volunteer contact Cheryl Johnson at 327-8552, or visit www.cdhd.idaho.gov.

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