August 25, 2004 

LOCAL WINES SQUARE OFF

The inaugural Idaho Wine Festival takes place this weekend pitting wines from all 21 Idaho wineries against one another. The Treasure Valley Wine Society assures fair and impartial judging done by wine professionals from beyond the Gem state's borders. The public is invited to watch the crowning festivities and take a swig of as many as 100 Idaho wines. Enjoy live music and tasty BBQ food, and between tastings, bid on a selection of items at a silent auction.

The festival takes place August 28 at The Winery at Eagle Knoll at 3705 N. Highway 16 (road to Emmett), just north of Beacon Light Road. Awards ceremony, silent acution and tasting begins at 6 p.m., live music until 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for the wine tasting, silent auction and awards ceremonies at area wine shops, Select-a-Seat and www.idahowinefestival.org. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door, but the afternoon and evening concerts are free. For more information call 286-9463 or read the A&E Feature story on page 19.

TASTE THIS

Next week Little Richard's will be morphing into a completely remodeled--yet conceptually similar--hang out. Under new ownership, the Little Richard's moniker will be traded out for the monosyllabic Taste. Grinding and brewing will happen by day, but when the streetlights come on Taste will bust out the beer and wine while the kiddies head home. More than 50 wines will be available for the choosing by the nip or the glass and the bottled barley selection numbers near 200 with brews from all over the world.

Little Richard's, soon to be Taste, is located at 1530 N. 13th Street in Hyde Park. Stay tuned for a grand reopening date.

BANANAS FOR BRICK OVEN

Make like a banana and split lickety-split down to the Brick Oven Bistro where the folks behind the counter are giving you a good reason to scarf ice cream: to celebrate the banana split's 100th birthday. A century has passed since a Pennsylvania pharmacist invented the uniquely-American marriage of fruit and dessert. Michael Turback's birthday gift to the sweet treat is its biography and a sampling of sundae recipes from across the country. While on his quest for delicious, cold, creamy concoctions, Turback made a stop in Boise at the Bistro and has published the recipe for the Bistro Banana Split with Bourbon Walnut sauce in his book, The Banana Split Book: Everything There is to Know About America's Greatest Dessert. The book is available for purchase at the Bistro and while you're exchanging cash, get a split-size sample of the now-famous Bistro Banana Split.

The Brick Oven Bistro is located in the Grove. :

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