Celebrating st. Patrick's Day With food and Drink
There's no lack of events around town celebrating the wearin' o' the green. Fun stuff, even for those who are only Irish for a day. The following are just the tip of the green-tinted iceberg:
Angell's will put on their 24th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, beginning with a flag-raising at 11 a.m., Irish lunches starting at 11:30 and dinners at 5 p.m. Irish entertainment (including bagpipers the Boise Highlanders) starts at 7 p.m. and if you drink too much, the cab rides home are gratis.
And in the time-honored March 17 tradition of coloring food green that normally isn't, Square (the crepe restaurant downtown), will be serving green crepes with corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.
Flying M will run specials on their own green concoctions-lime green italian sodas, Irish cream lattes, shamrock mint mochas and green St. Patrick's Day sugar cookies.
Of course, if you're into pure decadence, The Chocolat Bar is always a delightful place to blow a sensible diet. Their contributions to green food for the holiday will be green chocolate suckers, along with other Irish-themed treats like Irish cream truffles and Irish whiskey truffles.
Angell's Bar & Grill, 999 Main. St., 342-4900.
Square, 760 W. Main St., 345-7782.
Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., 345-4320.
The Chocolate Bar, 206 N. 9th St., 338-7771
Certified Organic Dinners from Daily Blessing Foods, Inc.
You already know that you can get your "certified organic gourmet meats" from Daily Blessing. Now you can get the whole dang meal with their new "Complete Certified Organic Dinners." There are steak tip dinners and meat loaf dinners, all with a veggie and potato/rice, frozen and ready to boil. The convenience of TV dinners meets the goodness of organic fare. This week's bonus: words consumers never tire of hearing-"on sale." Score! Call Daily Blessing to order. Delivery available.
Daily Blessing Foods, Inc., 888-862-5785, www.organic-meat.com.
Beer and Wine Nights at Taste
Beer is good. They know this at Taste, the Hyde Park wine/beer/coffee bar formerly known as Little Richard's, so every Monday from 5:30 p.m. until closing, Taste has beer tasting. For one fee patrons can try five beers and on March 21, it's "Belgian Ales" ($8). For those who haven't succumbed to beery wiles, Taste has the same setup on Wednesdays for wine aficionados. March 23 is "Italian Wines" ($10).
Taste, 1530 N. 13th, 336-5122.
National Beef Cook-Off: Last Call for Entries
Those seeking fame and glory through meat should listen up, and listen up good: The deadline to enter the 2005 National Beef Cook-Off is March 31. In September, 20 national finalists will compete in Rapid City, South Dakota for a $50,000 grand prize (and eight other cash prizes) in the 26th incarnation of the Cook-Off. Open to amateurs only (no ringers).
Entrants can compete in one of four categories: "Beef Market Basket," "Grilled Beef," "Family Favorites" and "'Inspired By' Beef Recipes." Certainly something for every wannabe chef, as long as the chef likes the moo.
Says Cook-Off project manager Sherry Hill, "With Americans' enduring enjoyment of beef, the Cook-Off offers the best opportunity for family chefs to share their beloved recipes and secrets with everyone. And the fascinating thing is that the winning recipes always reflect and celebrate America's changing tastes in beef." So even if you don't win-heck, even if you don't enter-more ambitious folks' prize-winning recipes are bound to show up for poaching on the contest Web site.
For information on entering, contact Laura Wilder, Idaho Beef Council, 2118 Airport Way, 376-6004, or check the contest Web site, www.beefcookoff.org.
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