May 4, 2005 

Wine Dinner at Life's Kitchen • Wine Dinner at Life's Kitchen • Understanding Italian Wines with Brick Oven Bistro • Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser at Baja Fresh • When is an Aubergine Not a Pair?

Wine Dinner at Life's Kitchen

Life's Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides culinary training for young adults, will host a wine dinner on May 12. Seventy-five bucks gets you a five-course dinner and wine.

The menu will include such mouthwatering dishes as amuse bouché, taro chip canapé topped with sake-infused duck, finely slivered apple wrapped around pate de foie gras with apple gelle, chilled crab salad, martini with cucumber, tapenade, home crafted ginger ale (a palate cleanser), an entrée of lamb lollipops with mint salt and Swiss chard, timbale-and for dessert, baked Hawaii. With food like that, it's not exactly a painful sacrifice to attend.

The food and beverages are donated to Life's Kitchen, so proceeds from the dinner will go directly back into Life's Kitchen's training program. Bon appetit!

Life's Kitchen, 1025 S. Capitol Blvd. For more information on the program or to make a reservation for the dinner, call 331-0199.

And From the Magic Lamp Came ... Breakfast

Not too long ago, owners of Aladdin's Egyptian Restaurant bought Mostly Muffins, Aladdin's neighbor. They knocked a hole in the wall between the two eateries, thereby creating an unlikely but delicious affiliation.

Beginning on Monday, May 9, they'll be serving breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. in both the Aladdin and Mostly Muffin dining rooms. There will be full American breakfast menu and some Middle Eastern breakfast fare offered as well.

Aladdin Egyptian Restaurant and Mostly Muffins, 111 Broadway Ave., 343-6835.

Understanding Italian Wines with Brick Oven Bistro

You might know Brick Oven Bistro (always "the Beanery" to some of us) for their better-than-home cooking, but they also offer periodic wine tastings. On May 10, BOB is offering a wine-tasting class on understanding Italian wines, led by Rick Bourbonnais, wine importer and Idaho Wine Commission member. For $10, you'll get instruction, wines and hors d'oeuvres. Class starts at 6 p.m.

Brick Oven Bistro, 801 N. Main St. For more information or to register, call 342-3456.

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser at Baja Fresh

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, on May 5, Baja Fresh is donating 15 percent of sales to the Boise State chapter of Organizacion de Estudiantes Latino-Americans, a student group that supports and raises funds for higher education among local Hispanic people.

Here's the fine print: To make the donation happen, Baja Fresh customers must present the flyer from OELA's May 1 Cinco de Mayo festival. The event at Baja Fresh is from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Sounds a bit complicated, but if you're able to jump through the hoops and produce a flyer, OELA stands to gain.

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, 980 Broadway Ave.

OELA, BSU Cultural Center, 426-5950, e-mail at oela_news@yahoogroups.com.

When is an Aubergine Not a Pair?

It has recently come to BW's attention that a local restaurant collaboration is no more. Aubergine and Pair were enjoying a business affiliation for some time and we were surprised to find that, as of a couple of months ago, such was no longer the case. Aubergine and Pair are once again two separate establishments, under separate ownership and management. Don't think of it as the split of one entity, but as the newly discovered self-direction of two great restaurants. If you want to say "hi" to Gill, stop in at Aubergine. You can visit Christine over at Pair.

And before you start with the barbed letters and e-mails, all you wags: we know, we know-hats off to BW for getting the scoop so quickly. What can we say? Sometimes you miss one.

Aubergine, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 429-8775.

Pair, 601 Main St., 343-7034.

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