Flatbread - Bundt - Cafe Vicino 

For Food, It's Westward Ho

Meridian should be calling it the "foodie invasion." First Andrew's Rib Shack in Eagle adds a Meridian location, then Gino's, now Flatbread Community Oven. Since its Bown Crossing opening in 2006, the pizza company has opened a Bend, Ore., location and as announced last week, will open a Meridian location in Generations Plaza. In addition to making Neapolitan pizza their mission, owners Rob and Lisa Lumsden have strived to create a space that fosters community, which includes donating a portion of their proceeds to a local foodbank. Look for news of Meridian's grand opening sometime in September.

Also on the make in Meridian—and you might want to sit down for this one because it's big news—a co-op. The McFadden Market Co-op at Second and Broadway in downtown Meridian is being put together by a group of food-minded Treasure Valley residents. This Wednesday, July 23, they're hosting an information session for people who are interested in throwing in their two cents. Show up at Rick's Press Room (130 Idaho St., Meridian, 208-288-0558) at 7 p.m. to learn more. And in the near future, stay tuned to BW for developments.

Out of Left Field and Into Your Food News

Given how many crude jokes could be crafted by poking fun at the shape of a bundt cake as well as its almost-sounds-like-a-semi-bad-four-letter-word-that-starts-with-a-"B"-and-ends-with-"utt" name, it's surprising we can eat it with a straight face. Much less compete in a butt—I mean bundt—making contest. The original bundt pan company Nordic Ware is hosting its third annual contest to find the country's best bundt. Rule No. 1: Your recipe must be for one of the popular holidays like Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas (Nordic Ware, apparently, doesn't consider Secretary's Day popular enough, darn). The deadline to enter is August 1, so if you're for-sure serious, you better check out the rest of the rules and get your bundt greased and ready to go. More at nordicware.com.

Beans and dough for cancer

If you happen to pick up your copy of BW before 11 a.m. the day it hits stands (that's July 23, just so's you know), all Dutch Bros. Coffee locations will be donating proceeds from coffee sales this Wednesday from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Missed your window of opportunity and want to donate anyway? Visit cancer.org for more information.

This Week's Wine and Dine

The prix fixe, or set, menu has often led me in interesting culinary directions in many foreign countries. The choice comes down to ordering an entire plate of what may be a complete mystery and choking your way through it, or slugging through a few nibbles, figuring out that it's not your new favorite food and still having another course or two to look forward to.

However, that's not why the prix fixe at Cafe Vicino piques my interest; I already know that I'm in for only pleasant surprises. The North End restaurant is now offering three nights of prix fixe dinner: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Your choice of a starter and dessert accompanies either a pasta dish ($25) or an entree ($35) from the menu. Need a little more convincing? Just check out the menus at cafevicino.com.

808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463. Reservations recommended.

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