Gamekeeper - Russian Food Festival - Deli Days 

Game's Up

It's old news by now, but for those of you who've had your head in the sand until you picked up this edition of Boise Weekly, here goes ...

The iconic Gamekeeper restaurant will close Saturday, May 30. In a press release last week, management cited a combination of economic conditions and lack of public support as reasons the restaurant would shutter. Of course, one is left to wonder if those two reasons aren't really one and the same, but then again, neither Gamekeeper's atmosphere nor its overall concept is the kind of place the "be seen" crowd, which still has money to burn these days, wants to be seen.

Lounge lovers, however, will be relieved to know that the Gamekeeper Lounge will remain open with its fabulous happy hour intact. And fret not about losing your favorite Sunday brunch spot; the Plaza Grill Restaurant will also keep on keepin' on for breakfast, lunch and the combination of the two.

Gamekeeper Restaurant, 1109 Main St., 208-343-4611.

Russian Food: so much more than salad dressing

When last year's Russian Food Festival wooed the city with its hefty, savory dishes and lovely, sweet desserts, Russian Bear Cafe had only been in business a matter of weeks. This year, thanks to what the Mironovs have been doing out in Eagle, Russian food is something we get to enjoy more often than once a year when the food festival sets up shop.

Haven't checked it out in its three prior years? Expect borscht, mushroom soup, meat dumplings (pelmeni), potato and mushroom dumplings (vareniki), marinated mushrooms, stuffed peppers, blinis (or savory crepes), baklava and honey vodka mix (not sure about this one, but definitely intrigued). Take a tour of the church and pick your way through an arts and crafts sale before or after you have a bite to eat. Or if you're all booked up for the weekend and only have time for just a drive-by, get your food to go.

Friday, May 15, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., 208-345-1553.

Up and Coming

• Deli Days with kosher sandwiches and Jewish desserts. June 25-26. Info at or 208-343-6601.

• Savor Idaho, featuring an array of Idaho wineries and restaurants. June 21. Info at

• Brewtopia Beer Market meet-up at Tucanos, which boasts itself as the first-ever Brazilian Beer Dinner. June 3. Info at

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