Get pied for the holidays, Couch returns to dinner 

Now that Halloween is so last month, we've moved on to Thanksgiving in the food world.

Whether you're in charge of a dish or an entire meal come the third Thursday of the month, we'd recommend one little cheat: the pie. A pie is one of those things everybody seems to think they can make and, really, so few of us do it well. It's also one of those Thanksgiving things that takes massive amounts of time and love and face it, maybe you don't have either left after you've put together a whole table of food.

Whatever your reason or your comfort level with serving outsourced pie, at least pre-screen the goods to be sure your Turkey Day pie is all it can be by stopping into Pamela's for the annual pie-tasting fete on Thursday, Nov. 5. Sample pumpkin, bourbon pecan, Dutch apple or tart cherry from 3-7 p.m. completely free of charge. Pamela's, 360 S. Eagle Road, 208-938-6585,

And since no one actually expects you to make your own wine for Thanksgiving dinner (unless, of course, you own a winery), you can feel a lot less guilty about this one. Stock up for the all the holiday festivities with wine (aka family coping mechanism) at Berryhill & Co.'s ninth annual wine sale. Wine experts will offer tastings before you commit to a case, and although you have to commit to a case, you can mix and match your selection. Like Pamela's pie-tasting event, this sale also happens Thursday, Nov. 5, so get an early start at Pamela's before heading over to Berryhill and First Thursday. Berryhill, 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553, Sale is 4-9 p.m.

From wine to wine dinner ...

Chef Jered Couch of The Dish and Six-OneSix is back on the scene in a pretty unlikely spot: The Griddle, which is best known for the earlier meals of the day. Couch, however, has ventured into wine dinner territory and will offer the four-course "A Northwest Tasting Menu" Nov. 5-6 featuring Sockeye salmon, beef tenderloin, a sun choke soup with trout, a warm chanterelle tart and poached pears for dessert. Oh yeah, and wine. All from Hells Canyon Winery. This week's dinner is the first in a series Couch will present. Dec. 4-5, he'll pair up Hells Canyon Winery's Zhoo Zhoo label wines in a "Victorian American Christmas Dinner." Take note: Couch's dinners happen at the Eagle location. The Griddle, 177 Eagle River St., 208-939-9070, Reservations at 208-949-9583.

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