July 27, 2005 

Jon Mortimer at James Beard House • What do Boogie Woogies and Flying M have in common?

Jon Mortimer at James Beard House

Local chef Jon Mortimer has received an invitation to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, joining the ranks of respected culinary experts from around the world. Like a movie star finally being asked to stamp his hands in Hollywood concrete, this invitation is considered one of the highest honors a chef can receive. A cookbook author, radio show host and chef/owner of Mortimer's restaurant, Mortimer will be crafting a dinner of Idaho cuisine called "The Idaho Table" on July 28 in the Big Apple. The James Beard House is the nation's only historical culinary center and Mortimer is joining a distinguished roster of chefs who have previously been invited to cook, including Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse and Thomas Keller. Before leaving for his 15 minutes of fame, Mortimer held a gala dinner to benefit Bridges Community School, a school for children with autism, in Boise last Friday with the same menu slated for the James Beard event. Mortimer said the intent of the gala dinner was to share his happiness "with my great friends of Idaho who have supported the restaurant from day one." For tickets and information regarding the New York dinner, call The James Beard House at (212) 675-4984.

What do Boogie Woogies and Flying M have in common?

Absolutely nothing, except they are both candidates for tidbit news. Boogies Woogies, the upstairs dueling piano bar and restaurant on the corner of 8th and Idaho, has recently closed. What business will attempt to take over the space has not yet been decided.

Flying M celebrated its 13th birthday last week (like BW), and now has organic milk to mix into your favorite drink. For 50 cents more a pop, you can enjoy your latté pesticide-free. A rarity in the world of coffeehouse commerce.

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