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Mocktoberfest, stuffed tapas and Italian grub at Boise Cafe

Boise Cafe's lasagna might make Garfield learn to salsa dance.

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Boise Cafe's lasagna might make Garfield learn to salsa dance.

Christmas in July and un-birthdays have long given raucous revelers a reason to celebrate off-season. But Tres Bonne Cuisine is taking hoax-holidays to a new level. The European food, wine and beer cafe on Overland will present its fourth annual Mocktoberfest on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, from 6-10 p.m. As the tagline for the event asks: "Why wait until October to enjoy the best reason to celebrate European tradition?" Setting aside philosophy, art, medicine, architecture and the tradition of drinking wine with every meal, we couldn't agree more.

Mocktoberfest will offer a selection of European delicacies--like Polish biala kielbasa (sausage), Czech brambovy salat (potato salad), lefsa from Norway and fruit tartlets from Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and France. There will also be ample suds and spirits available to sip on while listening to live music from FlipSide. As Tres Bonne Cuisine's website says, "It doesn't have to be Oktober to have good party!" For more information, visit tresbonnecuisine.com.

If you want to stuff yourself with Basque fare, sign up for the Basque Market's stuffed tapas class on Thursday, May 19. The class will teach you how to make jamon serrano-stuffed mushrooms and stuffed piquillo peppers, two ways, one with Spinach bechamel and the other with crab-mango. Classes start at 6 p.m., are $30 per person paid in advance, and include a tasting of three to four Spanish wines. To register, call 208-433-1208 or visit thebasquemarket.com.

In Italian news, Boise Cafe, the late-night salsa dancing joint that formerly housed Eli's Deli during the day at 219 N. 10th St., is open once again for lunch. For the last three months, the Boise Cafe Deli has been featuring artisan ciabatta deli sandwiches, homemade daily specials--like lasagna and penne with Italian sausage--and an all-you-can-eat, 24-item soup and salad bar for $5.95. If you want to shake off all those Italian calories, make sure to stop by from 9-10 p.m. for free salsa lessons every Friday and Saturday, and an open dance floor until 2 a.m. with a $5 cover. For more information, call 208-343-3397 or visit facebook.com/boisecafesalsa.

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