Food Notes: Mother's Day brunches; new TableRock brewmaster

doland@idahostatesman.comMay 3, 2013 


Restaurants will cater to Mom a week from Sunday with various brunch menus.


Mother's Day - the mother of all brunch days - is May 12. Here is some of what's happening to help you celebrate with Mom.

• The 36th Street Garden Center Bistro, 3823 N. Garden Center Way at Hill Road and 36th Street, is serving Mother's Day Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 and 12. Reservations: 433-5108. Online:

• Bella Aquila, 775 Rivershore Lane in Eagle, will serve its brunch menu plus Mother's Day specials from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations: 938-1900. Online:

• Berryhill and Co., 121 N. 9th St., Boise, will serve its expansive brunch buffet, plus omelets to order, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch is $29 for adults, $16 for kids. Reservations: 387-3553. Online:

• Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, will serve its Mother's Day menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with live jazz on the side. Choose the special entrees for $30 or go a la carte. Find a full menu at For reservations, call 383-4300.

• The Melting Pot, 200 N. 6th St., Boise, will serve Mother's Day fondue specials from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It costs $35 to $43 per person. Kid's entrees for 12 and younger are $8. Reservations: 343-8800. Find the menu at

• Marie Callender's, 8574 Fairview Ave., Boise, is serving a Mother's Day brunch feast with a carving station, omelets to order, Belgian waffles and more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's $16.99 for 13 and older, $7.99 for 12 and younger. Reservations: 375-7744.

• Murphy's Seafood and Steakhouse, 1555 Broadway Ave., Boise, will serve a Mother's Day brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $24.99 for adults, $21.99 for 60 and older, $10.99 for kids 9 and younger. Special Mother's Day dinner is from 4 to 9 p.m. Reservations: 344-3691. Online:

• The Plaza Grill inside the Owyhee Plaza, 1109 W. Main St, Boise, is serving a brunch buffet featuring hand-carved ham and prime rib, salads and pastries. Seatings are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. It costs $24.95 for adults, $11.95 for kids 9 and younger. Kids 2 and younger eat free. Reservations: 343-4611. Online:


The Sawtooth Winery's 24th annual Mother's Day Wine Tasting features the best of Sawtooth and more than a dozen other local wineries from noon to 5 p.m.

You'll also find beer, music by The Flavors, arts and crafts, clowns, face painting, and fun with science from Wine Wise Idaho for the kids. Bring a picnic or belly up to the Burgerlicious and St. Lawrence Gridiron food trucks.

Tickets for 21 and older are $15 in advance at BrownPaperTickets, $25 at the gate. It's free for ages 20 and younger. Mom's VIP tents are $300 ($250 for wine club members) for a table for eight and two bottles of Sawtooth wine.

The winery is at 13750 Surrey Lane, Nampa. Find directions at

• Taste the best of Hells Canyon Winery and its sister label Zhoo Zhoo Wines at a Mother's Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food is from the Free Range Pizza food truck. Tickets are $10 in advance at 283-1501; $12 at the gate. Hells Canyon Winery is at 18835 Symms Road, Caldwell. Find directions at


TableRock Brewpub, a stalwart of the Boise brew scene, is looking to reinvent itself with a new brewmaster.

Kerry Caldwell took over as head brewer at TableRock Brewpub, 705 W. Fulton St.

Caldwell is the former assistant brewmaster for Belmont Brewing Co. in Long Beach, Calif.

She was one of two female brewers in that area. At TableRock, she is the only woman brewer in this market, at least until the new Woodland Empire Ale Craft gets going under the brewing team of Rob and Keely Landerman.

Since she started earlier this year, Caldwell has been showcasing her new beers and twists on TableRock classics.

You now can taste Caldwell's Bottled Blonde American Cream Ale, Imperial Red Ale, Double Chocolate Porter and Double IPA (formerly Hopzilla).

Look for more new brews this summer.


Taste the new wines from Fraser Vineyards from 5 to 7 p.m. May 10 and noon to 5 p.m. May 11 at its tasting room at 1004 LaPointe St., Boise.

You'll be able to sample and buy the 2010 Estate Cabernet and 2011 Washington Malbec, and get a sneak peak at the upcoming Tempranillo. It's $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Women's and Children's Alliance. Phone: 345-9607.


Pacific Rim Wine Stop, a small wine store and grab-and-go restaurant at 2870 W. State St., closed April 30.

The store, which opened in June, was owned and operated by the same family who ran Pacific Rim Restaurant in Boise's North End a couple of decades ago.

"Despite your support over the last several months, we have not been able to generate the customer traffic necessary to cover the overhead expenses of the store," owners and employees Rob, Janet, Sean and Chris Weston said in an email announcing the closure. The store's accessories, decor, equipment, furnishings and other items were put up for sale, the email said.

The small restaurant was previously the home of Amigo's Mexican Restaurant, which moved across the street into a larger spot.

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