Food Notes: It’s Oktoberfest; Chipotle tests vegan offering

doland@idahostatesman.comOctober 4, 2013 

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Sofritas is available as a ­burrito, taco, bowl or salad.

Brisk weather and dark, smooth, creamy fall brews — Oktoberfest is in the air, so grab your lederhosen and join the seasonal party.

Here are a few places to hear traditional music, eat some bratwurst and sample this year’s biers.

• At TableRock BrewPub, Oktoberfest runs through Oct. 13 with German food such as jagerschnitzel and sauerbraten served up with a pint of TableRock’s own Oktoberfest Lager or one of three other German-style TableRock brews. Oompah music is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. TableRock is at 705 Fulton St., Boise. Phone: 342-0944. Online: TableRockBrewPub. com.

• There’s one more Oktoberfest weekend at the Schnitzel Garten, 1225 E. Winding Creek Drive, Eagle. You’ll find fresh German pretzels and other authentic delicacies, German beers and wines, served up with music and genuine Bavarian hospitality from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 4-6. Phone: 629-8855. Online: SchnitzelGartenBoise.com.

• Get your oompah on at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, with a German buffet served by the pool from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5. It will move into the main lobby if it rains. Boise Edelweiss Band will play both days. It’s $15 general, $12 seniors, $8 children 12 and younger. Phone: 343-1871. Online: RiversideBoise.com.

Find more in 10 Days Out on page 31.

STATE & LEMP UPDATE

Remi McManus and Jay Henry are preping to open their fine-dining concept State & Lemp, 2870 W. State St., Boise, on Oct. 17. The two restauranteurs hired chef Kris Komori, formerly of Portland’s Park Kitchen and Sweet Valley Organics, to run the culinary side.

They will start taking reservations on Oct. 4 for future dinners. State & Lemp will feature seasonal multi-course prix fixe menus starting at $75 with beverage pairing for an additional $30.

Starting Oct. 17, the restaurant will offer one seating at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Starting Nov. 1, it will add a second seating at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and move the early seating to 6 p.m. those nights. You can book the contemporary triangle-shaped space for private events on any date. Phone: 429-6735 Online: StateAndLemp.com.

SCARY CHEFS II

For the second year, the Chefs du Cuisine, the American Culinary Federation’s Idaho chapter, will get into the spirit of the season and raise funds for local culinary scholarships.

At Night of the Living Chefs you’ll find a festival buffet prepared by more than 15 teams of chefs and culinarians throughout the community at this Halloween party. It’s from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise.

You’ll also find music, dancing, raffle prizes, a silent auction, costume contests and performances by fire dancers and burlesque artists. Tickets are $25 by contacting Jennifer Bourff at 327-8525. Online: Facebook.com/NightOfTheLivingChefs.

CHIPOTLE TESTS VEGAN IN BOISE

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 205 N. Milwaukee St., Boise is a test site for a new vegan meal offered by the national fresh-Mex food chain.

Tofu-based sofritas is available. It’s a meal that is seeking a more stringent target market of people who eschew animal products all together. Right now the Boise restaurant is giving away samples and offering it on the menu for $6.63.

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