Boise wizard of wine Kathryn Kat House is launching a series of classes geared to help wine lovers better understand its culture and business.
House is an expert in horticulture with an emphasis on grape growing and the science of wine making. Through House of Wine formerly called Wine Wise Idaho she consults with wineries, does scientific analysis of soil, plants and wine and offers wine education.
Her classes are suitable for wine fans of all levels, from first sippers to the most discerning.
Wine 101: From the Grape to the Glass, 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20, will help you choose wine and become familiar with classic grape varieties.
Wine 201: Beyond the Basics, 6-8:30 p.m. March 13, teaches you how to explore and develop your palate with lighter wine varieties.
Wine 301, 6-8:30 p.m. April 10, digs into the world of reds and the wine-making process.
House of Wine is inside Cinder Winery, 107 E. 44th St, Garden City. Classes are $45 each or $115 for all three at TheHowOfWine.com.
House of Wine also will launch a beer class with Certified Cicerone Brian Golden 6-8 p.m. April 12. A cicerone is someone who selects, describes and understands beer. Class is $35 at TheHowOfWine.com.
A CUPCAKE PARADISE GETS A STOREFRONT
Food truck owners Jennifer and Ben McFadden took their idea for a delicious cupcake business from the Internet to farmers markets to food truck rallies and now to their own A Cupcake Paradise shop, which just opened at 813 W. Bannock St., Boise.
A Cupcake Paradise is a cupcake shop, so thats what youll find at the quaint little store, which seats about 13. There will be seven to 10 different flavors each day, along with White Cloud Coffee specialty blends by drip or in espresso drinks. The McFaddens also plan to offer shaved ice in the summer. Cupcakes run $2.50 each for traditional varieties, such as red velvet, and $3 for specialty flavors such as Coconut Dream.
The shop is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. You also can call in custom orders at 412-0840, or make one online at ACupcakeParadise.com. They deliver. Oh, and they plan to continue appearing at food truck rallies.
CROOKED FENCE TURNS 2
Crooked Fence Brewing will celebrate its second anniversary from 6 p.m. to midnight March 1 at the Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise.
Youll enjoy a concert by The Country Club, Reilly Coyote and Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, a fleet of food trucks parked outside and, of course, there will be plenty of Crooked Fence brews for purchase. Expect a big crowd. Last year, more than 1,600 people flowed through the event.
Donations ($2) will be taken at the door to benefit a documentary project about Newt & Harolds sales associate and instructor T.J. Hughes, who will travel to Ecuador to teach at a program that uses skateboarding to help at-risk kids. Check out PushDocumentary.com.
EDGE BREWERY PUSHES ITS MENU
After Edge Brewing Co. manager Tony Knipe first collaborated with consulting chef Ryan Collings on a menu for the new brewpubs restaurant, they ended up throwing it out.
It was just typical pub food, and we wanted to do something more edgy, Knipe says. (Yes, pun intended.)
So, they worked to offer some different takes on traditional fare such as Snake Bites ($8), their version of a jalapeno popper. Its made with fresh jalapenos stuffed with seasoned cream cheese, pork sausage, garlic and apple wood bacon, then roasted. Its served with hop-infused dipping sauce.
Youll also find a hummus platter with olive tapenade ($10), a peanut butter bacon burger ($10), an array of mac n cheese options ($13 each) and fusion fare from Scottish to Vietnamese.
Collings, who is a regional director for Aramark food services, will keep his hand in the creative aspects. Knipe, with 23 years working in restaurants, most recently at Johnny Carinos, is the hands-on guy in the kitchen, as well as the front-of-house manager. Knipe and head brewer Kerry Caldwell also are working on beer and food pairings to suggest to diners.
Edge, which opened early this month, will launch Sunday brunch after its official grand opening in March.
Edge is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Sundays. Phone: 995-2979. Online: Edgebrew.com.
MOE JOES EXPANDS
Moe Joes Breakfast Eatery owner and chef Joe Boyd is expanding his Meridian business by adding catering, delivery and special events to the mix.
Starting this week, customers can order box lunches for delivery. The delivery area will be from Cloverdale and Locust Grove to Franklin and Victory.
Moe Joes closes at 2 p.m. and Boyd plans to make the restaurant available, with custom catering, for special events in the afternoon and evening.
Moe Joes, 2951 E. Overland Road, Meridian, is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Make lunch orders by phone at 629-8761. Look for online ordering in the future. Online: MoeJoesbe.com.
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