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Form & Function Coffee debuts in The Fowler

Pouring a latte at Form & Function Coffee in Downtown Boise.
Pouring a latte at Form & Function Coffee in Downtown Boise.

Form & Function Coffee opened in December at 511 W. Broad St. in The Fowler, an apartment building in Boise’s Central Addition district that’s in the final phases of completion.

Owners Scott and Kate Seward had originally planned to open in different spot last spring, but that location fell through. In the interim, the friendly and knowledgeable couple earned a loyal following with their coffee cart at the Boise Farmers Market.

“It ended up being a really great experience for us, and it helped to get our name out there,” Kate Seward said.

“Working the market is a lot of fun.”

The roastery and coffeehouse — just down the way from The Wylder pizzeria — features a select array of sustainable beans from around the world, which get roasted with hot air in a fluid-bed roaster. The beans then get turned into a gamut of espresso and pour-over coffee drinks. You can also score flash-brewed iced coffee, loose-leaf teas and house-brewed chai tea.

Even though it’s not a restaurant, the place does have a small kitchen that pumps out made-to-order items such as avocado toast ($6) and five-grain porridge with cherry-thyme compote ($6). Croissants and other freshly baked pastries are brought in daily from Gaston’s Bakery, in addition to baked goods (scones, muffins and such) made by Heather Andrade — some of which are gluten-free.

Form & Function also sells bags of freshly roasted coffee beans and home-brewing supplies, including grinders, presses, pour-over kettles and more.

“If someone buys a brewing device, we take the time to show them how to use it properly,” Seward said.

To that end, the business will be offering occasional classes and cuppings (tastings) throughout the year. Check out for upcoming events.

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Popular Mexican eatery to move later this year

Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant will be moving to a new location in Kuna this summer. No exact date has been set.

The current location at 482 W. Main St. is around 4,000 square feet. But the new spot next to the Cowgirls bar in Sandstone Plaza, 345 W. Avenue E, will give owners Enrique Contreras and Ana Paz 12,000 square feet of restaurant space, including a full-service bar and spacious patio.

The new and improved Enrique’s will also have a separate banquet area and a VIP room with a private patio for special events.

The popular Mexican eatery, formerly known as El Gallo Giro, has garnered a large customer base over the years thanks to its tasty food and friendly service. People file in from across the Treasure Valley for saucy enchiladas, campechana (seafood cocktail), chicken mole, carnitas and authentic tacos.


New wine retreat offers grand opening special

West Mountain Wine Retreat recently opened at 2259 West Mountain Road near Tamarack Resort in Donnelly. Owners Ray and Peg Zemke, who relocated here from the Minneapolis area, operate the wine-education getaway that’s situated in a renovated 2,800-square-foot house, which includes a commercial kitchen, guest suites and a common area with a roaring fireplace.

They are offering a grand opening special that runs through March 30. For $195 (single or double occupancy), you and a partner can reserve one of the retreat’s two guest suites for a night and enjoy an educational seminar on sparkling wines, followed by a big breakfast the next morning that includes blintzes with huckleberry sauce, baked eggs, pastries and beverages. It normally costs $245 a night for this package, so you can use the extra money to go skiing at Tamarack Resort or Brundage Mountain.

The Zemkes have also added deals on wine seminars for those who are not staying the night. The seminars, which run 1 to 2 hours, start at $25 per person and include small bites with each selected wine, or you can go for a full food-and-wine pairing package.

To make reservations, call 208-325-8509 or visit

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