Great Holiday Party at TVWS


09Dec2015_1d_TVWS-Tasting-Sparkling_Crowd_Cheryl-Brtidgett-2Thanks to the Holiday Goddesses, Cheryl and Bridgette, the party was a huge success. Fun, some frolic, a great silent auction, good food and lots of cheer! Good selection of bubbly this year. And this is the time of year when new Board members are selected and that too, went smoothly. Glad to see some new faces join the Board, and some returnees too! It should be a good year with these new members. Next month I will post the new members, after they become “Official”. But for now, look at our party! Cheers and have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. Drink responsibly please. You can still have fun. Let’s start with food.

Cheese Platter and Shrimp
Cheese Platter and Shrimp
Veggie Tray
Veggie Tray
Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Mushrooms
Egg  Rolls
Egg Rolls
Salmon Empanadas
Salmon Empanadas
Dessert Tray
Dessert Tray
More desserts!
More desserts!
Silent Auction Baskets
Silent Auction Baskets

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Some of the crowd that was there.
Some of the crowd that was there.

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Great Visit to Capitol Cellars


Capitol-Cellars-Logan-Smyser_CardReally a good visit tonight to the newly opened – March 2015 – of Capitol Cellars at 5th and Main Streets in Boise in the Belgravia Building. (There is also an AirBNB in the building, Belgravia AirBNB.). The ambiance is like entering a “wine cave”. Dim lights; cool air and wonderful Waite Staff. In certain sections of the restaurant, it is like sitting in a wine cellar – because you really are! I have placed a permanent link in the sidebar of this blog so you can contact them, make reservations or check their manu. Definitely a 4-Star (out of 5-Stars) restaurant. My only comments about the food is that the risotto seemed to be a little gummy – undercooked. The crispy fries were not really as crispy as I had expected. I expected more of a twice fried Belgium style potato. Here are some photos from our visit. Enjoy! It is great to see that they use Idaho products and produce as much as possible. This would be a great Date Night restaurant or Special Occasion.

The entrance at 5th and Main in the Belgrade Building.
The entrance at 5th and Main in the Belgravia Building.
Part of the main dining room.
Part of the main dining room.
The wine cellar.
The wine cellar.
Wine cellar ambiance.
Wine cellar ambiance.
Shoup Pernod Shrimp - garlic, shallot, basil, Pernod cream sauce

Shoup Pernod Shrimp
garlic, shallot, basil, Pernod cream sauce

heese plate- specialty artisan and local cheeses, fruit, spiced nuts, port-fig jam, imported olives, baguette & crackers

Cheese plate
specialty artisan and local cheeses, fruit, spiced nuts, port-fig jam, imported olives, baguette & crackers

Borah Burger - Idaho Kobe beef, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, balsamic reduction, roasted garlic aioli, brioche bun

Borah Burger
Idaho Kobe beef, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, balsamic reduction, roasted garlic aioli, brioche bun

Risotto

Risotto

Rib-Eye

The Senator’s Prime Rib
Idaho-northwest raised beef, Idaho bake potato, warm horseradish sauce, au jus

Lamb

Pete’s Idaho Lamb Shank
Lava Lake Lamb. goat cheese polenta, seasonal vegetable, natural jus

Logan Smyser
Logan Smyser, Director of Operations, shows us how to use a sabre to remove the top of a champagne bottle.

Shrimp and Wine at Sawtooth Winery


21Mar2015_1_Sawtooth-Winery-Verticle_SignHad not really thought of this combination, but this was a real treat. Superb shrimp prepared by Reel Foods Fish Market here in Boise on Capital Blvd. And the wine selection, not all theirs, selected by Sawtooth Winery were a really good match for most, not all, of the shrimp dishes. But that is to be expected. Left Click any of these photographs to see them enlarged.
Out of 8 chardonnay wines presented, and it was a blind horizontal tasting, so far as I was concerned the best was the 2013 Sawtooth Reserve Chardonnay. OK. But what is a horizontal wine tasting, you ask. From Blue Sky Winery in Anna, ILL., here are the differences between a verticle tasting and a horizontal tasting.

In a verticle wine tasting, different vintages (years) of the same wine types from the same wine type from the same winery are tasted. This emphasizes the differences between various vintages.

In a horizontal wine tasting, the wines are all from the same vintage (year) but are from different wineries. When doing a horizontal tasting, keeping the same wine type and wine region will help to emphasize the differences in winery and vintner styles.

Some of the wines that were presented.
Some of the wines that were presented. The Sawtooth Winery Chardonnay was not available for purchase.
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel  Foods for sharing their talents!
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel Foods for sharing their talents!
Gourmet Shrimp Selections by Chef Mark Ballen

Gourmet Shrimp Selections
by
Chef Mark Ballen

This is how they prepared the shrimp.
This is how they prepared the shrimp.
Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp A balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish.

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
a balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish

Pacific Ilanders Sugar Cane Shrimp we liked these the best of all the shrimp, then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
we liked these the best of all the shrimp; then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables
artichoke, broccoli, carrot, asparagus on lettuce leaf

Honey Adobe Poppin' Shrimp a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime creme fraiche

Honey Adobe Poppin’ Shrimp
a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime crème fraîche

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscoc the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscos
the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Boise Foodie Meet-Up Group Visited “Fork”


06Jan2014_1_Foodie-MeetUp_Fork_SignOn Monday, January 6, the Boise Foodie Meet-up group mat at Fork, 199 N 8th St, Boise · (208) 287-1700, in Boise for a really good dinner. Robin and I were here several years ago, and were not particularly impressed. But now, some serious changes have been made and it is well worth the time to go. I would suggest reservations, as they are very busy. Even with the busyness of the restaurant, Chris, our Server, did a fantastic job. Thank-You Chris! The food was very good, with the exception of the Asparagus Fries. Some of the asparagus still had the woody ends which made them non-edible. For that reason, and that reason alone, I can only rate Fork a 4-Star, out of 5-Stars, restaurant. Robin and I bought and shared an Adelsheim Pinot Gris that went superbly with everything, even the spiciness of the shrimp and the asparagus. Enjoy these photos. Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. Please do visit them and let them know you saw them on this blog. And Kat, we are sorry to hear about your loss. Our condolences.

The bar area at Fork.
The bar area at Fork.
Asparagus Fries
Asparagus Fries. We passed this around for everyone to try. Went very well with the wine.
Mushroom Ragout Panfry. Delicious!
Mushroom Ragout Panfry. Delicious!
BBQ Cajun Shrimp
BBQ Cajun Shrimp. This was shared also.
Apple-Barrel Chicken. Very good!
Apple-Barrel Chicken. Very good! It is large enough that Robin and I shared it.
Urban Burger with Tomato Basil Soup.
Urban Burger with Tomato Basil Soup.
Prime Rib French Dip wtth Tomato Basil Soup
Prime Rib French Dip with Tomato Basil Soup
Chocolate Trio
Chocolate Trio
Warm Sugar Doughnuts. We shared this one, too.
Warm Sugar Doughnuts. We shared this one, too.
And as soon as the new Zion Bank Building, right next to Fork, this will be opening. Need a job? They are taking applications.
And as soon as the new Zion Bank Building, right next to Fork, is complete, this will be opening. Need a job? They are taking applications.