Thank you so much Artist Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodge for another delightful brunch! These brunches are superb! 5-Star! (Bistro Weekend Menu – subject to change – or Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro) And many thanks to Garry and Donna for meeting us at the bistro for lunch, despite the highway detours! Here is what we had along with our 2016 Parma Ridge Winery Tre Bianchi and a 2015 Parma Ridge Winery Carmenere. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Just before the Ides of March, we had an awesome Wine Dinner at The Buzz in Boise, celebrating Italian wines. Superb appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert. A good crowd was there to celebrate the feast. Thanks Cristi and Tommy and Peggy for a delightful evening. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
As our Son-In-Law Mac and his daughter Sophia slowly make their way along Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and pass by these wonderful “country” homes, we are at The Buzz eating some delightful food and drinking some special wines at the May Wine Dinner, “Holidays in May”. Cristie and her staff, Tommy and Peggy, did another great job. And thank-you Bailey for explaining Lacross to me. One of the best offerings tonight, although I don’t this it paired well with the selected wine, was the Albondiagas Soup – a Mexican meatball soup. And the Teruiyaki Pina Colada Burger with Zuchini Salad and Baked Beans was superb. Wonderful flavors. Here are soime photos from the evening. As a note, I did not get a good photo of the dessert, so yopu won’t see the Cookies and Strawberries. Oops!
Some really good Spanish wines last night at the Buzz. One of the better ones is pictured here. The food paring with the wines was also spectacular. I think I should tell you right up front that I am not an avocado fan. But Cristi made a wonderful Avocado Soup that was served cold. “Mikey liked it!” The only criticism that I have is, it was a little salty. I asked Cristi about that and she told me that she used chicken stock in the soup. That is probably where the salt came from because she did not add any.
The 2008 Faustino Rioja pictured here was one of the better wines of the night receiving from me a score of  out of . The onluy better one was a NV Destello Cava that was served with the Brazo Gitano – in Spain, the dessert is called brazo de gitano (literally translated as gypsy’s arm) and is commonly filled with cream or chocolate truffle – and Quesada Pasiega – is a dessert typical of the region of Cantabria, Spain. It is one of Cantabria’s most recognizable dishes. It has the consistency of a dense pudding and is made from milk, sugar, butter, wheat flour, and egg, and flavored with lemon zest and cinnamon. It can be served hot or cold. A photo of this dessert is posted below. Here is the rest of the story. Enjoy!
Such a good night last night at The Buzz in Boise! A short, but fun, visit to France. French wines. French foods. No Moulin Rouge dancers, though. “… Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.” [Wikipedia]
And Cristie’s Choice wine, a 2013 Heritages Cotes du Rhone, was among the high score wines for the night with a score of  out of . It was that good! Here are some photos of the dinner that Cristie made for all of us. Cheers!
Great to see so many people attending last night. Almost a sell-out crowd! And they all had a really super meal and some great wine p;arings and information. If you missed this one, you missed a great one!
As far as I am concerned, there were some terrific wines presented. High scoring. 3 – 17’s, 1 – 18 and 2 – 19’s. Actually, I think the wine that took over was the 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel. But then, if you know me, you know that I am partial to a good Zin. And the entree that took First Place? Pork Medallions Crusted with Espresso and Chocolate. Served with Cauliflower and Pepper Medley with a Chocolate Drizzle. Oh Yum! There are photos below. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!
I just received this from Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits. It is always a joy to get this information from them so we can “spread the word”. Well worth the trip to go see them and visit for a while. Love the Bistro and Chef Storm’;s creations. And Stephanie’s artwork on the walls. Delightful.
The Avielle pictured her is a delightful blush of Merlot. Mellow, slightly sweet but not overpowering and it pairs well with a variety of Chef Storm’s plates. Here is the information. Enjoy!
Join us this weekend for Fabulous Food, Wonderful Wine and an Awesome Atmosphere!
We are open 4 days this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18. Weekend Hours are Friday, 12-7 pm and Sat, Sun & Mon 12-5 pm. In addition to our Friday Happy Hour from 4-7, we will do an ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR on Monday, January 18 from 12- 5 p.m.
If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, we have added a few new items to our 2016 Menu to get us all in that New Year Shape! We still have all of our regular menu items available all weekend as well. New Items include:Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads – $7.95
Grilled Romaine with Chunky Blue Cheese, Bacon, Roma Tomatoes and Candied pecans or
Grilled Romaine with Caesar dressing, Grilled Chicken, Fresh Shaved Parmesan Cheese and Homemade Croutons Creamy Mushroom Soup (Vegetarian) – $6.95 bowl, $3.95 cup
Served with Storm’s Fresh Baked Bread
We will also be serving up some new Bartholomew Wine! Try the 2012 Jaxon (only 4 bottles left of the 2010 Jaxon). The 2012 Blend is Bart’s Final “Jaxon” and is a Blend 59% Cabernet Franc 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carménère from Columbia Valley. [Stephanie – Will you hold us a bottle until I return from St Luke’s? Thanks!] Retail $32, both fruity and spicy!
Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Monday from 12-5 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:Chargrilled Kielbasa on Pretzel Bun with Black Cherry BBQ sauce, Deli Mustard and Caramelized Onions – $5.95
2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries: Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe” – $6.50
Personal size Flatbread: BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken, “The Patricia,” or Pepperoni – $5.95
Parma Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear – $5
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5
Sunday Brunch Specials:Best Ever
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $5.95
Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $6.95
Slow Braised Beef Short Rib over Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus and Fresh Baked Bread – $10.95
And if you are really lucky and they have the Viognier Poached Pear on the menu, get one. Share it. It’s wonderful!
We were visited again last weekend by the Treasure Valley Wine and Food Society! Read the write up here: https://treasurevalleywinesociety.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/oh-my-another-super-visit-to-parma-ridge-winery-bistro-and-rollingstone-chevre/.
We can’t wait to see you this weekend!
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery