Bacquet’s Restaurant in Eagle, ID. 5-Stars!


OK. This is an awesome French restaurant in Eagle, ID, just west of Boise. I know of no other French restaurant in the area of this caliber. Definitely a 5-Star restaurant! It really replaces Le Café de Paris and Andrea’s. Both of which have closed. Great interior ambiance – like sitting in a French café. The patio offers seating also, but on our visit, it was very hot. You may also have live music on the patio. It would be best to call for reservations if you decide to go. Both Chef Franck and his wife Michelle are very warm, charming and interesting. Anxious to answer question you may have. Here is some of the dishes we had and they were awesome. Delicious! Beautifully presented. Enjoy. We did. We’ll be back! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Robin is happy with the food.
House Salad and Dressing.

Escargot in Garlic Butter

Coquilles St Jacques in Saffron
Super with 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Beef Tenderloin with Fois Gras and Baby Vegetables
Super with Les Jamelle Merlot

Opera Cake with Almond and Chantilly Cream

Chocolate Mousse with Chantilly Cream

We were treated to this awesome port. Thank you Chef Franck and Michelle!
Glass of port
Robin and Chef Franck Bacquet
Bob and Michelle Bacquet discuss photos and port.
Specials board
Anyone in Boise remember this French restaurant? Right now, Bacquet’s Restaurant is the only one that I know of.

Superb 36th Anniversary Party at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


It is not often that I rave about an eating place, but the Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro is one of our favorites and definitely a 5-Star eatery. Staff is awesome and Chef Storm and Stephanie Hodge, the owners, winemakers, artist and “chief cook and bottle washers”, sorta, are so humble, courteous and kind. Kudos to you both and to your superb staff! And Thank-You for such a great venue for our 36th wedding anniversary. The food was superb and the patio seating was great. Note: The winery and bistro are a great place to go Wednesday through Sunday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you had best call for reservations. Contact information is at the link above. Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Chef storm and Stephanie Hodge
The meal that they prepared for us was great. Here is some of what we had.

Cheese Board
Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar, Chefs Choice Assorted Cheeses, Blue Cheese Fondue, Sliced Salami, Grapes, Crackers and Sliced Baguette

Puff Pastry filled with Lobster
in a
Cream Cognac Reduction Sauce

This is not on the regular menu, but rather was specially made for us by Chef Storm. It would be great to have this on the appetizer menu!! Thank-You Chef Storm for this surprise. Delicious!

Rutherford Burger
All-Beef Patty with Smokey Mayo, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Rocket Greens, Cabernet Grilled Onions & Sliced Smoked Blue Cheese

Pear Salad
with
Grilled Chicken
Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Viniagrette, Blue Cheese Crumbles and Poached Pears

Char-Broiled Filet Mignon
with
Cabernet Beef Demi-Glacé, Roasted Garlic Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccolini

Char-Broiled Ribeye
with
Cabernet Beef Demi-Glacé, Roasted Garlic Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccolini

And then the desserts. Yes. That is plural! We passed them around so everyone got some.

Meyer Lemon Custard
with a
Blueberry Compote, Lemon Whipped Cream and Lemon Wafers

Tiramisu Bread Pudding
Croissant Bread Pudding with a Mascarpone whip Over a Kahlúa Chocolate Sauce

Wine Lover’s Chocolate Cake
A Red Wine Infused Dark Chocolate Sponge Cake Filled With a Joshua Storm Butter Cream and Finished With a Chocolate Ganache

And finally, thanks to all these delightful folks who joined us.

Chris and Anna
Myra
Marnie and Eric
A view of the patio

Berbere Spice Blend and Doro Wot – Chicken


Now is the time to add some spice to your life. At least the spices of North Africa – Ethiopia to be exact.

From Demand Africa, “In Amharic, the state language of Ethiopia, ‘barbare’ means pepper or hot. Not surprisingly, berbere spice, the flavor backbone of Ethiopian cooking, gives traditional Ethiopian dishes that fiery kick. Berbere’s constituent spice is paprika (itself a ground spice made from Capsicum peppers), but the final blend could be made from up to 20 spices.
Ethiopian cooks of old were not short of kitchen experiments, and over time have added garlic, ginger, fenugreek seeds, African basil, black and white cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, coriander seed, thyme, rosemary, turmeric and ajwain (carom seeds commonly used in Indian cooking) to the mix. This allows berbere to impart a richer, aromatic and more layered flavor to any dish it’s added to, whether Ethiopian or not…Amharic language scholars speculate that the name ‘barbare’ came from ‘papare,’ the Ge’ez word for pepper (Ge’ez was the language of ancient Ethiopia). While that is likely lost in the mists of time, the more probable theory is that berbere came at a point in Ethiopia’s history when the independent Axumite kingdom controlled the Red Sea route to the Silk Road. The Axumites knew the secrets of the monsoon winds, and harnessed it to send their ships toward India in summer, and back again to Africa in winter…Berbere is the cornerstone spice blend of Ethiopia; without it, ‘doro wot’ or chicken stew (Ethiopia’s national dish) would not have that distinctive brick-red appearance and rustic, savory intensity.
Doro wot is cooked during traditional festivities and is typically served with injera, fermented sourdough flatbread with a slightly spongy texture that serves as the plate and scooping utensil for the stew. Doro wot is ladled generously on top of it and served alongside vegetables and other dips. (To eat injera, Ethiopians pinch off a piece of it and use the same to scoop out a small portion of the stew.)”

You can buy the spice blend in your grocery store – our Albertsons carries it – but it is more fun to make your own. All of these spices should be locally available.
Berbere Spice Mix
Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 5 min
Ingredients:
1/2 c Chili Powder
1/4 c Paprika
1/2 t ground Ginger
1/2 t ground Cardamon
1/2 t ground Turmeric
1/2 t ground Coriander
1/2 t ground Fenugreek
1/4 t ground Cinnamon
1/4 t grated fresh Nutmeg
1/4 t ground Allspice
11/8 t ground Cloves
1/8 t fresh ground Black Pepper
Directions:
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight jar.

Ethiopian cuisine (Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ምግብ) characteristically consists of vegetable and often very spicy meat dishes. This is usually in the form of wot, a thick stew, served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread, which is about 20 inches in diameter and made out of fermented teff flour.

A recipe from African Bites for
Doro Wat
Ethiopian Chicken Stew -slowly simmered in a blend of robust spices. Easy thick, comforting, delicious, and so easy to make!
Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 1 hr Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins Servings: 6
Calories: 470 Author: Immaculate Bites
Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons Spiced butter Sub with Cooking oil or more
2-3 medium onions sliced
1/4 cup canola oil
2 Tablespoons Berbere Spice (See above)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
½ Tablespoon minced ginger
3- 3½- pound whole chicken cut in pieces or chicken thighs
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
½ Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon dried basil optional
4-6 Large soft-boiled egg shelled removed
1-2 Lemons Freshly Squeezed (adjust to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Season chicken with, salt, pepper and set aside
In a large pot, over medium heat, heat until hot, and then add spiced butter and onions, sauté onions, stirring frequently, until they are deep brown about 7 -10 minutes. After the onions are caramelized or reached a deep brown color, add some more oil, followed by berbere spice, garlic, and ginger.
Stir for about 2-3 minutes, for the flavors to blossom and the mixture has a deep rich brown color. Be careful not to let it burn.
Then add about 2-3 cups water .Add chicken, tomato paste, paprika, basil, salt and cook for about 30 minutes.
Throw in the eggs and lemon juice; thoroughly mix to ensure that the eggs are immersed in the sauce.
Continue cooking until chicken is tender about 10 minutes or more Adjust sauce thickness and seasoning with water or broth, lemon,salt according to preference.
Serve warm

Washington Apple Cup


Sunset at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro
It was a really beautiful night and sunset. Tis is one of those “moments in time” photos that I captured.
Many, many thanks to Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges for opening the winery and tasting room – and their beautiful house – for this 1st Annual Apple Cup Party. (It celebrates the football game between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. Both teams were well represented!) Hopefully, Robin and I will be included next year. Bring more wine!
Chef Storm prepared some awesome Washington Beef! Also was Brocoli Rabe, Mushrooms in Marsala, Chicken Skewers and Potatoes and Gravy. (There are photos below) If you want to see any of these photos enlarged, Left-Click them. Enjoy these photos and the delicious meal we had. Cheers!

Sunset
Tables were set up in the new barrel room!
We offered these wines.
Chicken Skewers
Brocoli Rabe
Chef Storm prepared awesome steaks
The dinner plated. So yummy!

Luau at TVWS in December


TVWS Logo
 

On December 14, 2016, the TVWS is presenting a Sparkling Wine Buffet Dinner – it’s going to be a Luau Roasted Pig – and a Silent Auction. Here is but one of many baskets that will be auctioned off. The face value on this one is $80.00. See you there.
All of the TVWS Wine Dinner Buffets are ticketed. In other words, you must purchase tickets to attend. The tickets will be made available online on the Treasure Valley Wine Society Blog each month.

Online-Purchase – $25/person
At The Door – $35/per person

 

Cooking Basket donated by Bob and Robin. The Parma Ridge Syrah is 1 of just a few left. There are no more at the winery!!
Cooking Basket donated by Bob and Robin. The Parma Ridge Syrah is 1 of just a few left. There are no more at the winery!! Basket value – $80. Let it be yours!

This Weekend at Parma Ridge Winery


6April216_1c_Parma-Ridge-Restaurant_HeaderIt looks like another great weekend at Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurant. Never been there? Then you have missed a great adventure. Great food. Great wine. Parties of 6 or more? Call for reservations! Here’s what’s happening at the winery!

 

Parma Ridge is the place to be this weekend!
Relax on the patio with wonderful wine, fabulous food and an amazing view

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend on the Parma Ridge patio! Join us for wine tasting and excellent cuisine and enjoy the view with your friends and family. We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with wine tasting and regular menu all weekend long. We have Happy Hour on Friday evening from 4-7p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations are recommended if dining on the patio or in the tasting room.

DELICIOUS FOOD SPECIALS (while supplies last):

Rib-Eye Steak
Ribeye Steak Special this weekend

One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Char-Grilled Broccolini and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95
Storm’s Famous Salmon Brined, Lightly Smoked and Pan Fried with Rosemary Truffle Butter and Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes accompanied by Char-Grilled Broccolini Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95
Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:

$7.50 – 2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries; Your choice of:
“Mesquite” Ground Beef with Smoked Provolone, Bacon & Mesquite Aioli
“Triple B” Ground Beef with Bacon, Blue Cheese and BBQ
“Deluxe” Ground Beef with American Cheese and Diner Sauce
“Pulled Pork”Braised Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ Sauce

$7.50 – Personal size Flatbread; Your choice of:
Grilled Chicken with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
“The Patricia” Prosciutto and Arugula with a Balsamic Reduction
Smoked Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
“Fungi” sautéed Mushrooms, Fresh Shaved Parmesan with Mozzerella and Garlic Oil
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni & Mushroom with Homemade Red Sauce
Pepperoni with Homemade Red sauce
“The Kathleen” Vegetarian Mozzarella and Garlic Oil, Smoked blue cheese, Sautéed pears with Honey and Butter, Spicy Pecans topped with fresh Arugula and a Balsamic Reduction

$5 – Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli

Sunday Brunch Specials:
NEW! Brunch Burger – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a lemon-tarragon aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95

Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95

We are sampling our new 2014 Parma Ridge Merlot Zinfandel Blend and Merlot Cabernet Blend in the Tasting Room this weekend, not yet bottled so get a sneak peek of how it’s tasting!

PARMA RIDGE NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – WEDNESDAY JULY 20
Date postponed to Wednesday, July 20!

Join us at the Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In Theater on Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. for Wine tasting and the movie Bottle Shock. $5 entry fee gets you a tasting AND admission to the movie that will be starting at dusk. Wine will also be available to purchase by the glass and bottle that evening.
We apologize for the last-minute change but hope you can join us next week! It’s sure to be a fun night, so be sure not to miss it! The Motor-Vu Theater is located at: 25922 US 95, Parma ID 83660.

In the News
We’ve had another wonderful review! Check it out on the American Winery Guide online. Thank you so much for coming out Sally and for the wonderful exposure on Parma Ridge!

Have you read the article in the Treasure Magazine yet? If not, here is the link to the online article: http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/treasure/article83104597.html. A great one on wine tasting in the Treasure Valley. The article begins on page 37.

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We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

 

 

A brunch catering on Saturday morning at Parma Ridge
A brunch catering on Saturday morning at Parma Ridge

Capitol Cellars Hosts Parma Ridge Winery


The entrance at 5th and Main in the Belgrade Building.Such a great Wine Dinner hosted by Capitol Cellars in Boise. The featured wines were from Parma Ridge Winery. And if I may so bold as to say, if you need something to do on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, give the Parma Ridge Winery Restaurant a try. Chef Storm Hodges does an awesome job in the kitchen while Stephanie serves some great wines.
The wine dinner served consisted 1 appetizer and 3 entrees and Parma Ridge wines that were perfectly matched. The 2014 Merlot that was served with the Pork Ballontine is in short supply – they have mostly sold out. A wonderful Idaho Merlot and we were lucky enough to get 2 bottles! Yea! Here is how the dinner went. Delicious!

Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges. Ownrs/Winemakers of Parma Ridge Winery.
Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges. Owners/Winemakers of Parma Ridge Winery.
The Menu
The Menu

I did not get a photo of the appetizer, Amuse Bouche, an apricot-prosecco sorbet served with a 2015 Parma Ridge Winery Chardonnay. This was a super good chardonnay.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Ballontine goat cheese polenta cherry reduction sauce micro red cabbage sprouts 2014 Parma Ridge Winery Merlot

Bacon Wrapped Pork Ballontine
goat cheese polenta, cherry reduction sauce, micro red cabbage sprouts

2014 Parma Ridge Winery Merlot
such a perfect paring between the wine and the entree


Moroccan Chicken garbanzo beans, tomato, zucchini served over jasmine rice, cumin yogurt, cilantro 2014 Parma Ridge Winery Syrah another super good wine/food paring. wine went extremely well with the spiciness of the entrée

Moroccan Chicken
garbanzo beans, tomato, zucchini served over jasmine rice, cumin yogurt, cilantro

2014 Parma Ridge Winery Syrah
another super good wine/food paring. wine went extremely well with the spiciness of the entree

Italian Zabaglione fresh apricots and cherries 2015 Parma Ridge Winery LaRea Dolce Riesling you really do need to get some of this wine. superb!

Italian Zabaglione
fresh apriots and cherries

2015 Parma Ridge Winery LaRea Dolce Riesling
you really do need to get some of this wine. superb!

Exec Chef
Exec Chef Dave Shipley, “… As for the food, chef Dave Shipley, who worked with Dustan Bristol at Brick 29, was motioned to run the kitchen. He has a penchant for sourcing local and regional foodstuffs, like farmstead cheese from Ballard Family Dairy, greens from Purple Sage Farms and beef from Double R Ranch.”

Capitol Cellars did a fantastic job in preparing these entrees. Our hats are off to Exec Chef Dave Shipley. Wonderful job and it is great to see your using mostly local, Idaho products in your menu. From their website, “Our History – located in Boise’s historical Belgravia Building, Capitol Cellars opened its’ door in March 2015. Capitol Cellars takes pride in serving local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full coffee bar and an extensive wine list.”