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All of the Flavors of Fall

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When we're all flitting about on cruisers and mountain bikes until way beyond dinner hours in the glint of late-night summer sun, wine dinners taper off and go into a sort of summer hibernation. Once green gives way to the fiery colors of fall, the wine dinners start rolling back on to the calendar, begging us to pack on a little extra padding for the coming colder weather. Bella Aquila and Cafe Vicino both recently hosted two of the season's first wine dinners and in the next few weeks wine and charity dinners start happening almost every weekend.

Thursday, Oct. 14, the Basque Market goes ... Basque. What else? A braised lamb dinner served Basque style will also feature seafood-stuffed peppers on mixed greens, Spanish wine and croquettes. Dinner is $40 per person plus gratuity. More information at 208-433-1208 or thebasquemarket.com.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, Life's Kitchen and Brewforia Beer Market host Tweetoberfest. All you can eat plus three drink tickets will only set you back $15 per person or $25 per couple. Proceeds benefit Life's Kitchen, the Boise State game will be on and Foursquare types will have a chance at a Swarm badge. Then on Friday, Oct. 22, Life's Kitchen kicks the beer and pigskin for the chichi Arid Club, where the nonprofit will host its annual Sparkling Wine Spectacular fundraiser. The $50 per person ticket price will get you hor d'oeuvres, wine, entertainment, a silent auction and a chance to meet the students your dollars help support. More information on both events at 208-331-0199 or at lifeskitchen.org.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, you can ditch the vino for the brewski. Rick's Press Room Grill and Bar in Meridian teams up with New Belgium Brewery for a four-course beer-paired meal for $22 per person. Reservations and info at 208-288-0558, rickspressroom.net.

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And now a quick update on the comings and goings of BW Card members. Mazzah: off. La Belle Vie in Nampa: on. Pick up $100 Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta gift certificates for only $60, or get $50 Bull's Head Station gift certificates for $25.

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