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The Winged Pie Turns XXX

Boise's homegrown whirled peas-loving purveyor of whirled famous pizza is celebrating its Triple X anniversary. For 30 years, the dough throwers at Flying Pie have been making the valley's killer-est pizza, winning awards for making the valley's killer-est pizza, rolling giant foil balls that they hope will eventually reach 2,000 pounds thereby breaking a world record, allowing adoring customers to come in on "It's Your Day" days to make their very own pizzas, coercing one of the best local brewers to concoct the mysterious Triple Pi, hosting gourmet nights every Tuesday, eliciting creative artwork from their happy customers, treating their employees very, very well, and generally spreading peace, love and pizza. Long live "The Pie."

This Saturday, Aug. 2, is the big celebration with a showing of The Wizard of Oz at the Egyptian Theatre at 10 a.m. Guests are expected to be in costume, and then head over to the stores on State Street and Fairview Avenue for the after-party from noon to 11:30 p.m. For more information, visit flyingpie.com, or see page 18 for details.

Here a Wine, There a wine ...

I should rename this space "Wine News" this week, seeing as how the bulk of the goings on are vino-based.

Last week Erik McLaughlin, owner of 8th Street Wine Co., announced he's closing the wine shop, which is conjoined with the restaurant. Since last Friday, the entire store has been discounted between 15 and 50 percent. Wine, accessories, glassware, everything—including what McLaughlin calls the "ultra-desirable" wine that you'll otherwise never find on sale. Once the space is empty, McLaughlin plans to haul in tables and chairs in order to expand the dining room.

"Once we lose the patio for weather," explains McLaughlin, "then, typically, three nights a week we end up on a wait. This will allow us to accommodate our seating needs and to have a private room." 8th Street Wine Co. currently has a private 1,000-square-foot dining space, but the smaller upstairs room will provide diners with a more intimate option.

Meanwhile out in Eagle, Seasons Bistro is busy launching a wine club. This Wednesday, July 30, Keith Nyquist from Wild West Wines holds the first meeting with "Big Bad Summer Reds"—wines that pair well with barbecue. Seasons is also the newest restaurant to hop the Sunday brunch train. Get buffet-style brunch and mimosas every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including details on wine club membership dues and bennies, contact Seasons directly or visit seasonsbistrocatering.com.

And here's a heads up on two up-and-coming wine events. If you just didn't get enough of the Basque Block at last weekend's annual San Ignazio Basque festival, mark your calendar for Winefest 2008. Tapas, more than 100 wines, music, a silent auction, entertainment and hopefully, some impromptu Basque dancing will fill the street. Winefest starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, on the Basque Block. Tickets are $27 in advance or $30 day of the event. For more information, visit basquemuseum.com.

The following Friday is the Idaho Wine Festival hosted annually by the Treasure Valley Wine Society. The judges put only Idaho wines to the taste-test earlier in the week, with winners announced during the public wine tasting on Friday, Aug. 22. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit treasurevalleywinesociety.com.

This Week's Wine and Dine

Area chefs are constantly slicing and dicing for a good cause. From benefits for Boise Art Museum and the Idaho Foodbank to private fundraisers and health-related charities, Boiseans are almost always guaranteed a good meal in the name of philanthropy. This time, however, area chefs are getting together to help one of their own. Chris Brooks is a familiar face in many of the city's kitchens, having worked for The Renaissance, Milford's Fish House, Murphy's Seafood and Steakhouse and Crane Creek Country Club. (He also does a really amazing trick with Bailey's, creme brulee and Kahlua ganache.) A few months ago, Brooks was severely injured in a horse accident, resulting a in very expensive pile of medical bills.

Next Monday, Aug. 11, 25 area chefs host a benefit for Brooks. Five stations, wine tasting, live music, and live and silent auctions make up A Chef's Night Out. The event is limited to 150 guests; tickets are $50. For information or to purchase tickets, call 208-327-8544 or visit chefbrooksfund.org.

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