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News From the Burbs

About a month ago, Rembrandt's Coffeehouse in Eagle finally figured out that come Sunday, their loyal customers were lost. Since 2004, when the coffeehouse opened in what was once a quaint church, Rembrandt's has been the center of the java universe in Eagle. Until last month, the staff observed Sunday as a day of rest and closed up tight. But times have changed. Rembrandt's is now open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, serving breakfast from the usual menu and offering rotating weekly breakfast specials like pancakes or biscuits and gravy.

93 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 208-938-1564, rembrandtscoffeehouse.net.

Our lives are crazy, and that fact has given rise to a whole genre of the food business that would make my grandmother cringe. The make-and-take dinner biz has become all the rage. Whether you want to go in and prep it yourself or just pick up a homemade meal that's only in need of some time in the oven, dinner can be a whole lot easier these days. Dinner's Ready Meridian just opened off Overland Road. They prep it, you buy it and in 10 minutes, you have a "homemade" dinner. The menu changes monthly, dinners are generally scaled for two, four or six diners, and the variety ranges from "kid friendly" to "company's coming."

3959 E. Overland Rd., Meridian, 208-888-6828, dinnersreadyidaho.com.

Fine Idaho Chef Gets Fine Wine Washington Nod

Last November, representatives from the Washington Wine Commission were so impressed by Andrae's wine list, they invited Chef Andrae Bopp to Taste Washington earlier this month. The annual festival in Seattle hosted 200 wineries and close to 70 restaurants. Andrae's had the privilege of being the only restaurant present without a Washington location, and according to Bopp, his was the first out-of-state restaurant to participate in 11 years. Andrae's won Best Washington Wine List outside the State of Washington, as well as Best Restaurant Event featuring Washington Wine.

In other Andrae's news, Bopp's partnership with Market Limone in Nampa has ended so that the chef can focus more intensely on his restaurant in downtown Boise.

816 W. Bannock St., 208-385-0707, andraesboise.com.

This Week's Wine and Dine

Boise Philharmonic puts on its annual chichi fundraiser this Friday. This year's The Chef and The Gourmet Gala is an Italian-themed evening with a five-course Italian meal, paired Italian wines, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. It's one of Boise's premiere galas, and although the black tie is optional, we'd highly recommend looking your spiffiest so as not to look too conspicuous.

Friday, April 18, 6 p.m., $150, Boise Centre on the Grove. For information and tickets, call 208-344-7849 or visit boisephilharmonic.org.

Next week, Mortimer's hosts the most awarded winemaker in America at this month's vintner's dinner. Carol Shelton has been lauded internationally for her wines throughout her two decades in the wine business. She's currently a "freelance" winemaker, consulting with smaller wineries and producing small lots for her brand, Carol Shelton Wines, one of California's best-known Zinfandel makers.

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., $65. Mortimer's, 110 S. Fifth St., 208-338-6550.

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