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SQUARE SOIREE • BEHOLD THE PURPLE PAIR • VINTAGE IDAHO

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SQUARE SOIREE

Even if you've already had the taste sensation at Square, here's a re-cap of the dishes you'll find at their Grand Opening extravaganza December 2 to 4: some of the airiest sweet and savory crepes you'll find in the Northwest stuffed with everything from gruyere to smoked salmon to Jamaican jerk chicken to Nutella, bananas and toasted almonds. And don't forget homemade soups like smoked tomato basil and salads studded with candied nuts, crumbled cheeses and original dressings. Not to mention the great service. All such goodies will be augmented by a ribbon cutting ceremony, complimentary food tastings, food demonstrations, live DJs and drawings for gift certificates, T-shirts, hats and other prizes. There will be special guests and plenty of good energy, so don't miss the chance to help Square officially launch their culinary offering to Boise's gourmet cravers.

Square, 760 Main St. Call 345-7782 for a full schedule of events.

BEHOLD THE PURPLE PAIR

We at BW are extremely excited about this new restaurant and bar; for weeks we've been walking by the enormous (and unfortunately draped) windows, peering in, trying to angle ourselves just so to catch a glimpse of what exactly a place called Pair with the tag line, "eat drink share" might look like. Last week, the eatery finally opened its doors, and you can see everything from the outside--thanks to a wall of now uncovered glass facing Main Street. And boy, is the joint inviting. The atmosphere is hip yet non-intimidating, open yet den-like, sexy yet mature. The large, midnight-purple room is defined by a sleek bar (with purse hooks!) on one side and a sweet-smelling coffee counter on the other side. In the middle sit black leather teacup-shaped chairs, a few couches and scattered low tables, arranged in both small party and large party combinations. It is chic but not pretentious.

If the atmosphere doesn't draw you in, the appetizing food will--in breakfast, lunch and "share" form. Those who need morning calories can order an egg baguette and Madison country potatoes, a slice of pumpkin ginger bread or a bowl of yogurt and granola. For lunch, you'll find some of Aubergine's signature sandwiches, soups and salads (the owners also own Aubergine) like the Ciderhouse Spinach Salad (spinach, bacon, gorgonzola, red onions, roma tomatoes and sundred cranberries) or The Toasted Tuscan sandwich (grilled peppered chicken breast with mozzarella, roasted sweet red peppers and fresh spinach on toasted focaccia) plus some new creations. Pair's seasonal soups rotate by day and include Creamy Portobello, Chicken and Sweet Potato Chowder and Venezuelan Black Bean. Everything is ridiculously enticing; the counter is covered in tempting treats to accompany your sandwich: truffles, bread pudding, white chocolate ginger cheesecake. But Pair's most unique, exciting offerings are by and large "the shares," listed on the back of the menu as plates designed to accommodate two to four people. Such shares span the globe and include the East Asian Share (edamame, Thai veggie and chicken spring rolls, sesame soba noodles, wasabi peas and Thai chili dipping sauce) and the Bordeaux Share (Brie, mimolet cheese, dried apricots, red grapes, cornichons, Dijon mustard, Nicoise olives, French pate toast and French baguette). In addition to nine savory shares, there are three dessert shares, including a s'more share, where they bring fire to your table so you can roast sugar squares and relive happy childhood memories--this time with a cocktail in hand.

Pair, open seven days a week: breakfast 7:30-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and dinner 5-10 p.m. with shares and cocktails from 5-11 p.m. and cocktails until 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, 601 Main St., 343-7034.

VINTAGE IDAHO

Tune in to Idaho Public Television on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. for the premiere of "Vintage Idaho: An Outdoor Idaho Special." The documentary chronicles a year in the Idaho wine industry from winter hibernation through the growing season, harvesting and processing the grapes into wine. IPTV producer Jim Peck and director/videographer Alan Austin visit eight of Idaho's more than 20 wineries, stopping at Sandpoint, Moscow, Sunnyslope (Caldwell), Nampa and Glenns Ferry. :

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