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The Way to Any Heart is Through the Stomach

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Here's a not-so-romantic way to spend a Valentine's Day meal with your sweetie: lunch with state legislators. The National Association of Social Workers is hosting lunch at the Capitol on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in an effort to educate both legislators and the public about what exactly social workers do. Romantic? No, but informative? Yes. If your special someone swoons at the idea of dining under the rotunda, you'll have to reserve space before Friday, Feb. 5. Lunch is $50 for two, and if you're flying solo this V-Day, a single ticket is $30. E-mail lunchatthecapitol@gmail.com with questions and reservations.

If you're not into lunch or legislators on Valentine's Day, Food News will be rounding up a list of places to take your sweetie. Keep on eye on Cobweb at boiseweekly.com this week for a discerning list of who's open and who still has reservations available. If you know where you want to go and don't need help from BW, we'd recommend getting on the horn right now and getting your name on a list to ensure you get a table. Ask for the dark cozy one in the corner.

Thinking about ditching the restaurant scene for a home-cooked candlelight meal on V-day? This week is your last chance to brush up on your lacking kitchen skills before you'll have to put them to the holiday test on Feb. 14. This Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m-1 p.m., French pastry chef Hugues Maitre teaches a class at Pottery Gourmet on whipping up a chocolate Valentine for dessert. If you're looking for a little ... ahem, sugar ... after serving sweets to your sweet but you think a little more kitchen help will seal the deal, check out chef Randy King's class on aphrodisiacs at Pottery Gourmet on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. But since chocolate and oysters do not a full meal make, you may also want to sign up for a tutorial on how to cook an actual entree. Get an almost last-minute lesson on how to cook a Chauteaubriand Dinner for Two with chef Dean Fuller at Pottery Gourmet on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St., 208-368-0649. Classes range from $40-$50. For more information or to register, call Pottery Gourmet or visit potterygourmet.com.

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