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Week in Food - Salvestrin at Mortimer's

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The Week in Food

For every day you don't feel like cooking, something is happening at a restaurant near you. Yeah, food, but you can find some special one-day-a-week kind of stuff, too. We've run down seven days of specials to give you something to think about next time cooking and dishes sound like too much work.

Monday nights are date night at Papa Joe's. You and your date can cozy up with two glasses of house vino, a salad, a 10-inch pizza and a slice of cheesecake for $20. (In case you can't make it Monday, it happens Wednesdays, too.)

Start your Tuesday evening off with tapas at the Basque Market. The selection changes weekly, but always features a variety of very Basque nibbles ranging in price from 25 cents to $3. On select nights, a $5 purchase gets you a complimentary glass of wine. For dinner you'll have to decide between Italian and Italian. Tuesday nights are infamous for Flying Pie's gourmet nights, when pizza gets as close to dangerous as it comes with crazy combos, buffet-style. It starts at 6 p.m., and adults are $7.25. But if wine rather than the Triple Pi is more your libation of choice, Papa Joe's offers half-price bottles from 4 to 7 p.m.

Blue Ribbon Artisans Cheese shop gets the award for the week's most interesting food event: squeaky cheese day. Every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., the artisan cheese shop rolls out fresh curds. Then on Thursdays, things get slightly more refined for weekly wine and cheese pairings from 5 to 8 p.m. Taste a handful of different cheeses paired with wine—or beer, when the occasion arises—for a couple of bucks.

And as promised, ONO Hawaiian Cafe will start hosting Aloha Fridays. This week, put on your aloha shirt for pupus and hula dancing.

Saturday it's all about morning recovery from those crazy Aloha Friday nights. And nothing says hangover cure like menudo. Get your menudo at Los Betos Saturday and Sunday mornings, or get a little lengua at Gernika, where every Saturday, beef tongue is on the menu.

Sunday it's time to head for the bay, Montego Bay. Usually a 21-and-up joint, Sundays are open to the whole family for BBQ Sundays when PBRs are only 50 cents and hot dogs and burgers are on the grill. The fun starts at noon out back on the docks.

For location and phone information for all of these restaurants, visit our Dining Guide at BoiseWeekly.com.

This Week's Wine and Dine

Mortimer's hosts another of Napa Valley's premier vintners in Boise this week. Rich Salvestrin, winemaker and owner of Estate Vineyard and Winery, presents a selection of four wines, including a 2001 cabernet sauvignon that's labeled "very rare." For more than 75 years, three generations of the Salvestrin family have tended grapes that were planted in the mid-1800s, although until 1994, when they started making their own wines, the Salvestrin family sold its grapes to area wineries.

This Thursday at Mortimer's, Salvestrin wines will complement dinner from Chef Jon Mortimer. On the menu are seared sea scallops paired with a 2006 sauvignon blanc, cedar-roasted Chinook salmon and field greens with a 2005 Rettagio, fennel-braised herb-crusted pork loin served with the very rare 2001 cabernet sauvignon, beef wellington with a 2004 cabernet sauvignon and a dessert of strawberry cheesecake with mascarpone filling in a hazelnut graham crust.

Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Mortimer's, 110 S. 5th St., 208-338-6550, MortimersIdaho.com.

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