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Open Up and Say Asiago's

The pint-sized, quaint little digs in which Asiago's Downtown makes its humble home are undergoing a long-awaited remodel that has just a few people scratching their heads in wonderment that the hoppin' little spot got along so well without a bigger space in which to maneuver. Now that the Gem-Noble Building is undergoing an extensive remodel inside and out (all new guts on the first and second floors), Asigao's will expand to twice its current size. And with a new and bigger space, we're promised, comes a new and bigger menu.

Meanwhile, on the Bench, Asiago's Ristorante on Cole Road won't be left behind when change is afoot. The menu has recently undergone a few tweaks just to keep things new and interesting, and among the list of new things they're excited about is the addition of piadinas, a form of Italian flatbread that's little more than flour, shortening and salt baked flat. It's like the Italian version of a pita, or a tortilla, and at Asiago's, they're dressing up what may sound like bland bread with a selection of greens and your choice of chicken or lamb.

"Change in all things is sweet," or at least Aristotle thought it so. (P.S. Asiago's Downtown is open during the remodel.)

Asiago's Downtown, 1002 W. Main St. 336-5552; Asiago's Ristorante, 3423 N. Cole Rd., 323-1469

One For The Food Bank, One For The Karma Bank

If the Idaho Foodbank's October calendar were in an ass-kicking contest ... it would be busier than a one-legged man. Idaho Foodbank Week is October 15 through October 21, and activities are planned all month long to gear up for the holidays. October 7 through October 8 the Foodbank will be accepting non-perishable donations at Hidden Springs' Harvest Festival, the CROP Walk is October 15, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive is October 21 and the state's first Summit on Hunger and Food Security is October 27.

But it's still September, you say! Well, then. The Meridian Foodbank will be taking just about any non-perishable item it can get its needy hands on during Meridian's Scarecrow and Harvest Festival on Friday, September 29, and Saturday, September 30 (on the corner of E. Carlton and E. Second streets). Bring your donations to the foodbank's booth, where you can also catch up on the Boise State v. Utah State game.

Zee Fest of Oktober

The German-American Edelweiss Club holds its 34th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which highlights the edible rather than the chuggable aspects of the world-famous German holiday. The Boise Edelweiss Band plays while lovers of Deutschland's cuisine enjoy brats with kraut, German potato salad, sweet and sour red cabbage, German bean stew, hard rolls and apple strudel for dessert.

Friday, Sept. 29, 6-11 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 30, 4-11 p.m., VFW Post 63, 3308 Chinden Blvd., 424-8387. Tickets are available in advance from the VFW or at Tres Bonne Cuisine (6555 Overland Rd., 658-1364). Advance tickets are $7 per person, $13 per couple. Tickets at the door are $8 per person and $15 per couple. For more information call 938-1501.

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