Coffee to Your Door, Part II
Occasionally, a reader politely points out that I don't know everything. (It's true, I merely project the illusion of omniscience, and sometimes I get called out.) Last week, I pined in print for coffee delivery and cited the Carry-out Cab as the solution to all your bring-it-to-me food needs. Turns out there's another game in town when it comes to coffee delivery: Thomas Hammer. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., you can call up the baristas and ask for a little pick-me-up to be delivered right to your doorstep. Provided said doorstep is in the imaginary quadrant bound by St. Luke's on Broadway and 20th Street, and Fort and Front streets. And so long as you spend at least five bones. On another Thomas Hammer note, the company has just introduced environmentally friendly eco-cups, which are compostable because they've been lined with a corn-based plastic rather than some icky chemical.
Thomas Hammer, 298 N. 8th St., 208-433-8004.
Walk-About Sold Out
It's too late to get tickets to the 11th annual Meals on Wheels Culinary Walk-About. The annual event is so popular that it has already sold out. Tickets are not available at the door, so unless you can call in a favor with well-placed people, you'll have to wait until 2009.
For more information, call Central District Health Department at 208-327-7460.
This Week's Wine and Dine
Somehow, Life's Kitchen managed to convince not just one chef to slave the night away in the name of charity, but five. Next week, the nonprofit, which makes a mission out of teaching life and culinary skills to young adults, hosts an evening with five courses and five pairing wines prepared by five different chefs.
Randy King, who's currently at Red Lion Riverside after a notable stint at Taste in Hyde Park, is in charge of the appetizer. He'll prepare a duo of elk with a five-spice wonton and a loin chop in a pumpkin seed mole. Salad is courtesy of Jane Kent, who is representing O'Michael's Pub and Grill (but she's also responsible for many of Boise Co-op's beloved deli dishes). Kent will throw together a simple spinach salad with strawberries and a sweet onion dressing. From Life's Kitchen, Anna Tapia brings on the third course, with an ambitious creamed heart of palm soup with crab. The main course also comes courtesy of a Life's Kitchen chef. Maggie Kiefer offers a take on a South American dish, matambre. Served with a traditional chimichurri sauce and accompanied by fried plantains and a rice dish, matambre is a favorite in Argentina and Uruguay. Ian Armstrong from River Rock Ale House in Eagle ties up the night with a chocolate pavlova and fresh fruit.
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m., $75 per person. Life's Kitchen, 1025 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-0199, LifesKitchen.org.