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Cookies and Dreams - Raw Food Meeting - Qdoba


Life is Short. Eat Dessert.

Girl Scout cookies are quintessential Americana. The Thin Mint has achieved legendary fame, and the Samoa initiates a Pavlovian salivary response with its mere mention. And since a little physical embellishment makes even a minor edible deity more enticing, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council are following last year's lead with their second annual Cookies and Dreams fundraiser.

Boise-area chefs create unique desserts, each using a different Girl Scout cookie, in competition with one another. Local celebrity judges have the final say in the evening's winner. This year's competing judges include Dustin Williams of 8th Street Wine Co., John Berryhill of Berryhill and Co., Andrea Maricich of The MilkyWay and Tina Gosselin from Willow Creek Grill. Proceeds from the evening's black tie-optional event support the young ladies who are members of the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, helping them offset the costs of future projects, including summer camps.

November 2, 6:30-10:30 p.m. $50 per person, discounts given for groups of four or more. The event takes place at the Atrium in the Albertsons/SUPERVALU Boise headquarters, 250 Parkcenter Blvd. For more information, visit

Quit Cooking

In last week's main feature, BW's Gretchen Jude talked about her lifelong search for healing (through) food, running the gamut of food diets from fasting to whole foods. Maybe you were inspired to be a vegetarian (or to reaffirm your love of meat), but if it was raw foods that piqued your interest, you can learn more on November 3. Theresa Silva leads a workshop on how to make the switch to a raw-foods diet and explains exactly what that means.

Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall, 600 N. Curtis Rd., $35 (includes lunch). For more information or to reserve a place, call 208-331-2231 or e-mail

Long on Time?

If you have absolutely nothing better to do than drive to Nampa to check out a new corporate restaurant, here's something to add to your compilation of daily adventures (aka, the "to-do" list). Qdoba Mexican Grill, the once locally owned burrito joint in Denver, Colo., was bought out and super-sized by the fast-food moguls at Jack in the Box Inc. Purportedly known for its burritos, Qdoba does all the fast south-of-the-border food you'd expect from a joint of its ilk.

16383 W. Market Place Blvd.,