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Deli Days - Willow Creek Brunch - Meridian Dairy Days


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• Deli Days 2006 Who doesn't love a juicy kosher dill pickle and a fat slice of cheesecake? Kosher sandwiches made with pastrami, turkey and corned beef, sweet stuff like rugelach, matzo roca, honey cake and macaroons, and some things you may not have heard of like knishes, mandl bread and challah are but a few of the selections at Deli Days. Phone in orders Wednesday, June 14 through Friday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with your Visa or MasterCard to 343-6601. Volunteers will deliver throughout downtown Boise and to most locations in the city, or stop by the festival and enjoy live music and the beer garden. Thursday, June 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday, June 16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah.

• Meridian Dairy Days Each year Meridian pays homage to the white gold of the bovine with dozens of entertainment activities planned for family fun. This year's events of the edible include the annual Chamber Pancake Feed on Thursday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. with breakfast for dinner (just like when you were a kid), including pancakes, eggs, sausage and hashbrowns. It's $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and kids 6-12, and those under 5 are free. And in a milk mix-off, area businesses will compete for the title of best milk mocktail. Contest finals are Saturday, June 17, 1 to 3 p.m. in Storey Park, where finalists will mix up 200 samples to be voted on by the public. For more information on these events or a complete schedule of events, visit

Brunch on the Bench

No longer closed on Sunday, Willow Creek Grill + Java recently began offering a Sunday brunch menu featuring the usual breakfast fare with the always-unique Willowcreek flair. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunchers can check out gourmet goods like Willowbuds (the WC's version of donuts), chipotle bacon, house-made chorizo, a long list of benedict varieties and a daily fresh sheet.

Willow Creek Grill + Java, 2273 S. Vista Ave., 343-5544.

Wine and Dine

Mortimer's will host Dennis Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley's most known names in the family winemaking business, in a vintner's dinner. Chef Jon Mortimer will prepare eight courses, headlined by a Snake River Farms Kobe beef tenderloin as the entree, paired with Cakebread Cellars' Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

June 15, 6 p.m., $100 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information or to make reservations, contact Mortimer's, 110 S. 5th St., 338-6550.

A Word on MSG

Two unfortunately conflicting opinions are widely held about monosodium glutamate: that the additive is bad for you, and that it tastes oh-so-good. However, whether good or bad, tasty or undesirable, Mongolian Grill & BBQ (8th and Bannock streets) does not add any MSG to its food, as we incorrectly implied in last week's Füd News column.

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