It's time once again to bone up on your favorite phlegmy Yiddish words. Let the back of your throat get a good workout as you practice pronouncing things like "oy vey," "chutzpah," "Mazel Tov" and "kvetch." Once you can say "l'chaim" with the arm-grabbing intensity of a Jewish bubbe, you'll be ready for Deli Days.
This year, Deli Days will take place on Thursday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel at 11 N. Latah St. The annual fundraiser will feature everyone's favorite Jewish deli dishes like pastrami, corned beef on rye and kosher hot dogs. There will also be a bevy of homemade desserts like babkas, bundts, tortes and strudels.
In addition to all the grub, Deli Days will also feature traditional and contemporary Jewish music from artists like Ellie Shaw, Danny Beal, Dan Costello, Rex and Beverly, the Fleet Street Klezmer Band and the Moody Jews. Rounding the celebration off, this year's festival will host a mock, glass-smashing Jewish wedding so that shiksas and shegetz can experience the craziness firsthand. For more information, visit ahavathbethisrael.org.
Moving from Jewish to Basque, there's some unfortunate news on the downtown lunch front (especially for alt-weekly journalists who obsess over simple, fresh manchego-topped sammies). The Basque Market recently announced that it will no longer offer a weekday, made-to-order lunch menu beginning Friday, July 1. Instead it will feature tapas from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. According to the newsletter, new menu items include "mini-versions of the sandwiches you love (bocadillos), along with other select items such as croquetas and meatballs. Our delicious soups, salads, olives and rice pudding will still be available."
In addition, The Basque Market will stay open late on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Saturdays Fridays offering "more elaborate" tapas from 5-7 p.m. It has also expanded the popular paella on the patio special at noon on Wednesdays to Fridays, as well. Find more information at thebasquemarket.com.
In non-kosher news, John Berryhill's brunch/lunch venture Bacon is offering free delivery in downtown Boise on its Bacon Bike. Now you can pork out on dishes like the Kurobuta bacon mac or the chevre bechamel-filled bacon lasagna without leaving your desk. Apparently, pigs don't need to fly when they've got a slick pair of wheels. To check out Bacon's menu, go to johnberryhillrestaurants.com.