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February 2, 2005

Crepe Cause • Yen Ching adds traditional tonic to traditional menu • Happy New Year from Oriental Express • Life Changes Abound at Life's Kitchen •


Crepe Cause

Square, Boise's only crepe-style restaurant, is pleased to offer fundraising opportunities to local non-profit organizations. This year, Square will be available twice monthly, on Tuesday evenings, to host fundraising events. Non-profit organizations must schedule and customize events and confirm attendance of at least 50 members and supporters, and In turn, Square will close its doors to the public and provide personnel, food and drinks. The non-profit organization decides the price of admission, the only cost to them being a $5 fee for each person and an assurance that guests will leave gratuity for the service personnel. Square is committed to helping organizations that help the Treasure Valley and hopes to help generate $60,000 to $80,000 in 2005 for worthy causes. Square has already donated its services to Tamarack Racing and Drug Free Idaho/PAYADA, and the staff and management are excited to contribute to future humanitarian efforts. For more information, contact Russ Crawforth or Jason Crawforth at 345-7782 or e-mail Russ at Square, 760 Main St., 345-7782.

Beef Noodle Soup: Yen Ching adds traditional tonic to traditional menu

Boise's favorite Chinese restaurant recently added a favorite Chinese dish--beef noodle soup. Lovers of Chinese cuisine will recognize this hearty broth immediately, and first-time tasters will delight in the simple pairing of sliced beef, bean sprouts, noodles and a special mix of stock and spices. Stop in for a steaming bowl this winter for only $5.95. Yen Ching Chinese Restaurant, 305 N. 9th St., 384-0384.

Happy New Year from Oriental Express

In celebration of the Year of the Rooster, Oriental Express is offering a special menu from February 9-12. For $19.95, a minimum of four people can feast on winter melon and king crab soup, Peking duck, lobster tail with black bean sauce, gold coin shrimp and scallops, longevity noodles, pineapple chicken, sweet and sour fish and a delectable dessert. Reservations are required and space is limited--don't miss this chance to explore a different culture and revel in Chinese cuisine. Oriental Express, 110 N. 11th St., 345-8868.

Life Changes Abound at Life's Kitchen

Many a firm handshake was shared at the recent graduation celebration of students of Life's Kitchen, a non-profit organization that partners with community volunteers to teach young adults essential life skills. Facilitators like Vickie Hawley, Jenise English and Craig Spanton helped participants learn how to build positive relationships and wrangle housing safety issues, financial planning and many other topics applicable to surviving "real life." Culinary skills as a vocation and recreation were also taught, and everyone is pleased with the results of so many hours of commitment on both sides.

2005 marks the one-year anniversary of a project called Wednesday Lunch at the Cafe. Every Wednesday, the students of Life's Kitchen prepare and serve a simple lunch menu to the public. It is a great way for students to reach out to community members as well as get great hands-on experience and the sense of urgency required in a restaurant kitchen. If word of mouth (and hopefully more press) continues to bring in patrons, the program might expand to three days a week.

On a sadder note, Chef Richard E. Mount, Executive Chef and founder of Life's Kitchen has decided to pursue other endeavors. We will miss his influence and amazing skills in the kitchen, but we thank him for so many years of great restaurants and community service. Life's Kitchen, 1025 S. Capitol Blvd., 331-0199.