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Four New Ways to Drink, and Eat, in Boise

From brand new brews to Afternoon Tea and grocery delivery, the City of Trees has it all.


- Boiseans can now experience European-style Afternoon Tea at Le Coq d'Ore in Eagle. -  - BLAKE DANGER BENTLEY, CC BY-NC 2.0
  • Blake Danger Bentley, CC BY-NC 2.0
  • Boiseans can now experience European-style Afternoon Tea at Le Coq d'Ore in Eagle.

Two long-awaited breweries with prime downtown Boise locations are gearing up to open this fall, giving local beer lovers even more options for suds on tap in the City of Trees. 

Lost Grove Brewing, a new community-focused and environmentally conscious brewery, will open its doors Friday, Oct. 6, in the Lusk District near the Boise State University Campus. The grand opening party will stretch over two days and feature food truck bites and Lost Grove pours in stainless steel cups specifically chosen to keep the brewery plastic-free. Half of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, and half of the earnings Saturday, Oct. 7, will go to Boise Bicycle Project. Premier Mortgage Resources, which is co-sponsoring Lost Grove's move to stainless steel, will be matching the charitable donations each night.

“We really just want to maintain that community involvement and community vibe, have a fun space for people to hang out and produce some good beers that other restaurants and bars will want to have on tap,” said Lost Grove owner Jacob Black.

The brewery will be pet and family friendly, and feature a 70-foot tasting room perfect for community gatherings, student hangouts or just enjoying a good glass of suds.

Bozeman, Mont.-based White Dog Brewing Company, located on Fulton Street just off Capitol Boulevard, is still being coy about its exact opening date, but the owners have assured fans on Facebook the crew is “busting [their] White Dog tails” to get the doors open. With Montana expats cheering for them, it shouldn’t be long before White Dog’s famous “frost rail” is cooling drinks for brew-loving Boiseans.

Meanwhile, Le Coq d’Ore, the French countryside-inspired eatery housed by Chateau des Fleurs event center in Eagle, is offering an entirely different kind of sip.

“When we built the Chateau, hosting tea was one of our top priorities,” explains a post on the Chateau de Fleurs Facebook page. “For over 20 years, we had been promising our Camille Beckman customers around the world a place to come relax and enjoy one of our family's favorite traditions. Hand crafted by Susan Camille herself, each of our teas tells a
beautiful story of our experiences, travels and love for this timeless craft that brings women from all over the world together.”

Le Coq d’Ore offers Afternoon Tea in the European style, complete with three-tiered trays of pastries, sweets and quiches made in house every Wednesday afternoon in the white-on-white Platinum Ballroom. At $39 per person, the afternoon is certainly a luxurious
one; guests frequently appear decked out in bright dresses and wide-brimmed hats to mark the occasion in true French fashion.

As with everything at Le Coq d’Ore, Afternoon Tea is constantly evolving—in the future, guests can expect a wider variety of savory options alongside the sweets, courtesy of Executive Chef Richard Jimenez.

If you’re not feeling like a stylish afternoon out, Instacart, the California-based food delivery service named America’s Most Promising Company by Forbes Magazine in 2015, will be delivering groceries to the doorsteps of Boise-area residents starting Thursday, Aug. 24.

Customers order through the Instacart website or Iphone/Android app, choosing products from their nearby Whole Foods, Petco, Costco, Natural Grocers or Albertsons, and wait for a personal shopper to deliver them in as little as an hour. Stocking up on munchies for movie night—or dinner, or snack—at home just got a whole lot easier.