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Eagle Loses a Restaurant

Rather than bring you the weekly update on Franco Latino's vote-by-martini presidential poll, I have more somber news for you this week. The Eagle restaurant has closed its doors.

After closing his long-standing eponymous restaurant, Mortimer's, in downtown Boise over the summer, Chef Jon Mortimer's suburban fusion restaurant closed last week. As of press time, BW was not able to reach Mortimer for comment.

Inserted into this issue, you'll find Boise Weekly's first-ever kids' issue. Flip to page 3, where you'll find Mortimer's recipe for "kids'" scones.

Food & Wine Mag on a Boise Food Crawl

As part of its Across America series, Food & Wine magazine sent associate editor Emily Kaiser to Boise for a whirlwind weekend of food in the City of Trees. Armed with a laundry list of restaurants—many of which, sadly, closed after Kaiser's stint of research in Boise—she narrowed down the list to a chosen few. Kaiser lauded Cafe Vicino for its "smart dishes" and noted local favorites Ferranti Fresh Pasta, Boise Co-op Wine Shop, Cinder winery and The Chocolat Bar. Then she embarked on a "food crawl" for cocktails and oysters at City Grill, mac and cheese at Berryhill & Co., chorizo and croquettas at Bar Gernika and an aperitif at the Modern Hotel.

To read Kaiser's account of the Boise restaurant scene in full, pick up a copy of November's Food & Wine magazine.

This Week's Wine and Dine

If "beer and dine" had the same ring as "wine and dine," I'd have gone with that to more accurately reflect this week's choice. Life's Kitchen hosts an Oktoberfest Dinner next Tuesday, Oct. 28, with chefs Dianna Fricke and Mark Hill from Simplot. As usual, all proceeds benefit Life's Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that teaches at-risk youth real-world culinary skills. The menu has yet to be posted, but rest assured, all four courses will be paired with an appropriate beer.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., Life's Kitchen, 1025 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-0199,