THE BORTON'S BIZ
The name of the restaurant on Idanha's first floor may have changed but it's the same familiar faces dishing up delicious food. What was Schott's, one of Boise's most posh steak and chops dining experiences, became Rodizio Grille, Boise's only Brazilian-style eatery that served up everything that fit under the "grill it and skewer it" motto.
A recent makeover has produced not only a new name—Borton's Steaks and Chops—but a whole new menu as well. However, despite inattentive reporting by some local publications, Boise's beloved Peter Schott did not sell the restaurant. According to General Manager Mike Blanchard the changes reflect only a change in the day-to-day operations. Jim Borton serves as the director of operations and Schott continues to back the restaurant financially.
But what's in a name? What we really want to know is what's on the menu. Blanchard tells us the menu is reminiscent of the Schott's fare: steak, seafood and spirits. Though this time around there's no need to order your potato and vegetable a la carte as they are included and you can expect the dent on your wallet to be significantly less. Dinner entrees cost between $13.99 and $18.99, and from what we understand it's lunch that has quite a few people talking. Borton's features a six-dollar menu with quick lunch bites like fish and chips, a steak sandwich with bleu cheese, and chicken or shrimp salads.
Borton's Steaks and Chops, 10th and Main streets, 336-9100, M-Sa: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.
WINED AND DINED FOR CHARITY
Like's Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that puts disadvantaged teens into the kitchen to teach them culinary skills that will eventually land them a job and help them live independently, will host a series of wine dinners throughout the summer.
Seventy-five dollars per person buys you wine and a five-course meal prepared by some of Boise's hottest chefs. The June 10 event features the eclectic, creative comfort food of chefs Mitch and Andrea Maricich of The MilkyWay and wine from Snake River Wines. The proceeds raised by the wine dinners will help fund Life's Kitchen.
"[It] gives us the opportunity to support our community while sharing some of our most creative food offerings," says Andrea Maricich. Now all the event needs is willing culinary consumers to eat for the sake of charity.
To reserve your tickets call Life's Kitchen at 331-0199. Questions or requests for a monthly e-mail from Life's Kitchen announcing upcoming wine dinner events should be directed to email@example.com.
DUCKS UNLEASHED FOR A NIGHT
Fine cigars, smooth scotch and bourbon, and a meal of steak and seafood ... is there a better way to spend the night? Ducks Unlimited doesn't think so. Considered a world leader in wetlands conservation, Ducks Unlimited will gather its local chapter and anyone interested in joining the group for an evening of fun. Treat yourself to a night of pleasant company, a surf and turf dinner, a selection of scotch and bourbon to sate your thirst, and three fine cigars on Thursday, June 10.
No host bar starts at 5:30 p.m., scotch and bourbon sampling at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Ticket prices ($75 single, $125 couple) include membership donation to Ducks Unlimited. The event will take place at the Stonehouse, 665 E. Park Blvd. To make reservations call Sharon Hall at 466-7246.