Let the Bakery Come to You
A couple of weeks ago, I returned home from a weekend trip to find something like a "do not disturb" sign swinging from my front door knob. I pulled it off, hauled in my luggage and threw it on my dining room table without a second glance. After days buried under a mound of paperwork, I unearthed the advertisement and decided it most definitely warranted a disturbance.
The little placard announced that Le Cafe de Paris has begun delivery of breads, quiche and croissants. Order before noon a day ahead of time, and the French bistro and bakery will deliver your order bright and squirrelly before 8 a.m. the next morning. It's Monday as I light up the keyboard dishing out this information, and before I started, I placed an order online for two croissants at a cost of $4.66 with special instructions not to knock. Although the online system didn't appear to have charged me a delivery fee, my door flier says delivery is only free on weekends. I'll update you in 24 hours ...
... Tuesday morning: No delivery, no answer at the bakery when I call to follow up. Hmph. Good news is my bank account hasn't been charged. Bad news is I'm starving. It's likely user error, but I'll let you know in next week's Food News.
Get your order on at gastonsbakery.com or by calling 208-334-6446.
Tend Someone Else's Garden
After last week's overview of Community Supported Agriculture shares still available for purchase, I promised Food News wouldn't morph into a farming column, but bear with me while we talk homegrown fruits and vegetables another week, this time for charity.
The Lighthouse Rescue Mission has an acre in Nampa on which to grow food over the summer. Lighthouse dishes up about 125 meals a day for homeless men, women and children, and the idea is that the garden will help provide some of that food. Although members of one of the Mission's recovery programs will plant and maintain the garden, they'll need some help from those of you with a green thumb and some extra time who don't mind pulling a weed or two.
For more information, visit boiserm.org and click on "volunteer center," or call 208-343-2389.
This Week's Wine and Dine
Boise Dining Out hosts its next event Saturday, May 2, at 5 p.m. with this go-round at Flatbread Community Oven in Bown Crossing. The group will have the patio reserved, which is a super fabulous spot to hang out this time of year—be seen on the patio while it's warm in the early evening and then as it cools off, the fire pits keep things warm enough to stay outside. Boise Dining Out is open to singles and couples of all ages looking for a few new friends to break bread with about once a month. The Flatbread meet-up is limited to only 25 people, and with 13 reservations already in, get your name in now if you want to be there.
Visit diningout.meetup.com/846 for more information.