CUCKOO FOR LULU'S
From the makers of Aubergine, Lulu's Fine Pizza doesn't claim to be reinventing the wheel but instead promises to reinvent our definition of gourmet. Think CPK but local and a hopping family friendly, apres-ski stop on the way down from the mountain. Lulu's will be firing hearth-style pie topped with all kinds of yummy things you'd expect to find as an ingredient in just about any dish other than pizza. Among the list of the unexpected: herbed ricotta, goat cheese, prosciutto, portabellos and spinach. For the pizza adventurer in you, the menu will include a Thai chicken pizza with fresh carrots and peanut sauce, or a bacon, bleu cheese and portabello choice. For pizza conservatives, all the usual toppings will make an appearance, and for the style conscious, forget the Windy City, it's all about the Big Apple.
Look for Lulu's Fine Pizza on Bogus Basin Road next to Ridley's Supermarket the first week of November.
NORTH FORK CAFE
Like a pre-teen taking after its older sibling in the Wood River Valley, McCall is Idaho's small town debutante. While it's still a quaint mountain retreat, McCall is beginning to attract the big city bennies that it has lacked in the past, and food is just one example of McCall's changing townscape.
Opened by Jill and Brian Meyer in July 2004, the North Fork Cafe has tackled the fine food void in McCall by featuring a menu that would make any big city foodie happy. Selections from the winter's dinner menu include whole roasted Idaho trout with pistachio lime beurre blanc, filet of beef au poivre and potato crusted wild salmon with a lemon butter sauce and haricot verts.
Though the cuisine may be a bit more posh than most McCall residents are used to, the ingredients are still as local as can be. The North Fork Cafe makes most everything from dressings and sauces to breads and desserts in its magic kitchen. Locally grown herbs flavor all-natural, hormone-free beef and poultry and only seafood of the non-farm variety make their way to your plate. And one of the cafe's specialties is the pairing of artisan wines and cheeses for cozying up at the bar after a long day on the mountain.
On Wednesday nights the North Fork Cafe strives to educate local palates on a global scale, featuring rotating international choices in Thai, Indian, Mexican and French cuisine as well as sushi and tapas. Each week, the featured international menu is e-mailed to customers to lure them in for food they may know nothing about, or may have recently grown to love, thanks to the North Fork Cafe. Perhaps with a little culinary adventure the North Fork Cafe's dining room, eventually the McCall we know and love will know not only how to pronounce les haricot verts but also what it means.
The North Fork Cafe, 337 Deinhard Ln., (208) 634-5090
NO NONSENSE CELEBRATION
Help Lucy's Coffee and Espresso celebrate its grand opening by saving yourself money. On Friday, Oct. 28, all Boise State faculty, staff and students receive 15 percent on coffee drinks and pastries all day long when they show a school ID. Saturday, Oct. 29 is Bronco Fan Day. Don the blue and orange before or after the game and save 15 percent on all coffee drinks and pastries. Save 15 percent on coffee drinks and pastries if you wear your costume on Family Day, Sunday, Oct. 30. And be sure to enter for drawings and prize giveaways that will happen throughout the weekend.
Lucy's Coffee and Espresso, 1079 Broadway Ave., 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, 344-5907
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