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The Rage is Raw

Raw food is all the craze these days. If you've missed out so far, check out Idaho Botanical Garden's raw foods informational class and taste vegan pate and raw apple pie.

Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m., $15 members/$20 nonmembers. IBG, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649, IdahoBotanicalGarden.org.

Thanksgiving a Few Days Early

Get warmed up for Thanksgiving with a little pasta, and let someone else do the dishes before the big day rolls around next week. Mortimer's hosts an Italian Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday starting with mushroom risotto, root vegetable salad and butternut squash tortellini followed by a balsamic cranberry sorbet to cleanse your palate. A turkey breast roulade with florentine stuffing, tomato sage gravy and hazelnut gratin features as the main course, and pumpkin cheesecake finishes the meal. Wine presented by BRJ Cellars accompanies each course.

Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m., $65 per person. Mortimer's, 110 S. 5th St., 208-338-6550, MortimersIdaho.com.

Fish In a Bottle

Several hundred people showed face at BW's sixth annual cover auction last week, and those who drank a beer to ease the strain bidding put on their wallets enjoyed a brew from Boise-based Sockeye Brewery. In addition to wetting our whistles last week, brewmaster Josh King bottled a couple of seasonals and is at it again this week. One-liter bottles and 22-ounce bombers of 2006 and 2007 Winterfest, as well as King's 2005 barley wine, are for sale at Sockeye, and will soon hit the shelves of the Boise Co-op. And keep a look out for the fish logo at your favorite pub, because Hayden Beverage is now distributing tap and bottle Sockeye beers.

Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Rd., 208-658-1533.

Boise Winery Opens Its Doors

The many perks of this job include all-you-can-drink bottled water and first-thing-in-the-morning wine tastings. There's nothing like wine before coffee to get your day started. Several weeks ago, a couple of us trekked over to Fraser Vineyard's Boise winery—the only winery in Boise, mind you—took a tour of the facility, grilled winemaker Bill Fraser, sampled the award-winning Viognier and enjoyed a barrel tasting of what's yet to come. Starting this month, you, too, can have a taste of what's fermenting at Fraser's as the winery begins hosting open house Saturdays.

Starting November 24, Fraser's winery celebrates its grand opening and will be pouring free tastings of its 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as barrel tastings of the 2006 and 2007 vintages as well. Need more information? Visit FraserVineyard.com. Tastings are every Saturday until December 22, from 1-5 p.m. The winery is located at 1004 LaPointe St., 208-345-9607.