Gourmet to your table with a wine tasting in between
Every municipality shalt have its very own high-end specialty market to keep the masses in artisan cheese and decent wine, thus spake Foodiethustra. And so Seasons Deli is a welcome—and, dare we say, necessary—addition to the Bird Burb.
A month ago, Seasons Deli and Catering opened quietly in Eagle's Winding Creek development, and judging by the success of its neighbor, high-end restaurant SixOneSix, there's a large pool of foodie types in Eagle (and surprisingly, quite a few in Boise willing to make the drive) just waiting for some decent grub to land in their neck of the woods.
The deli designation will soon be dropped to make room for what co-owner Rachel Hurn says is a more appropriate classification: bistro. One part restaurant, one part gourmet market and soon to be part tasting room for Three Horse Ranch vineyard, Seasons pretty well covers all the basics and then some. The market shelves are stocked with local and national gourmet products, including imported and domestic cheeses, chocolates, Hailey Coffee Company beans, free-range chicken from local producers, cage-free eggs, imported and domestic beers, Dale and Thomas popcorn and just about every kind of gourmet product from crackers and oils to syrup and jam. Even the bakery is in on the local gig, with bagels from Blue Sky Bakery and fresh products daily from downtown Boise's Le Cafe de Paris. And the deli menu features sandwiches, salads, wraps, paninis and soups made from various combinations of the market's offerings.
Hurn says Seasons will soon offer chef demonstrations, and currently in the works is a tasting room for the soon-to-be-launched Three Horse Ranch vintages. Located in the Eagle Foothills, Gary Koenig is the winemaker at the Three Horse Ranch vineyards, which will soon reach 31 acres of grapes planted on south-facing slopes. Owner Gary Cunningham says that, eventually, there will be a world-class winery at the vineyard, however, for starters, he's partnered up with Hurn as part-owner of Seasons to offer not only a satellite tasting room for Three Seasons Ranch, but also to amp up foodie events like vintners' dinners and wine education classes.
As for Hurn, Seasons is very much a family affair. Her brother Eric Peterson is the executive chef, and her mother will soon join the team, along with a trunk full of dessert recipes, which among other things, includes enough cheesecake and bread pudding recipes to write a book on each.
Seasons is currently open for business. The day-long grand opening celebration is Saturday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with live music, chef demos, wine tastings, food samples and more. And just to prove Hurn and Cunningham are thinking ahead, we'll mention that they've already reserved 150 coveted organic turkeys for Thanksgiving. Get yours smoked, baked, fried or ready to cook yourself.
Seasons Bistro, 1117 E. Winding Creek Rd., Ste. 150, 208-939-6680, SeasonsDeliCatering.com. Three Horse Ranch Vineyards' Web site is under development, but will be up and running at ThreeHorseRanchVineyards.com.
Cork it, or not
This Friday is the annual wine-tasting fundraiser for nonprofit Uncorked! Idaho. The entirety of the proceeds this year benefit the Idaho chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for which Uncorked! Idaho is hoping to raise a total of $16,000. The Boise Co-op has selected the evening's wine, promising, if nothing else, an excellent selection of vino in addition to the pleasure of donating your dough.
Friday, Feb. 29, 6-9 p.m. $40 advance, $50 door. Boise Depot, 1104 Royal Blvd. For more information, visit UncorkedIdaho.com or call 208-401-2109.