Will Eat for Charity
Albertson College of Idaho hosts its annual Taste of the Harvest fundraiser—the proceeds of which fill the coffers of a scholarship fund for the children of migrant farm workers. Wineries throughout Idaho are prominent participants in the annual event, in addition to local food producers and entertainment from local musicians and performers. D'arcy's Catering, the Idaho Beef Council and Donya Marie's Chocolate Truffles will supply samples of their products, and there will be tastings from Bitner Vineyards, Sawtooth Winery, The Winery at Eagle Knoll, Indian Creek Winery, Koenig Distillery and Winery, Pend d'Oreille Winery and Williamson Vineyard.
Sat., Oct. 6, 1-5 p.m. $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, $5 children under 12. All tickets purchased at the door. Albertson College of Idaho, Morrison Quad, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., 208-459-5011. For more information, visit Albertson.edu.
Bringing Classy Back
A one-liner in last week's Food News nonchalantly announced last week's opening of City Grill at the corner of 8th and Main streets, and since then, darn near every single foodie I know has stopped in to check things out. Personally, I'm so pleased to see the stripped-down elegant feel of the space's bare marble and high ceilings return sans shuffleboard and neon signs. Diners without zeal for seafood may find the appetizer menu slim pickings, but for the lover of crustaceans and shellfish, the selection is vast (ranging in price from $5.50 to $14), featuring Northwest Dungeness crab cakes, a bucket of clams, curried Mediterranean mussels, a prawn-tini, oysters on the half shell, oysters Rockefeller and calamari. The entree selection (ranging from $8.50 to $28.95), however, is more well-rounded, featuring steak, gnocchi, pork tenderloin, the obligatory mac and cheese, and a few seafood entrees including halibut, coconut prawns and mashers and mussels—an American twist on a dish you're more likely to find in Brussels, where pommes frites feature as the starch.
City Grill has also acquired a space below the restaurant, where the former bank's vault is still located. The space, which will be able to accommodate up to 200 (or a far more intimate party in only the vault), is slated to open the first of December just in time to host holiday parties.
City Grill, 199 N. 8th St., 208-331-2384.
The Return of the Pie
All of my officially unofficial sources repeatedly expressed concerns that once Lucky 13 disappeared, its patio and pizza would be a thing of a bygone era. And that, they all said, would be catastrophic, forcing the bike crowd to designate a new location as headquarters and leaving open the invitation for a new swank-ified bistro where beer and fingerfood were but fond memories. However, my fine friends, pizza has officially returned to Hyde Park.
SunRay Cafe rolled out its new menu featuring all the things we loved about the former restaurant-—salads of all shapes and sizes, hot and cold sandwiches, and pizzas with geographically familiar names. Rather than borrowing street names for its menu, SunRay has plucked designations from all over Idaho; pizzas get the ski hills (Bogus Bomber, Schweitzer Shredder, Pomerelle Peak) and name-game alliteration belongs to the sandwiches (Clarence of Clearwater, Shane of the Selway and Todd of the Tetons). As far as what you can expect from a large Brundage Boogie or the Sawtooth Salad, methinks you'll find a final product that's as familiar as its name.
SunRay Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887.
Eight Days a Week
Mortimer's has extended its hours of operation to include Monday evenings. The restaurant is now open six nights a week, Monday through Saturday, from 5 to 10 p.m. And throughout the month of October, wines from New Zealand will not only be featured, but paired with authentic New Zealand cuisine.
110 S. 5th St. Reservations can be made online at MortimersIdaho.com or by calling 208-338-6550.