This Week's Wine and Dine
For all you cooing love birds ready to brave a Valentine's night on the town along with hundreds of others like you, here's a couple of where-to-go and what-to-do options, all of which, of course, relate to the fine art of wining and dining. Reservations will be a must just about anywhere on Valentine's night, so get on the horn and get on a list.
• Barbacoa has three rounds of seating Valentine's night. The four-course menu is $85 per person with seating times at 5-5:30 p.m., 7-7:30 p.m. and 9-9:30 p.m. The first two seatings only get two hours for dinner, so if you prefer to linger long over the dregs of your wine, eat late. Reservations are a must, and cancellations are penalized with a $25 per person fee unless done by Thursday, Feb. 12. 276 Bobwhite Court, 208-338-5000, barbacoa-boise.com.
• Berryhill & Co. will no doubt be on the top of many lists of lovers looking for a posh meal. The Valentine's dinner menu is as varied as the regular menu but with a few sexier choices than you'll usually find, including spicy oyster champagne shooters and a rich truffle creme spaghettini with Oregon black truffles and a variety of mushrooms. Have flowers waiting for you by calling 208-895-8332. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553, berryhillandco.com.
• Le Cafe de Paris is getting a head start on Valentine's Day with dinner Friday and Saturday. Four courses, live music and, as Le Cafe boasts: Who does romance better than the French? Dinner is an intriguing $69 per person from 5-10 p.m. on Friday and 6-8:30 p.m. on Saturday. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889, lecafedeparis.com.
• Melting Pot may offer the only meal whose tradition requires a smooch or two (drop something in the fondue pot and you have to kiss your date). Select one of three romance packages with champagne, flowers and pictures to augment your dinner experience. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900, meltingpot.com.
• Pair will be hosting the hip V-day crowd with a four-course meal for $35 per person. Entree choices include bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, cedar plank salmon or seafood tortellini. 601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034, eatdrinkshare.com.
• The Idaho wine country is prepared for a mass of oenophiles this weekend. Twelve Gem State wineries from Sandpoint to Boise will be open for tastings. The list includes Caldwell's Bitner Vineyards, Hells Canyon Winery, Koenig Vineyards, Ste. Chapelle Winery and Williamson Orchards and Vineyards, Nampa's Sawtooth Winery, Boise's Fraser Vineyard and Eagle's Woodriver Cellars. Cold Springs Winery in Hammett will be open, as will David Creek Cellars in Marsing, Indian Creek Winery in Kuna and Pend d'Oreille Winery in Sandpoint. Dates and times vary by winery. Visit idahowines.org for the details.
Don't see your favorite restaurant on this list? Give 'em a call.
Rev Your Engines, Pickled Egg Eaters
All you pickled egg eaters better start training for this year's pickled egg eating contest hosted annually by Stub's Sports Pub. This is year number seven for the wacky contest, and BW usually represents with a staffers willing to put their digestive system on the line for the sake of pickled glory and a byline. No word yet on who that lucky somebody will be. The big day is Saturday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. The $10 fee gets you all the pickled hard-boiled eggs you can eat in five minutes plus a T-shirt. 12505 Chinden Blvd., 208-378-8273, stubspub.com.
An Opening (or two), Gasp
Bella Aquila opened in Eagle last week in the riverside space at 4718 W. State St. Tucano's Brazilian Grill opens Wednesday at 1388 S. Entertainment Ave. Info at tucanos.com.