It was a great treat to be invited and to participate in Lori and Janie’s celebration! May you have many great years together!! The party was a Pot Luck Dinner Party held at the Basque Center in Boise. My guess is that there were between 200 and 300 people there. Such an awesome turnout. There was an open bar where Idaho beer and Idaho wine was served. You could buy mixed drinks at the Basque Center Bar. And the food! There were tables and tables of appetizers and main course items, all that folks made and brought. Chips, dips, veggie platters, deviled eggs, beef, ham, chili, salmon, potato salad, mock potato salad made from cauliflower that was delicious. Fresh made beans. Cakes. And the cupcakes as pictured here! Yes, Janie and Lori have a sheep farm – Meadowlark Farms in Nampa – and that is where Robin and I get our chicken eggs, too. Enjoy these photos of the celebration.
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Yes it was! And many thanks to all of the Boise Farmers Market producers for supplying the awesome meal items and the Saint Lawrence Gridiron, at 703 W Bannock in Boise (208) 433-5598, for supplying the space, the Waite Staff and an awesome Chef! Just a super, super night!
I do believe that this was the first of dinners like this to raise funds for the Boise Farmers Market. And I do hope that they continue to do this Fund Raising Dinner next year and many years to follow. When you look at the menu and photos below, you will see the superb meal that we had. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make this a success! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Thank-You everyone for this event. It takes a lot of hard work to arrange this. Karen Ellis – Thank-You!
We celebrated Oktoberfest with our dear friend Fredna Green and her daughter Jerri and Jerri’s husband Willard. Great time with all kinds of wine and beer available and some really different appetizers. Fredna is looking well for 96 years! And it was good to see and visit with Jerri and Willard again. Please enjoy these photos and remember: Left-Click to see them enlarged. Cheers!
When one reaches a given year, let’s say 60 or there abouts, one really should celebrate ones birthday over several days. And one should have plenty of food and wine! I do believe that Robin had just that this year!! Happy Birthday, Honey! Let’s start the celebration on Sunday, September 14 with a dinner that Marnie and Mac made. Thanks to Sophia and Chris, too, for helping with this event. Look what we had.
Then we had to rest for a while after eating all of this. This is the Birthday Rule: When it is your time to celebrate, YOU get to choose where you want to go for dinner. Any place in town. U-Pick-It! Robin chose Chandler’s Steak House this year. Good Choice. Look at this spread, and they knew it was her Birthday! Thank-You for a great dinner. The food, The Staff and the Wine were all super!
So there you have it. Several awesome meals. Here’s to next year!! Cheers.
Ah yes. The Pit-Q! So what is a “Pit-Q”? The event was originally established by the Board of Directors of the Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Hall to raise operational funds for the facility. The dance floor here is probably one of the best, if not the best, in the Northwest. 8000 sq ft of floating hardwood dance floor. You can actually see the floor moving when there are a lot of dancers moving.
I am not so sure that the quality of the meal has been maintained, though. Don’t get me wrong! It was good. But we have had much better. And we were not alone in our opinion. Here is what has changed – (1) The beef is no longer cooked for 17+ hours in the pit that was designed for cooking purposes on location. The beef has been catered out and was a little bland. Not the smoked flavors that we were used to. Cooking the beef in the past, and prepping it, was Party Time for the Crew! The comment that we heard as to why they don’t cook the same way is that fruit wood was not available. I know for a fact that Williamson Fruit Ranch in Marsing, had plenty of wood they were trying to get rid of this year. (2) The slaw is a commercial mix and the dressing is ….. I don’t know, but probably straight mayo. The slaw used to be made by the ladies on the Board from scratch with their own particular dressing. (3) The beans seemed to be a mix of commercial baked beans. They tasted “canned”.
But the tomatoes were fresh and sliced. And the corn was fresh and delicious. I am not a dessert person, but what I had was OK. Sorry to see these changes have come into use. I really don’t think that they have done themselves any favors. Just my opinion, after spending several years on the Board ourselves and 30+ years involved in the activity. Here are some more photos of the evening. Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. Cheers!
Such a great 358 mile round trip drive to Sun Valley and the Ice Show with Meryl Davis and Charlie White performing. We were really lucky enough to meet General Manager Tim Silva. Robin talked to and showed him some old photos of when her mother worked at Sun Valley in the Roundhouse Restaurant and sang in the Duchin Room. We sat with and had dinner with screenwriter John Briley, “… an American writer best known for screenplays of biopics. He won the Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay at the 1982 Oscars for Gandhi. As well as film scripts, he has written for television and theatre, and published several novels … written works: “The first stone”, “The traitors”, “Pediatric ward”. Films written: Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Gandhi, Cry Freedom, Children of the Damned, Marie, Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, The Medusa Touch and Tai-Pan.” [Wikipedia] What an interesting table. But first, we had to get there. Here is our sojourn through photographs. Enjoy and Left-Click any of the photos to see them enlarged. Happy Trails!
Such a great day. Long, but fun and exciting. We met some really nice people and the staff at Sun Valley went out of their way to see that Robin was comfortable and able to climb stairs, etc. Thank-You General Manager Tim Silva and your Staff. We do hope you tell them how grateful we are. The food was awesome – again – and the show was super. Until next time ……….. But wait! We still had to eat breakfast on Sunday morning. Here’s what we had.
The primary reason for us going to Portland August 1 – 4 was to attend the memorial service for Brenda. She and Robin graduated from nursing school together. They worked a while until their RN license came through and then left for the West, via Mexico City in a VW Bug. Camping gear strapped on the roof. Robin ended in San Francisco, where she also helped to start Ravenswood Winery with Joel Peterson, and Brenda went to Oregon. It was great that we could attend this Celebration of Life. Here are some photos from the event. Left-Click any of them to see the photo enlarged.
It is said that “Man cannot live by bread alone ….” and I guess our sojourns are a testament to that. If there is a winery, we just might stop. Good place to get something light to eat and some refreshing “grape juice”. So this particular post in this series, is going to be devoted to some wineries we visited – actually only three – and some of the food we had. If one is on the coast – East or West coast, it makes no difference – one must have good, fresh seafood. And that we did.