And what a great time it was! Even in the blustery and cold wind. Heavy overcast, but no snow or rain. Wine, art, beer, music, food, animals, cars and fun!And IDDFG (Idaho Fish and Game) even stocked the pond with trout – today, I think – and opened fishing up for everyone. Enjoy these photos from the party. Left-Click any photo to see them enlarged.
Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood in Boise presented a wine dinner featuring Hat Ranch/Vale Wine Co Wineries. Great food and wines and we were privileged to be there. And I did find out that Hat Ranch Winery does have a Petit Verdot that is not blended with anything. It is 100%! One of the few and I do like a good Petit Verdot. We did start with a good Hors d’oeuvre of endive stuffed with Roquefort and walnut – which was very good – and a crostini with tapenade. Also served was puff pastry with fromage blanc. Whenever possible Chandlers uses all local, Idaho products.
But before we could start this fantastic wine dinner, we sat at the bar and asked the Bar Tender if he had a drink made with elderflower. In fact, he does – two of them. One somewhat sweet and the other slightly tart. We got one of each to compare. I liked the somewhat tart one best. The drink is not on the bar menu, so you must ask for it.
The dinner bell was rung so we adjourned to the dining room. And this is what we had. Enjoy, we did!
There is our wine dinner. Delicious! And the wines were superb.
Join us this weekend for wonderful wine
fabulous food and an amazing atmosphere
We are open Friday 12 – 7 p.m., Saturday 12 – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. offering our Regular Menu and Wine Tasting each day — and Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations recommended for groups of 4 or more if dining in the tasting room.
Due to last weekends popularity, Storm is running the St. Patrick’s Day special Sandwich again this weekend! Try the delicious Corned Beef Sandwich with Melted Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on a Ciabatta Roll with Fresh Cut Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $7.95 – available all weekend while supplies last. (Just look at this =====>)
Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:
2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries: Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe” – $6.50
Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads: Bacon & Blue Cheese or Chicken Caesar – $6.50
Char-grilled Kielbasa or Andouille on a Hoagie Roll with Black Cherry BBQ sauce, Deli Mustard and Caramelized Onions – $5.95
Personal size Flatbread: BBQ Pork, BBQ Grilled Chicken, “The Patricia,” “The Kathleen” or Pepperoni – $5.95
Parma Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear – $5.95
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5
Sunday Brunch Specials:
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95
NEW – Beef Tenderloin with a Red Wine-Demi Glace over Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus and Fresh Baked Bread – $10.95 (Storm ran this last weekend and customers were wowed!– See photo below if you would like your mouth to start watering).
We are now offering our 2015 Dry Chardonnay, Dry Riesling and LaRea Dolce Sweet Riesling while dining in the tasting room.
See you this weekend!
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
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.
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!
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.
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.
This was really a great weekend! Robin had her cousin Maria Allen and Maria’s sister Maria de Fatima Donato and Fatima’s son Victor here. They had a long 28 hour plane trip from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and were glad to stop and rest for a while. Fatima spoke some English and Victor did an excellent job with the language. Maria did a lot of translation from English to Portuguese and vice versa. Marnie opened her AirBNB to them for a couple of days and we thank her for that. The photo above is of Victor, Fatima and Maria. Here are some more photos of the Snake River AVA and wine country tour that we took, thanks to Winery Seekers, Dan and Kathy Johnson. We did stop for a good meal at The Orchard House in the Snake River AVA at Marsing. A great tour and I know that everyone enjoyed it. Enjoy these photos and remember you can Left-Click any of them to see them larger. Cheers and Happy Trails. It was great to meet Fatima and Victor and to see Maria again.
Off on the Snake River AVA winery tour. Here we go!
Just a super good day! Thank-You everyone for making this a success. We all enjoyed it immensely. Cheers! Kathy Johnson submitted the following photos for your enjoyment. Thank-You Kathy for the photos.
Thank-You Robin, Marnie and Mac for a great Fathers Day. And to you too, Mac, Happy Fathers Day. I had fun making the breakfast of Eggs Benedict, which did not turn out exactly as I wanted and the a good time at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID., for a great party. Here are some photos from the day. Please, enjoy them! Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. The Snapdragons pictured here are in the gardens at the winery. Beautiful flowers! But let’s start the photos of breakfast that I made.
This is probably one of the best lamb dinner we have had. I adapted it from a recipe found on Epicurious. Here is the link to our adapted recipe: Arugula, Spinach and Miner’s Lettuce Stuffed Lamb. The recipe is not for the faint of heart. But it is really fun to do. Give it a try. Take your time and enjoy the process. If you don’t have an already boned leg of lamb, here is a previous post on one of our other blogs about boning a leg of lamb. Well worth the short time to view the video. How To Bone a Leg of Lamb. Enjoy the lamb. Most, but not all, of the products on our menu were from Idaho – Support Idaho Farmers: Buy Local. And we really try to do this. Here is our list: Wine – Sawtooth Winery; Lamb – Felzien Family Lamb; Garlic – River View Farms; Salad Greens and Herbs – Purple Sage Farms; Bread – Acme Bake Shop and Vegetables – Volcanic Farms. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!