Take a look - the 2010-11 issue of the Idaho Cuisine will make you ready for some summer dining explorations!

Capone's Pub & Grill - Meet the Family

Ciao Mambo - Experience the Mambo

Pilgrim's Market - Healthy food is just the beginning

Trinity at City Beach - Lake Pend Oreille’s Latest Addition to Stunning Dining with a View

Capone's Pub & Grill - Meet the Family!

Capone’s Pub and Grill celebrates their 19 year anniversary in 2010 with more “family” than ever before! Capone’s daily get-togethers are among the rare upward trends in the business. 

They’ve got the most taps in town, the most TVs for sports fans, live entertainment featuring local musicians and a staff that make everyone feel like they are part of the Capone family. 

They cater to the locals who frequent their midtown bar and live in the neighborhood. Supporting the local business scene with neighborhood restaurants and pubs, the vintage stores and non-profit organizations in town, Tom and Teresa Capone have gone the distance when it comes to the restaurant business, and especially here in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown neighborhood.

They started with a dumpy little shack and have been instrumental in transforming the neighborhood that Capone’s Coeur d’Alene resides in— midtown. Now, with the new community beautification project and new businesses in the neighborhood, the Capone’s feel that midtown has really become a destination of its own.  The project was tough for businesses, but they felt that the city was very helpful in getting them through the summer of 2009 when the streets were blocked off.  And now with the completion of the sidewalks, streets and new public art and bus waiting stations, the neighborhood is ready for a vibrant summer sidewalk dining and shopping scene, and Capone’s is a huge part of that.

They are revitalized and creating even more new products to keep the momentum going. Tom is now making his own bread on a daily basis at the Post Falls location, and the difference is notable when it comes to the sandwiches.  He has created his own starter with some advice from a professional baker who helped him learn the art of bread making, and he became hooked on crafting breads.

 Ciao Mambo - Experience the Mambo!

Ciao Mambo’s first two years in Hayden has them off to a great start, and it's that lively Mambo experience that keeps bringing happy guests back for more. The scratch menu combined with subtle lighting, vibrant art and Dean Martin singing in the background makes for a perfect setting for families, friends, business associates and a little amore’ rendezvous.  Ciao Mambo is a place where the adults can enjoy a nice bottle of wine or cocktails with friends, while the kids are entertained by coloring on the butcher paper or even learning how to toss their own pizza with the crew.  

Manager Jim Elkins came to the area in October 2008 from the Flathead Valley in Montana where he had started with the company as a dishwasher in high school.  Jim says, “As a general manager, I absolutely love the company I work for.” He worked his way through the ranks, and because the company prioritizes promoting from within, he had the opportunity to become the general manager in Hayden. 

Although he admits the restaurant was still in its “honeymoon” period—that time when it’s still as new to the staff as it is to him—Jim says, “I’ve been very fortunate to be able to go into a fully operating success. All I had to do was walk in and start greeting people … get to know the existing staff and customers.” 

He says it’s all about managing people with respect, and he feels that it makes a big difference with their philosophy of making a personal connection to the customers.  That Ciao Mambo philosophy is for everyone to touch the table in some way. From the warm greeting at the door to the presentation of the steaming hot meal, everyone enjoys the participation ...  >>>more

 Pilgrim's Market - Healthy food is just the beginning!

At Pilgrim’s Deli, resident chef Dane Rice and his prodigious staff are, as Dane explains, providing customers with “food choices that prevent them from having to worry about diabetes in 10 years.”  With their expanding grill menu, rotating deli selections and scrumptious soup and salad bar, Dane and the Deli staff are keeping the creativity and local vibe resonating. Everything from their traditional gyro with tzatziki sauce to their delectable lasagna is daily made from scratch using a wealth of local ingredients. It is reassuring to have a place where lunch is not only delicious, but also healthy. After all, what other café or deli can tell you exactly where your burger came from?


The Evolution  

It’s not easy endeavoring to be the natural food store of the future, but Joe makes it look effortless and thrilling as he launches new enterprises, offers exciting community events and demonstrates his commitment to education that is “a human right with immense power to transform.” (Kofi Annan)

In February 2010, Joe launched Coeur d’Alene’s first Vegetarian Club potluck. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, this club has something to offer everyone! Hosted by Pilgrim’s, they meet every other month to share a potluck dinner, exchange recipes and enjoy quality lectures and educational films. Another of Joe’s most recent ventures is Gourmet CDA, furnishing personal shopping, catering, delivery and wine-cellar fulfillment to satisfy the more discerning gourmet and Organic food connoisseur. 

We all have noticed the increasing number of small medical clinics in conventional grocery stores, and Joe sees this as a trend to make “disease care” more accessible. So, with a keen eye for innovative alternatives, he has opened a Wellness Center inside Pilgrim’s Market…  >>>more

Trinity at City Beach - Lake Pend Oreille’s Latest Addition to Stunning Dining with a View!

Your experience is launched at the very moment the door swings open and you step into Trinity at City Beach.  Bright walls act as the backdrop for a stunning gallery of classic black-and-white Ross Hall photos, which line an entryway designed with the look and feel of the steamboats that once plied the waters of Lake Pend Oreille.

The photos sweep guests along into the main dining room— all floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto unbroken panoramas of the vast body of water that hugs the Cabinet Mountains.  For all appearances, you have come to dine on the prow of this graceful steamer, since waves lap gently to shore on a strip of sandy beach only a few yards away from your table and the lake seems yours for the taking. Coffered ceilings in muted white and jewel-tone blue further enhance the open-air feel and speak to an age where simple elegance was de rigueur. 

On the deck—and Trinity at City Beach has deck space aplenty—the love affair with the lake is even closer at hand, allowing you to bask in the sunlight and watch as families play on the beach and water droplets rise up to shine like diamonds each time someone jumps in for a swim.As the day begins, you can tuck your nose into a cup of gourmet coffee and soak up the aroma as you take in the sight of morning light pouring over the mountains and dancing out across the water on the east side of the lake ...  >>>more