Our limo picks you up, and a short drive later, you are ready for an evening to remember.

Dinner here is more than just a meal, it is an entire experience that you will not soon forget. Casual Elegance in a beautiful, wooded North Idaho setting, welcome to an unforgettable evening. Enter as strangers, leave as friends!

Our cuisine is served in 7, 8 or even 10 course, prix fixe menus, with each course perfectly paired with an outstanding wine. We offer an unparalleled wine selection, if not one of the best in the entire northwest. Besides doing private events, we offer regularly scheduled dinners which we advertise through personal invite. We send folks on our mailing list each new menu, the wines and the cost, and the first 16 lucky diners to RSVP come to dinner. Please contact us at dave@permoevents.com to get on our mailing list to receive invitations! Be ready for a superb evening of relaxed, casual elegance, complete with fun in our game room, available van or limo transportation from Coeur d Alene, Dinner and Bed options, and more.

Are you ready for a wine and dining experience you will remember for a lifetime? If so, we look forward to having you as our guests at Candle in the Woods!

Read what people are saying about Candle in the Woods

One of the most amazing meals we have ever had and we’ve eaten in some of the worlds best restaurants!  ~ Jon & Heather B.

Wonderful! Worth every penny and more! ~ Don T.

Unbelievable! What a fantastic experience! The food and wine were great, but the friendliness and the warmth we felt were what made it special! ~ Bob & Lois M.

Everyday’s Special

Our scheduled menus are Prix Fixe, meaning that the menu for the evening, the majority of the wines, and the price, is set a few times per year. Each dinner we prepare is original, and reflects the ingredients most in season, as well as the inspiration Chef Dave has for that meal and that group of friends. Our evenings follow a basic format that has become a favorite of our guests. We serve between 8 and 10 exquisite small plate courses, all paired with great wines to create a unforgettable dining experience!

Our Dinners

Our dinners are one sitting, and we ask our guests to arrive promptly at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise instructed. We eat Family Style, so we all eat at one table together. Our scheduled menus are Prix Fixe, meaning that the menu for the evening, the majority of the wines and the price is set a few times per year, we have meals where the guests take turns choosing a wine off our extensive wine list, and dividing the price amongst all the guests.

For private parties, we will, of course, craft the menu around your preferences and your budget.

Our dinners are usually 7 or 8 courses, each paired with a different wine or spirit in a tasting size, and dessert is usually served around 10:00 pm, though we can do private events catered to your specific needs. We invite our guests to enjoy our game room and stay as long as you like once you have walked in our door, we consider you family!

We offer van or limo service directly from your home for a nominal charge if you would rather not worry about driving.

The Wine List

We are one of TWO Idaho restaurants to win the prestigious Best of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2016-17! We are very proud of our wine cellar, which boasts one of the largest wine collections in the Pacific Northwest, with some of the finest, rarest wines in the world. We have almost 1800 different labels, 4200 bottles and over 200 international varietals. ]Whether its a 1961 Bordeaux or a rare Lafite, a 1994 Cabernet from Napa Valley, a Walla Walla Chard, an Australian Shiraz (including several vintages of the amazing Grange), a Moldovan sherry or a vintage port, we have the wine for you. See our 2017 Wine List here! *The UPGRADED 2017 list has a complete Library section, and more than 173 NEW entries*

Meet The Chef

Dave is an award winning chef who has been cooking literally since he was a child, and brings an enthusiasm and love for cooking that is evident in his cuisine.He was recently seen on Food Network, and may be on again very soon!

Besides his work at the Candle, he is a regular guest chef at Angelos Ristorante, widely acclaimed as the best Italian restaurant in the region.

Dave is a two-time Ironman finisher and multiple time marathon runner and adventure racer, and so he has a very health conscious outlook in the preparation of the meals, making them as low in calories as possible, and using fresh, organic, local ingredients wherever possible his background is in contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, but he often strays into modern, creative dishes based on the best ingredients in season.

His wife Lisa directs the setup and decoration, which is unique for very meal, as well as the hostess duties and Chief Referee for our House Game; B.A.T.C!

They have a daughter Delaney, who is already helping Dad in the kitchen!




Cooking Classes

Charitable Giving

Whether its a party of 2 or 100, a wedding or a business dinner, CITW can help you make every event special! With a wide range of menu and price options, we can provide you with the perfect meal for any occasion, either as a buffet or a sit down, fully served, multi-course meal. Prices range from $18/pp to The Skys the limit, depending on menu and wine choices. Contact us for more information!

We also provide some of the most enjoyable cooking classes ever, at your place or ours! You and your guests will put on aprons, pick up utensils and pitch in as we prepare up to 4 courses, with wine included, learning little techniques and trade secrets along the way. Laughter is a must! Prices are $50 per person, all inclusive.

Dave is also a regular presenter at the Culinary Stone in Riverstone, as well as head chef and instructor for the Culinary Kids Academy!

Candle in the Woods supports several local events by donating entire gourmet dining experiences for as many as 8 people, and valued at as much as $1200. Several of the worthy charities we have supported include:

Kootenai Medical Foundation Festival of Trees
The Culinary Apprenticeship Program at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
Hospice of North Idaho
North Idaho College Athletic Program
Childrens Village
Holy Family
and others…

Make A Reservation


11805 E Nunn Road

Athol, Id. 83801

(Take the Bunco Exit (Exit 446) off Hwy 95 north. Were 3.8 miles east of Silverwood, about 25 minutes from Coeur d Alene)

Call: 208-664-0135

Email: Dave@candleinthewoods.com

Join Us for Dinner!

Want to join us for dinner? Join our mailing list to receive invitations with each new event's menu, and wine list. The first lucky 16 diners to RSVP for an event will join us at Candle in the Woods! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you! We look forward to having you for dinner!