Tourism can be ugly—pale, awkward, badly dressed people cluelessly offending the locals—but it can also be extremely tasty.
Food tourism is at the heart of the Culinary Walkabout, an annual fundraiser for the Elks Meals on Wheels program. Thursday, May 16, from 6-9 p.m., $60 buys a ticket to one of Boise's premier culinary events, where local chefs from 20 restaurants around the Treasure Valley try to outdo each other for the benefit and delight of ticket holders, who sample items at dozens of kiosks.
Participating restaurants include the Berryhill family of eateries, Zee Catering and Floral Design, Castle Ranch Steakhouse, Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters, Murphy's Seafood and Steakhouse and more.
The evening also includes music by Boise Straight Ahead and a silent auction that includes offerings like two tickets to Night of the Living Chefs, a family package at Zoo Boise, a ride in a Curtiss P-40 plane at the Warhawk Air Museum and an eight-course dinner for 10 prepared by four local chefs.
Behind the good times—the meals, desserts, appetizers, prizes and auction items—is the event's commitment to supporting the Elks Meals on Wheels program, which delivers hot meals to more than 800 seniors in Ada County, so go ahead and indulge in culinary decadence knowing you're doing something for those less fortunate.