Since eating local has become the trend du jour among gastrophiles, it seems like every other weekend someone is throwing a local-foods dinner party with tickets going for $60, $70 or even $100 a pop. With those kinds of prices, the only "local" dining many us can afford is tugging a tomato or two off the vine in the garden and throwing together a salad at home.
But not next weekend. The Treasure Valley Food Coalition, a program of Sustainable Community Connections of Idaho and the City of Boise Arts and History Department, is hosting the City Harvest Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 5, in the Grove Plaza. Potluck dinner and beverages from 12 Think Boise First restaurants will be served on Saturday, 5-9 p.m., Tickets for the dinner are going for a super reasonable $20 for adults and $10 for the chillun'.
While in the past, the City Harvest Celebration, which kicks off Fall for Boise, has been a fancy pants black tie affair, Wendie Green, chief networker for Think Boise First, says they decided to make the event more accessible this year for both attendees and participating restaurants. After all, she explained, the goal is to introduce the benefits of eating locally to a wider swath of the community, not just preach to the locavore choir.
Local restaurants that are members of Think Boise First will bring down potluck dishes for the celebration, including barbecue chicken from Red Feather, salad from Brick Oven Bistro and gazpacho from Jenny's Lunch Line. The only requirement for each of the dishes is that the main ingredient has to be sourced locally.
But even if you don't want to throw down a 20 spot for dinner and local wine pairings, you're still welcome to head down and chill out with an a la carte glass of Idaho beer or wine. And if you still have some cash burning a hole in your khakis, you can bid on pieces in the silent art auction or tip the live musicians—openers Boise Rock School and jazz faves Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Treasure Valley Food Coalition so they can conduct an extremely extensive assessment of Idaho's food economy—how much we produce, how much we import and how we can truly integrate eating locally into our daily lives.
The City Harvest event will kick off at the Capital City Farmers' Market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., featuring an expanded market and two Arts Harvest Showcase stages.
For more information or tickets, visit sccidaho.org.