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A Chefs' Affaire

Thursday, Sept. 12


A decadent six-course meal with a relatively pricey ticket may seem like an unlikely event for an organization like the Idaho Foodbank, whose mission is to help put food on the tables of Idaho's hungry. But there's nothing like a gourmet meal to make most of us appreciate what we have and understand what it would be like to go without.

For the 15th year, Idaho Foodbank presents A Chefs' Affaire fundraiser. Six teams of chefs from around the area will prepare the meal, with each course paired with an Idaho wine.

Between 400 and 500 people will turn out Thursday, Sept. 12, for the black-tie event at Boise Centre, where they'll dine on gourmet food and wine, as well as bid in both silent and live auctions. Participants can bid on weekend escapes or assorted adventures during the silent auction, but when the live auction gets going it's all about the food.

Up on the auction block are opportunities to have participating chefs cook a gourmet meal for you and several guests in your own home. Winning bidders are suddenly going to have a lot of friends dropping some not-so-subtle hints.

To make things a little more fun, this year's event is a '20s-themed affair, meaning that ticket-holders are invited to wear 1920s era attire rather than tuxes and gowns.

The $100-per-person ticket isn't pocket change, but the event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foodbank, which has struggled to keep food on its shelves as need for the organization's services has continued to increase.

Tickets can be bought in advance online or in person at the door.