Ready your taste buds, make room in your guts and get ready for some glorious gluttony because there's plenty of food fun to be had with two annual events: A Chefs' Affair Thursday, Sept. 6, and the Eagle Food and Wine Festival Saturday, Sept. 8. Both will delight foodies and wine lovers alike while helping ensure that Idahoans don't go hungry.
A Chefs' Affair will bring food lovers to Boise Centre for a six-course plated dinner, silent auction wherein chefs will prepare meals for victorious bidders and their guests. Steve Eaton will provide live music and guests can sample wine from area wineries at this black tie-optional event, which is Idaho Foodbank's signature fundraiser. Tickets are available at idahofoodbank.org.
Foodies looking for another fix of delicious samplings from area chefs can also attend the sixth installment of the Eagle Food and Wine Festival at Banbury Golf Course. The event will delight foodies and oenophiles alike by bringing Idaho wineries together with local chefs.
This year's culinary crew will feature chefs from 3 Girls Catering, Bardenay, Bella Aquila, Brewforia Eagle, Chef Tom Atkins and College of Western Idaho Culinary Arts, Muse Bistro and Wine Bar, Porterhouse Market, Wild West Bakery and Espresso and Willowcreek Grill Eagle.
The festival's Twitter feed has been abuzz in high-school dance fashion, announcing which food purveyors will pair with which of the 17 wineries, which include 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Bitner Vineyards, Coiled Wines, Huston Vineyards, Indian Creek Winery, Periple, Sawtooth Winery, Snake River Winery, Split Rail Winery, Telaya Wine Co., Vale Wine Company and Woodriver Cellars.
Select wines will be available for purchase at a special event price and live jazz music will be provided by Sidecar 3.
Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Elks Meals on Wheels program, the Pet Food Pantry and the Eagle Food Bank. Tickets are available in advance at eaglefoodandwine.com and at Banbury Golf Course, Porterhouse Market, 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Brewforia Eagle and Wild West Bakery and Espresso.