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Korea House Fundraiser - Chinese New Year - Culinary Walk About


Korea House Fundraiser to Benefit Owners

It has not gone unnoticed over the last several weeks that downtown icon and lone Boise Korean restaurant Korea House on 8th Street has been locked up tight day after day. Several weeks ago, owner Won Chang suffered a major stroke and has been hospitalized in St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center ever since. Boise residents for the last 30 years, Won and his wife Okhee own and operate Korea House, which has been closed since Chang's stroke. Unfortunately, the Changs do not have medical insurance and as they have not been able to open the restaurant due to Chang's health, the couple does not currently have an income.

In order to assist the Chang family to pay the January lease on their 8th Street location, a fund-raiser took place Friday, January 6, at Korea House. This week, a second fund-raiser takes places Thursday, January 12, at The Rose Room with food, wine and beer, performances from local musicians and a silent auction. Suggested donation at the door is $5, with all proceeds donated to the Changs. The event takes places 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 433-5675.

On the Horizon

Don't hang up your dancing shoes just yet, New Year's party-lovers. The New Year parties keep going well into spring. In fact, it's possible to chase the New Year around the globe with the proper amount of planning, lots of ambition and a great big fatty travel budget. Chinese New Year and Tet (Vietnamese New Year) are fast approaching at the end of this month. Then it's time for Losar in Tibet and Nyepi in Bali. Songkran in Thailand and Khmer New Year in Cambodia happen in mid-April followed by Ethiopia's Enkutatash in September and Hindu New Year in November.

So, it's time to get planning for the next New Year's party of the New Year, and the Chinese will be ringing in the Year of the Dog January 26-28. Each year Oriental Express throws a giant celebration where all the cool kids celebrate. This year's New Year menu includes seafood soup, Peking duck, three treasures platter, lobster sauteed with basil sauce on the half shell, seafood combination hot pot, Szechuan fish, Qui Fei's fried rice and dessert. Reservations are required. Parties must have a minimum of four people and the cost is $19.95 per person. Oriental Express, 110 N. 11th St., 345-8868.

The ninth annual Culinary Walk About fund-raiser to benefit Meals on Wheels in Ada and Elmore counties happens February 2. Featuring guest chefs from The Arid Club, Asiago's, Richard's/Taste, Boise Centre on the Grove, Dawson Taylor, Goody's, Life's Kitchen, The MilkyWay, Villano's, Berryhill & Co. and Chef Lou's Westside Drive-In, the Culinary Walk About features bites of appetizers, main dishes, salads, desserts and coffee. Boise Straight Ahead Jazz Band will entertain the crowd and silent and live auctions will raise additional funds for Meals on Wheels.

The event takes place 6-9 p.m. at the Boise Centre on the Grove. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance through Central District Health Department, 707 Armstrong Place. For information, to sponsor a table for your company or to purchase tickets, call 327-7460 or visit

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