Food is serious business around here, from farming it and processing it to preparing and serving it. Fittingly, many local organizations have found a way to blend Southern Idaho’s rich resources and culinary talents with fundraising opportunities for community organizations.
Rotary’s Death By Chocolate
Take Death By Chocolate, a production of the Rotary Club of Twin Falls usually held at the end of January. Local chefs square off in five categories: chocolate cake, brownie, cookie, candy and unique dessert. A judge’s panel selects the top entries, but the real winners are the attendees, who get to taste the entries and then vote for their favorites. Festival-goers also enjoy a silent auction, raffle and live music. The 2011 even netted approximately $28,000, with proceeds benefiting local charities.
Savor Southern Idaho
Held annually, there's Savor Southern Idaho, an all-Idaho evening sponsored by Southern Idaho Tourism. Highlighting the area’s agricultural heritage, the evening showcases not only what to eat and drink, but all the other unique aspects of the region.
Hot August Bite of Magic Valley
Like complementary flavors in a favorite dish, two major events merged in 2011 to become the Hot August Bite of Magic Valley. Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored Hot August Night Picnic, and Junior Club of Magic Valley, which sponsored the Bite of Magic Valley, joined forces at Twin Falls City Park to provide attendees with bigger and better entertainment – and greater fundraising for local charities. The festival included live music, food, wine and beer vendors as well as children's activities.
Epicurean Evening each September raises funds for St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation. The event features a Quick Cuisine Cooking Challenge during which competing chefs must showcase an Idaho-grown ingredient in their dishes. In the past, culinary creations have involved trout, potatoes, honey and even alligator.
Idaho wines and distilleries also are on hand to supply librations for a wine tasting portion of the evening, which also includes a silent auction. The event is sponsored by Idaho Preferred, a program of the Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture that works to raise the profile of local food producers.
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