Best of 2013 Awards Banquet – Celebrating the talent of our members

By Deanna Darr

Idaho Press Club members are a talented group of people, and we’re not just talking about being able to track down the perfect source, write a story that inspires the masses or put together a presentation that dazzles all who gaze upon it.

At this year’s annual awards banquet on Saturday, May 3, we’re planning to show off some of the artistic talents of our membership. For the first time, it will be IPC members who take the stage during the event’s social hour, providing the musical score for the night and showing that we’re not just pretty faces.

We already have several musically inclined members who have claimed their spots on the entertainment roster, but we have room for a few more. If you’re interested in joining the lineup, email us at and let us know just what you have planned and we’ll get in touch with you.

You’re a singer/songwriter? Great. You’re part of a newsroom rock band? Fantastic. Just contact us no later than Friday, April 11, and we’ll get you signed up. Space is limited, so reserve your performance spot soon.

A final list of musicians and approximate performance times will be posted on the IPC website in April, so check back to see who will be taking the stage.

Those of us who aren’t quite so multi-talented can cheer on our friends and coworkers beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the Hawk Room at Boise Centre. The social hour will run until 7 p.m., after which point we’ll start announcing the winners of this year’s Best of 2013 Awards, celebrating the best in journalism from the last year.

And as the word “banquet” may have suggested, we will also be eating.

This year those who attend can select either petite tender medallions of beef in a port wine reduction served with garlic mashed potatoes, lemon basil grilled shrimp skewers served with a wild rice pilaf or fettuccine primavera filled with fresh seasonal vegetables in an olive oil and pesto Alfredo.

As usual, there will be a full no-host bar and bottles of wine will be available for purchase at the tables.

Cost for the banquet is $40 for members or $45 for non-members, or you can make sure you get to sit with all your friends by purchasing a reserved table seating up to 10 people for $380. Reserved tables are the only way to guarantee preferred seating. All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration can be done online at, where you can also pay for your ticket. There is a $2 service charge per ticket for those who pay online. All meal choices (including for all those seated at reserved tables) must be provided at the time of registration.

Registration must be completed no later than Monday, April 28, so don’t procrastinate. Any cancellation after Wednesday, April 30, 2012 will be charged full price. See you there!

Deanna Darr is a Press Club board member, a freelance journalist in Boise, former feature editor of the Boise Weekly, and this year’s esteemed banquet chairman.