Best of 2014 Awards Banquet Celebrating the talent of our members

By Deanna Darr

It’s time once again to start polishing your dress shoes in anticipation of honoring the very best of the past year in journalism at the annual Idaho Press Club Best of 2014 Awards banquet.

This year the party will be on Saturday, April 25, and we’re shaking things up by heading to the newly restored Owyhee in downtown Boise for our once-a-year excuse to get dressed up. We’ll be taking over the ballroom in the former hotel beginning at 6 p.m. for a social hour featuring not only a no-host bar, but the musical talent of some of our members.

Just like last year, we’re showcasing the sometimes little-known skills of our fellow Press Clubbers. We already have several talented volunteers signed up to perform, but if you’d like a spot on the entertainment roster, we just might have room for a few more. If you’re interested in stepping into the spotlight, email us at

A final list of musicians 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 during the social hour, which will run until 7 p.m., after which point we’ll start announcing the winners of this year’s awards, celebrating the best in journalism from the last year.

Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a buffet of regional favorites prepared by the skilled hands from Kindness. Entrée choices will include medallions of beef with a balsamic reduction and roasted rosemary and garlic chicken, accompanied by roasted tri-color potatoes and more.

Those who prefer a vegetarian option will need to reserve their entrée – veggie-stuffed portabella mushroom – in advance when they register online.

As usual, there will be a full no-host bar and bottles of wine will be available for purchase.
Please remember to respect the reserved residential parking in the area, but the parking lot across the street from The Owyhee charges just $5 for parking after 5 p.m.

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 8 people for $300. 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 Friday, April 10, so don’t procrastinate. Make plans, and join us!