The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association is once again sponsoring IOGA Lobby Day, a wonderful event in which member-outfitters descend on the Idaho Statehouse to chat with legislators about issues of interest, and it all culminates in the “Taste of Idaho Outfitting, ” a delightful Dutch oven feed.
IOGA Lobby Day is set for Wednesday, Feb. 13. The food part is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. at the Basque Center, 601 Grove St., in downtown Boise.
House Majority Leader and Eagle legislator Mike Moyle said he always looks forward to IOGA Lobby Day. “They always have a good turnout and great food — a lot of variety,” Moyle said. “It’s definitely one of the most unique dinners that we attend during the session, and it’s a favorite … a lot of legislators love it.”
State Senator Michelle Stennett of Ketchum agrees. “IOGA’s Dutch oven dinner event is a unique, delicious experience,” she said. “As a fledgling Dutch oven chef, I know the labor it takes to treat us legislators to this wonderful event. I am always on the lookout for good recipes! Thank you for sharing your time and culinary talents with us.”
Another important part of IOGA Lobby Day is the opportunity for IOGA members to talk to their legislators about various issues. “I’m looking forward to meeting our representatives and talk about issues that are important to us as outfitters,” said Mary Wright of Silver Cloud Expeditions in Salmon. “It’s important to maintain our presence with the legislators.
“And I know that our Dutch oven dinners are a big hit with legislators because we’re great cooks!”
Idaho outfitters are great cooks … they’re not boasting, they’re just stating the facts. Hundreds and hundreds of customers have been wowed by the outdoor cooking provided by outfitters in hunting camp, on river trips, backcountry pack trip adventures and much more.
Barbara Judge of St. Joe Outfitters & Guides in St. Maries also is looking forward to the event. “It’s such an important event and a unique opportunity to chat one-on-one with legislators in a relaxed setting over really good food.”
IOGA is tracking several legislative issues, according to lobbyist Tyler Mallard. The possible repeal of personal property tax, discussion of state takeover of federal lands in Idaho, and several Idaho Fish and Game issues are being monitored, Mallard said.
Please RSVP to IOGA if you’d like to attend the “Taste of Idaho Outfitting” by calling 342-1438 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.