Latte' Da drive-thru

Latte' Da and Kuna resident Dan Griffin are planning to host a chili feed and competition April 13 in the drive-thru. 

Chili enthusiasts, silent auction fans and Idaho Make-A-Wish supporters will come together Saturday, April 13 in Latte’ Da’s drive-thru, weather permitting, to help Kuna resident Dan Griffin raise money for Idaho Make-A-Wish.

Griffin and Latte' Da have partnered to offer a chili feed and competition, complete with homemade cornbread, 1-5 p.m. April 13 at the coffee shop, 762 E. Wythe Creek Ct. There will be a silent auction part as well.

There is no cost for chili cooks to enter the competition. Those wishing to taste all the chili dishes will pay $5; all proceeds will go to Idaho Make-A-Wish in January 2020 when Griffin participates in the annual Polar Bear Plunge culminating fundraising event for Idaho Make-A-Wish.

Silent auction donations are still being accepted as well. To enter the contest or donate an auction item, contact Griffin at 208-761-2873. So far about seven people have entered the chili contest.

“I’d like to raise over $1,000 for Make-A-Wish,” Griffin said. “We need a good turnout (of) people to show up and eat.”

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Griffin helps coordinate several fundraisers every year for Idaho Make-A-Wish through other local businesses like Big Mic’s and the Longhorn Lounge. Last year Griffin and participants raised about $12,600 dollars. This is his first year doing a chili feed.

This year is Latte’ Da’s first year helping Griffin host a fundraising event, but this is not the coffee shop’s first time hosting a chili feed and competition. Last year about 50 people attended and raised about $250 for Kuna Adopt-A-Family, a nonprofit that collects needed items for local families at Christmas.

Sheri Creel, owner of Latte’ Da, hopes to make a bit more at Saturday’s event. If there is rain, she said, the event will be held inside rather than out in the drive-thru. The plan is to award first, second and third prizes to the top three chili cooks. Participants can vote for their favorite dish with raffle tickets. First prize is a $50 gift certificate to Latte’ Da, second is a $20-$25 gift card to Big Mic’s and third is a small crock pot.

Items for auction collected so far include a Dutch oven donated by Ridley’s, gift certificates and Easter baskets. This will be a family-friendly event. Latte' Da plans to donate a percentage of all sales to Idaho Make-A-Wish.

“We’re excited to be part of it,” Creel said. “We’re excited to help the community and be part of the community.”

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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