Cheese capital chefs host youth mentor benefit

Over a dozen local amateur chefs will tease your palette as they serve up a variety of exciting dishes for your tasting pleasure at the 4th annual “Chowdown in Cheesetown”, held Saturday, September 9 at the Plymouth Arts Center from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

The outdoor, fundraising event will benefit the mission and programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County provides volunteer mentors to children who can benefit from a stable, positive influence,” according to Denise Wittstock, Executive

Director of the non-profit organization.

“It’s amazing how just a little one-on-one interaction with a child can develop into a longterm relationship long after the match ends.

“These are kids who generally begin our program at-risk in some way and through the guiding hand of their mentor, can become productive citizens that live and work in our community in the future.

“It’s good for the community and great for the child.”

Chowdown in Cheesetown has developed into an important annual event for the agency.

Aside from being a fun and growing fundraising event that provides resources for more mentor-child relationships, it also helps build relationships with the community.

Since more than 20 local sponsors lend their support and products, the Chowdown in Cheesetown is a uniquely local event that supports a local cause.

Last year’s sponsors included companies like Sargento Cheese, Van Horn Auto, Johnsonville, American Orthodontics, Masters Gallery, Bemis, Rockline, Georgia Pacific, and Vollrath Company.

Licensed food professionals will be on site to ensure food safety and assist volunteer grill chefs.

A full cash bar featuring a broad selection of wines handpicked by award-winning sommelier and author Jaclyn Stuart from Vintage Elkhart Lake will be available.

The evening also features a live and reverse auction, “dessert” for the ears by Little Blues Machine; and the winner of this year’s "Big Cheese" award will be presented to the night's winning chef.

“It is a wonderful evening of food, fun, and music,” says Dave Hoffman, Event Co-Chair.

“Most chefs come back every year and seem to be even more competitive and creative in the dishes they make and really enjoy letting others experience their creations. Many of them have become good friends in the process.”

The cost is $60 per person and reservations can be made at or by calling 458-0111. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County is a tax deductible organization.

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