Taste of the Town, Chef Showdown set for Nov. 9-10


Joy Wick, Marketing and Communications Director
920-489-3536 Office
920-585-1403 Cell
Email: joyw@bbbsnew.org

(Nov. 2, 2017) GREEN BAY, Wis. — It’s chef versus chef and tastes of the finest cuisine in the Greater Green Bay area over two evenings for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin’s biggest fundraisers of the year, Chef Showdown and Taste of the Town, presented by Community First Credit Union.

The events, to be held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center on back-to-back nights Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, will feature live competition and judging, live and silent auctions, raffles and celebrities serving up cuisine from their favorite establishments.

“Our event planning committee went all out this year proudly celebrating the 25th anniversary of Taste of the Town and the increasingly popular Chef Showdown,” says Katie Hess, executive director.

“Few events can boast 25 years of success and we’re proud that Taste of the Town is standing the test of time. We continue to see strong community and business support and are grateful for that. Our events play an important role in bringing the community together to support a cause from which we all benefit – mentoring our youth.”

Chef Showdown and Taste of the Town would not be possible without lead support from Community First Credit Union, the Radisson/Oneida Nation and American Foods Group.

Chef Showdown — in its second year as a standalone event — is the ultimate fine dining cook-off that allows the audience to taste and vote on dishes prepared before their eyes by four local chefs. The event starts with a quick-fire challenge in which the four chefs have 30 minutes to prepare an appetizer with ingredients revealed moments before cooking begins.

The final round pairs two chefs who will have 45 minutes to prepare an entrée with ingredients, again, revealed just before cooking begins. The audience tastes, votes and a champion will be awarded. Each chef will be auctioned off for private dinners during the event. Competing chefs include:

  • Chef Aaron Morse (returning Champion), Black & Tan Grille
  • Chef Joe Schmidt, Republic Chophouse
  • Chef Jyll Everman, Gather on Broadway
  • Chef Andy Mueller, Galley 57

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 9. Tickets, valued at $125 for individuals, and sponsorships are available online at www.bbbsnew.org or by calling 920-498-2227.

Taste of the Town is celebrating its 25th anniversary in gala style where attendees will savor the Greater Green Bay area’s finest food paired with local beer, wine and cocktails from more than 20 vendors. Besides tastings and socializing, Taste of the Town will offer auction items including dinner at A’Bravo Bistro and Wine Bar with Green Bay Packers player Blake Martinez, a trip to Jamaica (valued at $6,500), an Aaron Rodgers signed jersey, a guitar signed by Tom Petty, private dinners prepared by top chefs, and more. Attendees can mingle with celebrities like former Green Bay Packers player Chris Jacke, Mayor Jim Schmitt, Ashley Prange (of Au Naturale), WIXX-FM’s Murphy in the Morning crew and many others.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Tickets, valued at $100 for individuals, and sponsorships are available online at www.bbbsnew.org or by calling 920-498-2227. A detailed list of participating restaurants, caterers, bakeries and beverage distributors is available on the website.

Support from these events allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue to serve youth in our communities. This year, the organization consistently has had 100 children on its waiting list hoping to be matched. And, there are hundreds more children who could benefit from having a Big Brother or a Big Sister. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served nearly 600 children and it is on track to serve at least that many this year.

For information about our programs, to volunteer or enroll a child, please visit www.bbbsnew.org or call 920-489-2227.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is the premier youth mentoring organization serving Brown, Door and Shawano counties. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Founded in 1972, we are a 100 percent donor and volunteer supported nonprofit organization.