Grills are already getting hot for Festival Foods' Taste of Fond du Lac as restaurants from the area are getting excited to showcase some of their menus to this year's attendees. Over 25 area restaurants will be at the Fond du Lac Fairgrounds Expo Building on Feb. 24 to showcase some old favorites and new selections for guests.
? Pizza Ville, 160 W. Scott St., is providing guests with a sampling of their classic pizzas as well as other new menu selections. Lasagna, Philly Cheese Steak Wrap and Stuffed Pepper Soup will be featured this year and all rounded out with a delicious Harvest Apple Torte.
"Pizza Ville is excited to be a part of the Taste of Fond du Lac," said Toni Schwartz, general manager of Pizza Ville. "Taste of Fond du Lac is such a great event and a wonderful opportunity to show guests some of our new menu items."
? Red Cabin at Green Acres Bar & Supper Club, W2701 Fourth Street Rd., is returning to the Taste of Fond du Lac for their second time. Having gone home last year with second place in the dessert category and dinner entrée category, Red Cabin is watching their competition this year and taking notes. This year's menu will feature a Pot Roast Slider, Beef Chili and the award-winning Bread Pudding.
"Red Cabin at Green Acres is a locally owned and operated business," said Dave Schuh, owner of Red Cabin at Green Acres Bar & Supper Club. "Participating in The Taste of Fond du Lac connects our brand with the local community showcasing our flavors with this unique, fun event. Red Cabin at Green Acres provides country comforts with big city tastes just 10 minutes east of Fond du Lac."
? The Audubon Inn of Mayville, 45 N. Main St., Mayville, is coming to the event for the first time has their sights set on all of the prizes. This historic, community staple is coming prepared with locally grown, raised and harvested products. Chef Jimmy Wade from the Audubon has been featured on the cover of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for his work with indigenous Wisconsin produce and game. The Audubon will be serving Chef Jimmy's Famous Wisconsin Asian Carp Cakes, Rushing Waters Smoked Rainbow Trout Endive with Caper Mousse, Oak Grove Lamb Bruchette with Feta infused Wisconsin Potatoes and Local Ground Beef Steak topped with Buttered Mushrooms and Widmer's Cheese Sauce over Wisconsin Potatoes.
"Using Wisconsin produced products wherever he can in their effort to practice sustainability with locally produced lamb, ground beef, rainbow trout, cheeses, and of course Wisconsin potatoes," said Chef Jimmy Wade of the Audubon Inn. "Chef Jacob Walker, Chef De Cuisine at the Audubon Inn, is also a Fond du Lac resident and is as proud to be a part of this event, as he is preparing great elegantly casual cuisine at the Audubon Inn. With their Culture of Hospitality, the affordable Audubon Inn is great for any occasion."
Festival Foods' Taste of Fond du Lac will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fond du Lac County Expo Building. The day will feature more than 25 area restaurants, a silent auction and live local entertainment.
Advance tickets are $1.50 each at Festival Foods locations in Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Sheboygan, Wegner's Office Supply and the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tickets at the door are $2; and children five and younger are free. Food and drink tickets are just 50 cents each. For more information, check out fdlfest.com.
Festival Foods' Taste of Fond du Lac is brought to you by Festival Foods, Stella Artois, Pepsi Americas, Action Reporter Media, News-Talk AM 1450 KFIZ, Society Insurance and American Bank. In-kind support provided by Specht Electric & Communications and Sargento Foods, Inc.
Fond du Lac Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to direct, promote, and support festivals and special events that showcase the Fond du Lac community. The organization, with a great deal of help and support from the community, is responsible for Walleye Weekend, Light Up the City, and Festival Foods' Taste of Fond du Lac. These events help benefit almost 200 local non-profit organizations.