Public makes Taste a success

Published 5:36 am Sunday, April 6, 2014

I would like to say thank you to the chefs that participated (If you missed the event, you can see their menus below), the sponsors, people that donated to the auctions, the planning committee and everyone that attended the fourth annual Taste of Mower County.

And a Special Thank you to Al Smith who was our auctioneer and Axel Gumbel who was our Master of Ceremonies.

 Home chefs

Beth Jensen and Margaret Haukom: Bread pudding and bacon wrapped deep fried pickles

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Elaine Williamson: Salted caramel cheesecake, lemon ginger cheesecake and triple chocolate cheesecake

Jessica Rasmussen: Cheesy chicken enchilada soup

Allison Witiak: Mini cupcakes — coconut, vanilla strawberry, chocolate peppermint and mango and salted caramel.

 Restaurant chefs

Apollo Liquor and Superette: Broaster chicken

Holiday Inn of Austin: Rueben soup and pork ribs

The Bridge Club: Fire-braised turkey and pancetta ciabatta with a pasta bar

Sweet’s Restaurant: Sweet’s signature steak and shrimp

3B Eatery and Catering Co.: Bourbon bacon jam, hot beef, bread pudding with a choice of fireball whiskey sauce or caramel whiskey sauce

Echo Lanes: 300 burger, patty melt and bacon cheeseburger


Event Sponsor: Austin Holiday Inn

Media Sponsor: KAAL TV ABC 6 News

Top Chef Sponsors: Cardinal of Minnesota and Worlein Funeral Homes

Ace of Cakes Sponsor: Mower County Chapter Thrivent Financial, Thrivent Financial – Kathy Wichmann and Austin Chapter Thrivent Financial

Galloping Gourmet Sponsors: Hanson Construction and Specialty Cabinets, LLC, Medgaarden’s SW Sales and Eastwood Bank


Annette Huffman, Applebee’s of Austin, Austin Eagles, Austin Family Video, Axel Gumbel, Barb Werle, Bendixen Jewelry, Beth Jensen, Cannon River Winery, Cinemagic 7 Theaters, Crystal Steinbach, Coffee House on Main, Curves of Austin, Dawn Helgeson, Deb Cardel, Deer Creek Speedway, Eastwood Bank, Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery, Golden Tress, Great Clips, Holiday Inn Austin, Indian Island Winery, Jamey Helgeson, Jenny Thurnau — Tastefully Simple, Jessica Rasmussen, John and Terry Gray, Kallie Williams, Kate Jordal, Kathy Huffman, Katie Stromlund, Laura Tjomsland, Legacy Comics and Games, Linda Gibeau, Lost Island Water Park, Lyle Liquor, Marci Burton, Mary Thompson, Meadow Greens Golf Course, Michelle Dorsey, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Peggy Young, Randy Godfredson, Sandy Wesely, Sassy Strawberry, Sea Glass Fine Art, (S. Portland, ME), SEMA Equipment, Soaps By Dawn, Springer and Gumbel LLC, Stephanie Tollefson, Sterling Drug-Main Street, Tammy Flicek, The Arc Mower County, Tolly’s Time Out, Whitnei Photographei and Yoga Studio of Austin.

Taste of Mower County Planning Committee: Dawn Helgeson, Jamey Helgeson, Tammy Flicek, Crystal Steinbach, Kathleen Huffman, Axel Gumbel, Laura Tjomsland and Linda Gibeau

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual Taste of Mower County on Sunday, April 19, 2015.