Over $10K raised for Hormel Historic Home during Foodie Throwdown

Published 6:45 am Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Winners announced in main dish and dessert categories

The ninth annual Foodie Throwdown was held on Saturday at the Hormel Historic Home.

While the exact amount has yet to be determined, HHH Executive Director said this year’s fundraiser raised over $10,000. Money was raised through ticket sales and bids placed on 49 donated auction items. All funds will go toward supporting programming and historic preservation at the HHH.

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Approximately 160 attendees enjoyed charcuterie appetizers prepared by Chef Kristine Wolner as well as main dish and dessert courses from competing teams.

This year’s theme was “It All Started With Sausage”; teams were challenged to incorporate sausage into their dishes.

Schuby’s of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, sets up their station during the annual Foodie Throwdown Saturday night at the Hormel Historic Home. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Dr. Rich Mitchell and Tom Buekers were voted the winners of the main dish category. Mitchell and Buekers prepared German knackwurst with a side of warm German potato salad.

The Austin Public School Food Service Department, dubbed Not Your Average Lunch Ladies, under the direction of Mary Weikum won the dessert category with a maple sausage bread pudding with creamy maple sauce.

Jack Koppa and Jesse Smith provided live musical entertainment.

“Thank you to the community for their support, through either coming or donating an item, so we can keep history alive,” Johnson said.