April is National Grilled Cheese Month. And in honor of this momentous occasion, the Grilled Cheese Academy is bringing back its popular Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown featuring a grand prize of $10,000.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, the contest begins April 1 and ends May 12. To enter, contestants must submit an original grilled cheese recipe and photo featuring Wisconsin cheese. Recipes will be judged by a panel of food bloggers.
The Grilled Cheese Academy is a culinary destination which is “dedicated to grilled cheese deliciousness.”
In conjunction with the recipe contest, the site will re-launch on April 1 offering an expanded recipe gallery. For more information or to enter the contest, visit www.GrilledCheeseAcademy.com.
Food safety seminar
Owners of food-related businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs, and those who are making products to sell at retail establishments are encouraged to attend a food safety seminar being offered by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) from 8 a.m. until noon March 29 at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen, 13737 Middleton Pike (State Rt. 582) near Bowling Green.
CIFT food safety expert Shari Plimpton will discuss proper production and hygiene practices. Providing safe, wholesome items, reducing customer complaints, and avoiding product recalls all will be addressed. The cost is $25 per person or $40 for two guests, which includes light refreshments.
Advance registration is required. Visit ciftinnovation.org to register and pay online, or pay at the door. Information: 419-535-6000, ext. 140 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to the Glass City Goat Gals and Derek Bunch of New Life Urban Agriculture, the co-winners at last Sunday's Toledo SOUP competition for project grants.
The Goat Gals plan to use their winnings to develop an urban goat farm for educating students about agribusiness, and Mr. Bunch of New Life Urban Agriculture will demonstrate the right environment in which to grow organic mushrooms.
More than 100 attendees voted for their favorite projects among five contenders. This is the first time two proposals have tied for first place in the community voting process. Toledo SOUP was able to fund both proposals, thanks to a donation from the Lucas County Commissioners and support of attendees. In addition to the money collected at the door, the winning presenters received donations from Toledo Choose Local and Maxwell Austin of Glass City Pedicabs, the first Toledo SOUP micro-grant recipient. Mr. Austin also organized a Toledo prize package raffle and bake sale, which generated more than $800 for the Toledo SOUP micro-grants.
The next Toledo SOUP is June 22 at the Mad Ave Collective, 1600 Madison Ave.
Learn. Eat. Network!
New federal and state laws impacting Ohio farmers will be discussed at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green. The event will feature Adam Sharp, vice president of public policy at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, networking opportunities, and breakfast. The cost is $10 per person, and walk-ins are welcome. To reserve your spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about organic wines and farming methods with Ames Morrison, owner/partner and winemaker at Medlock Ames, a winery in Sonoma County, California, at Registry Bistro on March 24.
Mr. Ames’ vineyards are farmed with no insecticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides while solar power provides energy.
Aperitifs will be served at 6 p.m. in Secor Gallery, with seating for dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited. Call 419-725-0444 to make a reservation.
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