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ExpoCulinaria again entices food and entertainment appetites

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria

On the heels of two year’s celebrated successes, rave reviews of participants and patrons and back by popular demand, ExpoCulinaria—An experience of taste, will fill the streets of downtown Rushford, Minn. on Saturday evening, September 7.

This delectable culinary event sponsored by the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, showcases food talents and highlights the experience the taste of Rushford’s local restaurants and food and beverage businesses. The event also coincides with the Taste of the Trail events in communities along the state Root River Biking Trail during the month of September.

ExpoCulinaria guests will once again dine and delight, sample and sip from mouthwatering fresh and distinctive cheeses, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wines, beers, sodas and more.

The big show of the evening, as entertaining as it is appetizing, is the Chef Challenge, Bring It to the Table. This entertaining, outdoor culinary competition between two professional chefs who will be intent on creating and preparing scrumptious appetizer, entrée and dessert plates, utilizing surprise ingredients, for a panel of judges. New this year is two competing women chefs, Lisa Yunker from Tilly’s in Oronoco, Minn. and Madeline Dubois from Signatures Restaurant in Winona, Minn. In addition to vendor presentations, evening attendees will feast their ears on the live music of CBB Jaxx Combo. In addition, prizes will be awarded to attendees.

Under the big top on Jessie Street will be Master of Ceremonies is the Program Director and on-air radio personality Deb Brague of WLXR Radio Magic 105 of LaCrosse, Wis.

Judges for the Chef Challenge this year are Steven Burdey, head chef and co-owner of Burdey’s Café in Peterson, Minn. and 2012 Chef Competitor. Marilyn Block, Winona Daily News Food Editor and Mike Machutt, nonprofessional culinary creator and co-owner of Tower Ridge Vineyard in the Root River Valley, near Rushford, Minn.

Tickets go on sale for the event at local Rushford restaurants on August 1 at Rushford Foods and by Paypal. Visit and the ExpoCulinaria Facebook page for more details and highlights as they become available.

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