‘The Big Cheese’ Grilled Cheese Festival
143 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866, USA
In celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month in April, Provisions Market and OC Baking Company will once again join forces to host The Big Cheese, Orange County’s grilled cheese festival and competition. Event Co-Founders Wil Dee and Chef Greg Daniels will host more than a dozen OC Chefs as they compete for the title of “The Big Cheese” in this 4th annual event to be held on National Grilled Cheese Day on Wednesday, April 12th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Provisions Market (143 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866).
This year, the winner of The Big Cheese title wil go on to present their grilled cheese creation at next month's Taste of the Nation event at Montage Laguna Beach. The annual event raises much-needed funds to support Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry initiative.
On April 12th, OC Baking Company Master Baker Dean Kim will supply locally produced freshly baked bread to the competing chefs, while the farmer-owned dairy cooperative Tillamook County Creamery Association will offer a selection of its award-winning butter and cheeses for use at the festival, including new Farmstyle Cut Shredded Cheese crafted for ideal melt. Competing chefs will present their own spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich that will be evaluated by a panel of judges who will determine The Big Cheese 2017. In addition, the festival attendees will sample and then vote on a “People’s Choice” winner from the following chef participants: Host Chef – Executive Chef Greg Daniels OC Baking Co – Master Baker Dean Kim (supplying all breads) ADYA – Executive Chef Shachi Mehra Anepalco Café – Executive Chef Danny Godinez Crema Café – Chef Tarit Tanjisari & Chef Erick Simmons
Guest Chef – David Coleman Haven Gastropub – Chef de Cuisine Landon Pulizzi Mesa – Executive Chef Niki Starr
Mix Mix Kitchen Bar – Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan
Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market – Chef Lisa Gilmore Primal Alchemy - Executive Chef Paul Buchanan Sessions West Coast Deli – Executive Chef Max SchlutzTackle Box – Executive Chef Brian Huskey
The Water Brewery - Chefs Carli Savedra and Raya BelnaVaca – Executive Chef Amar SantanaProAm Challenger - #thebigcheese2017
Once again, this year’s event will feature one ProAm competitor who will be selected by event organizers in an Instagram contest to join the professional chefs at The Big Cheese 2017. To enter, the public must create and present an original grilled cheese creation on Instagram and use the hashtag #thebigcheese2017 by Thursday, April 6th. The winning entry will be announced Friday, April 7th and the ProAm contender for “The Big Cheese” will participate in the festival on Wednesday, April 12th. Tickets for the event must be purchased for $60 in advance (will include limited tasters of select craft beer) through Universe at https://www.universe.com/bigcheese2017. This event will be limited to 100 guests (tickets will be sold at the door, if capacity permits). Haven Collective will also be collecting donations for the upcoming March of Dimes March for Babies at Fashion Island on Sunday, April 30th.
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