Article from wndu.com. – It was a battle of the taste buds Tuesday night in Winona Lake.
Appetizer Wars attracted more than 200 people to taste food from 11 local restaurants. Students who are part of a Grace College business course organized the event.
Attendees paid $10 to get in the door, then “voted” with cash for their favorite appetizer.
All proceeds went to locally-based LifeTouch Ministries, a non-profit counseling center that specializes in serving low-income individuals.
“LifeTouch is unique in that we never turn anybody away due to lack of being able to pay for counseling,” Jeff France, LifeTouch executive director, said.
Appetizer Wars was held at Westminster Hall on the Grace College campus, and functioned as the grand finale final project for the participating students.
“Each of us students went out to restaurants in the community and tried to get people to come in, donate their time and their food and their effort,” Ellie Moeller, a student involved, said. “And it also brings awareness to a lot of restaurants in the area and provides a fun competition.”
Those restaurants didn’t need much convincing, according to course instructor Matt Metzger.
“They were enthusiastic,” Metzger explained. “Almost every restaurant was just great. They’re donating this food… They didn’t charge us. But in turn we’re giving them some publicity.”
Caleb France, owner and chef at Cerulean Restaurant in Warsaw, said the community aspect brought him to Tuesday’s event.
“We’re all friends here,” he said. “Even though it’s a competition we’re just having a lot of fun. At the end of the night, LifeTouch wins and Grace wins, so it’s been great.”
And which eatery came out on top?
Food from the Korner Grill was the judge’s top choice, and the popular vote award went to Viand Chef Services.
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