MenuMasters Raises More Than $40,000


(Le Mars) — The eighth annual MenuMasters event, held Saturday evening and sponsored by the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project, raised a total of $40,345.  The MenuMasters Maids presented the over-sized check to Le Mars School District Superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner.

The money will be used by the Le Mars Community School District and will go to teachers to cover expenses above budget items.  21 teams of chefs participated in the food festival event held at the Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  Taking top honors for the Judges’ Choice was the team from Primebank represented by Jordan Sitzman, Mark Schmidt, and Cole Sitzman, with their “Ope, Let me SALAD on by ya’ here” coleslaw.

The winning entry for the “Best Food” was won by BLT, Inc. and Campell’s Electric “Dirty Old Grannys” represented by Keith Campell and Todd Brownmiller with “Not Your Granny’s Fluff.”

“Toyko Joe’s Japanese Steakhouse” with chefs Joe Gallas, Steve VanOtterloo, and Marty Pippett representing Galles Construction, Inc. and Mark Crop Insurance took home the top honors for “Best Theme.”

Best Entree was awarded to members of the Le Mars Fire Department’s “Backdraft B-B-Q” represented by Charlie Mohning, Kevin Bolton, and Michael Hargens with “Pump and Roll Pork Loin.”

Best Dessert was won by American Bank’s entry of “S’more Money, S’more Problems” with Micah Lang, Andy Schmidt, and Hunter Rowe.  The trio served S’more Money Bites.

Best Appetizer was won by “Dirty Old Grannys with “Not Your Granny’s Fluff” with chefs Keith Campbell and Todd Brownmiller.