(Le Mars) — More than 600 people attended the third annual MenuMaster’s event as sponsored by Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project. The attendees had an opportunity to sample various food items as prepared by 30 different chefs and their assistants. Julie Bietelspacher, one of the co-chairs for the event, announced to the Saturday evening crowd that LEEP was able to raise $31,425 that will go towards helping purchase items for the Le Mars Community School District. Bietelspacher says the money raised set a new record for the event.
For the second year in a row, Primebank chefs were able to walk away with the top food item. Chefs Mark Schmidt and Jordan Sitzmann prepared a dessert entry entitled “Pre-approved Pumpkin ParPays”. Last year it was Cole Sitzmann of Primebank with his “Cole’s Cash Coleslaw”, as the top food choice as voted by the attendees. Other food winners from this year were Bob’s Drive-In with chef Nate Kass and his assistant Myles Kass with “Bob’s Corner” Corn Dish, Team Shockers, consisting of chefs Adam Baumgartner with assistants, Shane Dreckman and Darren Mahan with their “Sweet Weiners and Juicy Pie” recipe also was a food placing winner. Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home with ther “Uncle Jedidah’s Jumpin Jambalaya and Cousin Fester’s Firebreather Shrimp, featuring chefs Joel Johnson and his assistant, Todd Pry was a place winner for a food category, but the dual from the delta also took top honors with the “Best Theme” trophy.