(educational assistance through scholarships)
Imagine sampling delicious food from numerous community chefs and in doing so creating scholarships for needy and deserving students enrolled at UWFox.
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Since 1997, guests have gathered on the Menasha campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley to sample wonderfully creative dishes prepared entirely by numerous volunteer community chefs in an evening filled with food, music, entertainment and a silent auction.
Veteran celebrity chefs have included Mayor Tim Hanna, County Executive Tom Nelson, Brett Favre’s mother, State Representative Penny Bernard Schaber and Congressman Reid Ribble. These and others have become perennial favorites. Professional chefs from local restaurants showcase their talents and contribute their delicacies too.
The annual event is developed and managed by a team of volunteers from within the board of the UWFox Foundation, campus faculty, staff and students and the community.
The new Communication Arts Center where the event is now held provides an elegant and welcoming setting that stimulates conversation, food sampling, wine sipping and a delightful evening. e.a.t.s. is one of those special evening events that have become a tradition and highlight of fall in the Fox Cities.
For guests (of legal age) with an interest in savoring some fine wines and brews, Flanagans Wine Review-a fine dining establishment connected to a full-service beverage retailer in Appleton-supplies a wide selection of complimentary gourmet wines. Additionally, the Stone Cellar Brew Pub, Inc., an Appleton based brewery, has annually provided a generous assortment of beers to sample.
Numerous musicians and musical groups showcase their talents at the event.
UWFox Foundation Board member and 2013 e.a.t.s. chairperson, Guy Bytof describes the event as “a one-of-a-kind opportunity to sample delectable foods, beverages and music while “shopping” an amazing array of silent auction items including vacation packages and airplane tickets - all for the benefit of UWFox students!”
“The success of the past sixteen e.a.t.s. events are remarkable because many of the same community chefs return year after year to volunteer their talented skills as “chefs for a night.” They believe in the mission of the event and enjoy the feeling of community that permeates the entire evening,” Roger Van Vreede, former UWFox Foundation Board president and past e.a.t.s. chairperson explained. We have a vibrant institution with remarkable professors and staff. The UW-Fox Valley Foundation feels rewarded with each additional student it can send to UWFox because of the money raised by e.a.t.s.,” he said.
e.a.t.s. has raised nearly $600,000 for the campus scholarship program.
The date for e.a.t.s. XVII will be announced soon.
For more information about e.a.t.s. please call 920-832-2849 or order your tickets online.