In celebration ofNational Grilled Cheese Monthin April,Provisions MarketandOC Baking Companywill join forces to once again hostThe Big Cheese, Orange County’s grilled cheese festival and competition. Event Co-Founder Chef Greg Daniels and his fellow OC Chefs will compete for the title of ‘The Big Cheese onMonday, April 20thfrom 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.at Provisions Market(143 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866). All proceeds from this year’s event will be donated toYou Are Special, a local nonprofit that operates a food pantry tofeed the hungry in the Orange community.
OC Baking Company Master Baker Dean Kim will supply locally produced freshly baked bread to the competing chefs, who will present their own spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich that festival attendees will sample and then vote on will be posted onThe Big Cheese Ticket Pagein the coming days.
This year, the professional chefs will be joined by oneProAm competitorwho will be selected by event organizers in an Instagram contest. To enter, the public must create and present an original grilled cheese creation on Instagram and use the hashtag #thebigcheese2015 by Thursday, April 16th. The winning entry will be announced Friday, April 17thand the ProAm contender for ‘The Big Cheese will participate in the festival on Monday, April 20th.
‘We created this event to unite our local chefs and engage them in a lighthearted competition, commented Chef Greg Daniels, who, along with Partner Wil Dee, owns Haven Gastropub and Provisions Market in Old Towne Orange. ‘Now in our second year, we’re focused on taking this event, which revolves around something as simple as Grilled Cheese, and using it as a vehicle to give back to our local community, which has been so good to us.
Tickets for the eventmust be purchased for $45 in advance (will include limited tasters of select craft beer) through Universe athttp://www.universe.com/thebigcheese. This event will be limited to 100 guests (tickets will be sold at the door, if capacity permits).