MINOCQUA - For six years now, some of the best chefs in the area give you the chance to try their masterpieces. A Taste of the North was cooking in Minocqua tonight.
Twenty five food vendors made mouths water with everything from biscuits and gravy, to sauteed muscles, to chocolate fudge.
Trig's and Save More foods sponsored the event. They say this is an event they wouldn't miss.
"The reactions from the people that come here are unbelievable. There's a lot of camaraderie here. All the restaurants get together and know everybody else. So it's a good time and something everybody gets together for," says Tom Chandler, Trig's Store Director.
"We really like to get behind the businesses in the community. And the restaurants are a good lifeblood of this community too, and we like to be able to help out as much as we can," says Jim Gauden, Save More President.
Diners said the $25 ticket for the best food the Northwoods has to offer-- was well worth it.
"It's awesome. It's a great opportunity for us to share with our family and friends when they come up to visit where they should go, because we get a chance to see what everybody has," says Rick Engels.
The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors run the event. Tickets sold out weeks ago... all 350.
The Ambassadors will choose a number of local organizations and people to donate the money to. Past recipients have been the Oneida County Dive Team and scholarships for Lakeland Union Students.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of our viewing area until 6pm tonight, and there are reports of 3 to 7 inches that have fallen in the area already. We'll bring you the latest on the biggest snowstorm of the season so far and take you live outside in Rhinelander to tell you about current road conditions.
We'll take you live to Green Bay and bring you the latest on Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers who was medically cleared to return from a collarbone injury and is expected to play this weekend against Carolina.
And the school board of Merrill will make a decision on details of a referendum which will be on the April ballot.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
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