In celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month in April, Provisions Market and OC Baking Company will join forces to once again host The 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” on Monday, April 20th from 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 to You Are Special, a local nonprofit that operates a food pantry to feed the hungry in the Orange community.
OC Baking Company Master Baker Dean Kim will supply locally produced freshly baked bread to the competing chefs, while Tillamook will offer a selection of its award-winning cheeses and butter for use at the festival. The following chefs will present their own spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich that festival attendees will sample and then vote on:
Host Chef – Executive Chef Greg Daniels
OC Baking Co – Master Baker Dean Kim (supplying all breads)
Provisions Market – Chef de Cuisine Zach Scherer
Haven Gastropub – Chef de Cuisine Craig Brady
Working Class Kitchen – Executive Chef David Coleman
Old Vine Café – Executive Chef Mark McDonald
ADYA – Executive Chef Shachi Mehra
Anepalco’s Café – Executive Chef Danny Godinez
Little Sparrow – Executive Chef Eric Samaniego
ProAm Challenger – #thebigcheese2015
This year, the professional chefs will be joined by one ProAm competitor who 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 17th and 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 event must be purchased for $45 in advance (will include limited tasters of select craft beer) through Universe at http://www.universe.com/thebigcheese. This event will be limited to 100 guests (tickets will be sold at the door, if capacity permits).